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Friends with unexpected benefits – working with buddies can improve performance

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We routinely work together with other people. Often, we try to achieve shared goals in groups, whether as a team of firefighters or in a scientific collaboration. When working together, many people – naturally – would prefer doing so with others who are their friends. But, as much as we like spending time with our friends, is working with them in a group really good for our performance?

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI October 12, 2018

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A new study suggests there is a financial cost to being kind . See what else you may have missed online.

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI September 7, 2018

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This week's round-up includes an op-ed on the power of colloboration and integrated thinking. See what else you may have missed online.

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI August 10, 2018

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In the news this week: the benefits of uncertainty, procrastination, slacking at work, and cats. See what else you may have missed online.

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Why Is it So Stressful To Talk Politics with the Other Side?

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People disagree all the time, but not all disagreements lead to the same levels of stress.

Even though people can be passionate about their favorite sport teams, they can argue about which basketball team is the best without destroying friendships. In the workplace, co-workers can often dispute strategies and approaches without risking a long-term fallout.

Making Friends While Pursuing Goals

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Student Poster Award Winners Jessica Gamburg, Rima Touré-Tillery, & Y. Jin Youn were invited to write a post for the blog. 

By Jessica Gamburg

After making a new acquaintance, how do we choose whether to pursue a friendship with that person? And what role do our own important goals—e.g., weight loss, physical fitness, abstinence from alcohol—play in behaviors surrounding the formation of new friendships?