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2 people can learn to cooperate intuitively, but larger groups need to communicate

Two people can learn to cooperate with each other intuitively – without communication or any conscious intention to cooperate. But this process breaks down in groups of three or more. A study by members of the University of Leicester's School of Psychology and Department of Economics set out to explain how two people learn to cooperate without even knowing that they are interacting with each other. In larger groups, explicit communication is needed to coordinate actions.

Neuroscience

Masked Fears: Are Fears That Are Seemingly Overcome Only Hidden?

ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2011) — Fear is a natural part of our emotional life and acts as a necessary protection mechanism. However, fears sometimes grow beyond proportions and become difficult to shed. Scientists from Freiburg, Basel and Bordeaux have used computer simulations to understand the processes within the brain during the formation and extinction of fears.

Social Psychology

What you see is what you do: Risky behaviors linked to risk-glorifying media exposure

WASHINGTON – Exposure via the media to activities such as street racing, binge drinking and unprotected sex is linked to risk-taking behaviors and attitudes, according to a new analysis of more than 25 years of research.

Strategic Psychology

Trusting People Make Better Lie Detectors

Trusting others may not make you necessarily a fool or a Pollyanna, according to a study in the current Social Psychological and Personality Science (published by SAGE). Instead it can be a sign that you're smart.

Social Psychology

Bitter tastes make you more judgemental

Don't drink and judge - bitter tastes alter your moral compass, making you more judgemental.

Social Psychology

Is crime a virus or a beast?

Stanford study shows the word you pick can frame the debate on how to fight it

Problem solving

Selling Psychology - Consumers Think 36 Months Is Longer Than 3 Years

When you were younger, you may have wondered why gas had odd prices like $1.09.9 and your parents likely told you it's because $1.09.9 looks cheaper than $1.10.   Stores love prices that end in $.99 for that reason.

Scientific research

Living Fast but Dying Older Is Possible -- If You're a Sheep

ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2011) — According to Dr Annette Baudisch of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, current methods of comparing patterns of ageing are limited because they confound two different elements of ageing -- pace and shape.

Sexuality

'Objectifying gaze' triggers conflicting outcomes for women

Lincoln, Neb - Something for men to think about the next time they gawk at an attractive female co-worker: That longing stare may touch off a vicious cognitive cycle that could hurt her ability to do her job well.

Scientific research

Learning Science : Actively Recalling Information from Memory Beats Elaborate Study Methods

ScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2011) — Put down those science text books and work at recalling information from memory. That's the shorthand take away message of new research from Purdue University that says practicing memory retrieval boosts science learning far better than elaborate study methods.

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