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2012-12-11 12:03:06

Public opinion on environmental issues such as climate change, deforestation, and toxic waste seems to fall along increasingly partisan lines. But new research suggests that environmental messages framed in terms of conservative morals – describing environmental stewardship in terms of fending off threats to the “purity” and “sanctity” of Earth and our bodies – may help to narrow the partisan gap. A study from researchers at UC Berkeley has found that...

2012-11-29 13:41:09

Judgments made after a moral evaluation are quicker and more extreme than the same judgment based on practical considerations, but morality-based evaluations can be more easily shifted and made with other considerations in mind, according to research published November 28 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Jay Van Bavel and colleagues from New York University. Previous research has suggested that moral reasoning usually occurs after a person makes a decision, as a post hoc...

Emotional Communication Uses Sense Of Smell
2012-11-06 12:58:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While is it well known that many species transmit information via chemical signals, the extent to which these chemosignals play a role in human communication is unknown. Researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands have investigated whether we humans might actually be able to communicate with each other about our emotional states through chemical signals. The findings of the study were recently published in the journal...

2012-09-30 23:03:11

Understanding psychology and morality scientifically as in ℠Conflict Analysis, the Formal Theory of Behavior´ and ℠Science Stealing the Fire of the Gods and Healing the World´, by Albert Levis MD, Normative Publications. Press conference followed by the guided tour of the exhibits of the Museum of the Creative Process Manchester, Vermont (PRWEB) September 30, 2012 Understanding psychology and morality scientifically as in ℠Conflict Analysis, the Formal Theory of...

The More Altruistic You Are, The More Gray Matter You Have
2012-07-11 20:45:39

The volume of a small brain region influences one's predisposition for altruistic behavior. Researchers from the University of Zurich show that people who behave more altruistically than others have more gray matter at the junction between the parietal and temporal lobe, thus showing for the first time that there is a connection between brain anatomy, brain activity and altruistic behavior. Why are some people very selfish and others very altruistic? Previous studies indicated that social...

2012-07-11 13:22:20

What can explain extreme differences in altruism among individuals, from Ebenezer Scrooge to Mother Teresa? It may all come down to variation in the size and activity of a brain region involved in appreciating others' perspectives, according to a study published by Cell Press in the July 12th issue of the journal Neuron. The findings also provide a neural explanation for why altruistic tendencies remain stable over time. "This is the first study to link both brain anatomy and brain...

2012-06-19 14:01:16

Religions are thought to serve as bulwarks against unethical behaviors. However, when it comes to predicting criminal behavior, the specific religious beliefs one holds is the determining factor, says a University of Oregon psychologist. The study, appearing in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE, found that criminal activity is higher in societies where people's religious beliefs contain a strong punitive component than in places where religious beliefs are more benevolent. A...

2012-05-23 21:50:14

An individual´s sense of right or wrong may change depending on their activities at the time — and they may not be aware of their own shifting moral integrity – according to a new study looking at why people make ethical or unethical decisions. Focusing on dual-occupation professionals, the researchers found that engineers had one perspective on ethical issues, yet when those same individuals were in management roles, their moral compass shifted. Likewise, medic/soldiers...

2012-05-15 19:18:17

Our decisions to trust people with our money are based more on how they look then how they behave, according to new research from the University of Warwick. In a paper recently published in the PLoS One journal, researchers from Warwick Business School, the University College London and Dartmouth College, USA, carried out a series of experiments to see if people made decisions to trust others based on their faces. They found people are more likely to invest money in someone whose face...

2012-04-30 15:47:53

Creatures should help each other in different ways in tight times versus times of plenty Not all acts of altruism are alike, says a new study. From bees and wasps that die defending their nests, to elephants that cooperate to care for young, a new mathematical model pinpoints the environmental conditions that favor one form of altruism over another. The model predicts that creatures will help each other in different ways depending on whether key resources such as food and habitat are...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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