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Gandhi’s encounter with a young Romila Thapar in Pune that inspired her activism

In 'The Psychology of a Patriot', journalist Saket Suman delivers an account of modern India, tracing the evolution and contestation of patriotism.
The myth of Narcissus | Representational Image| Flickr

There are two types of narcissists. But both are selfish

We studied 676 adults to recognise narcissists.
Representational image | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Why Lucknow Police wanting to use AI to ‘read’ distressed expressions of women won’t work

The scientific basis behind the idea — to use AI to read human expressions & behaviours — is unsound and has proven to have wide margins of error that can do more harm than help.

‘Everything is abnormal’ at IIT Guwahati, students allege they’re being driven to suicide

IIT Guwahati students say there’s a lack of professional counselling and empathy among teachers, which is driving some to take the extreme step.

Schools in Australia show how happiness apps can improve student mental health

Such apps can have limits, but can work wonders for those who live in countries lacking facilities, or because they simply can’t afford to get professional help.
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Freedom of thought is under attack. Here’s how to save your mind

To lose freedom of thought would be to lose something uniquely human.
UGC building

UGC prescribes skill-sets for students, now a psychology graduate must understand marriage

UGC lists learning outcomes for various subjects, wants institutions to formulate syllabus accordingly. Revised syllabus likely to be in place from 2020-21.
Sri Lankan soldiers inspect the damage inside St. Sebastian's Church where a bomb blast took place in Negombo, Sri Lanka. | Tharaka Basnayaka | Bloomberg

Neuroscience is the missing link that can separate terrorists from non-violent extremists

While joining the IS, foreigners were required to enlist skills and willingness to carry out suicide attacks, but not everyone signed up.
A signboard displaying 'You are being watched'

People follow the ‘golden rule’ behaviour if they think they’re being watched

An experiment involving 300 people found that gender, socio-economic status or cultural factors didn’t make as much as a difference than the notion of being observed.
Caroline Tupcienko, during an experimental ocular implant procedure in Australia

Most people will rebel if they learn they’re being experimented on, even if it serves humanity

Some people pointed to a lack of consent, but the number was not very high. A fewer of them were concerned about unequal treatment.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.