Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
Verified by Psychology Today
Life, death and free will.
Nathan A Heflick Ph.D.
Russia and Cambridge Analytica tried to persuade people's votes. But why does everyone deny that this influenced them specifically? Research provides answers.
Story after story was shared in which music had changed people's lives in meaningful ways, helping people not just to survive but to live.
Do people want less, if it means other people don't get more? How do studies testing this potentially relate to the support (or lack of support) for Trump's new tax cuts?
Do our goals and motivations influence what we see?
What counts as "real sex" is shaped by our own sexual preferences.
Do those in power estimate the time things will take to be completed more than those not in power?
Power plays a role in how effectively we recognize emotion in others.
The need to appear masculine impacts men's mental health.
What do playing cards with red spades and black hearts have to do with your desire to punish people or to defend your political views?
When death comes, will it be as bad as we think?
We tend to see outgroup members as all alike to each other. But this simply isn't the case.
Fake news has a strong appeal. Why do we fall for it?
If others get more, would we prefer to get nothing?
When it comes to being hired, is there a "dark-side" to being attractive?
The phrase "gentleman and scholar" could've been coined to describe Robert Kastenbaum. In his death, reflected through his life, we have much to learn from this man.
Is religion associated with thinking you are better than others?
Can nueroscience research provide clues into the support of Donald Trump among White, religious people in America?
Sexual objectification may help preserve self-control.
New research tests the frequency of unwanted sexual gazing.
Are we biased about our own bias?
I can understand the causes, intellectually, but as a living, breathing person, I will never be able to comprehend fully why a person is favored purely due to where they were born.
If Mateen was perhaps more accepting of his own homosexual desires, perhaps none of this would've happened.
How self esteem and stereotyping are linked
We form social groups almost automatically, but there is a dark side to this zest for social connection.
There is a place for sadness in a meaningful, happy life
Innocent people being killed in conflict can have a rather unexpected impact on war support.
Carrie Fisher has become a source of media focus, but for all the wrong reasons.
Who is drawn to believing in the end of the world?
How do people resolve not wanting to harm animals, but enjoying meat?
How does the quest for certainty impact prejudice towards people who do not belong to our social groups?
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.