The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Bobby Azarian Ph.D.
Is there systematic racism in policing? Science says yes, but much of it may be implicit and unconscious. The good news is such biases can be detected and perhaps even corrected.
New research shows that Trump's tweets increase anti-vaxx sentiment among his supporters. This suggests that COVID-19 may be with us long after we have a vaccine.
According to Terror Management Theory, the solution to all the division and chaos is a worldview that unites us all by aligning our common interests—the "Cosmic Perspective."
When people are given a way to see what’s happening inside their head in real-time, they can rapidly learn how to dampen pain, enhance self-control, and boost mental ability.
Social distancing from infected or high-risk family members may soon become necessary for many people. Here's how to be prepared for the psychological effects.
Is gaslighting now being used by some media outlets to influence public opinion of political candidates? Intentional or not, we're being told some things that simply aren't true.
This brain quirk makes gaslighting particularly easy.
Worried that your weight is affecting your ability to attract mates? Make your undesirable attributes appealing with this psychological strategy.
Don't believe in an afterlife? Understanding neuroscience may change that.
Research suggests that artificial intelligence can display troubling biases that software developers should not ignore.
Research suggests that damage to the prefrontal cortex can create a predisposition to religious fundamentalism.
Some people are worried that the new film "Joker" will incite mass violence. But it is more likely to teach us about the psychological and societal factors that inspire such acts.
Research suggests that the president is more intuitive than analytical.
A study of Alzheimer's patients suggests that what makes you "you" in the eyes of others is your moral character, not your cognitive ability or the knowledge you possess.
Was Donald Trump sent by God to save America? Some believe so, and that should have us worried.
President Trump’s divisive rhetoric can warp a person’s mind into believing that domestic terrorism is justifiable.
An anxious mindset can change the way you view the world in profound ways. But could a simple new treatment offer a way out of the perpetual fear?
Terror Management Theory explains how we became divided and how to heal.
Baffled by Donald Trump's political invincibility? Here are 14 reasons why people continue to support the president despite behavior that would have sunk any other politician.
If we want smart robots that can interact socially, we must give them the ability to attribute mental states like beliefs, goals, and intentions to others.
If we want to inoculate society against the harms of fundamentalist ideologies, we must start thinking about how they function in the brain.
Racism is a complex and persistent bias, but we are beginning to understand the phenomenon on a psychological and neural level.
America is angry. New research suggests that the emotion is biasing our political reasoning and further polarizing America—which benefits President Trump.
Gaslighting refers to a type of psychological manipulation used to get people to question their direct experience of reality. It's also one of the president's favorite techniques.
The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to a bias in which people with little knowledge in an area believe they have superior knowledge. New research suggests this is affecting politics.
The president's backers share some consistent and troubling characteristics.
President Trump has increased collective anxiety, creating division and tribalism. But recognizing these psychological effects can allow us to reverse them with cognitive control.
The world of cryptocurrency is profitable and intellectually intriguing, but misinformation campaigns that use psychological manipulation are creating chaos for investors.
Research shows just one psychedelic therapy session can be a transformative experience that changes perspectives and reframes life priorities. What could it do for Donald Trump?
Conservatives and liberals don’t just have different outlooks and opinions. They may also have different brains.
Bobby Azarian, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist and science writer in the Washington, D.C. area.