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Self & Identity News

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By Shira Gabriel

Self & Identity, the flagship journal of the International Society for Self and Identity, has published innovative research on an abundance of topics related to the self for over a decade. The journal has been steered by the extremely capable hands of Mark Leary, Carolyn Morf, Mark Alicke, and Rick Hoyle.  Shira Gabriel has just begun a term as editor along with associate editors Ken DeMarree, Cami Johnson, Mark Seery, Ericka Slotter, and Virgil Zeigler-Hill. 

An introduction to Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology: The Why and How of peer-reviewed preregistration

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Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology (CRSP) is our field's first preregistration-only journal. We have now been accepting submissions for just about a year, making this a good time to reflect on how the preregistration process has been going.

Are We Too Optimistic About Optimism?

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By Elizabeth R. Tenney, Jennifer M. Logg, and Don A. Moore

Volkswagen of Moral Psychology

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By Jonathan Haidt, Jesse Graham, and Peter Ditto

One of us bought a Volkswagen Turbo Diesel Sportwagen on August 24. The car seemed too good to be true, offering three features that are usually incompatible: great performance, great gas mileage, and low tailpipe emissions. A few weeks later, he learned that the impressive specs described to him in the showroom were not correct. Volkswagen diesel engines change their behavior radically when they undergo emissions testing.

Judging Political Hearts and Minds

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By: James Cornwell

The Attractiveness of Confidence

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By: Sean Murphy

Some of the most common advice given to singles looking to attract a partner is to ‘just be confident.’ Folk wisdom suggests that confidence is highly attractive to potential partners, and research has confirmed that men and women rate confidence as a very attractive trait in a potential partner (Buunk, Dijkstra, Fetchenhauer, & Kenrick, 2002).

Reducing temptations by setting better goals

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By: Marina Milyavskaya

Everyone has goals that they strive towards. Whether it is to spend more time with family or eat less junk food, goals are ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives. However, despite the prevalence of goals, failures in self-regulation abound. You need only to look at the current epidemic of obesity and the parallel financial success of the diet industry to know that while many people have goals associated with weight loss and are sinking money into pursuing them, most are failing at these goals.