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The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has opened nominations for the editorship of its flagship blog,

Expectations Can Minimize Unethical Behavior in the Powerful

Focusing the powerful to think about how they should behave may serve as a potential form of “preventative medicine” against the abuse of power.

While there are many examples of unethical leaders, from FIFA to the recent political discoveries from the Panama Papers leak, there are countless other examples, though not as headline grabbing, in history of leaders acting morally. Recent research offers new ideas for curbing unethical behavior by those with power – it all depends on how people in power think about their power.

A Winning Face Depends on the Culture of the Voter

A recent social psychology study shines a light on how cultural differences affect what voters judge and value most in the facial appearance of potential leaders.

Americans & Canadians Favor Practical Wisdom

Psychologists uncover a list of characteristics shared across cultures in North America that shape today’s prototypical vision of “wisdom.”

Benjamin Franklin, Socrates, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa: All well-recognized names. In a recent study from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers studying Americans and Canadians found preferences for practical wisdom when people were asked to name important figures and tell stories about their wisdom.