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Eco-friendly Poster Option

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By Cameron Brick 
 
There’s nothing so familiar as boarding a flight to go to a conference and seeing a half dozen passengers get on board with elongated tubes filled with posters. But now there may be a more convenient alternative, and an environmentally friendly one too. Cameron Brick, a graduate student at UCSB, explains more:
 
Dear SPSP colleagues,

The Feeling of Being Stared At

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By David Nussbaum
 
Psychologists Adam Waytz of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business and Jamil Zaki of Stanford have a fantastic blog hosted at Scientific American called The Moral Universe in which they discuss the psychology of right and wrong and issues surrounding it. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should.
 

Why Feeling Financially Constrained Makes You Want to Buy “Stuff”

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By: Stephanie M. Tully, Hal E. Hershfield, and Tom Meyvis

Powerful People Are Quick to Notice Injustice When They Are Victimized, Research Finds

Powerful people respond quickly to unfair treatment when they are the victims, but they are less likely to notice injustice when they benefit or when others are victimized, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
 

POLICY UPDATE - Congress Continues to Advance Anti-Science Legislation

Since the last SPSP policy update, Congress continues to advance bills that will harm the social and behavioral sciences.

The Consequences of Dishonesty

Cartoon of brown haired business man with long nose like Pinocchio

By: Scott Wiltermuth, David Newman, and Medha Raj

Lying has its benefits. It allows people to feel better about themselves, to make themselves look better in others’ eyes, and to maintain good relationships. At same time, lying can also create problems. Lying can be cognitively depleting, it can increase the risk that people will be punished, it can threaten people’s self-worth by preventing them from seeing themselves as “good” people, and it can generally erode trust in society.

Anticipating temptation may reduce unethical behavior, research finds

Why do good people do bad things? It's a question that has been pondered for centuries, and new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology may offer some insights about when people succumb to versus resist ethical temptations.
 
"People often think that bad people do bad things and good people do good things, and that unethical behavior just comes down to character," says lead research author Oliver Sheldon, PhD.

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