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Life, death and free will.
Nathan A Heflick Ph.D.
How naive realism can influence perceptions of art.
How much of a difference does having fans in stadiums actually have on team performance?
Are Republicans acting on a moral imperative in pushing through their Supreme Court nominee?
Bad news got you down? Perhaps affirming important values can help.
Unrealistic optimism might undermine health efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Why are some people so hostile towards the "Black Lives Matter" mantra?
Why Andrew Cuomo didn't shy away from a joke in such dark times.
Can you become a "sheep" through rebellion? It's your life at risk—literally.
Gratitude helps in the toughest of times.
How do we delight in the misfortunes of others? Recent research in neuropsychology provides some answers.
Do we see in others what we see in ourselves?
Governments and industries take pains to persuadie us to act in a certain way. But what do we think about how much we actually are affected by media?
When it comes to Brexit, motivated reasoning is high. It's as if people on all sides are blind to their own biases.
Does valuing your own physical beauty relate to victim blaming following sexual assault?
Failed replications can mean a lot more than faulty initial findings.
Existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom recommends rippling as a means of reducing death anxiety.
There is a "me" that I am not aware of. That is a bit unnerving.
One way to cope with death is to try and avoid thinking about yourself at all. This has implications for physical and mental health.
Why do we believe fake news? Recent research suggests that we are prone to believe what matches our pre-existing motivations and beliefs.
Can we enjoy things more just by smiling?
Does social support relate to anti-inflammatory gene expression in people with asthma?
Is it better to fight or accept negative metal states?
New research explores the link between thought speed and mental health.
Do interactions with peripheral members of our lives relate to well-being?
Kavanaugh showed anger, while Ford did not. What do gender norms have to do with the perceived credibility of these two individuals?
Does a stable government reduce religiosity?
For many males being kind, warm, and emotionally open is a sign of weakness. A by-product of this is feelings of existential isolation.
Can music help reduce emotional eating?
Space is a beautiful, magnificent thing. But what impact does thinking about it have on our mental health, empathy and feeling of connection to others?
How do atheism and theism impact people's meaning in life and death anxiety when thinking about death?
Nathan Heflick, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom.
This blog focuses on empirical research within the areas of social psychology and existential psychology. Frequent topics include religion, death and dying, psychogical well-being, violence and gender.