Listening to happy music may enhance divergent creativity.

Listening to happy music may help generate more, innovative, solutions compared to listening to silence, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE

Creativity is an important quality in our complex, fast-changing world, as it allows us to generate innovative solutions for a wide range of problems and come up with fresh ideas.… [read more]

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Groups lie more than individuals.

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Groups lie more than individuals. Researchers have found that something as simple as communication within groups, even if each group member has previously behaved honestly, can be the key to triggering collaborative, dishonest behavior. Prior honest behavior is no match for the potentially negative influences present in a group dynamic, especially when money is at stake, according to a new study, published in the journal Management Science.… [read more]

People become more economically conservative when angered.

The motorist tailgating you on the highway might be doing more than just getting you upset—they (usually he) could also be influencing your political views.

People tend to lean more economically conservative when they’re angry, according to a study recently published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.… [read more]

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]