Why People Deceive Themselves
A philosophy team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the University of Antwerp analyzed the role self-deception plays in everyday life and the strategies people use to deceive themselves. In the journal Philosophical Psychology, Dr. Francesco Marchi and Professor Albert Newen describe four strategies used to stabilize and shield the positive self-image. According to their theory, self-deception helps people to stay motivated in difficult situations. Four strategies of self-deception “All people deceive themselves, and quite frequently at that,” says Albert Newen from the RUB Institute of Philosophy II.
How Brain Networks Enable Human Conversation
A new study has identified a brain circuit that is active while we plan our spoken replies during conversation. The work promises to guide the design of new therapies for the 7.5 million Americans who have trouble using their voices, say the study authors.
Many People Prefer to Speak About Negative Experiences With a Virtual Reality Avatar
If you find opening up to a therapist too daunting, new research shows you're not alone – and you might soon have a new option. The Edith Cowan University (ECU) study found 30 per cent of people prefer to talk about negative experiences with a virtual reality avatar, rather than a person.