social behavior

A set of biological factors that seem to determine in which end of the stress susceptibility spectrum one may land has been identified study in mice by Rockefeller University researchers. They also show preliminary evidence that a naturally occurring substance called acetyl-L-carnitine (LAC) may help make the brain become more resilient to stress. “If we… Read more

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

You are more likely to reveal information that you are usually careful about hiding when you are more awake and alert, a new University of Melbourne study suggests[1]. Arousal — the degree to which someone is awake and alert — causes people to say things automatically rather than think things through before speaking, according to… Read more

Imagine you’re a lecturer teaching a celebrated novel that features violent scenes – say, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925). It transpires that one of your students has themselves been a victim of violence and now, thanks to your words, they are reliving their trauma. Could you, should you, have done more to protect… Read more

Husbands are the least stressed when their wives earn less than 40 per cent of household income, but they become increasingly uncomfortable as their spouse’s wages rise beyond that point and feel the most stress when they are entirely economically dependent on their partner, new research from the University of Bath shows. “These findings suggest… Read more