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Norwegians impolite? Forget it!

Norwegians don’t smile to people on the bus or ask strangers how they are doing. Very impolite, say some. "We leave people alone. That is Norwegian politeness," says researcher.

Common group identity may motivate integration efforts

Immigrants may experience less racism and receive more support when citizens believe in a common group identity that embraces everyone regardless of their birthplace.

Feigning illness to gain attention

Intentional physical injury and unconscious motivation are key elements in people with a factitious disease.

Historic environmental awareness is changing China

In China, there has been an explosion of interest in the environment. Extreme air pollution is driving new formats of interaction between the political authorities and the people.

She’s not interested in sex but he thinks she is

Women and men misunderstand each other’s signals of friendliness and sexual interest. But these misinterpretations are no surprise to evolutionary psychologists.

Prisoners unhappy with drug addiction treatment in jail

Prisoners share narcotics with fellow inmates as an act of solidarity but this also creates tensions. Convicts react to what they see as unfair differences in treatment.

Refugee integration improves with community action

When an entire local community is mobilised to help integrate refugees, the results are much better than when the job is left to paper pushers.

‘Likes’ provide humanitarian support

According to a Norwegian study, ‘likes’ on Facebook are providing a new type of humanitarian support and social responsibility.

Enthusiasts are vital for local communities

Committed people with a passion for a cause can be worth their weight in gold for local communities. But local authorities and fellow community members can crush their magnanimous spirit, causing them to give up.

Parks stimulate public health

When green areas disappear we lose venues for being physically active. Youth are hit hardest by a loss of parks and undeveloped lots.

Norwegian study links flu vaccine to narcolepsy risk

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has found an elevated risk of narcolepsy among children and young adults who were vaccinated against the swine flu seven years ago. Some who did not take the vaccine against the pandemic of 2009 also developed this severe sleeping disorder.