Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bad gossip affects our vision as well as our judgment (Ed Yong)

“Eric Anderson and Erika Siegel from Northeastern University studied the influence of gossip on our vision with a simple experiment, which plays off a well-known conflict between our eyes. When each eye sees a different image (say, if they stare … Continue reading

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Decisions for Others Are More Creative Than Decisions for the Self (Study)

“Abstract Four studies investigate whether decisions for others produce more creative solutions than do decisions for the self and if construal level explains this relation. In Study 1, participants carried out a structured imagination task by drawing an alien for … Continue reading

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Is wearing red an olympic advantage (Video posted on youtube 2008)

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The effect of color: (red vs. blue) on assimilation versus contrast in prime-to-behavior effects (Study)

“Abstract This paper examines whether color can modify the way that primed constructs affect behavior. Specifically, we tested the hypothesis that, compared to the color white, blue is more likely to lead to assimilative shifts in behavior, whereas red is … Continue reading

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Non-conscious goal conflicts (Study)

“Abstract The question raised in this paper is whether goal conflicts can occur outside of conscious awareness. Given the numerous and potentially conflicting goals people pursue, and the severe scarcity of mental resources, we offer a positive answer. Six experiments … Continue reading

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Positive fantasies about idealized futures sap energy (Study)

“Abstract Positive fantasies allow people to mentally indulge in a desired future. Whereas previous research found that spontaneously generated positive fantasies about the future predict poor achievement, we examined the effect of experimentally induced positive fantasies about the future. The … Continue reading

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What you feel influences what you see: The role of affective feelings in resolving binocular rivalry (Study)

“Abstract It seems obvious that what you see influences what you feel, but what if the opposite were also true? What if how you feel can shape your visual experience? In this experiment, we demonstrate that the affective state of … Continue reading

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Grounding person memory in space: Does spatial anchoring of behaviors improve recall? (Study)

“Abstract In two experiments, we examine and find support for the general hypothesis that memory for behavioral information in the context of an impression formation task depends on where that information is located in vertical space. These findings extend earlier … Continue reading

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What gives victims satisfaction when they seek revenge? (Study)

“Abstract: The present paper aims to elucidate under what conditions victims of injustice who seek revenge feel satisfied and perceive that everybody got what he or she deserved. Two hypotheses are discussed: The comparative suffering hypothesis states that seeing the … Continue reading

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Heart rates of fire-walkers and their relatives and friends (watching the walk) synchronize

“But with such readings difficult to obtain, they settled on heart rate, strapping monitors on fire-walkers and spectators to see whether the rates of spectators increased like those of people actually walking barefoot on hot coals. […] The researchers wanted … Continue reading

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