Category Archives: Human Behavior: Perception

The psychology of gift-giving and receiving

Gift exchanges can reveal how people think about others, what they value and enjoy, and how they build and maintain relationships. Researchers are exploring various aspects of gift-giving and receiving, such as how givers choose gifts, how gifts are used … Continue reading

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What’s the point of a curved TV?

Over the last year or so, we’ve seen a number of curved TVs hitting the market. Sure, they look slick and stand out from the crowd, but what, if anything makes a curved TV better than a flat one when … Continue reading

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Feeling, not being, wealthy drives opposition to wealth redistribution

People’s views on income inequality and wealth distribution may have little to do with how much money they have in the bank and a lot to do with how wealthy they feel in comparison to their friends and neighbors, according … Continue reading

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How People’s Political Passions Distort Their Sense of Reality

Though people might disagree on how to solve a problem, they can at least agree that the problem exists. Or can they? A new study finds that deeply held beliefs can undermine rationality: When confronted with solutions that challenge deeply … Continue reading

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Chagas disease may be tied to bedbugs

Philadelphia, PA (Scicasts) — The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, … Continue reading

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Being Poor Is Not the Same Everywhere

Newswise — Young people growing up in impoverished neighborhoods who perceive their poor communities in a positive light report better health and well-being than those with worse perceptions of where they live, new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg … Continue reading

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6 ways to get in shape using simple psychology

We are slaves to context. We eat because friends are around, because something’s free, because it’s in reach, because things are tasty, etc. We respond to “food cues” over feelings. What we see is usually more important than what we … Continue reading

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Teacher expectations of students tied to school’s ‘climate’

The school environment in which teachers work is related to their expectations of students, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal. “It is known that low teacher expectations are negatively associated with student achievement and … Continue reading

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Why stairclimbing is avoided by some people

Psychon Bull Rev. 2014 Feb;21(1):71-7. doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0463-7. Is there any Proffitt in stair climbing? A headcount of studies testing for demographic differences in choice of stairs. Eves FF. Author information School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, … Continue reading

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Impressions shaped by facial appearance foster biased decisions

Research in recent years has shown that people associate specific facial traits with an individual’s personality. For instance, people consistently rate faces that appear more feminine or that naturally appear happy as looking more trustworthy. In addition to trustworthiness, people … Continue reading

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Drug addicts or the mentally ill; which group is perceived more negatively?

People are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness, and don’t support insurance, housing, and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of … Continue reading

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Lack of facial expression leads to perceptions of unhappiness, new OSU research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – People with facial paralysis are perceived as being less happy simply because they can’t communicate in the universal language of facial expression, a new study from an Oregon State University psychology professor shows. The findings highlight the … Continue reading

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Poor body size judgment can lead to increased tolerance of obesity

Size is relative, especially to people who tend to be on the heavy side. Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center in the US found that seven in every ten obese adults underestimate how much someone weighs. People of normal … Continue reading

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