Character  &  Context

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI July 21, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus news stories and tweets worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

On the Blogs

In this excerpt, Juliana Schroeder asks why do recipients prefer agentic aid but donors prefer paternalistic aid?
Gordon Kraft-Todd covers his recently published research on doctor behavior and patient perception.
Using Ourselves to Understand Others via Cambridge Core Blog
Adam Gerace writes on recently published research about perceptions and perspectives.
When Is Speech Violence? via NYT Gray Matter
Lisa Feldman Barrett writes on the physcial and nuerological effects of words, stress, and violence. 
Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff respond to Lisa Feldman Barrett's New York Times essay.
Cass Sunstein writes on research showing Americans and conservatives can be less open to cues to change behavior.
Dominic Packer and Michael Wohl look into the social psychology of group loyalty. 

In SPSP's News Center

New study asks what it means for humans to realize their full potential; oftentimes it can be tied to passing genes to the next generation

In the News

Why is everyone an introvert? via HuffPost Australia
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