Can placebos make you feel better?
Imagine you are feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed. You go to your doctor and ask for ways to manage these feelings. Instead of giving you anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication, which has many side effects, they tell you about a new treatment option: taking a placebo... click to read more
Damping bad memories to live without concerns
Ask yourself – how honest can you be? Have you ever lied in your life? In criminal matters, accused people often claim that they do not remember some details of a crime to mitigate their responsibility. Ethically speaking, people usually wish to be moral but... click to read more
College roommates influence each other’s political ideology
Universities have become an important front in America's "culture war." Today, many conservatives are deeply skeptical of–or even hostile to–institutions of higher learning. Pundits and politicians on the political right routinely accuse colleges and universities of "indoctrinating" students into "leftist" political ideologies. And while prior... click to read more
Relationship partners are valued by the brain region that also values other goods
When your friend spends a long period of time listening to your problems, how do you feel? You may come to feel closer to the friend than before or consider them a more dependable friend. Apart from such subjective feelings, evolutionary psychologists assume that what... click to read more