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People with anti-intellectual attitudes were less likely to wear masks and socially distance during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

New research provides evidence of a connection between anti-intellectualism and the public’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings, which appear in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, indicate that anti-intellectual sentiment is associated with non-compliance with COVID-19 health directives, such as social distancing and mask wearing. “The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust scientists and medical experts […]…

Weight training shown to reduce anxiety in randomized controlled trial of young adults

Research on anxiety and depression tends to center around individuals with clinical-level symptoms. This is understandable, as there is arguably greater urgency to find workable solutions for these populations. However, otherwise mentally healthy individuals also experience anxiety from time to time or may struggle with persistent levels of subclinical, mild anxiety. Furthermore, subclinical levels, by […]…

Live theatre can boost empathy and pro-social behavior, according to new research

Watching a live theatre production can increase empathy for the groups depicted in the plays and may even result in real changes in charitable behavior, according to new research published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The findings shed light on how the consumption of fictional narratives can alter people’s socio-political beliefs and their […]…

Large study finds COVID-19 is linked to a substantial deficit in intelligence

People who have recovered from COVID-19 tend to score significantly lower on an intelligence test compared to those who have not contracted the virus, according to new research published in The Lancet journal EClinicalMedicine. The findings suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can produce substantial reductions in cognitive ability, especially among those with […]…