Psychology News

Understanding Distinction Bias in Decision Making

Posted by BUOnline on July 18, 2018  /   Posted in Psychology News

By comparing two products or life choices side-by-side, you may be undermining your ability to make the best decision. Psychological research points to how distinction bias can prevent you from accurately predicting how much happiness an item or life decision will provide. How does distinction bias work? And what does it look like? The following

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How Psychology Addresses Research Bias

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on January 31, 2018  /   Posted in Psychology News

In psychological research, objectivity is the key to accuracy. Unfortunately, bias is unavoidable. Biases are the inclinations, tendencies or opinions of researchers that may skew the results of their work. Because all experiments are designed and carried out by humans, they all contain at least some potential for bias. Solving for this variable, therefore, is

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Interesting Psychological Phenomena: The Pratfall Effect

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on June 26, 2017  /   Posted in Psychology News

Is spilling coffee on yourself ever beneficial? What about stubbing your toe? Falling down in public? According to social psychology, clumsy mistakes like these can give individuals an advantage more often than you might think. It’s called the Pratfall Effect and remains a highly intriguing theory in the field of social science. What Is the

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Psychology vs Sociology: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on March 02, 2017  /   Posted in Psychology News

Students drawn to the social sciences have a wide range of options when considering their particular field of study. Psychology and sociology are two such areas. Although these disciplines often attract students of similar mindsets and inclinations, the subjects are often confused with one another. Psychology and sociology both involve the scientific study of people.

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The Psychology of Dreams: Inside the Dream Mind

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on September 23, 2016  /   Posted in Psychology News

Why do we dream? How do dreams provide insight into the mind? Are dreams relevant to waking life? From ancient times when dreams were considered to hold prophetic powers to the neurological phenomena studied today, dreams remain one of psychology’s most enduring mysteries. Although scientists continue to research the answers to these questions, they build

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