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White individuals on average react positively to a Black person referring to them with the n-word

White individuals on average react positively to a Black person referring to them with the n-word

Racial slurs such as the n-word are sometimes adopted by the group they were once meant to insult — a phenomenon known as reappropriation. But what happens when a reappropriated slur is used by a Black person towards a White person? New research published in the provides insight into the intragroup uses of reappropriated slurs.Previous studies investigated the use of racial slurs by White individuals toward Black individuals and the reclaiming of disparaging words among racial minorities. But no research had yet examined the reappropriated use of racial slurs by Black individuals toward...

May 9, 2020
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Entitled people with low humility and low inquisitiveness are more prone to conspiratorial ideation

Entitled people with low humility and low inquisitiveness are more prone to conspiratorial ideation

New research published in the helps to establish a profile of those who are most likely to believe in conspiracy theories. The study indicates that conspiracy-prone individuals tend to exhibit heightened narcissism and antagonism along with reduced intellectual humility, impulse control, and inquisitiveness.“Understanding the psychology of conspiratorial ideation is arguably more important now than ever,” said study author Shauna Bowes (), a graduate student at Emory University.“With the emergence of social media platforms, conspiracy theories spread like wildfire. Conspiracy theories are...

Jan 18
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Psilocybin produces an immunology-related genetic response in the prefrontal cortex of pig brains

Psilocybin produces an immunology-related genetic response in the prefrontal cortex of pig brains

Psilocybin does not appear to severely impact gene expression, according to a new study published in . But the psychedelic substance — which is found in “magic” mushrooms — might produce lasting changes to the expression of a few immune-related genes in the brain.“It is really intriguing that just a single psychedelic dose of psilocybin has such profound long-lasting effects on people’s personality and mood. We wanted to understand the mechanism behind this effect because it could be key to understanding the drug’s effects in general,” said study author , a professor at the University of...

Jan 14
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Dark personality traits are linked to sexist attitudes among adolescents

Dark personality traits are linked to sexist attitudes among adolescents

Adolescents with heightened “dark triad” personality traits — psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism — are more likely to have sexist attitudes, according to new research published in the .“We were interested in this topic because social policies need research to better understand how to reduce these sexist attitudes in adolescents,” explained researcher María Patricia Navas Sánchez, a PhD student at University of Santiago de Compostela and member of the .“There is little literature that studies the dark triad in adolescents and the communality of these three traits represents a...

Jan 16
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Scientists identify a psychological phenomenon that could be reinforcing political echo chambers

Scientists identify a psychological phenomenon that could be reinforcing political echo chambers

People are less willing to share information that contradicts their pre-existing political beliefs and attitudes, even if they believe the information to be true, according to new research published in . The phenomenon, which researchers have dubbed selective communication, could help explain the widening gulf between liberals’ and conservatives’ perceptions of reality in the United States.“For a long time, I’ve been interested in how our political opinions and our partisan attachments bias how we deal with information. We’ve known for a while that people are very selective in what they...

Jan 16
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Conservatives see scientific and nonscientific viewpoints as closer in legitimacy, study finds

Conservatives see scientific and nonscientific viewpoints as closer in legitimacy, study finds

Political conservatives in the United States see scientific evidence and personal experience as closer in legitimacy than liberals, according to new research published in the journal . The findings provide evidence that conservatives and liberals tend to evaluate sources of knowledge differently, even in regard to non-political issues.“Understanding how and why people differ in how they figure out what’s real and what’s not, and why there seems to be a divide there based on political ideology, is in my mind the major question of our time as far as social scientists are concerned,” said...

Jan 14
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Longitudinal data suggests physically aggressive men tend to have more sex partners

Longitudinal data suggests physically aggressive men tend to have more sex partners

Men who report engaging in more physical violence tend to also report having more sex partners, according . The study suggests that physically aggressive behavior continues to benefit the mating success of men.“The study sought to address whether physically aggressive behavior still has sex appeal, as it likely once did for our ancestors, or whether given societal changes which reward intelligence over brute strength, that people’s intellectual ability might be a better predictor of mating success than aggressive behavior,” said study author Patrick Seffrin, an associate professor at...

Jan 17
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Heightened anxiety linked to an impaired ability to simulate alternative versions of past events

Heightened anxiety linked to an impaired ability to simulate alternative versions of past events

People with higher trait anxiety tend to have a harder time creating detailed mental simulations, according to new research published in the journal .“My research has convinced me that our capacity to imagine possible personal events critically depends on our capacity to remember our personal past,” said study author Felipe De Brigard, an associate professor at Duke University and principal investigator at the .“Some of those imagined episodes concern alternative ways past personal events could have occurred, but didn’t. These episodic counterfactual thoughts, as we term them, are common...

Jan 11
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Heightened empathy might exacerbate political polarization rather than mitigate it

Heightened empathy might exacerbate political polarization rather than mitigate it

New research published in the journal provides evidence that political partisanship can reverse the expected effects of empathy.Political partisans with higher levels of empathic ability tend to feel less sympathy towards a suffering person when the situation conflicts with their political predispositions, compared to partisans with lower levels of empathic ability.“Around the time that the Republicans were trying to revoke the Affordable Care Act, there was a steady stream of stories about people who had voted for Trump but relied on the Affordable Care Act for coverage,” said study...

Jan 9
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Egocentric victimhood is linked to support for Trump, study finds

Egocentric victimhood is linked to support for Trump, study finds

People who voted for Donald Trump and feel warmly towards him tend to score higher on a measure of egocentric victimhood, according to new research published in the scientific journal . Those who exhibit heightened levels of systemic victimhood, in contrast, tend to be more hostile towards Trump.The study provides new insights into the role of perceived victimhood in the American political landscape. According to its authors, the new findings indicate that victimhood “cuts across the social and political hierarchy.”“Victimhood has increasingly being used by journalists and commentators to...

Jan 19
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