Tagged: Christmas

Religion may alter your psychology, even if you’re a non-believer - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 22, 2017

Brittany Cardwell and Jamin Halberstadt Sick of tinsel, carols and talk of virgin birth? In New Zealand, Australia and many other countries, it’s hard to escape Christmas in December. But even if you don’t believe in Christ or a God, religion can still be a powerful force. Research shows that even nonreligious people may hold unconscious beliefs linked … Read More

12 Gadgets of Christmas: Bose QC35 II headphones - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 18, 2017

This is a Sciblogs series running through until Christmas Eve highlighting some of the gadgets we’ve been using this year… gadget No. 5 I’ve had two decent pairs of headphones in the last decade. First, there were my Sennheiser HD 201-II over-ear headphones which were tough and sounded great and had a ridiculously long audio cable. I … Read More

The psychology of Christmas shopping: how marketers nudge you to buy - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 15, 2017

Paul Harrison, Deakin University Many people see marketing as a form of manipulation, particularly around Christmas and the other retail bonanzas: Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day. But rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it’s much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws. By drawing on a plethora … Read More

The Science of Christmas - News

John Kerr Dec 18, 2016

As the big day approaches, there is no shortage of scientists turning their inquisitive minds to the mysteries of Christmas. In the spirit of the festive season, Sciblogs brings you a tinsel entwined ‘wrap-up’ of Noel-related research. Naughty or nice? Not so important for Santa Santa pays a visit to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Source: BelfastLive. Read More

The festive psychology behind Christmas TV advertising - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 12, 2016

By Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University Christmas is traditionally a time for giving. And for most of us, giving means buying – the perfect excuse for major retailers to conduct an advertising assault that pulls on our heart strings and empties our pockets. Seasonal TV adverts are usually full of signs and symbols playing on our subconscious, and … Read More

Santa skepticism in line with understanding of the world - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 21, 2015

Spoiler warning: Kids’ willingness to believe in Santa Claus diminishes as they become more knowledgeable about the world and the physical implausibility of Santa’s magical acts. Researchers from Los Angeles’ Occidental College tested children’s willingness to accept on trust the story of Santa Claus and his miraculous one-night round-the-world trip. Much of what we know comes from the … Read More

I reject this - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 16, 2015

Every year the British Medical Journal produces a special Christmas edition of, ah, ‘less formal’ science. This year one article tackles that curse of academia: rejections. Every year scientists throughout the world face descriptions of their research for scientific journals or their grant applications being thrown back at them – rejected. An article by Cath Chapman and Tim Slade … Read More