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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 and Context.

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Exploring the Connection Between Empathy, Neurohormones and Aggression

October 1, 2014
--Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo, examined whether assessed or elicited empathy would lead to situation-specific aggression on behalf of another person, and to explore the potential role of two neurohormones in explaining a connection between empathy and aggression. The study is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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A Meta-Analysis of Peer Norms and Their Relation to Adolescent Sexual Behavior

September 24, 2014
--Researchers at Utrecht University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute collaborated on a meta-analysis of research on adolescent sexual behavior. The goal was to analyze how this behavior is related to adolescents' perceptions of three types of sexual peer norms, including how sexually active their peers are, how much their peers would approve of being sexually active, or how much they feel pressured by their peers to have sex. The meta-analysis is published in Personality and Social Psychology Review.

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Group Membership Shapes Mind Perception

September 11, 2014
--This week on SPSP's blog, Character & Context, Leor Hackel discusses research showing that group memberships influence how we attribute minds to others. A new study indicates that top-down motives may influence not only higher-level mind attribution, but also how we interpret bottom-up perceptual cues to the presence of a human mind.

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How Meaningful Relationships Can Help You Thrive

September 3, 2014
-- Past research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better mental health, higher levels of subjective well-being and lower rates of morbidity and mortality. A paper published in Personality and Social Psychology Review provides an important perspective on thriving through relationships, emphasizes two types of support that relationships provide, and illuminates aspects where further study is necessary.

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