What do animals 'know'? More than you may think
(PhysOrg.com) -- Rats use their knowledge to make decisions when faced with ambiguous situations, UCLA psychologists report.
Neuroscientists find evidence that autistic patients have trouble understanding others' intentions
(PhysOrg.com) -- A study from MIT neuroscientists reveals that high-functioning autistic adults appear to have trouble using theory of mind to make moral judgments in certain situations.
Moral judgments can be altered by disrupting specific brain region
(PhysOrg.com) -- MIT neuroscientists have shown they can influence people's moral judgments by disrupting a specific brain region — a finding that helps reveal how the brain constructs morality.
Views you can use? How online ratings affect your judgment
Are you influenced by the opinions of other people—say, in the comments sections of websites? If your answer is no, here's another question: Are you sure?
China court orders Apple to pay in rights dispute
A Chinese court has ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan ($165,000) to eight Chinese writers and two companies who say unlicensed copies of their work were distributed through Apple's online store.
Rating attractiveness: Study finds consensus among men, not women
Hot or not? Men agree on the answer. Women don't.
Hypothetically tweaking: Research shows questions can influence behavior, promote bias
Hypothetically speaking, if someone told you that a hypothetical question could influence your judgments or behaviour, would you believe them?
Think you'll ace that test? Think again, then start studying
for instance, if you study more, you learn more. We are also constantly making judgments about particular instances of learning and rememberingI'll never forget this party! That was easy to understand. I'll ace it on ...
Don't overthink it: Trusting first impressions increases sales
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When it comes to selling, that might be a good thing, suggests a new study in the Journal of Marketing.
People apply principles inconsistently, study finds
Is it morally appropriate to sacrifice the life of an innocent person to save the lives of several others? David Pizarro, Cornell assistant professor of psychology, put a fresh spin on this classic question from philosophy.
Court says Microsoft must pay in patent case
(AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Microsoft Corp. must pay a $290 million judgment awarded to a small Toronto software company for infringing on one of its patents inside its popular Microsoft Word program.
Morality research sheds light on the origins of religion
The details surrounding the emergence and evolution of religion have not been clearly established and remain a source of much debate among scholars. Now, an article published by Cell Press in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sc ...
On the face of it, voting's superficial
Are voters truly sophisticated and rational decision makers? Apparently not. Their choices are heavily influenced by superficial, nonverbal cues, such as politicians' appearance, according to Christopher Olivola from University ...
Apes unwilling to gamble when odds are uncertain
(PhysOrg.com) -- Humans are known to play it safe in a situation when they aren't sure of the odds, or dont have confidence in their judgments. We dont like to choose the unknown.