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The Center for Open Science at SPSP

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By Dave Nussbaum

The Center for Open Science came to Austin to talk about open science and how it can simplify researchers’ lives. COS Project Coordinator Johanna Cohoon, reports…

The Center for Open Science (COS) returned home after SPSP with considerably lighter luggage. We spent our time in Austin spreading the message of open science, both vocally and sartorially, diminishing our t-shirt stock and building enthusiasm for practical ways to adopt transparent practices.

Judgment and Decision Making in the Wild

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By Kaushal Addanki

Real-world applicability was a common theme in this year’s Judgment and Decision Making Preconference at SPSP 2014.  Prominent researchers gathered to discuss exciting new findings in a variety of practical, down-to-earth domains, including hand hygiene compliance in hospitals and perceptions of drafting skill in the National Football League.  Three of the twelve presentations given at the preconference are reviewed below.

Love (and emotion) is in the air at SPSP 2014.

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By Joshua Buchanan

We all know that our emotions can influence what we pay attention to – just think, if you are angry, you might pay more attention to the driver who just cut you off than the music playing on the radio, and vice versa if you are happy. But what about the reverse? At the SPSP meeting in Austin, researchers took a novel look at whether attention can drive our emotions.


Mighty Oaks from Little (Psychological) Acorns Grow

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By Kody Manke and Kevin Binning

Kody Manke and Kevin Binning discuss new research on psychological interventions that have long lasting effects.

Historically, the field of social psychology made its mark by showing that social influences can have surprisingly powerful effects. By manipulating some small aspect of the social situation, psychologists in traditions such as cognitive dissonance theory and social compliance documented effects on behavior that were much stronger and larger than most people would have assumed.

Religion and Spirituality at SPSP

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By Linda Nguyen and Joseph Leman

Linda Nguyen and Joseph Leman report from the Religion and Spirituality Preconference at the SPSP annual convention.

Irreligiousness, prejudice and new approaches to psychology of religion research were center stage on February 13th at the 6th annual Society of Personality and Social Psychology Religion and Spirituality Pre-Conference. Researchers from all over the world came to share and discuss the latest in religion and spirituality research.

Psychology News Round-Up (July 4th)

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By Erika Salomon

Being a Negative Nancy Has Its Benefits

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By Meredith Wise

“Nobody likes a Negative Nancy,” or so the saying goes. But as it turns out, she may actually have a leg up on the rest of us when it comes to goal attainment and balancing expectations with results. The research was presented during the symposium “The Upsides of Negativity: Surprising Benefits Come from Unpleasant, Aversive, or Problematic Starts” at SPSP’s 16th Annual Convention in Long Beach, California.

What Conference Presentations Should Really Be About: Advancing Science

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By Troy Campbell

There’s a lot advice out there on how to give the perfect  conference presentation. People say to be engaging, have clean slides, have good graphics, explain your contribution, and champion its relevance. Sometimes sources of advice contradict each other when some say to be funny and others say to be dry and professional.

Yet, regardless of the content of the advice, the motive of the advice is always the same. The advice seeks to help you do one thing: look good and smart.

Overconfidence Could Land You a Date But Lose Your Next Bet

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By Jennider Santisi

An overconfident person is more likely to enter a contest even when the odds are stacked against them, or start a business even if it’s likely to fail. So why is overconfidence prevalent when there’s such a risk associated with having that personality trait?