People who repeatedly encounter a fake news item may feel less and less unethical about sharing it on social media, even when they don’t believe the information, a new study suggests. The findings have important implications for policymakers and social media companies trying to curb the spread of misinformation online. “We suggest that efforts to… Read more

Although some studies have linked high levels of testosterone to immoral behavior, a new study finds testosterone supplements actually made people more sensitive to moral norms, suggesting that testosterone’s influence on behavior is more complicated than previously thought. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin took a deeper look at the hormonal underpinnings of… Read more

People who are motivated to develop the best in themselves and others tend to reason just as wisely about their own problems as they do for others, new research from the Association for Psychological Science shows. From conflicts at work to romantic dramas, we are typically better at working through other people’s problems than our… Read more

Nobody likes to think about lying on their death bed. From health anxiety to midlife crises, it seems like thoughts about ageing and death can often unleash some level of neurosis. But is that the whole story? We have examined mortality awareness – the realization that we are all one day going to die –… Read more

Telling small lies desensitises your brain to the associated negative emotions and may encourage you to tell bigger lies in the future, suggests new research at University College London. The research provides the first empirical evidence that self-serving lies gradually escalate and shows how this happens in our brains. The team scanned volunteers’ brains while… Read more