Faulty Memories of Our Past Whereabouts: The Fallacy of an Airtight Alibi
Where were you this time last week? How about two weeks ago? A month? Recalling where you were at a specific time on a specific date may seem like a simple task, but new research reveals that our recollections of our past whereabouts are often imperfect. When someone is suspected of criminal activity, one of the most important questions they are asked is if they have a credible alibi. Playing back past events in our minds, however, is not like playing back a video recording.
There's a 'Man in the Moon': Why Our Brains See Human Faces Everywhere
Whether you see an angry face in a tree trunk or even the presence of Jesus Christ in toasted cheese, until now scientists haven't understood exactly what the brain is doing when it processes visual signals and interprets them as representations of the human face.
Study Explores Link Between Threat Sensitivity and Social Conservatism
Researchers studying the intersection of politics and psychology have long documented a link between threat sensitivity and social conservatism: People who are more socially conservative tend to react more strongly to threats.