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We read emotions based on how the eye sees

(Association for Psychological Science) We use others' eyes -- whether they're widened or narrowed -- to infer emotional states, and the inferences we make align with the optical function of those expressions, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Show More Summary

Nudge theory: the psychology and ethics of persuasion - Science Weekly podcast

This week, Ian Sample explores the psychology behind ‘nudging’, its usage by governments, and some of the ethical quandaries involved Subscribe & Review on iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud & Acast, and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter Every day, each one of us is “nudged” by external factors and actors to change how we behave. Show More Summary

Science shows psychology behind taking office candy

By Angeli Kakade, Buzz60 The office candy dish may as well be a scientific study on human psychology. We know the candy is there for the taking, but going for the kiss - or fish is actually based on a slew of small emotionally charged decisions. Show More Summary

Dispatch from the Frontiers of Media Science

For a perfect example of what the New York Times has become, one need look no farther than the Upshot column in this morning’s paper, which quotes an Internet data-analytics firm and a psychology professor (the Times would quote a professor...Show More Summary

There is no ‘rule of six’ – the truth about the science of queueing

You wait longer when other people are behind you, we should stand on both sides of an escalator, and we usually get away with pushing in. Psychology professor Adrian Furnham explains what studies show us about standing in line EveryShow More Summary

The science behind positive thinking: Turning vision into reality

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Is that really true? The concept of wish fulfillment and how to make those dreams come true was a topic tackled on stage at Inman Connect New York by Gabriele Oettingen, a professor of psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg...

The psychological science behind Trump’s America and the rise of the authoritarian personality

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Since the horror of Hitler’s Holocaust, psychologists have investigated why certain individuals appear more prone to follow orders from authority figures, even if it means that they have to sacrifice humanitarian values while doing so. Apart from the Nazi regime, this issue is central to military...

People assume sexists are also racist and vice versa

(Association for Psychological Science) The stigma associated with prejudice against women and people of color seems to transfer from one group to another, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Show More Summary

To please your friends, tell them what they already know

(Association for Psychological Science) We love to tell friends and family about experiences we've had and they haven't -- from exotic vacations to celebrity sightings -- but new research suggests that these stories don't thrill them quite as much as we imagine. Show More Summary

Couples, friends show similarity in personality traits after all

(Association for Psychological Science) Friends and romantic partners tend to have certain characteristics in common, such as age, education, and even intelligence -- and yet, research has long suggested that personality isn't one of these commonalities. Show More Summary

Most People Think They're Morally Superior To Everyone Else

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

In the privacy of your own mind, do you believe you’re a better person than everyone else? Well, that’s pretty much what the rest of us think, too. A recent study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science shows that people strongly believe that they are just, virtuous and moral, and uniformly see others as inferior. Show More Summary

Words can sound 'round' or 'sharp' without us realizing it

(Association for Psychological Science) Our tendency to match specific sounds with specific shapes, even abstract shapes, is so fundamental that it guides perception before we are consciously aware of it, according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

I was gonna write a post entitled, “Unlocking past collaboration: student use affects mood and happiness,” but it didn’t seem worth the bother

Ivan Oransky points us to this hilarious story of a retracted paper in Psychological Science. The hilarious part is not the article itself (a dry-as-dust collection of small-N experiments with open-ended data-exclusion and data-analysis...Show More Summary

OU psychology professor recipient of early career impact award

(University of Oklahoma) A University of Oklahoma psychology professor, Edward Cokely, is the recipient of a 2017 Early Career Impact Award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences. FABBS is a coalition of 19 professional societies representing more than 150,000 scientists worldwide. Show More Summary

Dear Science: Why do we love our pets?

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

People have been living alongside dogs and cats for more than 10,000 years. But psychology still can't explain the warm and gooey feeling we get when we hold them.

Conservatives More Afraid of Threats -- Even Fake Ones

Olga Khazan, The Atlantic: According to a study slated to be published in the journal Psychological Science, it might be true that conservatives are more likely to fall for false, threatening-seeming information, but it's not because they're dumb. Show More Summary

How Psychologists Can Tell If A Defendant Is Faking Insanity

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Welcome to the strange science of malingering, a fancy word for faking illness in order to gain an advantage of some kind. It's an area of psychological study that highlights the counterintuitive orderliness of insanity and also reveals that many people have no idea what it's like to have a genuine mental disorder."

We dislike hypocrites because they deceive us

(Association for Psychological Science) We're averse to hypocrites because their disavowal of bad behavior sends a false signal, misleading us into thinking they're virtuous when they're not, according to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Show More Summary

The Science is Clear, Torture Doesn't Work

Whether it’s the classic “good cop, bad cop” scenario played out in countless TV dramas or the psychological mind games that make True Detective's Rust Cohle such a chillingly effective detective, interrogators ply their trade with a...Show More Summary

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