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Psychology

Total 9 Posts

Do radical protests turn the public away from a cause?

6 min read
Research shows that when dramatic climate change protests happen people want to shoot the messenger, but they do hear the message.

Cognitive biases and brain biology help explain why facts don’t change minds

6 min read
Here are some reasons for the natural human tendency to avoid or reject new information that runs counter to what you already know – and some tips on how to do better.

What we mean when we say we are mourning Queen Elizabeth for the values she embodied

5 min read
As words go, grief feels inadequate for describing public sentiment in the wake of the Queen’s death. More than the death of an individual, people are perhaps mourning the loss of what she represented.

Vladimir Putin: A risk-taker who is gambling his country’s future.

8 min read
How did a young risk-taking politician take complete control of Russia and destabilise Europe and the US? Twenty years on, his dangerously aggressive and risky rule must be ended.

Why we must talk about ‘protections’ being lifted, not ‘restrictions’.

2 min read
“Time to remove all protective measures” is a lot harder to sell than “Time to remove all restrictions”, but it is the truth millions of people are experiencing every day. Language matters, a health expert explains.

Capitol assault: The real reason Trump and the crowd almost killed US democracy.

6 min read
The moment that could have brought US democracy to its knees on January 6, 2021 was a genuine co-production between Trump and his supporters.

Life after COVID: Most people don’t want a return to normal – they want a fairer, more sustainable future.

5 min read
We overestimate how much we think others want the world to return to its pre-pandemic ways, which makes us pessimistic about the potential to make things better.
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