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Media Highlights of 2016 SPSP Annual Convention

Take a look at some of the research covered at this year’s Convention!

Do Infectious Diseases Dampen Innovation?

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By Annie Drinkard

Just as the body has a biological immune system to help protect itself from illness and disease, psychologists have identified a “behavioral immune system” [i] that plays a complementary role. The term refers to the psychological predispositions, like our aversion to noxious smells and tastes that ensure that we minimize our exposure to things in our environment that could make us sick.

New Directions in Intergroup Contact

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By Tessa Thwaites

In our extremely diverse world, contact between different groups – be they differences in gender identity, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation – is increasingly frequent. In these situations of intergroup interactions, we are faced with a choice: we can react with anxiety and hostility and enact segregation; or we can react with understanding and tolerance and promote positive intergroup contact.

Psychology In the Light of Evolution

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By Alex Danvers

Without evolution, your thinking is impoverished. In introducing speakers Leda Cosmides and Joseph Henrich at the SPSP Annual Convention symposium “Big Questions in Evolutionary Science and What They Mean for Social-Personality Psychology,” moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt argued that not reading their work is “a huge missed opportunity.”

How Discrimination Shapes the Health of American Racial and Ethnic Minorities

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By Lauren Howe

Racial and ethnic minority Americans have worse overall health than White Americans. What causes this difference, and what can we do to close this gap?

Talk About Your Body!

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By Alex Danvers

Charlotte Markey only had one couple get in a fight as a result of her study—mildly surprising, given that she forced same-sex romantic partners to rate what they thought their partner’s ideal body shape was in front of each other.

Is It Better To Be Feared or Loved: Comparing Dominance Vs Prestige-based Leadership Styles

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By Luke Wilmhurst

There are two classic approaches to leadership. You can win the respect and admiration of your staff, giving them the inspiration to give their very best effort.

Or you can just scare the hell out of them.

From a subordinate’s perspective, the first approach seems much more preferable. But which one is really more effective? These two leadership styles can be understood as dominance (i.e., leading via power and fear) or prestige (i.e., influence via a positive reputation) based on approaches.

Patience Can Be Primed

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By Luke Wilmshurst

Every day, people make a countless number of choices, often without even realizing how small decisions can add up to have significant consequences in the long-run.

Whether it's making an effort to eat healthier food, or sticking with an exercise program, or saving money, over time these small actions can become the foundation of a better life in the future. The problem is, these activities are enjoyable right away, while the payoff for making these sacrifices is usually far enough in the distance that motivation becomes a problem.

Can Digitally-Mediated Communication Compare to Face-to-Face Communication?

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By Vivian P. Ta

Gone are the days of face-to-face only communication. Technology provides us with many fast and easy ways to connect with and communicate with others, such as through text messaging, instant messaging, and others. But can digitally-mediated communication compare to face-to-face communication?

Creating a New Definition of What It Means To Be Healthy

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By Lauren Howe

What does being healthy mean to you? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “complete physical, mental, and social well-being - and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” But research suggests that, despite this, Americans may still define health in a narrow way.