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  • January 17, 2012
  • 10:54 AM

Why we're better at predicting other people's behaviour than our own

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Psychologists have identified an important reason why our insight into our own psyches is so poor. Emily Balcetis and David Dunning found that when predicting our own behaviour, we fail to take the influence of the situation into account. By contrast, when predicting the behaviour of others, we correctly factor in the influence of the circumstances. This means that we're instinctually good social psychologists but at the same time we're poor self-psychologists.

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  • January 17, 2012
  • 10:27 AM

Underestimating the Impact

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Loved, hated, and a source of widespread controversy, journal impact factors (JIF) have taken on a unique role in scientific publishing. These little numbers are considered a measure of a ... Read more »

  • January 17, 2012
  • 12:16 AM

When Do People Fight For Their Freedoms?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

People have different reactions when freedoms are put in jeopardy or taken away. Some people engage in “rationalization” — they convince themselves to see the new status quo in the most positive light. (This is likely due to the human tendency to put the best spin on our lives.) Other people engage in “reactance.” They come [...]... Read more »

  • January 16, 2012
  • 05:15 PM

When Men Become “Big Spenders”

by United Academics in United Academics

From exclusive dinners to diamond rings - when it comes to impressing the ladies, men are willing to spend the big bucks. Especially when women are scarce, a new study of the University of Minnesota suggests.... Read more »

Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J., Ackerman, J., Delton, A., Robertson, T., & White, A. (2012) The financial consequences of too many men: Sex ratio effects on saving, borrowing, and spending. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(1), 69-80. DOI: 10.1037/a0024761  

  • January 16, 2012
  • 11:05 AM

From The Archives: Labels and Logos? Looks like you’re powerless.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

Ed. Note: This is a post from the archives; it was originally blogged at IonPsych on 2/10/2011. You can see the original post here. Imagine a woman who wanders into your local coffee shop with this bag thrown over her … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 16, 2012
  • 10:13 AM

View Your Case Through a Rich/Poor Lens

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: The American dialogue on class has recently shifted. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that a solid majority of Americans, 66 percent, believe there are "strong" or "very strong" conflicts between the rich and the poor. In 2009, that figure was just 47 percent, and the most marked increase has been among those who have historically perceived the lowest levels of conflict: white Americans. In accounting for that change, some credit needs to go to "Occupy Wall Street" a........ Read more »

  • January 16, 2012
  • 10:03 AM

Is it time to resurrect post-trauma psychological debriefing for emergency responders and aid workers?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

You've probably seen on the news, after a disaster, the announcement that trained counsellors will be on hand as a matter of routine. Or you used to. In fact, the practice of offering routine post-trauma psychological debriefing (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing - CISD - to give it its original, formal title) is all but dead and buried. It's hard to say who exactly executed the fatal blow.

NICE - the trusted, independent UK body that provides health advice - is a chief culprit. Bas........ Read more »

Hawker, D., Durkin, J., & Hawker, D. (2011) To debrief or not to debrief our heroes: that is the question. Clinical Psychology , 18(6), 453-463. DOI: 10.1002/cpp.730  

  • January 16, 2012
  • 09:51 AM

Is this journal for real?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

This year 134 suspect new journals have appeared from the abyss, all published by the same clandestine company “Scientific & Academic Publishing, USA“. Scientists have been quick to raise the alarm and ruthless in their response.... Read more »

Morrison, Heather. (2012) Scholarly Communication in Crisis. Freedom for scholarship in the internet age. Simon Fraser University School of Communication. info:/

  • January 16, 2012
  • 08:00 AM

What Are the Costs of Lending a Helping Hand?

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

I boarded my commuter train with all of five minutes to spare, so I knew my prospects for getting a seat were slim. That didn’t bother me too much since the vestibule was mostly empty—there was a man standing at the other door silently rocking out to whatever was playing on his headphones, so I [...]

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Bartal, I., Decety, J., & Mason, P. (2011) Empathy and Pro-Social Behavior in Rats. Science, 334(6061), 1427-1430. DOI: 10.1126/science.1210789  

Fehr, E., & Fischbacher, U. (2003) The nature of human altruism. Nature, 425(6960), 785-791. DOI: 10.1038/nature02043  

Horner, V., Carter, J., Suchak, M., & de Waal, F. (2011) Spontaneous prosocial choice by chimpanzees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(33), 13847-13851. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1111088108  

  • January 16, 2012
  • 07:02 AM

“Money won’t bring that loved one back…”

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We hear this routinely in pretrial research as mock jurors explain why they won’t award for non-economic damages. Variations include “no one paid me for my grief when my mother died” or “I don’t see a need to make the survivors millionaires”. The idea of family members profiting from a death is simply heinous to [...]
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Hulst, L., & Akkermans, AJ. (2012) Can money symbolize acknowledgement? How victims’ relatives perceive monetary rewards for their emotional harm. . Psychological Injury and Law. info:/

  • January 16, 2012
  • 01:25 AM

Is Graduate School a Ponzi Scheme?

by PsychYourMind in Psych Your Mind

A couple of years ago, this article ran in the Economist. In the article, the author takes the point of view that the pursuit of a PhD degree is a waste of time. Whether or not you agree with this perspective, it is important to consider the points being made. If you are, or have been, a graduate student, you probably learned much of this during your time in graduate school.... Read more »

Cronan-Hillix, T., Gensheimer, L., Cronan-Hillix, W., & Davidson, W. (1986) Students' Views of Mentors in Psychology Graduate Training. Teaching of Psychology, 13(3), 123-127. DOI: 10.1207/s15328023top1303_5  

  • January 15, 2012
  • 06:14 PM

How does a song from a musical teach us about being happy at work?

by David Lurie in Setsights

If you’re reading this post via RSS or Email, please come and visit the website this week – it has been re-launched with a brand new redesign and a narrower focus on the services and consultancy I provide. I would appreciate comments! As long-time readers of the blog know, I’m a strong believer in making [...]
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  • January 15, 2012
  • 06:07 PM

Changing One Stereotype Can Alter Another Stereotype

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Stereotypes tend to be bad, and therefore understanding what causes them to change is an important endeavor. While research shows a variety of information about a particular group or its members can change a stereotype, a new study finds that a group stereotype can also change based on information about a different group. More specifically, when [...]... Read more »

  • January 15, 2012
  • 06:07 AM

Sleep difficulties in children exposed to trauma

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

In childhood it is normal to have some nighttime fears. Most children outgrow them. However, when fears continue to exist, they endanger sleep quality and daily functioning. One situation in which this may happen, is after traumatic exposure.... Read more »

  • January 14, 2012
  • 10:42 PM

When Satire Becomes Reality

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

On Friday political satirist Stephen Colbert entered the U.S. presidential race. A significant proportion of Conservatives in fact fail to understand satire and instead believe Colbert to be a Conservative commentator opposed to liberal thought.... Read more »

RAMSAY, C., KULL, S., LEWIS, E., & SUBIA, S. (2010) Misinformation and the 2010 Election. Published online at WORLDPUBLICOPINION.ORG by University of Maryland. info:/

  • January 14, 2012
  • 04:15 PM

Can Mad People Access State Assisted Suicide?

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

The suicidal subject is routinely framed as mad and yet to be mad, as here with reference to the decision in Haas c Suisse (2011), is to be prohibited from state assisted suicide. The ethical quandaries instigated by the unresolved debate over euthanasia get even muddier when we wonder if mad people too should have that ultimate right, that is, (not) to be.... Read more »

  • January 14, 2012
  • 04:10 AM

Remembering and Forgetting in Traumatized Ugandan Refugees

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Gulu, Uganda (vis photography)Most of us have memories from the past that we'd rather forget. When those memories are of a traumatic nature, they can more difficult to expel from our minds. Unwanted memories can be rejected by means of active inhibitory processes (Anderson & Levy, 2009), but these mechanisms are impaired in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD (Zwissler et al., 2011): Essentially, PTSD patients have trouble remembering what they are supposed to remember........ Read more »

  • January 14, 2012
  • 12:05 AM

Why endorphins lead to a queue of men at the bar

by Andrew Watt in A Hippo on Campus

There's nothing quite like a stiff drink at the end of a long day to calm those shattered nerves. Whether it's a wine or a scotch, a gin and tonic or a vodka and orange, there's just something about the cortical balm that is alcohol that makes all our worries fade away. But what is it about this fermented solution that has us all at merlot? That leads us all to imbibe over 10 litres each year? Well according to a new study, published in Science Translational Medicine, it's the release of........ Read more »

  • January 13, 2012
  • 03:03 PM

Friday Fun: Five Surprising Findings from 2011

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

Social psychology findings can sometimes seem obvious. At times, however, they contradict common sense, make us question our assumptions, or are just plain bizarre. Here are five of such findings, published in the past year, that particularly caught my attention:
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  • January 13, 2012
  • 08:00 AM

From the Archives: Power, Confidence, and High Heels

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Ed. Note:  During 2012, I thought I would use Fridays to share some of my favorite AiP posts from the archives—and this one definitely tops the list. It was selected as a Research Blogging Editor’s Selection. And I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Cinderella got the prince and Dorothy was envied. Why? They well shod. [...]

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E.O. Smith. (1999) High Heels and Evolution: Natural Selection, Sexual Selection, and High Heels. Psychology, Evolution, and Gender, 1(3), 245-277. info:/

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