Narcissists: there's more than one type – and our research reveals what makes each tick

Some narcissists want to feel included in by the group whereas others don’t really care.

Nikhila Mahadevan, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Essex • conversation
Aug. 5, 2021 ~6 min

Lead exposure during childhood may influence adult personality, and not for the better

Early exposure to lead pollution may lead to less mature personality traits as an adult.

Ted Schwaba, Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts • conversation
July 29, 2021 ~5 min

Have introverts really fared better in lockdown?

Popular opinion has it that introverts are thriving in lockdown – but studies paint a different picture.

Lis Ku, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, De Montfort University • conversation
April 12, 2021 ~8 min

How we discovered that VR can profile your personality

How much does your virtual reality headset know about your life?

Stephen Fairclough, Professor of Psychophysiology in the School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Personality can predict who's a rule-follower and who flouts COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

Psychologists call these traits the 'Big Five': openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. A researcher suggests your profile implies your response to social distancing.

James M. Honeycutt, Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University; Lecturer in Executive Education, University of Texas at Dallas • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~9 min

How people react to the threat of disease could mean COVID-19 is reshaping personalities

Human psychology has evolved to avoid situations that could lead to infection. Behavioral choices now could have long-term effects on how people interact with others and the world.

Vivian Zayas, Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~10 min

Happiness: is feeling content more important than purpose and goals?

There are many ways to be happy, but we can also find comfort in the knowledge that our constant dissatisfaction is what makes us human.

Rafael Euba, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, King's College London • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~13 min