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People With Average Faces Are Considered More Trustworthy Than People With More Attractive Faces, Study Says

Think about the faces of the acquaintances you know and ask yourself how trustworthy you think they are. A new study, published in Psychological Science, indicates that people usually presume that strangers with average, typical faces are more trustworthy than people with more attractive faces. Show More Summary

The Quantified Self Is the Future of HR

HR software is undergoing radical change. Driven by a deeper understanding of cognition, persuasion science, psychology and what moves us, HR software is moving into setting operations goals (the OKR model) with theories taken from Google and Intel, inspired by the quantified self movement and concerned with how happiness at work happens.

Saving old information can boost memory for new information

The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Show More Summary

The Art And Science Of Giving And Receiving Criticism At Work

Understanding the psychology of criticism can help you give better feedback and better deal with negative reviews. No matter what we do or how well we do it, some criticism is eventually going to come our way. Read Full Story

10 Ways to Convert More Customers Using Psychology (Infographic)

The times change, the tools change--but human nature is perpetual. As Daniel Pink once said, "There's a gap between what science knows and what business does." The study of psychology and its application for marketing to consumers has...Show More Summary

Peace of Mind

“Peace of Mind means a healthy body…” Proverbs 14:30 This passage of the Bible stood out to me today as I studied. Before the science of psychology was a thought, the Bible spoke about how our mind affects our body. If you look at all the studies done you will find how the mind and [...]

The Science of Why Cops Shoot Young Black Men

"You're not, like, a total racist bastard," David Amodio tells me. He pauses. "Today." I'm sitting in the soft-spoken cognitive neuroscientist's spotless office nestled within New York University's psychology department, but it feels like I'm at the doctor's, getting a dreaded diagnosis. Show More Summary

Leif and Uri need to hang out with a better class of statisticians

Noted psychology researchers and methods skeptics Leif Nelson and Uri Simonsohn write: A recent Psych Science (.pdf) paper found that sports teams can perform worse when they have too much talent. For example, in Study 3 they found that...Show More Summary

Why You Fight With Your Siblings Over Thanksgiving, According To Science

The psychology behind what happens when you're home for the holidays. The post Why You Fight With Your Siblings Over Thanksgiving, According To Science appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Study finds that powerful people develop loud voices

A new study from the Association for Psychological Science found that moving up the power ranks in your career can have an effect on your voice. "Our findings suggest that whether it's parents attempting to assert authority over unruly...Show More Summary

The Best Science Books of 2014

last monthOdd : Brain Pickings

The math of soul mates, the psychology of nothing, the physics of faith, and more illuminating insights on the universe and our place in it. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Vogue magazine continues neglect of cognitive science

Mind Hacks has been awarded the 2014 British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement and Media Award for its services to obsessive coverage of psychology and neuroscience. I think I can speak for both Tom and I when I say we were actually aiming for recognition by Vogue magazine but it’s better than a poke in the […]

Study: White People Think Black People Are Magical Unicorns

A new study featured in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science concludes white people may possess a "superhuman bias" against black people, and are therefore likely to attribute preternatural qualities to black people. Jesse...Show More Summary

“The Statistical Crisis in Science”: My talk in the psychology department Monday 17 Nov at noon

Monday 17 Nov at 12:10pm in Schermerhorn room 200B, Columbia University: Top journals in psychology routinely publish ridiculous, scientifically implausible claims, justified based on “p The post “The Statistical Crisis in Science”: My talk in the psychology department Monday 17 Nov at noon appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

Reformers say psychologists should change how they report their results, but does anyone understand the alternative?

The rectangular bars indicate sample means and the red lines segments represent theconfidence intervals surrounding them.Image: Audriusa/Wikipedia Psychological science is undergoing a process of soul-searching and self-improvement.Show More Summary

People show 'blind insight' into decision making performance

People can gauge the accuracy of their decisions, even if their decision making performance itself is no better than chance, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. read more

Art of Manliness Podcast #88: How to Change the Stories You Tell About Yourself with Dr. Tim Wilson

Today I talk to University of Virginia professor of psychology Dr. Tim Wilson about his book Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change. The thesis of Redirect is this: if you want to change unwanted behaviors and mindsets that are holding you back, you simply need to edit the story you tell about yourself. We can edit our cognitive […]

By studying twins, psychologist researches proactivity in the workplace

MANHATTAN, KANSAS -- A Kansas State University psychological sciences professor is using twin studies to understand the nature versus nurture debate of the workplace: Do genetic factors or environmental factors influence employee proactivity? His...Show More Summary

This is where they publish the stuff that can’t make it into Psychological Science

N=22 (link from here and here). I was unhappy to see that the two news articles took the study at face value. Photoplethysmograph, indeed. As Daniel Kahneman might say, “You have no choice but to accept that the major conclusions ofShow More Summary

Linguist jokes (5)

I walked into the 7th-floor common room in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences building at the University of Edinburgh yesterday and saw this message on the shared whiteboard: The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense. Classy graffiti, I thought. This is a very intellectual place. […]

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