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In Case You Missed it May 5, 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

 Gurit Birnbaum writes about her research on the Effects of Sex on Self-Disclosure via Character & Context

Although the literature suggests that sex contributes to attachment formation and maintenance, only a handful of studies have addressed the possibility that activation of the sexual system affects the motivation to engage in non-sexual relationship-promoting behaviors.  

You’re Too Focused on What You’re Focused On via NYT Gray Matter

Erica Boothby disccuses her findings that most of the time, when you’re minding your own business and feeling relatively inconspicuous, you’re being watched much more than you realize. 

People make terrible eyewitnesses – but it turns out there’s an exception via The Conversation

People are poor eyewitnesses, write  Lee John Curley and Jennifer Murray, but according to thier research people strong in one personality trait appear much better at recognising what they saw at the scene of a crime than any other. 

In the News

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The science of inequality: Why people prefer unequal societies via The Guardian

In a thought-provoking new paper, three Yale scientists argue it’s not inequality in life that really bothers us, but unfairness.

Conspiracy Theorists May Really Just Be Lonely via Scientific American Mind

People prone to believing in elaborate cover-ups could just be seeking more meaning in life

Wishing for More Self-Control Can Backfire via Science of Us

Cari Romm writes on recently published resarch that found that wishing you had more self control is enough to diminish what you do have.

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