Our weekly roundup of the best psychology coverage from elsewhere on the web
We all experience a phenomenon called “generational amnesia” in which we forget how previous generations shaped the world. And that makes it harder to solve global problems like climate change, Richard Fisher writes BBC future: If we imagine the state of the world in our own youth as a “baseline”, then it is more difficult, for example, to identify long-term climate trends or declines in animal populations.
At the The guardStephen Reicher argues that many of the decisions made during the pandemic were based on “folk psychology” rather than solid science. He hopes that lessons can be learned from this so that the next crisis can be better mastered.
Researchers have found that graying hair can return to its original color. The small study showed that the point at which a hair turns gray often coincides with a stressful phase, reports Diana Kwon at Scientific American – and that in a particularly relaxing time it can sometimes revert to its previous color.
Mungo mothers who live in the same colony all give birth at the same time, creating confusion as to which pup is their own. But this phenomenon seems to be adaptive: it ensures that the mongooses distribute resources fairly to all offspring, reports Mennatalla Ibrahim at science.
“Cognitive flexibility” refers to the ability to adapt your behavior and your way of thinking in a changing environment. And ability is the key to creativity, write Barbara Sahakian and colleagues from The conversationwho argue that many of humankind’s greatest achievements rely on people who are particularly flexible, rather than people with high IQs.
Would you rather date someone who is extremely altruistic or who feels obliged to prioritize the needs of those around you? At the Vox, Sigal Samuel speaks to neuroscientist Molly Crockett about her research into human morality.
Compiled by Matthew Warren (@MattBWarren), Editor of BPS Biomedarticles