Psychology News Round-Up (March 28th)
By Dave Nussbaum
- Tuesday is April Fools’ Day, which also appropriately marks the launch date for Pete McGraw’s (@PeterMcGraw) new book, The Humor Code(@humorcode), co-authored with Joel Warner. The book recounts the authors’ adventures around the globe in search of what makes things funny. I’ve just started chapter one but so far it’s great. You can also read more about the book, and Benign Violation Theory in a series of recent articles by Pete in Slate (there’s a yellow box right at the top that you can click to see the other entries).
- Speaking of books, Adam Grant’s (@adammgrant) bestseller Give and Take came out in paperback last Tuesday. It’s definitely among my favorite books of the year. If you’re still not sure, you can download the first chapter for free — Adam can even inscribe it for you. I’m not getting any kickbacks here, I promise. Adam just sets a really good example as a giver.
- Adam Waytz (@AWaytz) returns to blogging with a post on Quantiphobia and the moral consequences of attaching numbers to outcomes. His theorizing gets some support from a post on the blog this week by Melanie Green (@NarrProf) about how we perceive people differently when they try to make a point using numbers as opposed to stories — Nate Silver, you should be taking notes.
- At the always-interesting Psych-Your-Mind blog (@psychyourmind), Amie Gordon posted her second in a series on parenting, tackling the question of whether parents are happy. Be sure to also check out Katie Nelson’s post on this blog on a closely related topic from earlier this month.
- Look out! There’s a new frontier for personality psychologists to grapple with: mind-controlling parasites! Check out Ed Yong’s (@edyong209) recent TED talk for the gory details.
- Lastly, there were three great posts on counterintuitive research findings this week — I’ve done a quick round up here — by Simine Vazire (@siminevazire), Sanjay Srivastava (@hardsci), and Brent Donnellan.
Botox reduces depression? New study & great reminder to "challenge the inverted sense of causality": http://t.co/Kqjg11Raid— Kelly McGonigal (@kellymcgonigal) March 22, 2014
Why You're Bad at Giving Gifts: You give sentimental, not useful, gifts. (It's a construal-level theory explanation.) http://t.co/Wa7LEDzmYI— Vanessa Bohns, PhD (@profbohns) March 22, 2014
Attn psych researchers: this video of teens doing incredibly dangerous things is an excellent anxiety/tension inducer http://t.co/eA1UApHT4f— Adam Alter (@adamleealter) March 23, 2014
How to become productively generous: https://t.co/nJeAdv40dA— Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant) March 24, 2014
"Perhaps priming proponents will begin to realize that defiant denial is indeed self-defeating" EJ Wagenmakers http://t.co/tNpH5OAbZX— Brent W. Roberts (@BrentWRoberts) March 26, 2014