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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI December 22, 2017

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Our final roundup of the year. We hope everyone has a healthy, happy, winter break. We will return in 2018. 

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI December 15, 2017

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In this week's roundup covers racial bias, personality traits of coal mining communities, and a several tweets worth noting. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews.

Matchmaking This Valentine's Day: How It Can Bring You the Most Happiness

Austin -- With Valentine's Day around the corner, you may be thinking of pairing up two friends for a date. If you follow your instinct to play Cupid, it’ll pay off in happiness – not necessarily for the new couple, but definitely for you.

5 Tips on Holiday Shopping from Social Psychologists

The holiday shopping (and eating) season is upon us but before you run out to buy gifts, you may want to take a cue from social psychologists: Following some simple tips for gift giving could help your wallet, your energy levels, and your satisfaction with the holiday season.
  1. Don't go shopping after making a lot of other decisions -- When we make a lot of decisions, our self control weakens and our desires strengthen, according to research by Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota, Roy Baumeister at Florida State University, and others.