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Liberals Are More Emotion-Driven Than Conservatives

November 13, 2014
-- Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya have studied the interaction between emotion and political ideology, showing that the motivating power of emotions is not the same for those on different ends of the ideological spectrum. Their research is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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Self-Affirmation Changes Health Behavior

November 5, 2014
-- Can a simple self-affirming writing exercise make people more likely to change their problematic health behavior? Self-affirmation interventions lead to positive responses to health information from improving message acceptance, to increasing intentions to act, and subsequent behavior change. Tracy Epton discusses the results of her new meta-analysis on SPSP's blog, Character & Context.

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Receiving Gossip About Others Promotes Self-Reflection and Growth

October 29, 2014
-- Gossip is pervasive in our society, and our penchant for gossip can be found in most of our everyday conversations. Why are individuals interested in hearing gossip about others’ achievements and failures? Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands studied the effect positive and negative gossip has on how the recipient evaluates him or herself. The study is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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When People Change Their Beliefs About Change

October 21, 2014
-- Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck and her colleagues have compellingly demonstrated that people tend to have a favorite go-to belief or implicit theory about change. Can hard work make your smarter, or do you have a certain level of braininess no matter what you try? Is your basic morality – or personality for that matter – set in stone, or can it be altered? Anne Wilson discusses their latest research on SPSP's blog Character & Context.

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Does a Group Have a Mind of its Own?

October 8, 2014
-- Studies suggest that people have a tendency to reason about group agents in ways that are very similar to the ways in which they reason about individual people. In order to understand how people make decisions involving corporations, terrorist organizations, governments, and other group agents, it may be important to note that when people look at groups like these, they may sometimes see the “mind” of the group agent as a whole— read more on SPSP's blog, Character & Context.

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