Psychology Around the Net: June 3, 2017

This week’s edition of Psychology Around the Net has something for everyone including psychological tricks to avoid impulse shopping, research results on the moral judgment of terrorists, how virtual reality is helping foster better mental health, and more.

Shopping Hungry? Psychology Trick Could Stifle Bad Food Choices: We’ve all heard grocery shopping on an empty stomach isn’t the brightest idea, but sometimes we don’t get to choose the ideal time to head to the store. However, researchers from the Netherlands might have found a way to help you avoid making impulse buys or choose unhealthy foods by promoting social-proof heuristics.

How to Warmly Greet People Without Having to Touch Them: Some of us are huggers; some of us need our space. If you’re one of the latter, here are some tips on how to offer a friendly greeting while making clear your personal boundaries.

Terrorists’ Moral Judgment Probed in Psychology Test: Researchers in the United States, Argentina, Columbia, and Chile recently published what they found during a project aiming to better understand the mindset of terrorists. What did they find? Terrorists have an “abnormal pattern of moral judgment.” Sounds like common sense, but they do recognize it as “a step forward” for further research so hear them out.

Millennial Males React to Harvard Report on Sex and Relationships: The Harvard Graduate School of Education discussed romantic and sexual experiences with more than 2,000 18- to 25-year-old participants around the United States and a group of men around the same age watched and reacted to the video clips of what the women at to say.

Virtual Reality a Game Changer for Psychiatry: Several Innovation Zone sessions held at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2017 Annual Meeting discussed the benefits of virtual reality and other augmented reality technology for children with autism, veterans suffering trauma, and patients dealing with anxiety.

Lingering Risk of Suicide After Discharge from Psychiatric Facilities: A new study based on more than 50 years of research regarding the suicide rates of patients related to discharge from psychiatric facilities suggests mentally ill patients are at a greater risk for suicide during the immediate period after discharge than other mentally ill individuals. There aren’t yet any accepted reasons for these post-discharge suicide rates, but researchers state suicide prevention efforts should begin before discharge and clinical focus immediately following discharge should be increased.


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