Psychology

Amid the global spread of COVID-19 we are witnessing an increased focus on gathering food and supplies. We’ve seen images of supermarket shelves emptied of basics such as toilet paper, pasta, and tinned foods. Messages to reassure people there would be continued supply of provisions has done little to ease public anxiety. Panic buying and… Read more

A new study unpacks why people who base their self-worth on their financial success often feel lonely in everyday life. “When people base their self-worth on financial success, they experience feelings of pressure and a lack of autonomy, which are associated with negative social outcomes,” says coauthor Lora Park, an associate professor of psychology at… Read more

People are no better than chance at identifying when someone else is recounting a false or real memory of a crime, according to a new study from University College London[1]. The findings build on a previous study that was the first to successfully implant false memories of committing a crime — involving either assault or… Read more

Stress can hinder our ability to develop informed plans by preventing us from being able to make decisions based on memory, researchers report[1]. “We draw on memory not just to project ourselves backward into the past but to project ourselves forward, to plan. Stress can rob you of the ability to draw on cognitive systems… Read more

The brain’s representation of the back of hands changes depending on the orientation in which they are held, research from York University’s Centre for Vision Research shows[1]. The Centre’s director Laurence Harris, a Psychology professor in York’s Faculty of Health, along with graduate student Sarah D’Amour, looked at how accurate healthy individuals are at judging… Read more