Music can help us reconcile our conflicted emotions when making choices and can assist in overcoming cognitive dissonance.
Study finds evidence that present-day Germans who live close to World War Two concentration camp sites are more xenophobic, more likely to support extreme right-wing politics, and less tolerant to immigrants and religious minorities. A similar link was previously established in the US between extreme political beliefs, racism, and living in close proximity to areas where owning slaves was the norm.
Negative personality traits and cognitive dissonance explain why some people are such sore losers that they can not concede a defeat.
People consider male magicians to be more skilled than women, even when they perform the same trick. However, the gender bias disappears when people are asked to think more critically about the tricks performed and figure out their own solutions.