Category: Society

Why the Rich and Powerful Have Less Empathy

Why the Rich and Powerful Have Less Empathy

A psychologist reveals that the richer and more powerful a person is, the less empathy he or she is likely to have for people who are lower in status. By Kathleen Geier / The Washington Monthly / October 7, 2013 Psychologist Daniel Goleman has written a fascinating piece for today’s New York Times about social status and empathy. It seems that the richer and more powerful […]

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Financial worries makes you stupid, study finds

Financial worries makes you stupid, study finds

Financial worries create cognitive deficit equivalent to 13-point loss in IQ, research shows Finding it hard to make ends meet can impoverish the brain and reduce your ability to think, say scientists. Financial worries tax the brain so much they create a “cognitive deficit” equivalent to a 13-point loss in IQ, a study found. The problem is distinct from the […]

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Drone industry gives journalists not-so-subtle hint — don’t use the word ‘drones’

Drone industry gives journalists not-so-subtle hint — don’t use the word ‘drones’

By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times “Drone” is a dirty word at this week’s drone industry convention in Washington. The sector long has opposed use of the term, seen by some as having an inherently negative connotation that doesn’t accurately describe the awesome technology and potential positive uses of today’s unmanned aerial vehicles. Efforts to stop journalists, and the public […]

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Climate Change Leads to the Rise of Violence

Climate Change Leads to the Rise of Violence

  An analysis of 60 studies finds that warmer temperatures and extreme rainfall lead to a rise in violence. In the coming decades, the world’s changing climate could herald a rise in violence at every scale—from individuals to nations, from assault to war—according to a comprehensive new analysis of the link between climate and conflict.   Analyzing data from 60 […]

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English Speakers Increasingly Use Self-Centered Words Like ‘Get’ And ‘Choose’

English Speakers Increasingly Use Self-Centered Words Like ‘Get’ And ‘Choose’

What changes in language use can tell us about society By Shaunacy Ferro Individualistic Words Greenfield, Psychological Science 2013 The words that consistently pop up in published literature can tell us a lot about individual and cultural trends and values. Are people talking about their emotions more? Are people feeling depressed? Patricia Greenfield, a psychology professor at the University of […]

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