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In Case You Missed It May 26, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus a few 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

Salient Multiculturalism and Ethnic Minority Group Members’ Voice via Character & Context

Mathew Quesnal and Jacquie Vorear sought to better understand the effects of intergroup ideologies on outcomes more closely tied to ethnic minority group members’ efforts to achieve social change, namely minority empowerment and social influence.

Was the “crisis” in social psychology really that bad? Have things improved? Part One: the researchers’ perspective via Research Digest

So how bad did things get, and have they really improved? A new article in pre-print at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology tries to tackle the issue from two angles: 

In the News

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How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering via The Atlantic

Nilanjana Dasgupta and Tara C. Dennehy's recently published work on the improtnace of female mentors for engineering students is profiled by Ed Yong.

When Power Makes Leaders More Sensitive via The New York Times

 "Power in the wrong hands can be dangerous. It turns out, however, that power does not always lead to bad behavior — and can actually make leaders more sensitive to the needs of others." Matthew Hutson covers research from several social and pesonality psychologists in this job market piece.

Is One American in Four an Atheist? via Pacific Standard

That estimate comes from a new research paper, which suggests a lot of atheists avoid disclosing their disbelief. Tom Jacobs covers research from Will Gervais and Maxine Najle.

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