Rituals have throughout human history been enacted to mark life events. Rituals are systematized sequences of behaviors that prepare us for something to happen, and they often include repeated and unusual behaviors. They influence how people experience what comes next (Vohs et al., 2013). Continue reading →
Van der Wal & van Dillen (2013) emphasize that people in modern Western societies devote less and less attention to their meals. This fact is supported by reports that have shown that we eat about half of our meals in front of a television. Continue reading →
How do we measure psychopathy and how is it related to violence? According to Camp and colleagues (2013), a widely known test called the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) is applied in justice contexts. Continue reading →
The sensorimotor-based theories posit that the brain becomes activated in the same brain regions when people perceive and interact with an object, and when they store its meaning. Therefore, having an experience with an object should shape its meaning (Yee et al., 2013). Continue reading →
We like to think that the grass is greener on the other side.
Most people are generally optimistic about their futures. People expect brighter tomorrows. This tendency is here mentioned as the optimism bias. This bias makes people think in a positive and optimistic way about their own futures, and people may misinterpret their own skills and success because they are a naïve about their futures. Continue reading →