Monthly Archives: February 2011

How long will it take? Power biases time predictions (Study)

“People tend to underestimate the time it takes to accomplish tasks. This bias known as the planning fallacy derives from the tendency to focus attention too narrowly on the envisaged goal and to ignore additional information that could make predictions … Continue reading

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Rising up to higher virtues: Experiencing elevated physical height uplifts prosocial actions (Study)

“Many challenges of society involve getting people to act prosocially in ways that are costly for self-interests but beneficial to the greater good. The authors in four studies examined the novel hypothesis that elevating (vertical) height promotes prosocial actions. In … Continue reading

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The role of social meaning in inattentional blindness: When the gorillas in our midst do NOT go unseen (Study)

“Abstract Without visual attention, even the obvious–like a gorilla walking through a scene of people–goes undetected (Mack & Rock, 1998; Simons & Chabris, 1999). This “inattentional blindness” is a persistent, well-documented limitation of the human visual system. The current research … Continue reading

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Sucrose drinks reduce prejudice and stereotyping (Study)

“Abstract Prejudice and stereotyping cause social problems and intergroup tension. The current work examined whether bolstering self-control by giving participants glucose would reduce stereotype use for an impression formation task. Previous work has demonstrated that self-control depends on biologically expensive … Continue reading

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Science and God: An automatic opposition between ultimate explanations (Study)

“Abstract Science and religion have come into conflict repeatedly throughout history, and one simple reason for this is the two offer competing explanations for many of the same phenomena. We present evidence that the conflict between these two concepts can … Continue reading

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Interpersonal attachment predicts identification with groups (Study)

“Abstract We propose a model documenting the relationship between interpersonal attachment style and identification with groups. We hypothesized that following threat to a romantic interpersonal relationship higher attachment anxiety would be associated with lowered tendencies to identify with groups. In … Continue reading

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Emotional response may predict how the body responds to stress (Study, in e!ScienceNews)

“Your emotional response to challenging situations could predict how your body responds to stress, according to research published this month in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. “People who reported high levels of anger and anxiety after performing a laboratory-based … Continue reading

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In search of the “I” (self-consciousness) within the body (Study, in EurekAlert)

“That feeling of being in, and owning, your own body is a fundamental human experience. But where does it originate and how does it come to be? Now, Professor Olaf Blanke, a neurologist with the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL … Continue reading

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Influencing others by showing emotion: a new emotional ability? (Study, in BPS OccupationalDigest)

“…consequences of these displays. Anger at those who have neglected their duties can provoke them to redouble their efforts, guilt displays increase the likelihood of forgiveness, and positive emotions can result in more pro-social behaviour. Clearly there is an advantage … Continue reading

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“Unable to dance to a beat when embedded in music” (Study (one case))

“Abstract Humans move to the beat of music. Despite the ubiquity and early emergence of this response, some individuals report being unable to feel the beat in music. We report a sample of people without special training, all of whom … Continue reading

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