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Behavioural Sciences

Emotions often defeat sense in healthcare priority setting

2 November, 2023 - Linköpings universitet

Emotions tend to get the upper hand in healthcare decisions. This is shown in a study at Linköping University, Sweden, where participants were faced with tough choices between different treatments. The results may explain why effective use of healthcare resources is so slow in the making, according to the researchers.

They fall more easily for conspiracy

7 September, 2023 - Linköpings universitet

People who primarily use their own gut feeling to determine what is true and false are more likely to believe conspiracy theories. That is the conclusion of researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, who have investigated the relationship between susceptibility to misleading information and the conviction that the truth is relative.

Even weak traffic noise has a negative impact on work performance

22 May, 2023 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

As Swedish cities are densified at a fast pace, there is now construction very close to roads and thoroughfares – land that was considered unthinkable for development just a decade ago. It is already known that noise can have a negative impact on human health, but new research from Chalmers University of Technology shows that […]

The Influence of AI on Trust in Human Interaction

8 May, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

As AI becomes increasingly realistic, our trust in those with whom we communicate may be compromised. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have examined how advanced AI systems impact our trust in the individuals we interact with. In one scenario, a would-be scammer, believing he is calling an elderly man, is instead connected to a […]

Researchers illustrate the media’s power to affect behavioral change during COVID-19 in Sweden

20 April, 2023 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

Increased media coverage of COVID-19 led to more individuals taking preventive measures such as hand washing, social distancing, and wearing masks, new research from the Stockholm School of Economics and Jönköping University shows. This highlights the important role that accurate and timely reporting plays in promoting public health measures during a pandemic.

Internet treatment program to prevent child sexual abuse launched in several languages

28 February, 2023 - Karolinska Institutet

Following a successful pilot study, an online anonymous treatment program aimed at reducing child sexual abuse by providing treatment to individuals who exhibit sexual urges towards children is being launched across the EU. It is now available in Swedish, German, and Portuguese as well as in an updated English version. The treatment program, which has […]

Pairing students supports integration at universities

23 February, 2023 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The university world is international, but grapples with difficulties in integrating students from different countries. New research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, points to a method that both reduces academic and social gaps and increases well-being. The recipe for success is to work in pairs – as chosen by the teacher.

Shame or hope? How should we feel about climate change?

1 December, 2022 - Institutet för framtidsstudier

In an award-winning article, philosopher Julia Mosquera and researcher in psychology Kirsti Jylhä, help us sort out our climate emotions. Is it okay to enjoy warmer summers, given they are caused by climate change? Should we feel shame when we fly, and is anxiety an overreaction or a rational response to the current climate crisis? There is widespread disagreement about how we should feel regarding climate change, and this process of normativization runs the risk of going wrong if we believe there is just one appropriate emotion.