Don’t multitask while you read this!

Don’t multitask while you read this! Distractions diminish people’s ability to remember, but important facts may still stick, according to the latest research.

What the researchers say: “In a world of computers and iPhones, it’s rare that we’re fully focused,” said the lead researcher.… [read more]

High moral reasoning associated with increased activity in the human brain’s reward system.

The more research we have, the more important the dopamine reward system becomes for every aspect of our lives. A brilliant new study adds more weight to this.

What the researchers say: According to a new study individuals who have a high level of moral reasoning show increased activity in the brain’s frontostriatal reward system (the striatum is a region of the brain within the limbic system which is important for aspects of trust, relationship, dopamine reward and addiction), both during periods of rest and while performing a sequential risk taking and decision making task.… [read more]

Labor market effects of trade liberalization.

A new study examines the long-term effect of freer trade on workers’ livelihoods, and doesn’t come to any hopeful conclusions.

Economists have long touted the benefits of free trade between individuals and countries as a pillar of human progress and a foundational principle of global society.… [read more]

Low-Income extraverts spend more on status than introverted peers

Low-Income extraverts spend more on status than introverted peers. The types of goods and services that low-income individuals buy may depend, at least in part, on their personality traits, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Science.

What the researchers say: “Our findings suggest that extraverts compensate for having low income by spending more on items and experiences that reflect higher status,” says the first author on the research.… [read more]

Belief in neuromyths is extremely common.

Belief in neuromyths is extremely common. A survey has shown that many educators, and even those with some neuroscience training, believe in neuromyths—common misconceptions about the brain and learning.

The researchers surveyed educators, the public, and people who have completed commercial “neuroscience” courses, to assess their belief in neuromyths.… [read more]

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse.

Embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better, in the long run, psychologists find. Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to surprising new research.… [read more]

Why people tolerate politicians’ lies.

Why do political figures appear to be able to get away with mild truth bending and sometimes even outrageous lies? This is, of course, a really important question at the moment. However it doesn’t just apply to politicians. It’s not just a DT thing.… [read more]

Believing the future will be favorable may prevent action now.

People tend to believe that others will inevitably come around to their point of view over time, according to findings from a series of studies published in the journal Psychological Science. The findings show that this “belief in a favorable future” holds across various contexts and cultures, shedding light on some of the causes and consequences, the researchers say, of the political polarization evident today.… [read more]

Women show cognitive advantage in gender-equal countries.

Women show cognitive advantage in gender-equal countries. In fact female advantage in cognitive performance is highest in Sweden, which has the greatest gender equality, according to a new study.

What the researchers say: Women’s cognitive functioning past middle age may be affected by the degree of gender equality in the country in which they live, according to the research.… [read more]