“A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.” – David Hume
What is wisdom? Wisdom can be defined as an expert knowledge system concerning the fundamental pragmatics of life, and it has five major components, research shows (Baltes & Staudinger, 2000):
It is often observed that power can change people. But why is that? A new study by Hogeveen and colleagues (2013) examined this. In short, the study shows that power changes how the brain operates at a very fundamental level. It seems to change the neurological basis for empathy. Continue reading
Purzycki (2013) has compared two cultures with different religions (American Christians and Buddhist-animist Tyvans). The author wanted to examine cross-cultural variations in the representations of their gods, and how these relate to (religious) prosociality. Continue reading
Many people worship celebrities, but is this tendency stable over time? This would mean that certain types of people consistently worship celebrities. Indeed, some people have been termed celebrity worshipers. Continue reading
Psychological myopia refers to the tendency in decision makers to focus on information immediately related to their judgment and to ignore other, less prominent, pieces of information. Continue reading
One definition of high-risk sports is ‘activities that imply a possibility of injury or death, and in order to minimize the risks associated with the sport, specialized equipment is often needed’.
This post sums up the theory of multiple intelligences and considers it in the light of evidence. So, is it true that people have multiple intelligences?
Kell and colleagues (2013) published a longitudinal study on highly gifted individuals. The authors wanted to examine whether the talents of these individuals predicted their future success such as work and study accomplishments. Continue reading