So far in my budding career I've been involved in three psychology studies, all of which required the recruitment of non-clinical participants. Even before that, my psych undergraduate final-year project on schizophrenia was carried out by surveying non-clinical participants. For the benefit of lay readers, non-clinical participants refers to "normal" people who are recruited to take part in the study and are different to results gleaned from sufferers of psychosis, anxiety or oth........ Read more »
Some recent research has given me the chance to combine the sort of topic I used to write about with my more recent focus. It’s research headed by Jennifer Crocker of the University of Michigan, on how writing about your important values affects how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people, and what influence that has on your acceptance of potentially threatening information. If you’d just like to read about the research itself, Science Daily has a good summary. I’m going t........ Read more »
Jennifer Crocker, Yu Niiya, & Dominik Mischkowski. (2008) Why Does Writing About Important Values Reduce Defensiveness? Self-Affirmation and the Role of Positive Other-Directed Feelings. Psychological Science, 19(7), 740-747. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02150.x
Answering seems simple enough. For many people however, the need to avoid criticism and seek praise causes them to respond in a manner consistent with expected norms. Self-reports of dietary intake can be biased by these tendencies, tainting consumption data collected by the health community. Everyone knows they should eat five or more servings of [...]ShareThis... Read more »
Tracy Miller, Madiha F Abdel-Maksoud, Lori A Crane, Al C Marcus, & Tim E Byers. (2008) Effects of social approval bias on self-reported fruit and vegetable consumption: A randomized controlled trial. Nutrition Journal, 7(1), 18. DOI: 10.1186/1475-2891-7-18
In fact, there is a trend the other way - the less religious a society is, the lower the levels of antisocial behaviour. At least according to a new study out today in Science.... Read more »
by dave in Word Munger
On Cognitive Daily, we have editorial standards. We won’t post on a study which we don’t think is worthwhile. Fortunately here I have no such restrictions.
Consider this article from Brain and Cognition: “Appearance of Symmetry, Beauty, and Health in Human Faces.” What the researchers did is to show participants pictures of faces and ask them [...]... Read more »
ZAIDEL, D., AARDE, S., & BAIG, K. (2005) Appearance of symmetry, beauty, and health in human faces. Brain and Cognition, 57(3), 261-263. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2004.08.056
Examining a recent study that attempts to answer whether intense, romantic love of the kind commonly associated with young couples exists for long-term married couples as well.... ... Read more »
Acevedo BP, Aron A, Fisher HE, & Brown LL. (2011) Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 21208991
DEGRECK, M., ROTTE, M., PAUS, R., MORITZ, D., THIEMANN, R., PROESCH, U., BRUER, U., MOERTH, S., TEMPELMANN, C., & BOGERTS, B. (2008) Is our self based on reward? Self-relatedness recruits neural activity in the reward system. NeuroImage, 39(4), 2066-2075. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.11.006
Alter, A., & Oppenheimer, D. (2008) Easy on the mind, easy on the wallet: The roles of familiarity and processing fluency in valuation judgments. Psychonomic Bulletin , 15(5), 985-990. DOI: 10.3758/PBR.15.5.985
Peskin, M., & Newell, F. (2004) Familiarity breeds attraction: Effects of exposure on the attractiveness of typical and distinctive faces. Perception, 33(2), 147-157. DOI: 10.1068/p5028
Reber, R., Schwarz, N., & Winkielman, P. (2004) Processing Fluency and Aesthetic Pleasure: Is Beauty in the Perceiver's Processing Experience?. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8(4), 364-382. DOI: 10.1207/s15327957pspr0804_3
Research suggests that people are unconsciously drawn to locations and professions that resemble their names. Other aspects of names, such as uniqueness and ethnicity, also influence life outcomes.... Read more »
Pelham BW, Mirenberg MC, & Jones JT. (2002) Why Susie sells seashells by the seashore: implicit egotism and major life decisions. Journal of personality and social psychology, 82(4), 469-87. PMID: 11999918
Recent research suggests that certain people might be more prone to infidelity than others. ... Read more »
Blow, A., & Hartnett, K. (2005) Infidelity in committed relationships: A substantive review. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 31(2), 217-233. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2005.tb01556.x
Garcia JR, MacKillop J, Aller EL, Merriwether AM, Wilson DS, & Lum JK. (2010) Associations between dopamine D4 receptor gene variation with both infidelity and sexual promiscuity. PloS one, 5(11). PMID: 21152404
Fincham FD, Lambert NM, & Beach SR. (2010) Faith and unfaithfulness: can praying for your partner reduce infidelity?. Journal of personality and social psychology, 99(4), 649-59. PMID: 20718545
Lammers, J., Stoker, J. I., Jordan, J., Pollmann, M. M. H. . (2011) Power increases infidelity among men and women. Psychological Science. info:/
The last time you went on a date or hung out with a new friend, what thoughts were going through your mind as you got ready? Were you thinking things like “I hope I have a great time tonight!” and “I hope we have a really good connection,” or were your thoughts more along the lines of “I hope I don’t make a fool out of myself” and “I hope we aren’t bored with each other”? ... Read more »
Impett, E., Gordon, A., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., Gable, S., & Keltner, D. (2010) Moving toward more perfect unions: Daily and long-term consequences of approach and avoidance goals in romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(6), 948-963. DOI: 10.1037/a0020271
Discusses new research on self-compassion.... Read more »
Neff, K. (2003) Self-Compassion: An Alternative Conceptualization of a Healthy Attitude Toward Oneself. Self and Identity, 2(2), 85-101. DOI: 10.1080/15298860309032
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