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  • February 13, 2013
  • 12:45 PM

Getting a Date for Valentine's Day: A Scientific Approach (Part 2)

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

Welcome to Part 2 of Getting a Date for Valentine’s Day: A Scientific Approach. This will make sense if you haven’t read Part 1, but to enjoy the full impact of this V-Day themed explosion of scientific knowledge, I suggest you read both. If that cramps your style then here’s a summary: (1) Just Ask, (2) Get Your Foot in the Door, and (3) Gaze Without Being Creepy. Now, let’s move on…4. Make Them LaughHow often do you hear that what people really want is someone with a sense of humor? ........ Read more »

Elliot, A., Niesta Kayser, D., Greitemeyer, T., Lichtenfeld, S., Gramzow, R., Maier, M., & Liu, H. (2010) Red, rank, and romance in women viewing men. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139(3), 399-417. DOI: 10.1037/a0019689  

Elliot, A., & Niesta, D. (2008) Romantic red: Red enhances men's attraction to women. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(5), 1150-1164. DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.95.5.1150  

Guéguen, N. (2011) ‘‘Say it with flowers’’: The effect of flowers on mating attractiveness and behavior. Social Influence, 6(2), 105-112. info:/10.1080/15534510.2011.561556

  • February 6, 2013
  • 02:14 AM

The History and Basic Principles of Archetypal Psychology

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

The basic philosophy behind archetypal psychology was inspired by Carl Jung’s concept of the archetypes: Primordial symbols, appearing predominantly within our dreams, which are the common heritage of all mankind. The concept of archetypes implies that there are sources of health, healing, strength and wisdom within the psyche that are accessible to all of us. [...]... Read more »

  • February 4, 2013
  • 02:16 AM

[Trial] Lawyers and Emotional Intelligence: How Does Emotion-Understanding Ability Relate to Incidental Anxiety and Decisions Involving Risk?

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

The daily work of lawyers involves making important decisions.  Many of these decisions can involve risk.  Anxiety, described as feelings of apprehension and tension, frequently exists in these decision contexts.  Some of this anxiety is irrelevant.  Cognitive skills alone do not provide all the tools necessary to navigate the anxiety-risk-decision mine field.  Emotional [...]... Read more »

  • January 30, 2013
  • 05:58 PM

Intuition or a sense of Smell?

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

I've long been fascinated by the idea that those feelings often attributed to 'intuition' or 'following your gut' might occur physiologically in the form of odor cues that we don't consciously register.Intuition or Olfactuation? (source)An example of this might me when you can just 'tell something is wrong' in a situation and decide to leave, and later found out that something bad happened later that evening. These sorts of stories are often used as evidence that people have psychic powers of so........ Read more »

de Groot JH, Smeets MA, Kaldewaij A, Duijndam MJ, & Semin GR. (2012) Chemosignals communicate human emotions. Psychological science, 23(11), 1417-24. PMID: 23019141  

  • January 26, 2013
  • 06:27 PM

Degree Of Kinship Determines How Far We Are Willing To Travel To See Our Relatives

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

Maintaining regular face-to-face contact with family members can be rather challenging because nowadays families are often geographically dispersed. It takes time, money and effort to travel and visit family members. The famous British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar at Oxford University and his colleagues investigated how far people were willing to travel to see their relatives. Their results were published in the open access journal PLOS One “Going That Extra Mi........ Read more »

  • January 23, 2013
  • 11:00 AM

Does Experience Help People Recognize Emotion in Dogs?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

In last week’s post about dogs’ responses to petting by familiar and unfamiliar people, we said dogs generally prefer to be petted in certain places, and people don’t always recognize the subtle signals that show when a dog is uncomfortable. This week, we’re looking at a study that investigates whether experience with dogs helps people to recognize canine emotions such as happiness and fear.The internet survey was conducted by Michele Wan and colleagues at Columbia University, New York, ........ Read more »

  • January 11, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: “That was the witness who spoke so sadly”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Our mock jurors often assess the emotionality of witnesses during deposition or testimony. They comment when emotion seems excessive and they comment when emotion seems to be lacking. Those evaluative comments result in judgments–either negative or positive–for how jurors will remember witness credibility and reliability. Some interesting new research adds more information to our knowledge of [...]

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  • January 4, 2013
  • 02:54 AM

What Seinfeld Can Teach Us About Apologies

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

There’s a Seinfeld episode that centers on George’s anger at Jason Hanke over the fact that Hanke refuses to apologize for something that happened at a party of his years earlier. As George tells it, the apartment was cold, but when George asked to borrow a sweater (“preferably cashmere”) Hanke refused and publicly made a big [...]... Read more »

  • December 31, 2012
  • 03:49 AM

The Year In Sports Research

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Think that being an academic is incompatible with being a die-hard sports nut? Think again. The greatest minds of our time are still hard at work figuring out exactly what’s going on with athletes, teams, and fans. Here’s the best of what they uncovered in 2012: Tax rates matter. A pair of new studies examined [...]... Read more »

  • December 30, 2012
  • 10:15 PM

More Music, More Empathy

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Fig. 1 (Molnar-Szakacs & Overy, 2006). Model of the possible involvement of the human mirror neuron system in representing meaning and affective responses to music. ... The shared recruitment of this neural mechanism in both the sender and the perceiver of the musical message allows for co-representation and sharing of the musical experience. Music notes from ‘The Lady Sings the Blues’ by Billie Holiday and Herbie Nichols.The previous post examined the relationship between music and empa........ Read more »

  • December 27, 2012
  • 12:56 AM

Music and Empathy

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

I've been reading the book Rat Girl, a memoir by musician Kristin Hersh, who started the band Throwing Muses in 1980, at the age of 14 (along with Tanya Donelly, Leslie Langston, and David Narcizo). The book recounts an eventful year in her life (1985-86) when, among other things, she is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her band is signed to record label 4AD.Below she describes the intense empathic connection between the band and their music and their audience, which stuck me as a profou........ Read more »

Molnar-Szakacs, I., & Overy, K. (2006) Music and mirror neurons: from motion to 'e'motion. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 1(3), 235-241. DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsl029  

  • December 17, 2012
  • 03:05 AM

Want to Be Happier and Avoid Auto Accidents? A TED/BMJ Mashup

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Are happy people responsible for fewer accidents? Should positive psychology be a mandatory module in high school Driver's Ed classes? Taken together, a new paper in the 2012 Christmas issue of BMJ and a recent TEDx talk tell a potentially interesting story about happiness, car crashes, and mind wandering. Let's see how this dangerous idea holds up to scrutiny.Driving and DaydreamingIt seems rather obvious that distraction is not good for driving, regardless of whether the offending diversion is........ Read more »

Galera, C., Orriols, L., M'Bailara, K., Laborey, M., Contrand, B., Ribereau-Gayon, R., Masson, F., Bakiri, S., Gabaude, C., Fort, A.... (2012) Mind wandering and driving: responsibility case-control study. BMJ, 345(dec13 8). DOI: 10.1136/bmj.e8105  

Killingsworth, M., & Gilbert, D. (2010) A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind. Science, 330(6006), 932-932. DOI: 10.1126/science.1192439  

  • December 13, 2012
  • 04:04 PM

Stocking Stuffers For The PsycHoliday Season

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

This post is the first of a “PsycHoliday Season” series that I will be posting throughout the rest of December. Enjoy! If there are four things that people tend to have on their minds during the holiday season, it’s a) … Continue reading →... Read more »

Algoe, Sara B., Gable, Shelly L., & Maisel, Natalya C. (2010) It's the little things: Everyday gratitude as a booster shot for romantic relationships. Personal Relationships. info:/

  • December 10, 2012
  • 08:55 AM

Implied audience in high-profile psychology papers: Beyond the “nice lady on the subway.”

by J Zevin in The Magnet is Always On

Perhaps the most serious problem with the “nice lady on the subway” as implied audience for scientific communication is that it contributes to an environment in which over-interpretation of results is essentially standard. By accepting the assumption that the concepts we’re working with should be familiar and accessible to everyone, we invite the misapprehension that our results can speak directly to the kinds of questions ordinary people have about how their minds work. We can do better t........ Read more »

  • December 9, 2012
  • 08:27 AM

When to switch on background music

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

Some things of our daily lives have become so common, we hardly notice them anymore. Background music is one such thing. Whether you are in a supermarket, a gym or a molecular biology laboratory, you can constantly hear it. More than that, even in quiet environments like the office or the library people get out their mp3-players and play background music. Is this a form of boosting one’s productivity or are people enjoying music at the cost of getting things done? Research on the effect of bac........ Read more »

  • December 5, 2012
  • 09:30 AM

Can Dogs Use Human Emotional Expressions to Identify Which Box Contains Food?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Dogs are very aware of human emotional states. An earlier blog post looked at how dogs respond to a crying stranger. This week’s post is about whether or not dogs can use human emotional cues to tell them which of two boxes contains a tasty treat.The research was conducted by David Buttelmann and Michael Tomasello in Germany. They compared two sets of human emotional expressions: Happy vs Neutral; and Happy vs Disgust. They tested 58 domestic dogs (Siberian Huskies, Labrador Retrievers, G........ Read more »

  • November 27, 2012
  • 12:40 PM

The Sources of Violence and Conflict Within Us

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

By and large, humanity has forgotten the relationship between thoughts and reality. The world that we experience is the reflection of what we carry inside us. Mystics, sages and shamans throughout the ages have tried to remind us of this fact. Western culture has largely turned its back upon such notions, however. Since the Industrial [...]... Read more »

  • November 26, 2012
  • 12:22 PM

Adjustment to a new role is influenced by how your supervisor makes you feel

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Before every great employee, there was a new employee. Getting newcomers up to speed is crucial for organisations, so it's useful to know how this is supported or disrupted. Competing models suggest the supervisor as the decisive factor in onboarding, or that newcomers themselves are the crucial agent. A new article focuses on the interplay between the two: how a supervisor makes you feel shapes your behaviours that can make or break those early days.Suhsil Nifadkar, Anne Tsui and Blake Ash........ Read more »

  • November 26, 2012
  • 06:45 AM

Eating Disorders and the Not So Female Brain

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

A recent paper claimed that eating disorders manifest an "extreme female brain" in contrast to an "extreme male brain" proposed for autism. The evidence for this was mixed especially when some of the results applied more clearly to males than females. Additionally, eating disorders and autism may have certain features in common even though they are supposed to represent opposite brain types. Characterising certain conditions as extremely ‘male’ or ‘female&rs........ Read more »

Bremser JA, & Gallup GG Jr. (2012) From one extreme to the other: negative evaluation anxiety and disordered eating as candidates for the extreme female brain. Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior, 10(3), 457-86. PMID: 22947672  

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