Psychology

 

More Problems, More Fear. Where people live influences fear of crime levels in victims of crime

Where people live influences fear of crime levels in victims of crime more

Housing estate at dusk with street lighting

Criminologists use Virtual Reality to assess the impact of street lighting and watching-eyes interventions more

Research highlights 2023

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2023 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

Short-term thinking, criminal action

New research from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law contribute to explaining the connection between short-term mindsets and later crime in adolescents. more

Symbol image with a hand holding a money envelope from the right and a defensive hand from the left

Anti-corruption can start with education about stereotypes, an international study shows more

Plate with bite-sized pieces of fruits

Study examines influence of longer family meals on children's eating behavior more

Demonstration with small tribune, in front of it a sign with the inscription "Wenn die Regierung das Volk fürchtet, herrscht Freiheit" - meaning "When the government fears the people, freedom reigns"  - and a staff with a rubber mask with the facial features of Angela Merkel

Team of researchers examines common core of populist and conspiracy mentalities more

interactive simulation

Study on the impact of different risk communication formats on the vaccine intentions of 1255 unvaccinated, vaccine-hesitant adults in Germany more

Woman sitting on chair with her head resting in her hands

Researchers find serotonin transporter in the brain increased more

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Housing estate at dusk with street lighting

Criminologists use Virtual Reality to assess the impact of street lighting and watching-eyes interventions more

Short-term thinking, criminal action

New research from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law contribute to explaining the connection between short-term mindsets and later crime in adolescents. more

Symbol image with a hand holding a money envelope from the right and a defensive hand from the left

Anti-corruption can start with education about stereotypes, an international study shows more

Plate with bite-sized pieces of fruits

Study examines influence of longer family meals on children's eating behavior more

Demonstration with small tribune, in front of it a sign with the inscription "Wenn die Regierung das Volk fürchtet, herrscht Freiheit" - meaning "When the government fears the people, freedom reigns"  - and a staff with a rubber mask with the facial features of Angela Merkel

Team of researchers examines common core of populist and conspiracy mentalities more

interactive simulation

Study on the impact of different risk communication formats on the vaccine intentions of 1255 unvaccinated, vaccine-hesitant adults in Germany more

Woman sitting on chair with her head resting in her hands

Researchers find serotonin transporter in the brain increased more

 Portrait of Matthias Sutter

In his new book, Matthias Sutter, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, presents current insights from the field of behavioural economics to better understand "human factor" in professional life and to enable successful cooperation. more

Three dogs fighting

Researchers showed participants videos of human, dog, and macaque pairs to determine how well humans assess social interactions more

We need new digital skills

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

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Research highlights 2023

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2023 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

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

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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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