Brain Blog: Edition 3


Welcome to Brain Blog: Edition 3

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. We hope that we can use this platform to share with you some of the psychology & criminology news that we have read. Plus some of the debates and topics that are currently evolving in the world of these fascinated subjects. 

Are the rich different from the rest of us?

Drawing on a unique sample of high-net-worth individuals in Germany, (those with over 1 million Euro in financial assets), Lecket (2018) investigated their personality profiles. He found that wealthy people can be characterised as stable, flexible and agentic individuals who are focused more on themselves than on others. 

 Why are conspiracy theories so appealing?

Many citizens around the globe believe conspiracy theories. Research suggests that conspiracy theories elicit intense emotions independent of emotional valence. People therefore find conspiracy theories entertaining – that is, narratives that people perceive as interesting, exciting, and attention-grabbing – and such entertainment appraisals are positively associated with belief in them. It would also appear that sensation seeking, a trait characterised by a preference for exciting and intense experience, also makes people more likely to be drawn to and believe in conspiracy theories.

Manager narcissism and employee silence

Employee silence is detrimental to organisations, and managers high in narcissism may create conditions that indirectly promote employee silence. Research in 2021 found that manager narcissism lowers employees’ perceptions of manager trustworthiness, which were in turn related to increased employee silence.

Read Interlude for FREE

You can now read issue 1 of Interlude completely FREE on our website. Interlude Magazine is the complimentary companion to On the Couch. Designed to explore the topics and issues in our main title. Interlude is the perfect addition to explore your world. 

Inside our first issue of Interlude we explore our senses and the wonderful way they create a world full of vibrancy and emotions. We look at how we make sense of our world, delve into the psychology of colour and discover the wonder of aromas. Through our senses we create a complex connection to everything and everyone around us and we find out what happens when you lose your senses forever. We explore scent blindness, misophonia and ask should scent memory be used in a court as evidence?

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