Climate change damages US economy, increases inequality.

Scientists are predicting severe costs ahead especially in the South and lower Midwest of the US, a pioneering analysis projects.

Unmitigated climate change will make the United States poorer and more unequal, according to a new study published in the journal Science.… [read more]

Social status of listener alters our voice

People tend to change the pitch of their voice depending on who they are talking to, and how dominant they feel, a study has found.

The psychology research, published in PLOS ONE, put participants through a simulated job interview task and discovered that individuals’ vocal characteristics—particularly pitch—are altered in response to people of different social status.… [read more]

Rejection changes the way we make decisions?

Have you ever hosted a party, but as the day approaches, your closest friends say they won’t be able to attend? Or maybe you sent a friend request to someone on Facebook who never responded, or you weren’t invited to an event that most of your friends are attending.… [read more]

What really heals the body? Is it someone else’s mind?

A health care provider’s beliefs about a particular treatment may have a strong influence on the patient’s outcome, according to a new study that evaluated people undergoing treatment for short-term low back pain. The findings will appear in the Journal of Pain Research.… [read more]

Flight, Flee or freeze?

When faced with a threat there are three possible responses: fight, flight or freeze. These are governed by what is called the “sympathetic nervous system.” A study published in eNeuro exploring the neural correlates of these responses (especially the flight/fight) finds that people who choose to flee perceive a greater threat, which leads them to mentally and behaviorally disengage from the situation.… [read more]

Physician—indeed any professional—heal thyself?

The proverb, “physician heal thyself,” is probably more relevant today than it was in biblical times with the fast pace of life, the impact of multitasking and the unending bombardment of information, which have made emotional exhaustion almost certain. And, according to recent studies, this is especially true for obstetricians and gynecologists who experience professional burnout rates between 40 to 75 percent.… [read more]

In organizations, bullying begets whining

Intimidating behavior thwarts group cohesiveness, but ‘poor-pitiful-me’ routine also disrupts, a fascinating new study  finds. It has been said that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Now research suggests that such a dynamic can play out in organizations, where bullying within decision-making groups appears to go hand in hand with whining.… [read more]

Authenticity key to landing a new job

At job interviews, relax and be yourself—being yourself may be the best way to secure a job offer, according to a new study.

Published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the study found that high-quality candidates who strive to present themselves accurately during the interview process significantly increase the likelihood of receiving a job offer.… [read more]

Mind changing can be risky.

When leaders use a moral argument rather than a pragmatic one as the basis for a position, they may be judged harshly if they change that position later. They are perceived as hypocrites, less effective and less worthy of future support, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.[read more]

Behavioral ‘nudges’ offer a cost-effective policy tool

Governments, and businesses around the world have increasingly turned to behavioral science to help address various policy problems—new research shows that some of the best-known strategies derived from behavioral science, commonly referred to as ‘nudges,’ may be extremely cost effective.   The new study, which examined the cost-effectiveness of nudges and typical intervention strategies like financial incentives side-by-side, found that nudges often yield particularly high returns at a low cost when it comes to boosting retirement savings, college enrollment, energy conservation, and vaccination rates.… [read more]