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Social Psychology News
May 19, 2019

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Study Examines Consequences of Workplace Bullying

New research reveals how frequently being the target of workplace bullying not only leads to health-related problems but can also cause victims to behave badly themselves. The study found that in ... read more

Twitter Image Colors and Content Could Help Identify Users With Depression, Anxiety

A new study shows users who score high on a depression and anxiety survey often post photos that are less aesthetically appealing, less vivid in ... read more

Novel Scale Correlates Children's Snacking Behaviors With External Food Cues

Preliminary evidence from a new national study suggests that external food cue responsiveness is measurable by parental report in preschool-age ... read more

For People With Strong Life Purpose, Making Healthier Choices May Take Less Effort

Why do some people easily meet their fitness goals and love eating healthy foods while others struggle to do either? New research indicates that ... read more
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Research Links Civic Engagement to Resilience

Flowers, home-cooked meals and time were among the items donated in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks. A new study has found these simple acts of kindness not only benefited victims, ... read more

Echo Chambers May Not Be as Dangerous as You Think, New Study Finds

New research shows that collective intelligence -- peer learning within social networks -- can increase belief accuracy even in politically homogeneous ... read more

Fewer Than Half of British Men and Women Have Sex at Least Once a Week

Fewer than half of men and women in Britain aged 16-44 have sex at least once a week, reveals a large ... read more

Only Some People Get One Health Benefit from Social Support

Scientists have long known that the support of friends and family plays a key role in protecting people's physical health. But a new study suggests that the benefits don't go to people who ... read more

Prominently Posted Rules Boost Participation, Cut Harassment Online

Clear behavioral rules posted prominently on online discussions can markedly increase participation while cutting harassment, new research has ... read more

Widespread Brain Connections Enable Face Recognition

Remembering a familiar face engages a wider network of brain regions than previously thought, according to a new ... read more

Another Victim of Violence: Trust in Those Who Mean No Harm

Exposure to violence does not change the ability to learn who is likely to do harm, but it does damage the ability to place trust in 'good people,' psychologists ... read more

Tech Fixes Can't Protect Us from Disinformation Campaigns

More than technological fixes are needed to stop countries from spreading disinformation on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, according to two experts. Policymakers and diplomats need ... read more

Brain Scans on Movie Watchers Reveal How We Judge People

Researchers used brain scans to reveal the biases people feel towards people who are like them, even if they can't see that they are like ... read more

Schadenfreude: Your Pain Is My Gain

If someone in the workplace is mistreated, their colleagues may respond with empathy -- or with schadenfreude. The latter emotion, according to a new study, occurs primarily in highly competitive ... read more

Growing Up in Poverty Increases Diagnoses of Psychosis-Spectrum Mental Illnesses

Growing up in impoverished urban neighborhoods more than doubles your chances over the average person of developing a psychosis-spectrum disorder by the time you reach middle adulthood, according to ... read more

Girls and Boys on Autism Spectrum Tell Stories Differently, Could Explain 'Missed Diagnosis' in Girls

A new study examined differences in the way girls and boys on the autism spectrum used certain types of words during storytelling. This study found that autistic girls used significantly more ... read more

People With Happy Spouses May Live Longer

Research suggests that having a happy spouse leads to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it's associated with a longer life, ... read more

Playing Video Games Generally Not Harmful to Boys' Social Development

A new longitudinal study conducted in Norway looked at how playing video games affects the social skills of 6- to 12-year-olds. It found that playing the games affected youth differently by age and ... read more

How Humans Reduce Uncertainty in Social Situations

A new perspective paper establishes a framework to apply rigorous mathematical models of uncertainty originally developed for non-social situations, such as whether or not to purchase a lottery ... read more

Group Decisions: When More Information Isn't Necessarily Better

Modular -- or cliquey -- group structure isolates the flow of communication between individuals, which might seem counterproductive to survival. But for some animal groups, more information ... read more

More than a quarter of children with autism spectrum disorder are also diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders. Now researchers have identified a possible biological cause: a key mechanism that ... read more

How Superstitions Spread

Superstitious beliefs may seem irrational, but they can nevertheless catch on in a society. Using an evolutionary approach to studying the emergence of coordinated behaviors, biologists showed how a ... read more

Forecasting Contagious Ideas: 'Infectivity' Models Accurately Predict Tweet Lifespan

Estimating tweet infectivity from the first 50 retweets is the key to predicting whether a tweet will go viral, according to a new ... read more

Celebrity Fat Shaming Has Ripple Effects on Women's Implicit Anti-Fat Attitudes

Comparing 20 instances of celebrity fat-shaming with women's implicit attitudes about weight before and after the event, psychologists found that instances of celebrity fat-shaming were ... read more

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