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Can Fiction Stories Make Us More Empathetic?


August 20, 2014
-- Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, discussed how exposure to narrative fiction may improve our ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling in his session at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.

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How We Form Habits and Change Existing Ones


August 14, 2014
-- Studies show that about 40 percent of people's daily activities are performed each day in almost the same situations. "We find patterns of behavior that allow us to reach goals. We repeat what works, and when actions are repeated in a stable context, we form associations between cues and response," Wendy Wood explains in her session at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.

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What Does 'Diversity' Mean to You? The Answer May Depend on Your Race


August 8, 2014
-- Researchers from the University of California at Irvine, the University of Virginia, and the University of California at Los Angeles collaborated to study how whites, Asian-Americans, and African-Americans evaluate diversity. The research included three studies, and participants were asked to rate the diversity of various groups of people that were presented as a team at work.

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Accurate First Impressions Leave a Lasting Impression


August 1, 2014
-- Everyone knows first impressions are important. They can potentially determine whether you get the job, a second date, or develop a friendship. But what does it really mean to make a good impression? Of course, to make a good impression you need to be seen positively, but could there be more to it than that? Lauren Human discusses the research behind answering these questions on SPSP's blog.

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Why Do Men Prefer Nice Women?: Responsiveness and Desire


July 25, 2014
-- People's emotional reactions and desires in initial romantic encounters determine the fate of a potential relationship. Does responsiveness increase sexual desire in the other person? Do men perceive responsive women as more attractive, and does the same hold true for women's perceptions of men? A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin seeks to answer those questions.

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