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  • December 12, 2013
  • 06:00 PM
  • 1,820 views

The Link Between Using Pro-Social Media and Empathy

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Does watching TV and playing video games affect our empathy and willingness to engage in pro-social behavior? A team of international psychology researchers studied over 2,000 adolescents (mean age 21 years, 60% female and 40% male) in seven countries (Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania and the United States) to determine whether there is a link between the media they consume and their levels of empathy and pro-social behavior. ... Read more »

Sara Prot, Douglas A. Gentile, Craig A. Anderson, Kanae Suzuki, Edward Swing, Kam Ming Lim, Yukiko Horiuchi, Margareta Jelic, Barbara Krahé, Wei Liuqing.... (2013) Long-Term Relations Among Prosocial-Media Use, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior. Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613503854  

  • December 2, 2013
  • 02:40 AM
  • 1,140 views

Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Mechanisms of Leadership Emergence, and Important Predictors of [Legal] Organization Effectiveness

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Does emotional intelligence, a set of abilities concerned with processing emotions and emotional information, contribute to how one member of a self-managed group who lacks formal authority may influence other members?  Researchers recently addressed this important question about informal influence processes and the concept called leadership emergence.  The answer is “Yes”.  Leadership emergence relates [...]The post Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Mechanisms of Leadership Emergence, ........ Read more »

  • November 25, 2013
  • 07:40 PM
  • 917 views

Training and Development for [Legal] Organizations – The Science Behind What to Train, How to Train, and How to Implement and Evaluate the Design and Delivery of Training [Part 1]

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

A team of leading experts in the science and application of training recently provided a comprehensive review and summary of what is known about training, how to decide whether training is needed, what steps to follow in training program design, and among other things, how to assess a training program’s impact. Properly designed and [...]The post Training and Development for [Legal] Organizations – The Science Behind What to Train, How to Train, and How to Implement and Evaluate the ........ Read more »

Salas, E., Tannenbaum, S. I., Kraiger, K., & Smith-Jentsch, K. A. (2012) The science of training and development in organizations: What matters in practice. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. DOI: 10.1177/1529100612436661  

  • November 25, 2013
  • 09:00 AM
  • 1,325 views

Holiday Travelers Take Note: Scientists Explore Roadway Aggression

by amikulak in Daily Observations

It’s that time of year again – the time to gather with family and friends, to celebrate the passing of another year…to spend hours in a car dealing with pent-up […]... Read more »

Wickens, C.M., Mann, R.E., & Wiesenthal, D.L. (2013) Addressing Driver Aggression: Contributions From Psychological Science. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(5), 386-391. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413486986  

  • November 18, 2013
  • 02:36 AM
  • 1,181 views

Perceptions of “Sorry” – Negotiated vs. Delegated Apologies, Settlement Levers, and Mediation

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Saying that you are really and genuinely “sorry” effectively in psychological terms is not easy.  The other’s perception that you really mean it presents a rocky proposition, too.  Another layer involves advocates.  It’s not easier, either, when lawyers get involved.  Many examples of the rocky shoals of apology, particularly in the context of national [...]The post Perceptions of “Sorry” – Negotiated vs. Delegated Apologies, Settlement Levers, and Media........ Read more »

  • November 13, 2013
  • 02:26 PM
  • 1,198 views

Sleep Unbinds Memories From Their Emotional Context

by sschroeder in Daily Observations

Many of us might remember our parents insisting that we get a good night’s sleep before a big exam or test, with the argument that being well rested would help […]... Read more »

Deliens, G., Gilson, M., Schmitz, R., . (2013) Sleep unbinds memories from their emotional context. Cortex, 49(8), 2221-2228. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.11.014  

  • November 7, 2013
  • 09:37 PM
  • 1,059 views

Organizational Commitment, Job Satisfaction, and Caring Adaptations: In Terms of the Psychological Contract, A New Assessment Can Tell How Well Your Business [Law Firm] Measures Up

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

In tough economic times, avoid institutional thinking and acting on short-turn restructuring and/or cost-cutting goals.  Recent research about a new assessment suggests this message to firm leaders and chief executives.  Instead, the message continues, leaders must think and act outside the box.  This means psychologically and financially.  A team of organizational researchers developed a [...]The post Organizational Commitment, Job Satisfaction, and Caring Adaptations: In Terms of the Psych........ Read more »

  • November 5, 2013
  • 09:00 AM
  • 1,246 views

The ‘Heartwarming’ Nature of Social Bonds

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Emotional connections with others are one of the fundamental ingredients for a happy and fulfilled life. Seeking out these connections often feels good, providing a kind of social “warmth.” New […]... Read more »

  • October 31, 2013
  • 03:30 AM
  • 1,462 views

Give Your Halloween Candy a Flavor Boost with Psychological Science

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Late on Halloween night, with candy strewn across the dining room table, millions of children across the United States will enjoy the hard-earned fruits of their trick-or-treating labors. After picking […]... Read more »

Vohs, K.D., Wang, Y., Gino, F., & Norton, M.I. (2013) Rituals Enhance Consumption. Psychological Science, 24(9), 1714-1721. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613478949  

Cole, G.G., & Wilkins, A.J. (2013) Fear of Holes. Psychological Science, 24(10), 1980-1985. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613484937  

  • October 29, 2013
  • 03:15 PM
  • 1,143 views

IBS: pity, compassion and discrimination

by Aurametrix team in Irritable Bowel Blog

 The effects of IBS on quality of life may be more substantial than those of many other chronic diseases. It affects school, work and life, putting the sufferers at risk for social isolation. Numerous books, columns and blogs about this condition usually affirm that social problems arise because the sufferers are trying to hide the fact they have IBS from others. Keeping secrets is stressful, while being upfront and coming out of the closet is the best strategy. Is it really?........ Read more »

Sutin AR, & Terracciano A. (2013) Perceived weight discrimination and obesity. PloS one, 8(7). PMID: 23894586  

  • October 22, 2013
  • 09:20 AM
  • 1,227 views

New Drug Reduces Negative Memory

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Through analysis of the human genome, Basle scientists have identified molecules and compounds that are related to human memory. In a subsequent pharmacological study with one of the identified compounds, the scientists found a drug-induced reduction of aversive memory. This could have implications for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, which is characterized by intrusive … Read More →... Read more »

  • October 16, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 670 views

Can we take back that apology to the readers of romance novels?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Whew. Last week we wondered if we should apologize to the readers of romance novels everywhere and this week, as it happens, we’ve learned we can skip that. We are relieved and uplifted by this news. To improve your social skills and your ability to identify the emotions of others, read a little Chekhov (Anton […]

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  • October 11, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 884 views

What’s that book you’re reading as you wait to be impaneled?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

I listen to a lot of audiobooks while driving or flying or cooking or cleaning. I rarely listen to academic tomes. Instead, I like to be entertained with mysteries and thrillers or suspenseful stories. Lately, I have purchased several highly rated mysteries only to discover they are romance novels in disguise. It is irksome and […]

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  • October 7, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 993 views

How can cheating be wrong when it feels so right?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

I think I was in college when Barbara Mandrell came out with this song for cheaters everywhere. A few decades later, I listened to my niece talk about tools she uses to identify plagiarism in her college freshman students. So I ask my (then) high school kids about cheating. They look at me as though […]

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Ruedy NE, Moore C, Gino F, & Schweitzer ME. (2013) The cheater's high: The unexpected affective benefits of unethical behavior. Journal of personality and social psychology, 105(4), 531-48. PMID: 24000799  

  • October 2, 2013
  • 08:53 AM
  • 1,276 views

Entering, Enjoying, and Exiting the “Age Queue” and the “SIC” Scale: A New Way to Measure [and Lawyers to Consider] Ageism’s Subtle and Overlooked Bias and Prejudice

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

“Older people shouldn’t even try to act cool.”  One of three factors in a new assessment which measures age-based prescriptive stereotypes includes this item.  A different factor asks respondents to endorse this item “Doctors spend too much time treating sickly older people”.  Leading age researchers recently argued that we must increase our understanding of [...]The post Entering, Enjoying, and Exiting the “Age Queue” and the “SIC” Scale: A New Way to Measure [and Lawyers t........ Read more »

North, M.S., & Fiske, S.T. (2013) A prescriptive intergenerational – tension ageism scale: Succession, identify, and consumption. Psychological Assessment. info:/10.1037/a0032367

  • September 22, 2013
  • 05:39 PM
  • 1,130 views

Legal Case Management: Prediction of Case Outcomes, Overconfidence, and Lawyers’ Need for Calibration Tools [Feedback]- Part 2 of 3

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

When it comes to legal strategy, predicting case outcomes, and decision-making, science shows that lawyers suffer a serious fault– overconfidence.  The largest study of American lawyers of its kind to date noted that “Lawyers frequently made substantial judgmental errors, showing a proclivity to overoptimism.  The most biased estimates were expressed with very high initial [...]The post Legal Case Management: Prediction of Case Outcomes, Overconfidence, and Lawyers’ Need for Calibrat........ Read more »

Goodman-Delahunty, J., Granhag, P., Hartwig, M., & Loftus, E. (2010) Insightful or wishful: Lawyers' ability to predict case outcomes. . Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. DOI: 10.1037/a0019060  

  • September 18, 2013
  • 10:32 AM
  • 841 views

Advice taking is influenced by how you feel, and who you're feeling it toward

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Work presents us with many sources of advice, from managers, coaches and consultants, to our colleagues and friends. Advice often leads to better decisions, but we're not always prepared to take it. Recent research has suggested a role for emotion: for instance, feeling angry makes us less likely to follow advice. Now a new study by Ilona de Hooge, Peeter Verlegh and Stefanie Tzioti suggests that this comes down to two emotional properties: yes, positive or negative valence is crucial, but its i........ Read more »

ILONA E. DE HOOGE, PEETER W. J. VERLEGH, & STEFANIE C. TZIOTI. (2013) Emotions in Advice Taking: The Roles of Agency and Valence . Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. DOI: 10.1002/bdm.1801  

  • September 18, 2013
  • 09:30 AM
  • 2,439 views

Perceiving Emotion in Babies and Dogs

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Darwin suggested that some human emotional expressions could have their origins in the facial expressions of other animals, including primates and dogs. If so, there would be similarities in the way people process emotional faces across these different species. While most research has focussed on other primates, a paper just published in PLoS One by Annett Schirmer et al (National University of Singapore) investigates whether or not there are similarities in processing facial expressions in huma........ Read more »

  • September 17, 2013
  • 06:44 PM
  • 1,070 views

Emotional Intelligence and “Incompetent” [Lawyer and Law Firm] Leaders and the “Double Curse”: Low Performing, High Self-Evaluators & Resistance to Feedback via the “Expedient Escape”

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

[Lawyer] leaders need self-awareness.  But, accuracy counts. Leaders, i.e. your boss or manager, and even those higher upstairs, who lack a meaningful measure of self-awareness will often fail in their attempts to regulate themselves, manage other people, and achieve success in their organizations. Several studies provide “considerable evidence” which indicates that such low performer [...]The post Emotional Intelligence and “Incompetent” [Lawyer and Law Firm] Leaders an........ Read more »

  • September 11, 2013
  • 11:58 AM
  • 1,059 views

Emotion Fluctuations in Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: A Rollercoaster or Not So Much?

by Tetyana in Science of Eating Disorders


Restricting, bingeing, and purging are powerful ways to regulate emotional states. However, these behaviours probably play different roles in emotional regulation. Whereas restriction is hypothesized to pre-empt the onset of highly emotional states, bingeing and purging is thought to act as a coping mechanism to deal with overwhelming emotional states once they’ve already been activated. 
If this is true, we would expect to see more variability (or fluctuation) in the intensity and ........ Read more »

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