Trusting research over their guts, scientists in New Zealand and Canada examined the phenomenon Stephen Colbert, comedian and news satirist, calls “truthiness”—the feeling that something is true. In four different experiments they discovered that people believe claims are true, regardless of whether they actually are true, when a decorative photograph appears alongside the claim.
Stories about how we get our ideas across and how we are perceived.
According to a new study, male restaurant customers give higher tips to waitresses wearing red
When people managed to reduce their lies in given weeks across a 10-week study, they reported significantly improved physical and mental health in those same weeks.
When Olympic athletes throw up their arms, clench their fists and grimace after a win, they are displaying triumph through a gesture that is the same across cultures, a new study suggests
Brain recordings can reconstruct an image or movie clip someone is viewing, a sound someone is hearing or even the text someone is reading
Simply adding words related to health and weight on posters, restaurant menu’s, or recipe cards can stimulate healthy food choices among dieters and overweight individuals, in a variety of real-life settings, according to a number of experiments, by Esther Papies of Utrecht University, The Netherlands
An R rating for any film showing smoking could substantially reduce smoking onset in U.S. adolescents, new research suggests
Today, finding influentials is all the rage. Companies such as Klout are trying to measure “influence scores” for people in social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, and brands are using this information to target them with advertising. Beyond marketers, parents are interested in whether their children’s peers influence education outcomes; managers are interested in whether workers’ colleagues influence their …
New mothers who read and write blogs may feel less alone than mothers who do not participate in a blogging community, according to family studies researchers.
An examination of past Olympic Games television coverage shows notable differences in the way sports commentators talk about athletes, depending upon the athletes’ races, gender and nationalities.
Two studies by University of Delaware professor James Angelini published this month in academic journals show particular biases. The first details differences in coverage of male and female athletes.