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Psychology News Round-up (2/21)

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By Dave Nussbaum

What happens when we ask others to behave unethically? In an op-ed in the New York Times‘ Gray Matter section this past week, Waterloo’s Vanessa Bohns (@profbohns) explains that others are surprisingly likely to comply with our requests. Bohns’ research suggests that “we often fail to recognize the power of social pressure when we are the ones doing the pressuring.”

The Role of Ability Beliefs in Academic Gender Gaps

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By Andrei Cimpian

The decision to pursue a career rests in part on how we judge the following inequality:

The Mystery of the Hot Hand

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By Dave Nussbaum

If you’re a basketball fan you’ve probably seen the hot hand with your own eyes. A player hits one shot, then another, and he seems to have found his rhythm. Pretty soon he seems unstoppable – it’s like he can’t miss. I know I’ve seen it – I’ve even experienced it firsthand.


There’s a New Journal In Town: Meet ‘Behavioral Science & Policy’

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By Dave Nussbaum

Behavioral Science & Policy (BSP), a new international, peer-reviewed journal, has announced a call for papers. Submissions for the journal’s inaugural issue can be made through July 15th. Wendy Wood, a professor of Psychology at USC and one of the journal’s senior disciplinary editors, gave Character & Context the skinny on what makes BSP unique.

Explanatory Journalism and the Intellectual Abyss

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By Dave Nussbaum

Psychology figured prominently in last week’s launch of the much-anticipated website. Their goal is to help people understand the news, an approach that’s picked up the title “explanatory journalism”:

Latané responds to New Yorker article on Genovese murder

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By Bibb Latané

Bibb Latané responds to a recent New Yorker article about the Kitty Genovese murder and the research that it sparked. The text of the entire letter appears below (after a short introduction from Latané that accompanied the letter in a message to the Society for Experimental Social Psychology), followed by the edited version that appeared in the New Yorker’s letters section.

10 Stories in 20 Tweets: A Look Back at Social and Personality Psychology in 2013

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Ring in the New Year with a look back at some top personality and social psychology stories of 2013. From efforts to boost replication of psychological studies to work that examines how divorce affects children and the power of spilling our secrets, these stories offer a glimpse into some notable events and news from the year, as told through 20 tweets.

Read the full list here. What was your favorite tweet or top story for 2013? Let us know at @SPSPnews


Would You Lie for Me?

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By Dave Nussbaum

Think it would be tough to convince someone to lie for you or to vandalize public property? Think again.