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Psychology’s favourite moral thought experiment doesn’t predict real-world behaviour

The participants saw two cages – one housing one mouse, the other housing five – each wired to an electroshock machine. They were told that in 20 seconds, if they did nothing, the machine would deliver a very painful but … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Using a red pen (compared to black/blue): more errors are detected, marked and lower grades awarded (Study)

“Abstract Because red pens are closely associated with error-marking and poor performance, the use of red pens when correcting student work can activate these concepts. People using red pens to complete a word-stem task completed more words related to errors … Continue reading

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Women should wear red shirts (instead of green) if they want to be asked more intimate questions and have men sitting closer to them (instead of a blue shirt) (Study)

“Abstract In many non-human primate species, a display of red by a female increases attraction behavior in male conspecifics. In two experiments, we investigate an analogous effect in humans, specifically, whether red on a woman’s shirt increases attraction behavior in … Continue reading

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Cheating: Nature of automatic urges more decisive than ability to control them. (Study, in ScientificAmerican)

“A new brain imaging study by Josh Greene and Joe Paxton at Harvard University published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that what separates the well-behaved from the poorly-behaved might not be the ability to control … Continue reading

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Prosociality personality: Genetic factors women 50%, men 20% (Study, in TheIndependent)

“Women have a stronger genetic predisposition to help other people compared with men, according to a study that has found a significant link between genes and the tendency to be “nice”. The research, based on an analysis of nearly 1,000 … Continue reading

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Popular Teens More Aggressive (Study)

“Published in the February issue of the journal American Sociological Review, one study followed approximately 3,700 students in 8th, 9th and 10th grade for one school year and found that popular adolescents were more likely to act aggressively to climb … Continue reading

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Remembering why: Can people consistently recall reasons for their behaviour? (Study)

“Nearly six hundred undergrads answered open-ended questions about why they’d purchased, downloaded or copied their most recently acquired album (the vast majority had acquired one within the last two weeks), and then they provided the same information again six months … Continue reading

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Virtual lemmings (Economist)

“As modern Homo sapiens migrates to the online savannah, trends have been spreading to ever greater numbers. So the wise men and women of our now-massive tribe have been tracking web versions of these ancient behaviours. However, most of the … Continue reading

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