Every region has its place in the brain. However, it has been unclear why brain regions are located where they are. Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have defined two main axes along which brain regions are genetically organized, stretching from posterior to anterior and inferior to superior in the brain. These axes are mainly shaped by genes and evolution.
Self-esteem, or the value one assigns oneself, changes through life. Studies from western countries report a decline in self-esteem post-60 years, but studies in Japan have not sufficiently explored this, owing to partial perspectives on self-esteem and not investigating people aged 70 and older. Now, a new study by Japanese researchers examines the relationship of self-esteem with age and presents an analysis of web-based surveys, expanding our understanding of self-esteem.
A group of psychologists at the University of Rochester and the Israeli-based Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya discovered that we see possible romantic partners as a lot more attractive if we have what the scientists call "a sexy mindset." Under the same condition we also tend to overestimate our own chances of romantic success. Such a mindset, the team found, reduced a person's concerns about being rejected, while simultaneously inducing a sense of urgency to start a romantic relationship.
When political views are at the extreme ends of the spectrum, they are known as political polarization. Now, communication experts at the University of Missouri have developed a writing exercise as a way to reduce polarization in US politics.
Arrange a get-together with friends, enjoy life out in the fresh air: Despite the corona pandemic, everyday life is returning to normal. This is indicated by the current survey results of the BfR-Corona-Monitor. According to them, only 60 percent of the respondents say that they meet up with friends less often. Only 51% state that they leave their home less often to protect themselves from an infection.
In a paper co-authored by Gaurav Jain, an assistant professor of marketing in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer, researchers found that disfluency, or the difficulty for an individual to process a message, increases people's attitudes toward that message after a time delay.
Overall, the presence of depressive symptoms is highly dependent on cultural congruence, whereas self-esteem is not.
On some days, time flies by, while on others it seems to drag on. A new study from JNeurosci reveals why: time-sensitive neurons get worn out and skew our perceptions of time.
New research from The University of Texas at Austin suggests people too often opt to send email or text messages when a phone call is more likely to produce the feelings of connectedness they crave.
Experiments reveal a dynamic process that leads to the uncanny valley, with implications for both the design of robots and for understanding how we perceive one another as humans.