US police detectives have worn suits for more than 100 years. Dressing formally is “psychological armor”; it “establishes a barrier between them and the messiness” of police work, says a psychologist.
“Princess sickness” is a term used in China and Korea to describe a psychological phenomenon affecting young women characterized by narcissism, egocentrism and melodramatic personality resulting in individuals acting like princesses.
The average high school student today has the same stress level as the average psychiatric patient did in the 1950s.
A researcher in the 1970s blindfolded participants and told them they were going to play tug-of-war against another team. When they were told they had 3 others pulling with them, they pulled 18% less strenuously than when they were told they were alone. The effect is now known as social loafing.
The “women are wonderful” effect is a phenomenon found in psychological research in which people associate more positive attributes with women as compared to men. This effect reflects an emotional bias toward women as a general case. Women’s in-group biases are 4 times stronger than men’s.
In studies where random Monopoly players were given twice the money as their opponents, they began to act rudely towards other players and argued that they used strategy and skill to achieve victory.
Cold is contagious: In a new study, when subjects looked at someone dipping their hands into ice water, their own hands actually grew colder.
An office enriched with plants makes staff happier and boosts productivity by 15 per cent.
An American psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed an insane experiment called the “Pit of Despair”, which involved socially isolating young monkeys for up to a year at a time. The monkeys developed psychosis, would cannibalize on their offspring, and also commit suicide.
In a housing experiment that moved families from poor neighborhoods to wealthier ones, boys experienced PTSD rates comparable to those of combat soldiers, while psychological well-being improved for girls.