PsyPost http://www.psypost.org Behavior, cognition and society Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:02:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 What behavioural economics tells us about financial adviser greedhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/behavioural-economics-tells-us-financial-adviser-greed-28452 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/behavioural-economics-tells-us-financial-adviser-greed-28452#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:02:30 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28452 By Uwe Dulleck, Queensland University of Technology There’s no doubt incentives matter for financial advisers. If an employer pays a higher commission to an adviser for selling one product instead of another, it’s likely the commission-linked product will be sold more often. This basic reasoning was behind the previous government’s future of financial advice (FoFA) [...]

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Why don’t we speak up when we see signs of domestic violence?http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/dont-speak-see-signs-domestic-violence-28450 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/dont-speak-see-signs-domestic-violence-28450#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:00:41 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28450 By Sarah Wendt, University of South Australia Have you cringed when a friend was degraded by her partner in public? Or felt uncomfortable because your friend’s partner continually rings to check her whereabouts? Is your friend’s partner intimidating and rude to you? Have you heard screams from a neighbour’s house, or seen physical signs of [...]

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Non-citizens face harsher sentencing than citizens in US criminal courtshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/non-citizens-face-harsher-sentencing-citizens-us-criminal-courts-28448 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/non-citizens-face-harsher-sentencing-citizens-us-criminal-courts-28448#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:58:04 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28448 Non-Americans in the U.S. federal court system are more likely to be sentenced to prison and for longer terms compared to U.S. citizens, according to a new study. “Much of the discussion in this area has centered around deportation, but increasing numbers of immigrants are being brought before criminal courts, and little is known about [...]

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What happens in our brain when we unlock a door?http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/happens-brain-unlock-door-28446 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/happens-brain-unlock-door-28446#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:57:17 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28446 People who are unable to button up their jacket or who find it difficult to insert a key in lock suffer from a condition known as apraxia. This means that their motor skills have been impaired – as a result of a stroke, for instance. Scientists in Munich have now examined the parts of the [...]

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Intervention helps decrease ‘mean girl’ behaviors, researchers findhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/intervention-helps-decrease-mean-girl-behaviors-researchers-find-28444 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/intervention-helps-decrease-mean-girl-behaviors-researchers-find-28444#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:45:55 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28444 Relational aggression, or “mean girl” bullying, is a popular subject in news and entertainment media. This nonphysical form of aggression generally used among adolescent girls includes gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion and rejection. As media coverage has illustrated, relational aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. Despite these alarming concerns, little has been done [...]

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Worry, jealousy, moodiness linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s in womenhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/worry-jealousy-moodiness-linked-higher-risk-alzheimers-women-28442 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/worry-jealousy-moodiness-linked-higher-risk-alzheimers-women-28442#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:32:55 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28442 Women who are anxious, jealous, or moody and distressed in middle age may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a nearly 40-year-long study published in the October 1, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Most Alzheimer’s research has been [...]

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Treatment of substance abuse can lessen risk of future violence in mentally illhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/treatment-substance-abuse-can-lessen-risk-future-violence-mentally-ill-28440 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/treatment-substance-abuse-can-lessen-risk-future-violence-mentally-ill-28440#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:27:05 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28440 If a person is dually diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, are improvements in their mental health or in their substance abuse most likely to reduce the risk of future violence? Although some may believe that improving symptoms of mental illness is more likely to lessen the risk for future [...]

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Keeping your eyes on the prize can help with exercise, NYU study findshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/keeping-eyes-prize-can-help-exercise-nyu-study-finds-28438 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/keeping-eyes-prize-can-help-exercise-nyu-study-finds-28438#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:25:54 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28438 New research suggests the adage that encourages people to keep their “eyes on the prize” may be on target when it comes to exercise. When walking, staying focused on a specific target ahead can make the distance to it appear shorter and help people walk there faster, psychology researchers have found. Their study, which compares [...]

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Power can corrupt even the honest, study findshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/power-can-corrupt-even-honest-study-finds-28436 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/power-can-corrupt-even-honest-study-finds-28436#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:24:33 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28436 When appointing a new leader, selectors base their choice on several factors and typically look for leaders with desirable characteristics such as honesty and trustworthiness. However once leaders are in power, can we trust them to exercise it in a prosocial manner? New research published in The Leadership Quarterly looked to discover whether power corrupts [...]

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Researchers show EEG’s potential to reveal depolarizations following traumatic brain injuryhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/researchers-show-eegs-potential-reveal-depolarizations-following-traumatic-brain-injury-28434 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/researchers-show-eegs-potential-reveal-depolarizations-following-traumatic-brain-injury-28434#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:23:33 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28434 The potential for doctors to measure damaging “brain tsunamis” in injured patients without opening the skull has moved a step closer to reality, thanks to pioneering research at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Neuroscience Institute. The research team, led by Jed Hartings, PhD, research associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at the UC College [...]

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