Character  &  Context

Psychology News Round-Up (May 16th)

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By Dave Nussbaum
Photo courtesy Bekathwia

Technology’s critics, from Karl Marx to the present day, have expressed concern that advancements in autonomous and humanlike machinery will encourage dehumanization, with technology substituting for human interaction. However, it is equally likely that technological progress will shed light on new ways of seeing human. If nothing more, such advancements illuminate people’s proclivity to see humanity all around them—as long as the right cues are present.

  • Also this week, New York Magazine launched the Science of Us (@thescienceofus) which many of our readers may find interesting (or may want to contribute to). Led by Melissa Dahl (@melissadahl) and Jesse Singal (@jessesingal), in a busy first week they’ve already covered a wide range of psychology-relevant topics including:
  1. How to Win Your Next Political Argument, featuring research by Matt Feinberg, Frank Keil, Pete Ditto, and Jonathan Haidt.
  2. An article by Matthew Hutson (@silverjacket) that argues that there are few downsides to being overconfident (although I might be able to think of a couple).
  3. A quick look at a couple of articles coming out soon in Psychological Science on “pre-crastination” and why Millenials end up becoming less narcissistic.
  4. Here’s their welcome post.
  • Finally, don’t miss our twitter-fest below, with a record-breaking 34 tweets to catch you up with everything you missed this week on the internets!



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