The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity

Microaggressions aren't just innocent blunders – new research links them with racial bias

White people are often defensive when they're called out for these subtle snubs and insults. But researchers have found that microaggressions correlate with racial bias.

Jonathan Kanter, Director of the Center for the Science of Social Connection, University of Washington • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: psychology bias race racism psychology-research racial-injustice microaggression racial-bias microaggressions racial-prejudice

Here's how Americans coped during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

A survey of 500 adults in the US provides a snapshot of the ways people are dealing with life during a pandemic and how well they think they're doing.

Melissa Liu, Ph.D. Student in Psychology, IUPUI • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 anxiety stress coronavirus-2020 covid-19-pandemic surveys psychology-research worry coping-strategies coping stressed coronavirus-in-us coronavirus-anxiety

Porn use is up, thanks to the pandemic

Online pornography is one business that's booming during the coronavirus pandemic. A psychology researcher explains its pull and whether there are likely to be longer-term effects of this surge in use.

Joshua B. Grubbs, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  psychology  pornography  social-distancing  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  boredom  psychology-research  sexual-dysfunction  pornhub  online-porn

Stuck at home with your partner? Look to retirees for how to make it work

Cooped up with a partner and nowhere to go to break it up? Coronavirus social distancing... or another day in retirement? Research on older couples holds tips for everyone else on how to deal.

Anne Fishel, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School • conversation
April 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  coronavirus  psychology  sars-cov-2  social-distancing  coronavirus-2020  self-isolation  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  social-isolation  psychology-research  relationships  marriage  retirement  retirees  couples  romantic-relationships  senior-citizen  romantic-partners

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