Psychology

 

We need new digital skills

Anastasia Kozyreva on strategies that help us gain more control over the way we use online media more

singing bird

Study investigates the influence of birdsong on mood, paranoia, and cognition more

The unread Stasi files

Study examines the motives behind former East Germans’ decisions not to view their files more

A person walking on a path in nature.

Study shows that a one-hour walk in nature reduces stress-related brain activity more

Kind is playing with Lego

Study shows that children find their own solutions thanks to broad focus more

The fading of negative experiences

Active suppression weakens unwanted memories more

Flight and trauma

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. The symptoms often subside with time but sometimes persist. People exhibiting symptoms resulting from trauma should seek medical help.  Now with Ukrainian subtitles. more

Young couple wearing disposable masks standing in the supermarket mall, with trolley carts full of vegetables, buying food and groceries, looking for healthy products.

Adolescents—like nutrition experts—use “naturalness” to judge a food’s healthiness more

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We need new digital skills

Anastasia Kozyreva on strategies that help us gain more control over the way we use online media more

singing bird

Study investigates the influence of birdsong on mood, paranoia, and cognition more

The unread Stasi files

Study examines the motives behind former East Germans’ decisions not to view their files more

A person walking on a path in nature.

Study shows that a one-hour walk in nature reduces stress-related brain activity more

Kind is playing with Lego

Study shows that children find their own solutions thanks to broad focus more

The fading of negative experiences

Active suppression weakens unwanted memories more

Young couple wearing disposable masks standing in the supermarket mall, with trolley carts full of vegetables, buying food and groceries, looking for healthy products.

Adolescents—like nutrition experts—use “naturalness” to judge a food’s healthiness more

Compliance in teams: liability matters

A study shows: Appropriate rules can increase compliance in groups more

Scientific highlights 2021

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2021 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

Learning from experience to become better intuitive statisticians

Historical and comparative analyses of research on statistical intuitions more

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Deliberate ignorance: choosing not to know

Intentionally foregoing information can be a good decision for both individuals and society more

"Deliberate ignorance can be understood as a cultural skill"

We live in a knowledge society in which science and education is of particular importance. But under certain circumstances, we all benefit from deliberate ignorance. The Max Planck directors Ralph Hertwig and Christoph Engel explain why deliberately foregoing information in certain areas should even be prescribed and taught. more

The future in crisis

To overcome the Coronavirus outbreak, sociopolitical and economic visions for the future are needed just as urgently as vaccines or emergency assistance from the state. A contribution by Lisa Suckert more

Regulatory thickets – a problem?

A game-theoretical study shows when bureaucracies tend to excessive regulations more

A not so typical colleague

People with autism often have outstanding skills, which can be enriching for businesses more

Risk preference is a relatively stable personality trait

Large-scale study casts light on the nature of risk preferences more

Friendliness is more important in a new friend than which group she belongs to

Individual qualities matter more than group qualities when choosing a new friend from an ethnic or religious group other than one’s own more

Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier

MRI study analyzes stress-processing brain regions in older city dwellers more

“Mental training to become a tolerant global citizen”

Tania Singer, director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences, talks about mental empathy exercises, our inner judge and prospects for peaceful coexistence more

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Flight and trauma

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. The symptoms often subside with time but sometimes persist. People exhibiting symptoms resulting from trauma should seek medical help.  Now with Ukrainian subtitles. more

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