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  • September 19, 2011
  • 04:29 PM
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Seeing is believing?

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I am slowly wending my way through a long, complex and incredibly important article by a group of researchers and clinicians writing about the social element of pain.  The basic premise of this paper is that while pain is a private experience, we are social creatures.  As social creatures, we communicate about things that are … Read more... Read more »

Hadjistavropoulos, T., Craig, K., Duck, S., Cano, A., Goubert, L., Jackson, P., Mogil, J., Rainville, P., Sullivan, M., de C. Williams, A.... (2011) A biopsychosocial formulation of pain communication. Psychological Bulletin. DOI: 10.1037/a0023876  

  • September 17, 2011
  • 09:33 AM
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How does spatial distance between partners affect their feeling of jealousy?

by Farid Pazhoohi in Epistemophil

A new study that is appeared in journal of Evolutionary Psychology, investigated effect of distance of partner and closeness of the rival person on jealousy. Study showed that spatial distance affects the intensity of jealousy. An amazing finding is that although men felt comfortable near their partner and far from the rival person, women still felt a bit jealous while they were with their men and far from the rival women.
In short, this study showed that “the jealousy mechanism responds w........ Read more »

Schützwohl, A., Morjaria, S., and Alvis, S. (2011) Spatial Distance Regulates Sex-Specific Feelings to Suspected Sexual and Emotional Infidelity. Evolutionary Psychology. info:/

  • September 14, 2011
  • 05:22 PM
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Real-Time fMRI Psychotherapy

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Old World Psychotherapy: Sofa of Sigmund FreudThere has been a series of interesting research studies examining the effect of psychotherapy on brain structure and function.  These studies have typically shown that effective psychotherapy results in reduction of brain deficits or abnormalities associated with a specific neuropsychiatric disorder.Now a study published in Plos One summarizes the results of study examining the use of real-time fMRI to provide neurofeedback during an amygdala ac........ Read more »

Zotev, V., Krueger, F., Phillips, R., Alvarez, R., Simmons, W., Bellgowan, P., Drevets, W., & Bodurka, J. (2011) Self-Regulation of Amygdala Activation Using Real-Time fMRI Neurofeedback. PLoS ONE, 6(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024522  

  • September 11, 2011
  • 12:12 PM
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How much 9/11 TV footage is too much?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Ten years on from the fateful and tragic day, once again our TV screens relive the moments when the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon came under terrorist attack. Footage of planes exploding into skyscrapers, crumbling buildings and billowing dust clouds are all now indelibly etched into all of our psyches. It was a watershed … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • August 30, 2011
  • 12:13 PM
  • 1,340 views

Why you need to fix your attitudes before you fix your job

by David Lurie in Setsights

A short post this week, as I want to make sure you all read it: as psychological ideas go this is as critical as they come to the goals of coaching. It’s a peculiarity of the way we exist that … Continue reading


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  • August 16, 2011
  • 08:26 AM
  • 1,499 views

Some of us experience bigger 'emotional hangovers', whether from fun activities or hurricanes

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

While some of us may be generally happier than others, all of us experience different emotions from day to day. A fascinating new study suggests that these fluctuations are due to two factors: a cycling of emotion levels across the working week, and our unique personal sensitivity to both good and bad daily events. The study even has hurricanes.

Daniel J. Beal and Louma Ghandour from Rice University set out to track the daily affect patterns of participants from an IT services company. They wer........ Read more »

  • August 5, 2011
  • 08:02 AM
  • 2,061 views

Let me tell you a story…

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Everyone loves to hear a good story.  And if you are reading our blog, you probably love to tell stories, too.  A good story is essential to effective communication and persuasion, and that sort of defines our wheel-house.  But I digress…  Sometimes stories are traditional “once upon a time” sorts of tales, but more often [...]


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  • August 1, 2011
  • 09:59 AM
  • 2,690 views

Why do we make odd faces when we orgasm? A romance in three parts

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, Guillaume's Mailbag has continued on its mission to provide an adaptive explanation for every existing trait. The most recent trait Guillaume has been tackling was submitted by John Wilkins, who asked, "Why do we make odd faces when we orgasm?"

In case you missed when I've plugged him before, JoHn Wilkins (no recent relation) is a philosopher of science in Australia. His most recent book is Species: A History of the Idea, and he runs an excellent blog called Evolving Thoughts. He recently c........ Read more »

Krüger TH, Haake P, Chereath D, Knapp W, Janssen OE, Exton MS, Schedlowski M, & Hartmann U. (2003) Specificity of the neuroendocrine response to orgasm during sexual arousal in men. The Journal of endocrinology, 177(1), 57-64. PMID: 12697037  

  • July 28, 2011
  • 06:53 AM
  • 1,377 views

Creativity dampened by observing anger, but enhanced by sarcasm

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Bearing the brunt of someone's anger can focus the mind wonderfully. This can help us to knuckle down on well-defined tasks, but can hinder activities that depend on open, lateral thinking. In the Journal of Applied Psychology, Ella Miron-Spektor and colleagues demonstrate how simply observing an angry outburst in a work context can reproduce these effects. They also explore what happens when angry messages are delivered with a twist of sarcasm.The researchers ran three studies asking 375 engine........ Read more »

  • July 21, 2011
  • 04:00 AM
  • 1,584 views

Obama cracks a joke to the Atlantis Shuttle Crew – So why wasn’t it funny?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

In space, no one can hear the tumble-weed. Obama: “I was just dialing out for pizza, and I didn’t expect to end up in space…” Recently, the US President took some time out from his busy schedule to make a surprise phone call to the Space Shuttle Atlantis crew. Clearly in need of some light-hearted … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • July 19, 2011
  • 06:18 AM
  • 2,360 views

The first ever experimental investigation of laughing at oneself

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

To be capable of laughing at oneself is usually considered a mark of good character and the foundation of a robust sense of humour. Yet this is a behaviour that's barely been touched on by psychologists. Opinions have been expressed - for example, La Fave and his colleagues thought that laughing at oneself was never genuine and couldn't be a truly happy event. But for largely practical reasons, experiments on the topic are non-existent. Now Ursula Beermann and Willibald Ruch have shown one way t........ Read more »

  • July 18, 2011
  • 08:02 AM
  • 1,724 views

The Danger of Stereotyping: Does Gay Black = Likable?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

It’s an interesting question. We know from recent research that black criminal defendants who wear glasses may be viewed as less threatening (and therefore more likable). And we’re guessing that gay black men may also seem less threatening than heterosexual black men. By now you likely know we wouldn’t muse on this sort of question [...]


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Remedios, JD,, Chasteen, AL,, Rule, NO,, & Plaks, JE. (2011) Impressions at the intersection of ambiguous and obvious social categories: Does gay Black . Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. info:/

  • July 11, 2011
  • 01:35 PM
  • 1,784 views

Does crying really make you feel better?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Psychologists have made surprisingly little progress in explaining why we cry. A popular idea is that crying is cathartic - that the tears of sadness wash away life's woes like so much detritus carried off in the tide. This has been supported by retrospective surveys that ask people how they felt after previous bouts of crying. Lab studies, by contrast, which involve participants watching weepie movies, have found crying to have no such benefit. Both approaches, however, are seriously flawed. Fi........ Read more »

  • July 7, 2011
  • 01:00 PM
  • 1,379 views

Shifting Stigmas: The Act of Crying in Public

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Jimmy Dugan firmly established that there’s no crying in baseball. But what about in public? In New York City, at some point or another you’re going to encounter a crying person—in fact, you could even be the crier. A few weeks ago, I boarded the subway for a short trip uptown. It was the middle [...]









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Borgquist, Alvin. (1906) Crying. The American Journal of Psychology, 17(2), 149-205. info:/

Ross, C., & Mirowsky, J. (1984) Men Who Cry. Social Psychology Quarterly, 47(2), 138. DOI: 10.2307/3033942  

  • June 23, 2011
  • 10:00 AM
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The Morality of Teenage Fast Food Consumption

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

One of the most pervasive beliefs about obesity is that people do this to themselves.
This assumption is closely linked to judgements about morality in the sense that ‘good’ citizens look after themselves by making healthy (’good’) choices, whereas ‘bad’ citizens make unhealthy (’bad’) choices, thereby becoming a drain to healthcare systems and government dollars (and [...]... Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 06:57 AM
  • 964 views

Measuring happiness: a view from management science

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

This year's BPS Annual Conference was visited by Stephen Hicks of the Office of National Statistics, to present the latest on the new measurement of national well-being. Still in final development, the content presented seemed well-considered and balanced – capturing elements of hedonic feelings of current happiness as well as a sense of meaning. A recent review in the Academy of Management Perspective looks at the history of the measurement of happiness and provides some of the more consiste........ Read more »

David G. Blanchflower, & Andrew J. Oswald. (2011) International Happiness: A New View on the Measure of Performance. Academy of Management Perspectives, 25(1), 6-22. info:/

  • June 15, 2011
  • 05:16 PM
  • 4,246 views

To Be or Not to Be Monogamous?

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice


What does it mean to be monogamous?Sexual exclusivity between two partners?
A two-party partnership, characterized by cooperation where resources are shared and children are produced?
A genetic commitment to producing offspring with a single partner?
A social system in which only two people are contracted to marriage at a time?
Or is it perhaps some combination of these four?
For some people, establishing yourself in an exclusively committed relationship where you wake up next to the same perso........ Read more »

Curtis, J. Thomas, & Wang, Z. (2003) The Neurochemistry of Pair Bonding. Current Directions in Psychology, 12(2), 49-53. info:/

Fuentes, A. (1998) Re-Evaluating Primate Monogamy. American Anthropologist, 100(4), 890-907. DOI: 10.1525/aa.1998.100.4.890  

  • June 7, 2011
  • 01:15 PM
  • 2,746 views

"What Have I Done?"—The Nature of Regret

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice


We've all been there—the "Oh, [expletive]" moment. Perhaps the door just shut and your keys are still sitting on the counter. Or you get to the subway/bus stop just as your mass transit mode of choice is pulling away. Perhaps you've left your wallet at home, and there are blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror. Or maybe your expletive moment is a bit darker: a broken promise, a hurt friend, or a damaged relationship through some fault of your own. After all, regret is all about you and........ Read more »

Gilbert DT, Morewedge CK, Risen JL, & Wilson TD. (2004) Looking Forward to Looking Backward: The Misprediction of Regret. Psychological science, 15(5), 346-50. PMID: 15102146  

John Sabini and Maury Silver. (2005) Why Emotion Names and Experiences Don't Neatly Pair. Psychological Inquiry, 16(1), 1-10. info:/

Schlenker, Barry, & Darby, Bruce. (1981) The Use of Apologies in Social Predicaments. Social Psychology Quarterly, 44(3), 271-278. DOI: 10.2307/3033840  

  • May 31, 2011
  • 10:03 AM
  • 1,121 views

Switching, empathising and staying neutral: the emotional labour of GP receptionists

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

When you sit in a doctor’s waiting room, your mind, like mine, may wander toward the reception desk, with its trilling phones and flow of patients. But our idle observations pale in comparison to those of Jenna Ward and Robert McMurray, who spent over 300 hours observing GP receptionists within three practices. They´ve published their findings in a new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine, which raises the lid on the emotional labour conducted in this role.The process of managing ........ Read more »

  • May 23, 2011
  • 08:02 AM
  • 1,476 views

Birthers, deathers, and did you hear about Jimmy Hoffa?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Conspiracy theorists have been with us for perhaps, forever. Most recently we’ve been reading about birthers and deathers. But the idea of conspiracy theories goes beyond fringe elements. According to a recent issue of Rasmussen Reports, 53% of us believe elections are rigged to help incumbents in Congress. Sometimes, those espousing conspiracy theories are actually harmed when [...]


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