People are biased against creative ideas, studies find
The next time your great idea at work elicits silence or eye rolls, you might just pity those co-workers. Fresh research indicates they don't even know what a creative idea looks like and that creativity, hailed as a positive ...
Stigmas, once evolutionarily sound, are now bad health strategies
Stigmatization may have once served to protect early humans from infectious diseases, but that strategy may do more harm than good for modern humans, according to Penn State researchers.
Evolution of lying
(Phys.org) —Ultimately, our ability to convincingly lie to each other may have evolved as a direct result of our cooperative nature.
One in, one out: Study shows how people put a limit on their social networks
Despite the way that mobile technologies and social networking sites have made it easier to stay in touch with large numbers of acquaintances, a new study has shown that people still put most of their efforts ...
Reading literary fiction improves 'mind-reading' skills, research shows
Heated debates about the quantifiable value of arts and literature are a common feature of American social discourse. Now, two researchers from The New School for Social Research have published a paper in Science demonstrating that r ...
A strategy that narrows academic achievement gap by 63 percent
Americans don't like to talk about social class. But new research from Northwestern and Stanford universities suggests that, at least in college and university settings, they should do just that.
Should we make a film that audiences enjoy or nab an Oscar nomination? Study reveals studios' logic
What do Hollywood moguls holding their breath this week for an Oscar nomination have in common with the influence peddlers on K Street in Washington, D.C.? More than you might imagine, suggests new research by two UCLA sociologists.
Stepparents are not always evil: Parents' strategy to love their children depends on more than blood ties
Contrary to common belief, parents do not generally treat their stepchildren less favourably than their own. Until now, many researchers believed in the so-called "Cinderella effect." It states that it is ...
Orphaned children can do just as well in institutions
The removal of institutions or group homes will not lead to better child well-being and could even worsen outcomes for some orphaned and separated children, according to new findings from a three-year study across five low- ...
Postcode lottery for race relations
People's racial prejudices are influenced by where they live, reports a new study led by Oxford University psychologists.
Facebook feelings are contagious, study shows
You can't catch a cold from a friend online. But can you catch a mood? It would seem so, according to new research from the University of California, San Diego.
Ecotourism reduces poverty near protected parks, research shows
Protected natural areas in Costa Rica reduced poverty by 16 percent in neighboring communities, mainly by encouraging ecotourism, according to new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sc ...
Grit better than GRE at predicting success in STEM fields
Selecting graduate students in the fields of science and engineering based on an assessment of their character instead of relying almost entirely on their scores on a standardized test would significantly improve the quality ...
Is height important in matters of the heart? New study says yes
Is height important in matters of the heart? According to new research from Rice University and the University of North Texas, the height of a potential partner matters more to women than men, and mostly for femininity and ...