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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.

Psychology News Round-Up (April 17th)

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  • Welcome to a special double-edition of the Psychology News Round-Up, with the last two weeks' news rolled into one for your convenience!

Psychology News Round-Up (May 15th)

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A long overdue round-up is here, reaching back a couple of weeks. Regular posts are coming back your way on Monday!

How do we make moral judgments?

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How do humans make moral judgments? This has been an ongoing and unresolved debate in psychology, and with good reason. Moral judgments aren’t just opinions. They are the decisions with which we condemn others to social exclusion, jail, and even violent retaliation. Given their weight, moral judgments are often assumed to be rational, though recent psychological research has suggested that they may be more like gut feelings.

The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience and the Science of Persuasion

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Here's an article titled The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience and the Science of Persuasion generously shared by Jay van Bavel (@jayvanbavel) and Dominic Packer (@PackerLab), originally written for Scientific American's Mind blog, and well worth a read. Here's an excerpt:

A Council of Psychological Advisors

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For all you psychologists out there, there's a fantastic opportunity to put your research to good use, but you'll have to be quick about it, the deadline's on Friday. Perspectives on Psychological Science has put out a call for proposals for what you would do if the President had a Council of Psychological Advisors, and you were tasked with writing a memo to use psychology to design or improve policy.

Does a group have a mind of its own?

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“[…] a corporation is an abstraction. It has no mind of its own any more than it has a body of its own.”

- Viscount Richard Haldane, Lennard's Carrying v Asiatic Petroleum, 1915

POLICY UPDATE - America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015

Below is an update on the status of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, H.R. 1806.

A Research Contest for Reducing Implicit Racial Biases

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You might not have realized it, but you could have racially discriminated against someone recently. Maybe you walked a little quicker when you saw a guy walking across the street from you. Or perhaps you were less friendly than you usually would be around a new co-worker. If you’re guilty of these subtle biases, you’re not alone.