Category Archives: Psychology

Vaccine skeptics become even more opposed to vaccination, when confronted with facts — two studies Comments Off

Citations — to studies Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler, Does correcting myths about the flu vaccine work? An experimental evaluation of the effects of corrective information, Vaccine, doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.11.017 (in press, 08 December 2014) Brendan Nyhan,  Jason Reifler, Sean Richey, and Gary L. Freed, Effective Messages in Vaccine Promotion: A Randomized Trial, Pediatrics 133(4): e835-e842, DOI:10.1542/peds.2013-2365 […]

Early life trauma in male mice may improve problem solving in their offspring — this trait is apparently epigenetically transmitted — via changes in the mineralocorticoid receptor gene in both brain and sperm — And a comment about misleading science paper titles Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Katharina Gapp, Saray Soldado-Magraner, María Alvarez-Sánchez, Johannes Bohacek, Gregoire Vernaz, Huan Shu, Tamara B. Franklin, David Wolfer and Isabelle M. Mansuy, Early life stress in fathers improves behavioural flexibility in their offspring, Nature Communications 5: 5466, DOI:10.1038/ncomms6466 (18 November 2014) Citation — to press release Angelika Jacobs, […]

The other guy is always a rat — a study of the apparently innate “attribution” bias that underlies intractable social and political conflict Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Adam Waytz, Liane L. Young, and Jeremy Ginges, Motive attribution asymmetry for love vs. hate drives intractable conflict, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS], DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414146111 (online before print, 20 October 2014) If we are self-aware, we have to admit that we are psychologically inclined […]

Progress with discovering the cause of variability in schizophrenia? — 8 distinct gene clusters — an apparently brilliantly done study Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Javier Arnedo, Dragan M. Svrakic, Coral del Val, Rocío Romero-Zaliz, Helena Hernández-Cuervo, Ayman H. Fanous, Michele T. Pato, Carlos N. Pato, Gabriel A. de Erausquin, C. Robert Cloninger, and Igor Zwir, Uncovering the Hidden Risk Architecture of the Schizophrenias: Confirmation in Three Independent Genome-Wide Association Studies, American […]

People already prone to aggression respond neurally differently to violent movies — as compared to more placidly wired folks — a study of 54 men Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Nelly Alia-Klein, Gene-Jack Wang, Rebecca N. Preston-Campbell, Scott J. Moeller, Muhammad A. Parvaz, Wei Zhu, Millard C. Jayne, Chris Wong, Dardo Tomasi, Rita Z. Goldstein, Joanna S. Fowler, and Nora D. Volkow, Reactions to Media Violence: It’s in the Brain of the Beholder, PLoS ONE, 9 (9): […]