This Week In Psychology – December 02, 2017

redditlinkOnline trolls are most likely to be male and exhibit higher levels of psychopathy and sadism

Online Trolls Are Most Likely To Be Psychotic Sadistic Males

Nov 30
The study was based on a sample of 415 participants with about 1/3 being males and 2/3 being females.  They where given an online questionnaire, but some believe these questionnaires lead to incorrect answers.
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redditlinkMost Redditors Don’t Actually Read the Articles They Vote On

Most Redditors Don’t Actually Read the Articles They Vote On

Dec 01
Based on the research by The University of Notre Dame, they looked at 309 reddit users over the course of one year.  The found 73% of these redditors do not read actually read the article before upvoting or downvoting the post.
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redditlinkTeenage brains can’t tell what’s important and what isn’t

People Tend To Value Money More With Age

Dec 01
Researchers tested teenagers on 2 different tasks.  In one 20 cents was at stake, and in the other one dollar was at stake.  They found that teenagers treated the money the same until the age of 19/20 where they was a small statistical significance of =0.04.
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redditlinkChildren Exposed To Residential Green Spaces Have Better Attention Spans

Children Exposed To Residential Green Spaces Have Better Attention Spans

Nov 26
A big takeaway on this study is “we did not have information on the family context and support for cognitive development available to the child in the home environment, which could have been a potential source of residual confounding.”
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redditlinkMen Have Unwanted Sex To Conform to Gender Expectations And Avoid Uncomfortable Interactions

Men Have Unwanted Sex To Conform to Gender Expectations And Avoid Uncomfortable Interactions

Nov 29
This study only looked at males having sex with females, and not male on male sexual encounters.
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redditlinkSpeaking Instead of Writing To Those Who Disagree With You Makes You Sound Smarter

Speaking Instead of Writing To Those Who Disagree With You Makes You Seem Smarter

Nov 28
When you speak to a person it makes them seem more mentally capable to them, and therefore more knowledgeable on the topic at hand.  Compared to reading what someone typed.
Grant Cardone

redditlinkLove At First Sight Doesnt Exist, But Lust Does

Love At First Sight Doesn’t Exist, But Lust Does

Dec 1
Researchers collected data from an online study, a lab study, and dating events.  There they looked at people who has LAFS and it showed that there was a highly predictive rate of attraction (lust) at first sight.
Christian Jarrett

redditlinkOverly Competitive Men Are Skewing Results For Genders Pain Studies

Overly Competitive Men Are Skewing Results For Gender Pain Studies

Nov 28
Researchers found that overly aggressive and competitive men are more likely to take part in pain research studies.  This may also show that men have a higher pain threshold than women.
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redditlinkDepressed People Are More Likely To Want Equality and Vise Versa

Depressed People Are More Likely To Want Equality and Vise Versa

Nov 28
Researchers found the brains differ in those who are most concerned about resources being equal among others.  They also found that they are statistically more likely to be depressed than those who only care about themselves or having more than others.
Medical News Today

redditlinkPeople Are Highly Irrational When It Comes To Moral Superiority

People Are Highly Irrational When It Comes To Moral Superiority

Nov 29
This would explain why someone you might consider a bad person believes they are not.  People believe they are far more trustworthy and honest than others, according to a new study.  The quote “We judge ourselves by our intentions, others by our actions” fits well here.
Emma Young – digest.bps.org.uk