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Was Trump’s ‘Hope’ Comey’s Command? We Asked a Language Expert

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Much of former FBI Director James Comey’s recent congressional testimony hinged on a single utterance from President Donald Trump: “hope.”

According to Comey, on Feb. 14 President Trump dismissed the other participants from an Oval Office meeting and requested that Comey stay behind for a one-on-one conversation. During this conversation Trump reportedly said:

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI June 23, 2017

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Cognitive Map of the US Shows Importance of Ideology and Prosperity

In new research published by Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers were able to model and study the cognitive map that US citizens have of the US states. Cognitive maps inform how people, on average, make sense of the world they live in. This cognitive map reveals that US citizens organize the US states according to not only geographical location (west-east) but also perceived ideology and prosperity.

People Looking for Prestige Prefer “Big Ponds” Over Small Ones

Would you rather be the big frog in a small pond or the small frog in a big pond? The decision rests on culture: Chinese are more likely to choose the big pond than Americans.

Can People ‘Like Me’ Go to College? Inequality and Dreams of Higher Ed

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The cost of college may be on the rise, but most still agree that it’s a sound investment. There are, in fact, a number of personal and societal benefits associated with getting a bachelor’s degree and, it seems, people know that: Over 90 percent of Americans – across all races and socioeconomic statuses – aspire to attend college.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI June 16, 2017

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Loneliness Contributes to Self-Centeredness for Sake of Self-Preservation

Research conducted over more than a decade indicates that loneliness increases self-centeredness and, to a lesser extent, self-centeredness also increases loneliness.

The findings by researchers at the University of Chicago show such effects create a positive feedback loop between the two traits: As increased loneliness heightens self-centeredness, the latter then contributes further to enhanced loneliness.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI June 9, 2017

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U.S. Handgun Ownership Motivated by Two Main Forces

New psychological theoretical framework suggest U.S. handgun ownership motivated by combination of fear of crime and a general sense that the world is an unpredictable dangerous place.

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