Facebook users who are the most news-obsessed are also the most likely to interact with a small number of news sources, new research finds.
The study is a look at the architecture of social media polarization — essentially, how people are so effective at sorting themselves into opposing groups and filtering out alternative opinions. Though Facebook has algorithms that feed users content they’re likely to enjoy, previous research has found that people’s own choices on the social network are a stronger influence on the sorts of opinions those individuals see. (Politics conversations on Twitter aren’t much different.)
The new research, published today (March 6) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also found that choices matter. The study focused on the activities of 376 million Facebook users between January 2010 and December 2015, as those users interacted with what turned out to be 920 different news outlets.
Two groups of people — Mexican immigrants, and Muslims — have been the subject of much attention lately, and now researchers say they have figured out one psychological process that explains why some people in the United States vilify these groups.
The process, called dehumanization, occurs when people view others as less evolved and civilized than they view themselves, according to the study, which was published in January in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
But dehumanization may ultimately lead members of the targeted groups to have greater support for violent action, the researchers found in the study, which was conducted in the U.S. during the 2016 primary elections.
When news breaks about wrongdoings of our favorite politician, the other side inevitably argues that we have a scandal on our hands. We like to think that our superior grasp of logic is what enables us to reason through and reject the other side’s concerns.
But, a series of three studies I recently published suggest such decisions are not just the result of reasoning. Rather, feeling moral aversion toward political opponents compels us toward positions that help our team “win.” This is true even if it means adopting positions with which we’d otherwise disagree.
Leprechauns are a type of fairy, though it’s important to note that the fairies of Irish folklore were not cute Disneyfied pixies; they could be lustful, nasty, capricious creatures whose magic might delight you one day and kill you the next if you displeased them.
While leprechauns are mythical beings, a rare type of insulin resistance, sometimes called leprechaunism, is very real.
Leprechauns are often described as wizened, bearded old men dressed in green (early versions were clad in red) and wearing buckled shoes, often with a leather apron. Sometimes they wear a pointed cap or hat and may be smoking a pipe.
n a video that was destined to go viral, a man’s live TV interview was interrupted when his two small children burst into the room.
Robert Kelly, a political-science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, was being interviewed by the BBC about the South Korean impeachment scandal when his young daughter strutted into the room.
The little girl was soon followed by a toddler in a walker.
In an infamous series of experiments first conducted in the 1960s, Stanley Milgram, a social psychologist, asked study participants to deliver painful electric shocks to other people.
The shock was not real, but the people in the study didn’t know that.
Milgram found that the study participants were willing to deliver the shocks, as long as an authority figure asked them to do so.
Despite the intangible sadness that imbues the face of “Mona Lisa,” she is unquestionably smiling, a new small study suggests.
Researchers showed 12 people the original portrait of “Mona Lisa,” as well as eight additional versions that had digital tweaks showing her mouth either more upturned or downturned.
The original and all of the “positive” Mona Lisa images were perceived as “happy” almost 100 percent of the time, the researchers found.
The story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cancer cells created a seemingly “immortal” lineage that continued decades after her death, comes to the screen April 22 as an original movie on HBO.
A new trailer offers a glimpse of Lacks’ incredible story. The cells were harvested from a tumor without Lacks’ knowledge or permission when she was undergoing treatment for cervical cancer, and they were able to do something no other cells had done before — survive and reproduce in the lab.
After Lacks died of cancer in 1951, her family was unaware that her cells had been taken and were being used extensively in medical research. Reporter Rebecca Skloot uncovered the tale, writing about it in her book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (Crown Publishing Group, 2010), which was the basis for the film.
The phrase “alternative facts” has recently made the news in a political context, but psychiatrists like me are already intimately acquainted with the concept – indeed, we hear various forms of alternate reality expressed almost every day.
All of us need to parse perceived from actual reality every day, in nearly every aspect of our lives. So how can we sort out claims and beliefs that strike most people as odd, unfounded, fantastical or just plain delusional?
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