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In the Journals

Special Issue of Psychology and Society

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By Séamus Power

Psychology & Society is an online peer-reviewed and open access journal that focuses on how the social world shapes psychological functioning and vice-versa. The journal publishes theoretical, methodological and empirical work that contributes to the knowledge of how the social and cultural world and the psyche are intertwined, interrelated and interdependent.

Indecision and the Construction of Self

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By Daniel Newark

Does thinking about scarcity make people more selfish or generous?

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By Caroline Roux

As a graduate student, I often felt that money was tight, time was insufficient, sleep was a rare commodity, and food was lacking in the house. Objectively, my stipend provided me with a decent living, I managed my time efficiently most days, I slept a decent amount of hours most nights, and I always had something to eat at home. Subjectively, however, I often thought about these resources in terms of scarcity, or “not having enough.”

Can Lego cars reveal the key to effective communication?

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By Katharine Greenaway

Miscommunication is often a matter of minor misunderstandings. In 1999 the $125 million Mars orbiter was destroyed entering the planet’s atmosphere because one spacecraft team made calculations in imperial measurements while another used metric. Thirteen years earlier, the Space Shuttle Challenger famously exploded 73 seconds into its flight due to a tragic failure of communication between different departments at NASA. These examples are extreme, but the bottom line is that miscommunication costs time, money, and sometimes lives.

Anger, aggression, and you – interventions that make us less likely to lash out

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By: Khandis Blake

We’ve all had experiences where someone – maybe it’s even been you – has flown off the handle when something didn’t go their way. 

Can focusing on the self make you more moral?

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By: Paul Conway
Quick: imagine an orphan asking you to donate to their orphanage charity. Which mindset is more likely to motivate you to donate: focusing on the other person, or focusing on yourself? Or: imagine you faced a moral dilemma where you needed to kill an innocent person to save many other lives.* Which mindset would leave you feeling most averse to performing this (brutal but necessary) action: focusing on the person you could kill, or focusing on yourself? 

Who Belongs in Business? Implications of Organizational Lay Theories of Intelligence for Women’s Experiences in Companies

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By Katherine Emerson and Mary Murphy

A person surveying the leadership of corporate America would undoubtedly notice that women are still hard to find. According to a recent count, women comprise around 15% of board members and executive officers in the Fortune 500 even though they make up about half of the American workforce (Catalyst, 2012). Yet, gender discrimination has been legally prohibited for decades. So why are women still missing from corporate leadership positions?

Different markers of status predict well-being in Japan and the U.S.

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By Cynthia Levine

What is good for Asahi bank is good for me. I can’t separate myself from Asahi Bank [his employer]: If Asahi bank has high status compared to other banks, I’ll have high status too.  I am what I am because of Asahi bank” (Matthews, 1996) – Japanese man, discussing his employer

Rejecting People is Hard to Do: Why People Fail to Turn Down Unwanted Dates

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By Samantha Joel

Relationships frequently fall apart due to irreconcilable incompatibilities. Sometimes these incompatibilities are so large that they seem like they should have been obvious from the start (e.g., one person wants children, the other partner doesn’t; one person is deeply religious, the other isn’t). Why don’t such dealbreakers prevent relationships from getting off the ground in the first place? Why do people so frequently wind up with incompatible romantic partners?