Latest Elizabeth Phelps Stories

2013-10-17 17:18:50

When financial gain depends on cooperation, we might expect that people would put aside their differences and focus on the bottom line. But new research suggests that people's racial biases make them more likely to leave money on the table when a windfall is not split evenly between groups. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. "It has been suggested that race bias in economic decisions may not occur in a market...

Controlling Your Emotions May Be Difficult Even Under Mild Stress
2013-08-27 08:45:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of neuroscientists from New York University (NYU) has found even mild stress can foil therapeutic measures to control emotions. The findings point to the limits of clinical techniques, while at the same time illuminating the barriers that must be overcome in addressing afflictions such as fear or anxiety. "We have long suspected that stress can impair our ability to control our emotions, but this is the first study to document...

2009-12-10 08:10:00

Recalling emotional memory opens window of opportunity to rewrite it Scientists have for the first time selectively blocked a conditioned fear memory in humans with a behavioral manipulation. Participants remained free of the fear memory for at least a year. The research builds on emerging evidence from animal studies that reactivating an emotional memory opens a 6-hour window of opportunity in which a training procedure can alter it. "Our results suggest a non-pharmacological, naturalistic...

2006-12-19 08:49:31

WASHINGTON -- The closer New Yorkers were to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the more vivid their memories are of the disaster that brought down the buildings. For people close to the scene, memory of the event involves an emotion-recording portion of the brain, while those who were farther away involved other parts of the brain in the recollection, researchers report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. All of the 24 participants in the study were...

2005-07-29 11:06:39

Integration is best way to unite different groups, study suggests Overcoming fear of members of another race may not be as easy as some might hope, a new study suggests. The research, which included the use of photos of people and mild electric shocks administered to study participants, revealed the same responses for both black and white Americans. The only factor that helped diminish the fear was experience with interracial dating, the study found. "This provides support for something...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.