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News from around the Web – July 16, 2016

We’re starting this weekly feature of presenting you the best psychology news from around the Web today. Every weekend, starting today, we’ll present you some of the best news from the world of psychology.

What’s on the menu this week, you ask? We have four of them and all are germane to the political climate around the world.

Weather_Sunny
Photo: Petr & Bara Ruzicka/Flickr

The first one is about a study that contends that climate plays a huge role in aggression. Sounds obvious, right? Hotter the climate, more uncomfortable people are and that leads to them being very aggressive. But this ones talks about how climate influences the amount of control you have over your actions. It also talks about how climate decides our daily routines and in turn, how it affects our lifestyle.

Quite contentious, but we’ll leave you to further explore and decide on the credibility of this one.

Read: Aggression and Violence Around the World: A Model of CLimate, Aggression, and Self-control in Humans (CLASH)

Brain_Free_Will
Photo: Johns Hopkins University

Free will is a much debated concept and many have, over the years, tried to give it a universal definition. But not many have tried to get into how our brain works while we make decisions entirely on our own. A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University have found how the brain works during the process, literally!

“For the first time, researchers were able to see both what happens in a human brain the moment a free choice is made, and what happens during the lead-up to that decision — how the brain behaves during the deliberation over whether to act, ” a release said.

The authors found that parietal lobe and frontal cortex  make up the core components underlying the will to act.

Here’s more on the study: What free will looks like in the brain

Pokemon
Photo: alisdair/Flickr

The Pokemons have taken over the world again. This time, they are taking the Internet by storm! We did an article on why Pokemon Go has become such a rage and the elements that have helped the game reach the masses.

Four factors: clear goals, satisfaction, mixed fantasy and focuses attention were found to be the key ideas behind the success of the game.

The game has already found its way to almost 5 per  cent of all smartphones in America and it can only become bigger.

Here’s the science behind the Pokemon Go craze.

Racism
Photo: Alisdare Hickson/Flickr

Racial tension is at its high in the U.S. with the country witnessing three shootings in four days. This Center for Policing Equity report said that the average rate of use of force among blacks to be 3.6 times as high as the whites. The use of force rates averaged 273 per every 100,000 blacks compared to 76 per every 100,000 whites.

And, the other worrying find was that nearly three-fourths of those who said they were at the receiving end of use of force described it as ‘excessive’.

Access the full report here.

If you stumble upon any interesting topics or stories, do tell us here. We’ll be more than happy to publish them and share it.

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