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Shaken self-confidence? Certain products and activities can fix it
Someone who has momentarily lost confidence in her intelligence is more likely to purchase a pen than a candy bar, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. The pen helps restore her belief in herself as an intelligent person. (2009-01-26)

Confident Committee Not Always Best At Solving Problem, Scholars Say
A decision made with beaming confidence by a committee may not necessarily be the best solution, University of Illinois researchers have found. One may need to consider the type of problem and individual influences within the group. (1997-10-03)

No Estelle effect in the 'confidence barometer'
Professors Soren Holmberg and Lennart Weibull presented the 2012 results of the annual study (2012-04-02)

Risk taking strongly influenced by sense of control, says UGA researcher
A sense of control is a key factor in determining whether people take risks or avoid them, says Adam Goodie, a University of Georgia assistant professor of psychology. In a series of experiments, he found that participants were more willing to take risks when they felt they could control the outcome of a situation - even if they overestimated their likelihood of success. Goodie presented the research Monday at the annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, held in Orlando. (2001-11-20)

People match confidence levels to make decisions in groups
When trying to make a decision with another person, people tend to match their confidence levels, which can backfire if one person has more expertise than the other, finds a new study led by UCL and University of Oxford researchers. (2017-05-26)

Self-confidence the secret to workplace advancement
The old saying (2012-10-17)

Doctors must embrace regulation changes
Doctors should accept the main proposals to change regulation of the medical profession as the best way of restoring public confidence, according to an editorial in this week's BMJ by a leading member of the GMC. (2006-07-20)

No pain, no gain? Concrete thinking increases consumer confidence
The confidence you feel when making a choice might depend on whether you're thinking concretely or abstractly, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2010-07-20)

GP training should be extended
General practitioner training in the UK should be extended from 12 to 18 months to ensure that doctors have the necessary competencies and confidence to practice, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-10-23)

Brain study shows why some people are more in tune with what they want
Wellcome Trust researchers have discovered how the brain assesses confidence in its decisions. The findings explain why some people have better insight into their choices than others. (2012-12-09)

Researchers find confidence is key to women's spatial skills
Boosting a woman's confidence makes her better at spatial tasks, University of Warwick scientists have found, suggesting skills such as parking and map-reading could come more easily if a woman is feeling good about herself. (2011-12-05)

Do video game players make the best unmanned pilots?
New research from the University of Liverpool highlights the usefulness of video game players as unmanned aircraft operators. (2017-08-21)

U of Minnesota study finds confidence in food safety plunges in wake of peanut butter contamination
Fewer than one in four consumers now believe the US food supply is safer than it was a year ago, according to new data from the University of Minnesota's Food Industry Center. (2009-02-24)

Manipulating brain activity to boost confidence
Is it possible to directly boost one's own confidence by directly training the brain? Researchers have discovered a way to implicitly amplify confidence in the brain by combining the use of artificial intelligence and brain imaging technology. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, could lead to important applications in clinical, medical and social settings. (2016-12-15)

Action needed to reduce hospital admission for asthma in south Asian groups
Black and South Asian people with asthma are at increased risk of hospital admission from acute attacks than white patients. Researchers in this week's BMJ find that different ways of coping with asthma among this group may act as barriers to good care, and they suggest ways in which such barriers can be overcome and admission rates reduced. (2001-10-25)

Confidence influences eyewitness memory of crimes
New University of Liverpool research has found that co-witnesses to a crime can contaminate each other's memory of who committed it, but that the likelihood of this contamination occurring depends upon their confidence. (2016-11-14)

Does father know best?
A study forthcoming in the June 2006 issue of Current Anthropology sheds new light a contentious issue: How accurate are men's suspicions of whether or not they are a child's biological father? Some studies have suggested that up to 10 percent of fathers are not the biological parents of their alleged child, but little is known about how this differs across cultures and to what extent men's paternity assessments reflect actual biological paternity. (2006-04-17)

Americans maintain high levels of trust in science
A new report analyzing decades of public opinion surveys reveals that the public's trust in scientists has remained stable and high over decades. (2019-11-14)

Research finds increased trust in government and science amid pandemic
New Curtin University research has found a dramatic increase in people's trust in government in Australia and New Zealand as a result of the COVID pandemic. (2021-01-08)

Dramatic drop in public confidence after Philippines dengue vaccine controversy
The Philippines' highly politicised response to newly-reported risks of a dengue vaccine led to a dramatic drop in public trust in vaccines overall, according to new research published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. (2018-10-11)

How stress can lead to inequality
How does stress affect our self-confidence when we compete? An EPFL study shows how stress could actually be both a consequence and a cause of social and economic inequality, affecting our ability to compete and make financial decisions. (2015-02-18)

Arousal exerts an unconscious influence on what we see
A new study from UCL researchers finds that subtle, unconscious increases in arousal -- indicated by a faster heartbeat and dilated pupils -- shape our confidence for visual experiences. (2016-10-25)

Our brain uses statistics to calculate confidence
Human brains are constantly processing data to make statistical assessments that translate into the feeling we call confidence, according to a study published May 4, 2016 in Neuron. This feeling of confidence is central to decision making and, despite ample evidence of human fallibility, the subjective feeling relies on objective calculations. (2016-05-04)

Sagging confidence can lead to more self-interested behaviour -- or less.
New research says that experiencing low confidence in one area can lead to attempts to boost our status in another, even if it means engaging in fraud. If we seek better financial status, we may behave more selfishly, or cheat. We may go in the opposite direction though, choosing altruism as the best way to restore our confidence. (2018-03-22)

Student confidence correlated with academic performance
The psychological construct of (2011-04-04)

Self-confidence one key to easier labor and childbirth
Pregnant women's fears of childbirth may play a role in how she will handle labor and delivery, a new study suggests. A researcher found that among first-time mothers, less confident women had a greater fear of labor and birth than did women who scored high in confidence and self-esteem tests. (2001-04-25)

Consumer confidence: When our choices makes the most sense
Why do we feel confident about some choices while we question others? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, it's a combination of how easy the choice seems and whether we're thinking concretely or abstractly. (2010-05-18)

Political scientists examine voter confidence in electoral administration, make recommendations
A new study by political scientists examines voter confidence in the local administration of US elections and finds the quality of voters' experience with the voting process is key to bolstering confidence in the election system -- along with the casting a ballot on Election Day and the use of voting machines with verifiable results. (2007-11-05)

Certainty in our choices often a matter of time, researchers find
When faced with making choices, but lack sufficient evidence to guarantee success, our brain uses elapsed time as a proxy for task difficulty to calculate how confident we should be, a team of neuroscientists has found. Their findings help untangle the different factors that contribute to the decision-making process. (2014-12-17)

UBC research reveals young children prefer to learn from confident people
Researchers found that young children between the age of four and five not only prefer to learn from people who appear confident, they also keep track of how well the person's confidence has matched with their knowledge and accuracy in the past (a concept called 'calibration') and avoid learning new information from people who have a history of being overconfident. (2020-01-27)

When it comes to learning, what's better: The carrot or the stick?
Does the potential to win or lose money influence the confidence one has in one's own decisions? Researchers (UNIGE) investigated confidence bias in a learning context through a system of monetary punishment and reward. They demonstrated that we become more confident in our choices when learning to seek rewards. However, this confidence evolves into over-confidence. Moreover, the monetary gains makes us less flexible, while the fear of losing money preserves our ability to adapt. (2019-04-16)

Is fitness your New Year's resolution? You need professional help
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to start a fitness regimen, you might want to seek professional help. A study by McMaster University's Department of Kinesiology has found that people who are new to an exercise activity perform better when goals are set by a fitness professional rather than by themselves. This speaks to the important role health and fitness professionals play in increasing confidence and motivation among people starting an exercise program. (2004-12-09)

Medical student gender and self-confidence
Despite performing equally to their male peers in the classroom and the clinic, female medical students consistently report decreased self-confidence and increased anxiety, particularly over issues related to their competency. (2008-10-03)

Classes set by ability are hitting children's self-confidence, study finds
The way a vast amount of schools are setup, with classes grouping children based on their ability, is severely affecting pupil's self-confidence. (2020-06-16)

Elections study: Voters like fresh faces at polling places
A new study shows counties can boost voters' trust in elections by making an investment in the human side of elections by recruiting new poll workers. The findings come from a study by Kent State University's Ryan L. Claassen, who collaborated with Brigham Young University researchers Quin Monson, Kelly Patterson and David Magleby, to conduct exit polling following the 2006 midterm election in Ohio's Franklin and Summit counties. (2008-10-28)

Critical care ultrasound training can improve physician trainee knowledge and skills
A dedicated critical care ultrasound training program could help improve physician trainees' knowledge and skills at the bedside. (2012-10-22)

Data presentation and consumer confidence
Is it better to present data in percentages (80 percent of 70) or as a frequency (56 out of 70 times)? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, data presented in the frequency format leads to more accurate judgments. (2010-07-20)

Confidence in government linked to willingness to vaccinate
A new study suggests that confidence in government may play a key role in the public's willingness to get at least some vaccines. (2015-02-02)

Learning in the absence of external feedback
Rewards act as external factors that influence and reinforce learning processes. Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have now been able to show that the brain can produce its own learning signals in cases where no such external feedback is available. A report on the mechanisms underlying these self-generated feedback signals has been published in the current volume of eLife, and shows clear parallels between the neurobiological processes involved in learning based on external and self-generated feedback. (2016-04-06)

Study: lack of tolerance, institutional confidence threaten democracies
The stability of democracies worldwide could be vulnerable if certain cultural values continue to decline, according to a new study published in Nature Human Behavior. The findings by researchers from the United States and New Zealand are based on an analysis of survey data from 476,583 individuals in 109 countries. (2019-12-02)

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