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  • February 11, 2014
  • 04:12 PM

Enduring Sharedom

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

The recent study "Silent Listeners: The Evolution of Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook" conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University monitored the public disclosure (information visible to all) and private disclosure (information visible to Facebook friends) of personal data by more than 5,000 Facebook users during the time period 2005-2011. ... Read more »

Fred Stutzman, Ralph Grossy, & Alessandro Acquistiz. (2012) Silent Listeners: The Evolution of Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook. Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality. info:/

  • February 10, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Name that gadget, widget, or otherwise smart device!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

The movie Her plays with the idea of Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with a computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). And today’s research article isn’t far off that track but….it’s much more applicable to litigation advocacy. These researchers took on the issue of trust in autonomous driving vehicles (computer-controlled, rather than driver-operated– which […]

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  • February 8, 2014
  • 09:39 PM

Spock's Not One of Us! Exploring the In-Group Overexclusion Effect

by Mark Rubin in Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

We all belong to many different social groups. Most of the time, it's fairly easy to work out who belongs to which group. But sometimes it's not that clear. In this post, I consider the mysterious effect that social psychologists have dubbed the in-group overexclusion effect.... Read more »

  • February 7, 2014
  • 01:44 PM

Ten Findings About Facebook for its 10th Birthday

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

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Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, Lin N, Shablack H, Jonides J, & Ybarra O. (2013) Facebook use predicts declines in subjective well-being in young adults. PloS one, 8(8). PMID: 23967061  

Burke, M., Marlo, C., & Lento, T. (2010) Social network activity and social well-being. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1909-1912. DOI: 10.1145/1753326.1753613  

Fernandez, K.C., Levinson, C. A., & Rodebaugh, T. L. (2012) Profiling: Predicting Social Anxiety From Facebook Profiles. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3(6), 706-713. DOI: 10.1177/1948550611434967  

Buffardi, L. E., & Campbell, W. K. (2008) Narcissism and Social Networking Web Sites. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34(10), 1303-1314. DOI: 10.1177/0146167208320061  

Clerkin EM, Smith AR, & Hames JL. (2013) The interpersonal effects of Facebook reassurance seeking. Journal of affective disorders, 151(2), 525-30. PMID: 23850160  

Forest, A.L., & Wood, J.V. (2012) When Social Networking Is Not Working Individuals With Low Self-Esteem Recognize but Do Not Reap the Benefits of Self-Disclosure on Facebook. Psychological Science, 23(3), 295-302. info:/

Bond, R.M., Fariss, C.J., Jones, J.J., Kramer, A.D., Marlow, C., Settle, E., & Fowler, J.H. (2012) A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization. Nature, 489(7415), 295-298. DOI: 10.1038/nature11421  

  • February 6, 2014
  • 04:43 AM

Bullying at Work [Legal Organizations], Coping Strategies, and Health Problems

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Bullying, defined as the “repeated, systematic, and intentional negative behavior of one or more individuals directed at another individual”, causes stress and problems at work.  Bullying really hurts people and their organizations.  Bullies cause psychosomatic and physiologic complaints and psychological problems for their victims.  According to some definitions, bullying requires a power differential.  Most [...]
The post Bullying at Work [Legal Organizations], Coping Strategies, and H........ Read more »

Dehue, F., Bolman, C., Völlink, T., & Pouwelse, M. (2012) Coping with bullying at work and health related problems. . International Journal of Stress Management,. DOI: 10.1037/a0028969  

  • February 3, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: The Red Sneakers Effect

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

All those dress for success formulas apparently forgot something important. Nonconformity can be a good thing when thoughtfully applied. However, if observers think you are unaware that your behavior or attire is not conforming–then you’re just a weirdo. Harvard researchers call this the “red sneakers effect” and here’s how it works.  Many of us think […]

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  • January 31, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

The impact of the apparently unreliable co-witness

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve written before about the intoxicated witness. While our mock jurors tend to dismiss them as unreliable, recent research presents a mixed picture as to their accuracy. New work out of New Zealand adds to the murkiness by having apparently intoxicated confederates witness an incident along with the research participant and then contribute misinformation during […]

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  • January 29, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Measuring psychopathy in the sexually violent predator (SVP)

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

It’s hard to really feel sorry for the sexually violent predator who is up for parole. It’s even harder when their level of public dangerousness isn’t really known. We first saw this study over at Karen Franklin’s In the News blog and it makes a strong statement about the ineffectiveness of an often-used measure for […]

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  • January 28, 2014
  • 11:53 PM

Mindfulness and [Lawyers’] Improved Executive Control: Refined Affective Awareness and Acceptance of Thoughts and Emotions Helps Us Feel the “Pang” and Leads to Better Navigation of Our World

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Mindfulness practice, which involves present moment awareness and nonjudgmental acceptance of present emotions and thoughts, works.  The authors of a recent psychological science commentary noted that the practice of mindfulness training seems to provide a number of benefits.  Its popularity has increased in Western cultures for several decades.  These things partly explain why psychological [...]The post Mindfulness and [Lawyers’] Improved Executive Control: Refined Affective Awareness........ Read more »

  • January 27, 2014
  • 10:21 AM

Why Poor People Have Harsher Moral Judgments

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

Morals is certainly one of my interests, as is evidenced by my series on Michael Sandel’s book, What Money Can['t] Buy. And so, when I came across a journal article called, “A Lack of Material Resources Causes Harsher Moral Judgments,” I … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 27, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

“Unpleasant body odor” and people’s desire to help you

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Maybe I shouldn’t have bothered. I spent thirteen years consulting with managers and nothing could turn them into anxious giggling adolescents faster than figuring out how to talk to an employee about offensive body odor. Somehow, it felt more “personal” than addressing issues like tardiness, inappropriate or disruptive behaviors, poor work performance, or the myriad […]

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  • January 24, 2014
  • 02:00 AM

What Increases Trust in Driverless Cars?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Driverless cars face a mountain of technological, legal, and regulatory barriers, but it seems likely that some type of autonomous vehicle will eventually reach the cusp of widespread use. At that point, assuming the vehicle hasn’t been made obsolete by the invention of the hoverboard, it will have to earn the trust and confidence of the people […]... Read more »

  • January 22, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Compelling Counter-Stereotypic Conditions

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Back in early 2010, we blogged about the impact of surprise on the brain. In a nutshell, surprise makes you stop and look at situations with a new perspective. When in the courtroom, surprise can make you question your assumptions and preconceived beliefs about the case. And that is precisely what you want when your […]

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  • January 20, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

I want to be special: The desires of the conservative and the liberal

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written before about the differences between liberals and conservatives. The article we feature today isn’t about moral issues, brain structure, or shopping preferences. It is instead about a basic need filled for some by Mr. Rogers: the deep-seated desire to be special.  Two studies were conducted. The first had 292 participants recruited via Mechanical […]

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Stern C, West TV, & Schmitt PG. (2014) The liberal illusion of uniqueness. Psychological Science, 25(1). PMID: 24247730  

  • January 17, 2014
  • 03:06 PM

Coping Strategies Used by Teens When Criticized by Their Peers for Their Brand Choice

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

Remember back in high school, middle school, or elementary school when you were worried to go to school because your jeans weren’t Levis, or Jordache, or Lucky, or whatever name brand was popular when you were an adolescent? A couple of researchers from … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 17, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Narcissism and Social Media Use

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve seen a lot of commentary about narcissistic Millennials and how that self- involvement shows up in their use of social media. Well, yes–and not so much– according to new research. The researchers focus on whether one is an active user or a passive user of social media. (Active users create content while passive users […]

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Davenport, SW, Bergman, SM, Bergman, JZ, & Fearrington, ME. (2014) Twitter versus Facebook: Exploring the role of narcissism in the motives and usage of different social media platforms. . Computers in Human Behavior, 212-220. info:/

  • January 16, 2014
  • 02:15 AM

There’s a Placebo Effect For Sleep

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

The placebo effect is known far and wide. Give somebody a sugar pill, tell them it’s aspirin, and they’ll feel better. What’s less well-known is that there’s evidence of the placebo effect in domains that go beyond the commonly known medical scenarios. One study (pdf) found that hotel maids who were told their work was good […]... Read more »

Draganich C, & Erdal K. (2014) Placebo Sleep Affects Cognitive Functioning. Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition. PMID: 24417326  

  • January 15, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Anger Disgust = Moral Outrage

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We watch for facial expressions and verbal indications of moral outrage when doing pretrial research because it usually means the mock jurors have connected egregious conduct with strongly held beliefs. It is a connection that is nearly impossible to sever, and a development of critical interest to litigants. We’ve seen it when you would expect […]

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  • January 14, 2014
  • 10:48 AM

Religious Infusion Predicts Intergroup Conflict Around the World

by amikulak in Daily Observations

For many people, religion is deeply ingrained in their day-to-day existence. It supports their faith and spirituality, and it provides friendship and a sense of community. But religion can also […]... Read more »

Neuberg, S.L., Warner, C.M., Mistler, S.A., Berlin, A., Hill, E.D., Johnson, J.D., Filip-Crawford, G., .., & Schober, J. (2014) Religion and intergroup conflict: Findings from the Global Group Relations Project. Psychological Science, 25(1), 198-206. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613504303  

  • January 11, 2014
  • 05:29 AM

In-Group Favouritism can be used to Get Even as well as to Get Ahead

by Mark Rubin in Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

Social identity theory assumes that we compete with other social groups in order to achieve a relatively high social status. But recent research reveals that in-group favoritism can also be used to achieve equality and fairness between groups.... Read more »

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