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Tools to Drive Eco-Friendly Behaviors
As the specter of climate change looms larger than ever, psychological scientists are trying to find ways to motivate people to adopt eco-friendly behavior. For example, research has shown that encouraging people to reflect on the state of the world they will leave to their children increases their motivation to be more eco-friendly. A study analyzing the environmental records of 131 countries suggested that prompting citizens to think about their country ...
Psychological Science - Sat. Nov 18
How Much is Too Much Bragging on A Resume?
Two new studies from behavioral scientists at the University of Michigan found that many job applicants actively try to shape their image by changing how they present information on resumes and cover letters. The degree to which applicants 8216 massaged 8217 their resumes and cover letters made a difference on how they were evaluated during mock hiring scenarios, and one of their studies aimed to find the optimum amount of impression management for applica ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Nov 13
Teams Can Bounce Back From Early Conflicts Better Than Ever
A large body of research has shown that interpersonal conflicts within teams hurt performance long term. New research shows that conflict early on in a team s time together decreases performance specifically because the conflict causes people to feel threatened they feel the threat of future negative emotions, they worry that the group won t perform well, or that the trust between group members has been weakened by an argument or disagreement. In response ...
Psychological Science - Sat. Nov 11
Hearing an Opinion Spoken Aloud Humanizes the Person Behind It
People attribute more humanlike qualities to those expressing opinions they disagree with when the opinions are spoken as opposed to written, according to new research in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . The findings explore how specific aspects of speech, such as intonation and frequent pauses, may serve as cues that humanize the people who are speaking, making them seem more intellectual and emotionally war ...
Psychological Science - Sat. Nov 11
No Clear Link Between Creativity and Mood Disorders
Vincent Van Gogh s mutilation of his own ear, Kurt Cobain 8217 s suicide, and Ernest Hemingway 8217 s alcoholism are just a few of the anecdotes that fuel the popular belief that creativity goes hand-in-hand with mental illness. But there are a few problems with this notion first, it lumps together all of mental illness in a way that is nearly impossible to study and come to a satisfying answer. Some mental health issues involve persistent depression, impa ...
Psychological Science - Sat. Nov 11
Birth Order Has Little Effect on Narrow Personality Traits
Older siblings and cultural wisdom have both perpetuated the notion that birth order whether you re the oldest child, the youngest, or fall somewhere in the middle 8212 can shape individual characteristics. Despite widespread belief, various analyses including a 45-year-old meta-analysis and two 2015 studies with large samples have found no evidence for birth-order effects on the Big Five personality traits i.e., Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, ...
Psychological Science - Sat. Nov 11
To Focus Attention, Think On Your Feet, Not Your Seat
Standing desks, often satirized as a new age workplace phenomenon, have been linked to a range of health benefits, including decreased blood sugar, back pain and fatigue. And new research published in Psychological Science suggests that staying on your feet may not just be good for your heart, but also for your mind. Although dual-tasking may seem like second nature to most of us, researchers have been split on whether or not standing serves as a distracti ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Oct 30
Inside the Psychologist’s Studio with Lila Gleitman
APS Mentor Award Recipient Lila R. Gleitman s research on developmental psycholinguistics has won international recognition and fostered our understanding of children s innate language acquisition abilities. Her work has helped explain how young children identify verb meanings and process sentences, why verbs are learned more slowly than nouns, and how deaf children create communications that reflect the same structure found in spoken language. In this ins ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Oct 30
Motorcycles Are Missed Because Drivers Aren’t Looking for Them
In Australia, a motorcyclist is 30 times more likely to be killed on the road than a car driver, despite there being many fewer motorcycles on the road and the average motorcyclist spending 1 of the number of hours on the road as the average car driver. When asked to recall a motorcycle accident, participants in a study by the Australian National University in Canberra would typically reply, Which one They happen almost daily. These drivers were being test ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Oct 30
Do Broader Faces Signal Antisocial Traits? Maybe Not
What can we tell about a person from their face Is it possible to infer anything about someone s character before we even hear them speak While it may sound far-fetched, we know that many of the factors that affect behavior leave marks on our faces. Those include prenatal and postnatal hormones, developmental history, environmental factors e.g., weather , genes, and many others, notes psychological scientist Michal Kosinski of Stanford University. Our face ...
Psychological Science - Sun. Oct 22
Sleep and Social Stress: A Two-Way Street
Just as surely as a restless night can ruin the next day, a stressful day can keep you awake at all hours of the night. Which social skills go out the window when folks become groggy What stressors make for lousy sleep Psychological scientists Amie Gordon, Wendy Mendes, and Aric Prather of the University of California, San Francisco review the two-way relationship between sleep and our social interactions in a new article published online in Current Direct ...
Psychological Science - Fri. Oct 20
Why Introverts Shy Away From Leadership
Every group, no matter how small or informal, needs a leader. If no chief is appointed, a temporary or long-term one will often emerge organically. Naturally enough, academics call these 8220 emergent leaders 8221 . Group dynamics researchers who study emergent leaders have found consistently that extraverts are more likely to rise as leaders than introverts. And the reason, new research suggests, is that introverts don t expect to enjoy being in charge ev ...
Psychological Science - Fri. Oct 20
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