Viral myths play an important role in turbulent times

Why urban legends are more powerful than ever

Viral hoaxes are a way for us to make sense of the turbulent world and manage threat in a safe environment


Online warning increasingly alert users to potentially disturbing content

A short history of trigger warnings

Do people need psychological protection from material that might evoke strong emotions?

Published in: Society

A short history of trigger warnings

By Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne
Originally published by The Conversation on May 9 2017.

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.


Poor body image and genetic factors combine in many cases of eating disorders

Therapy for eating disorders works. Why can’t people access it?

This life-threatening mental illness costs $69 billion a year and effects one in 10 Australians


The one sure way to know a child is lyingvideo

Lying is normal. Being able to detect a child's untruths is exceptional


The one sure way to know a child is lying

Presented by Kang Lee, developmental researcher
Originally published by TED.

TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.


Supermarket shopping

How our brain responds to junk food packaging

Marketing messages hijack the same brain processes as drug and alcohol addiction


What you can do to avoid Alzheimer’s Diseasevideo

Neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova on what research suggests we can do to keep dementia at bay

Published in: Health

What you can do to avoid Alzheimer’s Disease

Presented by Lisa Genova
Originally published by TED.

TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.


A close up of the legs and feet of two clowns against a brick wall.

The psychology behind why clowns creep us out

There are psychological reasons why we are scared of clowns and find them creepy.

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The psychology behind why clowns creep us out

By Frank T. McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, Knox College
Originally published by The Conversation on September 29 2016.

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

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Brain stimulation may not be all it’s cracked up to be

Interest in electrical brain stimulation as a treatment has skyrocketed, but the evidence in support of it is mixed


Self-esteem among narcissists is ‘puffed up, but shaky’

Narcissism has two faces, neither of them attractive. Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-worth, seeing themselves as superior beings who are entitled to special treatment. But that sense of self worth is easily undermined