Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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The British Brain Blog
Raj Persaud, M.D. and Peter Bruggen, M.D.
Because narcissists attach the highest importance to acquiring leadership, fame, and wealth, losing power and status will lead them to feel more totally empty.
Politicians on the right of the political spectrum, on average, look more beautiful, a finding replicated in Europe, the U.S. and Australia.
Experimental psychologists discovered a long time ago that it was not so much electric shocks that damaged us mentally, but unpredictable punishment.
In one study of revenge porn, more than 50 percent of survivors’ full names and links to social media profiles accompanied the naked photos.
The things we want to know about the health of Presidents and presidential candidates tell us much more about ourselves than about them.
New research on how people panic in a crisis, and why understanding those reactions are so vital.
But now a new study suggests it may have been a mistake to see forgiveness and revenge as opposing strategies, and that both might be empowering.
Civilian complaints of major crimes declined by approximately 3 to 6 percent during the police slowdown.
Sitting MPs and Conservatives (both in and out of the UK House of Commons) appear to be significantly more tolerant, compared to the public, of ethically questionable behaviour.
During the 1918-1920 pandemic, the public rebelled more over being forced to wear face masks than other more restrictive measures. This may be why.
The press puzzle over why Professor Neil Ferguson broke UK lockdown rules.
A recently published study from the University of Colorado has examined the effect of US Super Bowl exposure on low birth weight.
One Psychotherapist has claimed: ...Freud placed his bet on the human, as the source of both suffering and balm. He didn’t reckon with a nemesis so indifferent as a virus...
A new form of self-harm might be emerging: seeking to catch COVID-19 on purpose.
We prefer leaders who look physically formidable when we find ourselves facing an external threat.
Research explores how pandemics and other catastrophes can drive us to war.
As you detect physical symptoms attributable to rising panic but mistake them for the flu, you get more panicky and descend into a spiral of ever-increasing mental distress.
The authors argue that had the super-spreaders been identified and quarantined promptly, around 61% of the Ebola infections could have been prevented.
...school dismissals are particularly effective in delaying the epidemic peak, typically by 4 to 6 days for each additional week of dismissal.
If this theory is true, then it ominously signals future suicides becoming an intrinsic and inevitable part of the culture of these programmes.
Power is linked to infidelity more for women than for men.
Women who expected to interact with an attractive man tended to display more red through their clothing, accessories, and makeup more often.
There's a hundred-fold increase of antidepressant prescribing in Britain for children; a recent CDC publication puts use of antidepressants among American adolescents at 13%.
The rapid expansion of gated communities across the United States may hold the key to understanding what's being argued.
Nearly one in 10 single women will be induced not to marry as a result of a big money lottery win. Additional income encourages single women to remain unmarried.
... and this current study suggests we can be divided into two basic psychological types, whether we value time more than money or whether we value time as if it were money.
What false accusers (and the media) can get wrong about sexual assault allegations.
A statistical analysis of a number of matches found definitively that referees made harsher decisions in female matches compared with male games.
How might the concept of momentum help explain wins and losses?
Adam Lankford finds that the United States has approximately 31% of the world's mass killers, but approximately 75% of these offenders explicitly seek fame.
Raj Persaud, M.D., is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in private practice in the UK. He and Peter Bruggen, M.D., are part of the UK Royal College of Psychiatrist's Podcast Editor Team.