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  • June 4, 2014
  • 11:16 AM

Is widespread sexism making hurricanes more deadly than himmicanes? | @BobOHara & @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

We take a closer look at a recent paper that claims that hurricanes given female-sounding names cause more damage than "himmicanes" (hurricanes given male-sounding names) due to public underestimation of risk associated with name gender.... Read more »

Jung Kiju, Shavitt Sharon, Viswanathan Madhu, & Hilbe Joseph M. (2014) Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1402786111  

  • June 4, 2014
  • 08:45 AM

How Does Your Facebook News Feed Affect You?

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Researchers at Facebook, Inc., the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Cornell University teamed up to study whether manipulating the News Feeds of Facebook users would affect the emotional content of the users' status updates or postings. They recently published their findings in the PNAS paper "Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks" and suggest that they have found evidence of an "emotional contagion", i.e. t........ Read more »

  • June 3, 2014
  • 07:37 AM

Sharing Our Sorrow Via Facebook

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

Geteiltes Leid ist halbes Leid ("Shared sorrow is half the sorrow") is a popular German proverb which refers to the importance of sharing bad news and troubling experiences with others. The therapeutic process of sharing takes on many different forms: we may take comfort in the fact that others have experienced similar forms of sorrow, we are often reassured by the empathy and encouragement we receive from friends, and even the mere process of narrating the details of what is troubling........ Read more »

  • June 2, 2014
  • 11:48 PM

Blasphemous art and attitudes towards censorship: Examining an apparent double standard

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

Blasphemous artworks highlight the tension between support for free speech and the desire not to offend. A recent study on attitudes towards censorship highlights a double standard among non-religious people when it comes to offending Muslims versus Christians, that may be indicative of a wider social problem in current Western society. ... Read more »

  • June 2, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

You wanted to be a leader! Act like one! (or else)

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve written about women and leadership before. While some new research shows female leaders handle stress more effectively than male leaders, we’re not going to write about that one today. Instead, here is a report on a study showing some other good news: women are no longer punished for behaving assertively in a leadership role! […]

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  • May 31, 2014
  • 10:06 AM

Ostracism, A Stressful and Aversive Part of Everday Life

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Ostracizers ignore and exclude others. Their victims have all sorts of negative reactions to this social rejection, which generally threatens the target’s sense of worth and existence. Ostracism victims’ hurt ranges from increased sadness and anger to decreased feelings of belonging, control, self-esteem, and meaningful existence.
Researchers recently explored those powerful effects of this [...]
The post Ostracism, A Stressful and Aversive Part of Everday Life appeared first on Psyc........ Read more »

Nezlek, J., Wesselmann, E., Wheeler, L., & Williams, K. (2012) Ostracism in everyday life. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 16(2), 91-104. DOI: 10.1037/a0028029  

  • May 30, 2014
  • 05:40 PM

Should Doctors ‘Google’ Their Patients?

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

Beware of what you share. Employers now routinely utilize internet search engines or social network searches to obtain information about job applicants. A survey of 2,184 hiring managers and human resource professionals conducted by the online employment website revealed that 39% use social networking sites to research job candidates. Of the group who used social networks to evaluate job applicants, 43% found content on a social networking site that caused them to not hire a ca........ Read more »

  • May 29, 2014
  • 07:59 AM

How You Probably Discriminate and Don’t Even Know It

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

Are you a part of a group at work, school, or recreationally? Well, then you’ve probably discriminated without even knowing it. A recent theoretical review of the literature concluded “ingroup favouritism is more potent than outgroup hostility” when it comes to discrimination in the … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 28, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

How do you conduct online searches in jury selection?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

The options for online searches of potential jurors seems to be a fast-moving target. Our experience is that often there is simply no time for more than the most cursory efforts that often happen during a very short voir dire session itself. In other cases, if there is time to conduct such research, sometimes the […]

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Neal, TMS, Cramer, RJ, Ziemke, MH, & Brodsky, SL. (2013) Online searches for jury selection. Criminal Law Bulletin, 49(2). info:/

  • May 26, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Modifying your clients visual identity for trial

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written before about visual identity (in the context of covering inflammatory tattoos with makeup for trial) and want to point you to an article in the new issue of The Jury Expert. Bronwen Lichtenstein and Stanley Brodsky (neither of whom are depicted in the image for this post) have an article titled Moving From […]

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Lichtenstein, B, & Brodsky SL. (2014) Moving from hapless to hapful with the problem defendant. . The Jury Expert, 26(2). info:/

  • May 26, 2014
  • 03:01 AM

Emotional Intelligence Emotion Regulation Ability Helps You [Lawyers] Interact With Others More Effectively

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Our ability to regulate emotion affects our relationships, well-being, and stress.  This ability – emotion regulation – one of the four branches of ability-based emotional intelligence as assessed by the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) see prior post on Psycholawlogy here, guides our self-regulation and our adaptation to our environment.  Recent research shows [...]
The post Emotional Intelligence Emotion Regulation Ability Helps You [Lawyers] Interact Wit........ Read more »

  • May 23, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

Eyewitness identification and change blindness

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve written about change blindness (also known as inattentional blindness) before and it’s probably best known as including those experiments with the invisible gorillas. My personal favorite is the one where researchers hid their gorilla in brain scans and had radiologists review the slides. (And social science researchers wonder why professionals like radiologists usually just […]

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  • May 20, 2014
  • 08:03 AM

Why Women are Better CEOs, Presidents, and Prime Ministers

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

New research shows that women are far better at handling stress than men. I suppose that’s not a newsflash as most people already think that’s true, but consider the way in which this study frames it [Emphasis added]: We consistently … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 19, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

Fat bias in the workplace

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

It is likely not a surprise to you that there is a significant public bias against the obese. Frequent flyers are familiar with the feeling of dread as a morbidly obese passenger approaches your row and seems to slow down. But fat bias doesn’t just happen in confined spaces. Workplace incivility is often directed at […]

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  • May 16, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Video evidence and screen size

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Is bigger better (hey, hey!–we’re talking about video monitors!)? We now have definitive evidence saying it all depends on your ultimate goal. According to this research, what your jurors see in the courtroom is going to affect their decisions during deliberations. While this is hardly news, the level of detail on how video screen size […]

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  • May 14, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

Teary testimony from children is more credible

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Here’s one that just makes intuitive sense. When children are testifying in court, teary testimony is thought to be more credible than stoic and controlled testimony from child victims of non-sexual crimes. At least so say aspiring lawyers in Sweden. Researchers developed four (5 minute long) videos using two child actors (one boy and one […]

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Landström, S., Ask, K., Sommar, C., & Willén, R. (2013) Children's testimony and the emotional victim effect. Legal and Criminological Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12036  

  • May 12, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

I’ll show you who’s boss: The Spitefulness Scale

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve been down this road before and brought you the Depravity Scale, the Comprehensive Assessment of Sadistic Tendencies Scale, the Guilt and Shame Proneness Scale and the Islamophobia Scale. Now however, it’s time for a check on how spiteful you are. We all know spite when we see it. Dawdling in their parking space because […]

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Marcus DK, Zeigler-Hill V, Mercer SH, & Norris AL. (2014) The Psychology of Spite and the Measurement of Spitefulness. Psychological Assessment. PMID: 24548150  

  • May 12, 2014
  • 12:09 AM

Why Every Racist Mentions Their Black Friend

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

When something is thoroughly covered by both the New Republic and Urban Dictionary it has clearly reached a point of sufficient social saturation. So there’s no need to go into great detail about the trope of the accused racist who cites minority friends as proof that they don’t have a single racist bone in their body. […]... Read more »

  • May 7, 2014
  • 02:58 PM

Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition lead us to believe that reading can indeed improve us. However, as the philosopher Emrys Westacott has recently pointed out in his essay for 3Quarksdaily, we may overestimate the capacity of literary fiction to foster moral improvement. A slew of scientific studies have taken on the task of studying the impact of literary fiction on our emotions and thoughts. Some of t........ Read more »

Johnson, D., Huffman, B., & Jasper, D. (2014) Changing Race Boundary Perception by Reading Narrative Fiction. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36(1), 83-90. DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2013.856791  

  • May 5, 2014
  • 10:00 AM

From Our Pets to Our Plates: The Psychology of Eating Animals

by amikulak in Daily Observations

We love animals, caring for some as if they were members of our families, and yet we eat animals, too. In fact, we eat a lot of meat — data […]... Read more »

Loughnan, S., Bastian, B., & Haslam, N. (2014) The Psychology of Eating Animals. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(2), 104-108. DOI: 10.1177/0963721414525781  

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