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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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“The French spend more time eating and drinking, sleeping and shopping than any other nationality” (Study, TheIndependent)

“…according to the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report. The OECD’s annual Society at a Glance survey examines a range of indicators such as family characteristics, rates of employment, poverty and inequality, and trust and tolerance, to assess … Continue reading

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Court rulings depend partly on when the judge last had a snack (TheEconomist)

“The law should be applied without fear or favour, with only cold reason and the facts of the case determining what happens to the accused. Lawyers, though, have long suspected that such lofty ideals are not always achieved in practice, … Continue reading

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Searching the brain for social networks (Study, physorg)

“Thornton has hypothesized that a system that he calls social working memory is distinct from but complementary to working memory, which is what people use to hold nonsocial information in mind, such as when alphabetizing a group of words. What … Continue reading

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Meditators can concentrate the hurt away (Study in ScienceNews)

“…in the April 6 Journal of Neuroscience. Individuals who practiced mindfulness meditation, or samatha, during a pain experiment reported much less discomfort than they did in earlier, meditation-free sessions. Samatha, the team says, flipped switches on or off in diverse … Continue reading

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Too much choice can be a bad thing (Study, APS)

“Too much choice can be a bad thing—not just for the individual, but for society. Thinking about choices makes people less sympathetic to others and less likely to support policies that help people, according to a study published in an … Continue reading

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The Science of Smiling (nice article about one of the (voted) best Harvard courses)

Liked: ““People have lost their sense of awe and idealism,” he offers. “They’ve lost their sense of gratitude, wonder.” […] He even wants Harvard to build a “happiness center,” a place on campus that would “help students identify what gives … Continue reading

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Important social psychology theories (a collection)

This is just for myself, in order “not to forget” the theories I came accross during my social psychology studies at the University of Munich (random order): social comparison processes reactance cognitive dissonance elaboration likelihood model group judgement, group decisions … Continue reading

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Online training: Helpers more effective when feedback style similar (Study, in MNT)

“A study from North Carolina State University shows that participants are happier – and perform better – when the electronic helpers used in online training programs resemble the participants themselves. […] “We know from existing research on human interaction that … Continue reading

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Where’s Our Singles Movement? Where’s the singles activism and consciousness-raising? (in PH)

“So where is the expression of group identification and pride trumpeted by singles activists? Where is the movement for respect and rights for all of the American adults who are divorced or widowed or have always been single? After all, … Continue reading

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Home and away: Tourists in a Connected World (Study 2007, thx ChrisJ)

“Abstract: Tourists now routinely travel with cell phones, have ready access to Internet cafes, and use low-cost fixed telephone services to remain in contact with people at home. Using the guiding ideas of the intersubjective construction of space and location, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Interesting: Attachment styles and feedback-seeking patterns in relationships and work (Study)

“Abstract Adults with different attachment orientations rely on different areas of life to maintain self-views. This paper reports two studies that examine the link between attachment and feedback-seeking patterns in interpersonal and competence-related domains. Participants in Study 1 imagined receiving … Continue reading

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Exposure to music with prosocial lyrics reduces aggression: First evidence and test of the underlying mechanism (Study)

“Abstract Previous research has predominantly focused on negative effects of music exposure by demonstrating that listening to antisocial music increases aggression and aggression-related variables. The present research tests the idea that listening to prosocial (relative to neutral) music decreases aggressive … Continue reading

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Higher posture when generating words associated with pride compared to disappointment (Study)

“Abstract Embodiment theories predict that activating conceptual knowledge about emotions can be accompanied by re-experiencing bodily states, since simulations of sensory, motor, and introspective experiences form the foundation of conceptual representations of emotion. In the present study, we examine whether … Continue reading

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