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People Show “Blind Insight” Into Decision Making Performance

People Show “Blind Insight” Into Decision Making Performance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

People can gauge the accuracy of their decisions, even if their decision making performance itself is no better than chance, according to a new study.

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The research cited in this article was supported by the ESRC (Grant No. RES-062-23-1975).

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Now we know why it's so hard to deceive children

Now we know why it's so hard to deceive children | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Daily interactions require bargaining, be it for food, money or even making plans. These situations inevitably lead to a conflict of interest as both parties seek to maximise their gains. To deal with them, we need to understand the other person’s intentions, beliefs and desires and then use that to inform our bargaining strategy.


New research published just in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that this skill develops remarkably early in childhood, as early as age seven.

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Article by Emma Blakey, who receives funding from the ESRC.

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Improving mental health services for homeless people

Improving mental health services for homeless people | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Cardiff  University   and a leading homelessness charity has been given the highest possible rating by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board.

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This project was Part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, Welsh Government and the ESRC. 

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Why It's So Hard to Deceive Children

Why It's So Hard to Deceive Children | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Daily interactions require bargaining, be it for food, money or even making plans.
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Article written by Emma Blakey, who receives funding from the ESRC.

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Cultural stereotypes may evolve from sharing social information

Cultural stereotypes may be an unintended but inevitable consequence of sharing social information, according to research.

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The article discusses an ESRC-funded study based at the University of Aberdeen.

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However you spend it, money isn't the key to happiness

However you spend it, money isn't the key to happiness | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

How important, if at all, is having more money for our happiness and well-being? Unsurprisingly this question stimulates a lot of opinion and debate.But are people accurate in their predictions about the benefits of having money?


A new study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology highlights that people are often mistaken in how spending our money might benefit our lives. People are prone to forecasting errors – that is, they mistakenly predict future events to be better or worse than they actually turn out to be.

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This article was written by Christopher Boyce, Research Fellow at Stirling Management School at University of Stirling, Christopher is funded by the ESRC.


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