Your brain evolved to hoard supplies and shame others for doing the same

Faced with uncertain and anxious times, brains send out instructions to start stockpiling supplies – whether you're a person facing a pandemic, or a rodent prepping for a long winter.

Stephanie Preston, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
March 27, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

Tags: psychology neuroscience stress brain shopping human-behavior public-shaming animal-behavior shame tragedy-of-the-commons hoarding stockpiling

Neanderthals ate sharks and dolphins

Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study.

By Paul Rincon
March 26, 2020 | bbcnews

~3 mins   

Tags: animals archaeology human-evolution neanderthals dolphins

Americans disagree on how risky the coronavirus is, but most are changing their behavior anyway

Using a survey taken from March 10 – March 16, social scientists tried to untangle the complicated connection between feelings of vulnerability and behavior change in response to the coronavirus.

Daniel Bennett, Assistant Professor (Research) of Economics, University of Southern California
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

Tags: surveys communication risk altruism coronavirus social-psychology human-behavior covid-19

Coronavirus: experts in evolution explain why social distancing feels so unnatural

The evolution of the strong human bond.

Vivien Shaw, Lecturer in Anatomy, Bangor University
March 25, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

Tags: social-media evolution relationships primates society coronavirus non-human-primates covid-19 social-distancing

Public confident they can keep themselves safe during pandemic

An ongoing survey by researchers at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is examining public attitudes toward the coronavirus pandemic.

Alvin Powell
March 23, 2020 | harvard

~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell coronavirus harvard-humanitarian-initiative harvard-medical-school harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health leadership patrick-vinck phuong-pham public-health social-distancing trust

Coronavirus: South Korea’s success in controlling disease is due to its acceptance of surveillance

South Korea's COVID-19 testing programme relies on what many would call privacy invasions.

Jung Won Sonn, Associate Professor in Urban Economic Development, UCL
March 19, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

Tags: surveillance human-rights south-korea coronavirus disease-prevention covid-19 covid-19-testing

Moving beyond “defensive medicine”

Study shows removing liability concerns slightly increases C-section procedures during childbirth.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office
March 11, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: economics health-care medicine research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-science

Why are workers getting smaller pieces of the pie?

Market concentration in the form of “superstar” firms has been lowering labor’s share of GDP in recent decades, a new study finds.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office
March 10, 2020 | mit

~9 mins   

Tags: social-sciences economics business-and-management research national-science-foundation-nsf sloan-school-of-management school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Why do banking crises occur?

In a new book, political scientist David Singer finds two key factors connected to financial-sector collapses around the globe.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office
March 10, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: political-science banking finance books-and-authors faculty research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Design, power, and justice

In new book “Design Justice,” Associate Professor Sasha Costanza-Chock examines how to make technology work for more people in society.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office
March 3, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: comparative-media-studieswriting faculty research books-and-authors diversity-and-inclusion technology-and-society school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

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