https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/02/technology/uber-drivers-psychological-tricks.html?_r=1 To keep drivers on the road, the company has exploited some people’s tendency to set earnings goals — alerting them that they are ever so close to hitting a precious target when they try to log off. It has even concocted an algorithm similar to a Netflix feature thatContinue Reading

https://www.inverse.com/article/49563-why-some-people-love-music-and-others-don-t But in a study published today in Current Biology, Spanish and Canadian researchers report on a group of “music anhedonics” — literally, those who do not enjoy music. This is an intriguing phenomenon, and we presume very rare. Importantly, these people are not “amusic” — an affliction that oftenContinue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201804/its-not-easy-diagnose-personality-disorder To begin with, emotionally crying appears to be a uniquely human behavior. Animals shed tears as part of a normal ocular functioning, and there have been anecdotal reports of animals shedding the occasional emotional tear, but for the most part only humans routinely cry out of sadness and otherContinue Reading

On Monday, Raniere’s secret world came crashing down when authorities tracked him down in Mexico after a months-long manhunt and arrested him for sex trafficking and forced labor. He was arraigned in Texas on Tuesday and will now be brought to Brooklyn to face justice after what prosecutors say hasContinue Reading

https://www.verywellmind.com/albert-bandura-biography-1925-2795537 Albert Bandura’s social learning theory stressed the importance of observational learning, imitation, and modeling. “Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do,” Bandura explained in his 1977 book onContinue Reading

Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development had a profound influence on psychology, especially the understanding of children’s intellectual growth. His research contributed to the growth of developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, genetic epistemology, and education reform. Albert Einstein once described Piaget’s observations on children’s intellectual growth and thought processes as aContinue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/charm-harm/201504/tolerating-emotional-abuse-invites-more-abuse Chuck gathered the courage to stand up to his wife, Valerie, the day before, after another one of her rages against him. Valerie is punishing him with stony silence for having the audacity to challenge her. She ignored him last night and left for work early in the morningContinue Reading

https://qz.com/1170481/horoscopes-2018-astrology-isnt-fake-its-just-been-ruined-by-modern-psychology/ And it wasn’t just the pre-hippy folk: During this time, Carl Jung also began exploring astrology. Jung, who created the psychological categories of introversion and extroversion and formed the basis for the popular Myers-Briggs personality test, placed astrology on par with mythology in explaining the workings of the humanContinue Reading

Apple wants to make Siri a better therapist. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwhMuzgzY http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-16/apple-hiring-siri-engineer-with-psychology-background/8952318 The technology giant said the successful applicant would “improve Siri in these areas” and “play a part in the next revolution in human-computer interaction”. Last year, a US study found personal voice assistants “responded inconsistently and incompletely to simple questionsContinue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-guest-room/201710/tears-connection To further understand the signalling power of tears, scientists recently investigated the difference between perceptions of infant tears and adult tears. The team found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that infant tears elicit a stronger response than adult tears, according to a report published in Social Neuroscience. Seeing infant tears activated brainContinue Reading