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New study highlights the role of cultural variations in the link between religion and prejudice

New study highlights the role of cultural variations in the link between religion and prejudice

Regional cultural differences appear to play an important role in moderating the link between religiosity and sexist/anti-gay attitudes, according to new research published in .The study provides evidence that cultures that foster an exclusionary, threatening climate tend to weaken the relationship between religion and prejudice by constraining individual differences.“I’ve always been interested in sexism and anti-gay attitudes as expressions of prejudice. As a social psychologist, I was wondering a) why some individuals show high levels of prejudice and others do not, and b) if these...

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New research suggests the seeds of future romantic patterns are planted in childhood and visible before adolescence

New research suggests the seeds of future romantic patterns are planted in childhood and visible before adolescence

The question of how to find a steady romantic partnership is among the oldest human predicaments. There is consequently considerable interest in what factors might . Traits like warmth, conscientiousness, agreeableness and trust . But can behaviour in childhood predict your future partnering prospects?In a new study we show that children rated by their elementary schoolteachers as being anxious or inattentive were more likely to remain unpartnered from age 18 to 35 years. Children rated as aggressive-oppositional — those who fight, bully and disobey — were more likely to separate and return...

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People who microdose psychedelic drugs report that the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks

People who microdose psychedelic drugs report that the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks

People who take microdoses of psychedelic drugs consistently report that it results in improved mood and creativity, while having few side effects, according to new research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Study author Rotem Petranker, director of the Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Science, and his colleagues noticed a growing public interest in taking sub-threshold doses of LSD or psilocybin to enhance cognitive or emotional functioning. But scientific research on the issue is scant. “I’ve always been curious about mind-expansion: I’ve been meditating formally since I...

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The link between education and support for climate change is weaker among right-wing ideologists in developed countries

The link between education and support for climate change is weaker among right-wing ideologists in developed countries

A study published in , involving data from over 60 countries, suggests that the link between education and attitudes towards climate change depends on a country’s level of development and an individual’s political ideology.Previous research has suggested that the influence of a person’s education on their support for climate change varies depending on that person’s political beliefs. However, much of this research has taken place in the United States. Study authors Gabriela Czarnek and associates suggest that the interplay between education, climate change beliefs, and ideology is likely to...

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Study suggests psychopathic individuals do have emotions, but they are inept at regulating them

Study suggests psychopathic individuals do have emotions, but they are inept at regulating them

A study published in found that having psychopathic traits was linked to poor emotional regulation among both a community sample and a sample of violent offenders.Psychopathy is a personality disorder that is defined by persistent antisocial behavior that is typically hostile, deviant, and apathetic. Although the study of psychopathy has captured the attention of researchers for some time, study authors Carlo Garofalo and colleagues observed a gap in the research.Few studies have explored how difficulties in emotional regulation — the ability to monitor and control one’s emotions — may be...

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Men who feel their partners have less power in their relationships than they do report lower relationship quality

Men who feel their partners have less power in their relationships than they do report lower relationship quality

A study published in the explores how power dynamics within couples can affect relationship quality. The findings suggest that the consequences are different for men and women.Previous research has suggested that couples with an equal share of power tend to be the most satisfied with their relationships. Study authors Jitka Lindová and associates wanted to extend this research by diving deeper into the dynamics of imbalanced partnerships.Lindová and colleagues say, “it is not clear who the dissatisfied partner in power-imbalanced couples is and what the specific cause of his/her...

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Study: People who trust Fox News engage in fewer preventive and more risky COVID-19 behaviors

Study: People who trust Fox News engage in fewer preventive and more risky COVID-19 behaviors

New research provides evidence that how people in the United States respond to the coronavirus pandemic is related to their partisan media preferences.The study, published in the journal , indicates that those who trust left-leaning CNN more than right-leaning Fox News have engaged in more preventive behaviors — such as social distancing and wearing a mask — compared to those who trust Fox News more than CNN.“We have been paying attention to the health messages that the media conveyed since the beginning of the pandemic. We know that the news media have important roles to play in the public...

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Both Right- and Left-Wing Authoritarianism are linked to support for punitive coronavirus measures

Both Right- and Left-Wing Authoritarianism are linked to support for punitive coronavirus measures

A new study published in offers evidence that authoritarian beliefs proliferate at both ends of the political spectrum. Moreover, these beliefs can predict the endorsement of disciplinarian policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Right-wing Authoritarianism (RWA) is a well-established construct, describing, “conventionalism (adherence to conventional values), authoritarian submission (placing high value on obedience and respect for authority), and authoritarian aggression (punitive attitudes toward those who deviate from conventional values).” More recently, researchers have explored...

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Study: Heightened susceptibility to misinformation linked to reduced mask wearing and social distancing

Study: Heightened susceptibility to misinformation linked to reduced mask wearing and social distancing

People with a poor understanding of quantitative information are more likely to endorse myths about COVID-19 and those who believe such misinformation are less likely to follow public health guidance such as wearing a mask in public, according to new research. The study appears in the journal .“Misinformation has been one of the major focal points of our research since early 2018. Misinformation about COVID-19 has rapidly become a significant problem, with the WHO declaring an ‘infodemic’ and people setting fire to mobile phone masts because of conspiracies surrounding 5G networks,” said...

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Awe-inspiring psychedelic trips reduce narcissism by boosting connectedness and empathy, study suggests

Awe-inspiring psychedelic trips reduce narcissism by boosting connectedness and empathy, study suggests

New research suggests that feelings of awe from psychedelic drugs can positively affect narcissistic personality traits. The study, published in the journal , found that psychedelic-occasioned experiences of awe are linked to increased feelings of connectedness and empathy, which in turn is related to decreased levels of exploitative-entitled narcissism.Previous research has indicated that psychedelic substances can enhance feelings of social connectedness and improve mental well-being. The authors of the new study were interested in whether these effects could have an impact on...

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Longitudinal research suggests social support can promote physical activity by attenuating pain

Longitudinal research suggests social support can promote physical activity by attenuating pain

According to new research published in the , people with higher social support are involved in more physical activity. The study further found that this effect can be partly explained by the role of social support in reducing pain.The psychology literature has linked social support to various health outcomes, including engagement in physical activity. As study authors Mark Stevens and his colleagues suggest, there is also evidence that social support has an attenuating effect on pain, which could explain its link to increased physical exercise.A study was conducted among 12,517 respondents...

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Earlier pubertal timing predicts higher psychosexuality in adulthood

Earlier pubertal timing predicts higher psychosexuality in adulthood

New research from Penn State’s provides evidence that pubertal timing is associated with psychosexuality in men and women. The findings have been published in the journal .“We are interested in how sex hormones influence the development of the brain and behavior,” said study authors and David Puts, a PhD candidate and associate professor, respectively.“There is growing evidence that sex hormones have permanent effects on the brain and on psychological traits during least two windows in development — the first is during gestation and right after birth, and the second is during puberty....

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People’s attachment to the wilderness is linked to the fulfillment of basic psychological needs, study finds

People’s attachment to the wilderness is linked to the fulfillment of basic psychological needs, study finds

A study published in suggests that people feel attached to wilderness landscapes due to nature’s ability to fulfill the basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness.Much research has examined the way individuals form attachments with the physical spaces they inhabit. However, the way people form bonds with natural landscapes remains somewhat of a mystery. Study authors Adam C. Landon and his team speculated that it may have something to do with the fulfillment of psychological needs.“Generally, I find the psychological processes that underpin humans’ connection to...

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Belief in chloroquine’s effectiveness is linked to reduced willingness to receive COVID-19 vaccine, study finds

Belief in chloroquine’s effectiveness is linked to reduced willingness to receive COVID-19 vaccine, study finds

People who believe that the antimalarial drug chloroquine is an effective remedy against COVID-19 are less likely to say they will receive a vaccination for the virus when one is available, according to new research published in .The new study indicates that various conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are associated with a reduced willingness to vaccinate.The lead author of the study, (), is a PhD student at the Université Côte d’Azur in France who has been studying conspiracy theories and their relations to group identities.“When the COVID-19 pandemic became a major issue in France and in...

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Trump support is less important than ethnic antagonism in explaining anti-democratic views among Republicans

Trump support is less important than ethnic antagonism in explaining anti-democratic views among Republicans

New research provides evidence that ethnic antagonism has a substantial negative effect on Republicans’ commitment to democracy.The study, published in the , indicates that perceptions that minorities have taken more than their fair share of political power and government resources are more strongly linked to anti-democratic sentiments than other factors, such as sociodemographic variables and support for President Donald Trump.“All through the 2016 campaign, the folks at the New York Times seemed to think that if they just ran one more 5,000-word story calling out Donald Trump for...

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Women's dreams have been more strongly affected by the coronavirus pandemic than men's

Women's dreams have been more strongly affected by the coronavirus pandemic than men's

Women’s dreams have been more negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than men’s dreams, according to a new international study published in the journal .“I have studied other dreams from periods of crisis: Americans after 9/11, Kuwaitis after the Iraqi occupation, and dreams from a Nazi POW camp. So as soon as the pandemic began, I was interested to see how these dreams would be similar to other crises and any distinctive elements they might have,” said study author , an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and author of “.”In an online survey conducted between March 23 and...

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New psychology study suggests intellectual humility has important sociopolitical consequences

New psychology study suggests intellectual humility has important sociopolitical consequences

A new study provides evidence that intellectual humility is related to how people perceive their political opponents. The research, published in the Journal of Personality, indicates that Americans who are humble about their level of knowledge are less likely to view people who disagree with them as morally or intellectually inferior.“Social media and news media have made it clear that so much of American politics is personal and vitriolic. Many people seem to assume that those on the other side are unintelligent and morally corrupt,” said study author Matthew L. Stanley, a PhD candidate at...

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Trust in COVID-19 information from U.S. government sources plummeted between March and April, study finds

Trust in COVID-19 information from U.S. government sources plummeted between March and April, study finds

New research indicates there was a steep decline in trust of COVID-19 information provided by U.S. government sources between March and April, during the initial stages of the coronavirus outbreak. The study has been accepted for publication in the journal .“Our interest in this topic stemmed from some concerns, particularly back in March and April, that COVID-19 misinformation was increasingly being spread across a variety of different platforms, and that people were becoming more and more skeptical and untrustworthy of much of the information they were receiving,” said study authors...

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Study suggests psychopathy reduces social distancing behavior partially via moral disengagement

Study suggests psychopathy reduces social distancing behavior partially via moral disengagement

Moral disengagement, a cognitive mechanism that allows someone to ignore their own sense of moral accountability, might help explain why those with “dark” personality traits are more likely to ignore social distancing guidelines meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.New research, published in , found that the dark triad of narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism were all linked to moral disengagement, which in turn was linked to reduced social distancing behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.“We were trying to offer concrete help to manage the situation. The most important thing to do...

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Depressed individuals exhibit blunted attentional processing of both positive and negative emotional stimuli, study finds

Depressed individuals exhibit blunted attentional processing of both positive and negative emotional stimuli, study finds

Depressed individuals do not display an information-processing bias towards negative emotional stimuli, according to new research published in the . Instead, they appear to have blunted attention to both positive and negative emotional stimuli compared to neutral stimuli.“Depression is a complex illness that affects multiple aspects of an individual’s life. Depression is characterised by a ‘negative triad’: a negative view of the self (low self-esteem), a negative view of the world and a negative view of the future (hopelessness),” said study author , a senior lecturer in cognitive...

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Democratic criticism of COVID-19 models -- but not Republican criticism -- erodes public trust in science

Democratic criticism of COVID-19 models -- but not Republican criticism -- erodes public trust in science

Republican criticism of epidemiological models of the spread and impact of COVID-19 do not appear to have much effect on the public’s trust in science and support for science-based policy, according to a new study published in . But this is not the case for Democratic criticism.The difference could come down to the public’s expectations: Republicans who criticize COVID-19 models are seen as acting in alignment with their party, while Democrats who do so appear to be less ideologically motivated because they are bucking their party.“The COVID-19 pandemic thrust scientific research into an...

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Trump voters were significantly less likely to evacuate before Hurricane Irma devastated Florida

Trump voters were significantly less likely to evacuate before Hurricane Irma devastated Florida

Floridians who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 were less likely than those who voted for Hillary Clinton to have evacuated before Hurricane Irma made landfall, according to a new study that examined GPS location data from more than 2.7 million U.S. smartphone users. The research was published in the journal .As Hurricane Irma approached Florida in 2017, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh questioned the severity of the category 5 storm, suggesting that media outlets were trying to create “fear and panic” to push a “climate change agenda.” Shortly afterward, conservative pundit...

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Introverts faring worse than extraverts emotionally and psychologically amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Introverts faring worse than extraverts emotionally and psychologically amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Contrary to popular belief, the psychological impacts of social distancing and lockdown measures are hitting introverted individuals harder than their extraverts counterparts, according to new research published in .The study suggests that personality dispositions can play an important role in how people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and containment measures.“I was motivated to conduct this research in light of the wave of internet content being circulated depicting how introverts and extraverts are responding to lockdown and social distancing measures imposed as a result of the COVID-19...

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Pornography use is linked to depression and anxiety — primarily among those who morally disapprove of it

Pornography use is linked to depression and anxiety — primarily among those who morally disapprove of it

A study published in the suggests that the use of pornography by those in monogamous relationships is not necessarily associated with negative consequences. It seems that the negative consequences of pornography use depend on the consumer’s own moral beliefs about the practice.With pornography becoming more widely accessible, scientific interest in the consequences of its use has increased as well. Previous research has uncovered both positive and negative consequences associated with using pornography. Study authors Raquel Guidry and her colleagues wanted to explore whether this variation...

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Beliefs about sexual orientation linked to voting behavior in the 2016 presidential election

Beliefs about sexual orientation linked to voting behavior in the 2016 presidential election

A recent study found that belief in the discreteness, homogeneity, and informativeness of sexual orientation was related to an increased likelihood of being a Republican and of voting for Donald Trump in 2016. The study was published inTheorists have considered an array of explanations for President Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency in 2016, a feat that surprised many. Two issues that are thought to have separated voters during the election are sexuality and gender.“In addition to a focus on racism and White supremacy, research has explored how sexuality and gender were polarizing...

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