People given accurate statistics on a controversial issue tended to misremember those numbers to fit commonly held beliefs, a study from Ohio State University reports[1]. “People can self-generate their own misinformation. It doesn’t all come from external sources. They may not be doing it purposely, but their own biases can lead them astray. And the… Read more

We all know people who have suffered by trusting too much: scammed customers, jilted lovers, shunned friends. Indeed, most of us have been burned by misplaced trust. These personal and vicarious experiences lead us to believe that people are too trusting, often verging on gullibility. In fact, we don’t trust enough. Take data about trust… Read more

People in low-power situations are significantly more trusting of more powerful people than vice versa, new research shows. The reason appears to be that low-power people are more hopeful about their exchange partners and want them to be more benevolent. The researchers tested competing predictions in four different studies about how having low vs. high… Read more

All successful relationships have common characteristics. This is true whether the relationship is romantic, work-related, casual, or familial. Relationships are more stable and satisfying when all parties are on the same page. Communication is always a key element of healthy relationships, but there are additional important factors. Practice these ideas in all of your relationships… Read more

What causes mothers and adult children to part ways? Iowa Stae University researchers wanted to find out. Results of their study suggest violations of societal norms, such as substance abuse, don’t cause the rift, but rather differences in core values. Lead author Megan Gilligan, assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State… Read more