Relationships, Community, & Social Psychology

What It Means to Feed Someone on a First Date

For those who find first dates confusing, not to worry. We have science to help us figure out what’s going on! What does it mean, for example, when you’re on a dinner ...
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Body Temperature, Stress and Social Connection

When we say that someone is "warm," we can mean that in a literal, physical sense. We might also be saying that they’re friendly, sociable and kind. This link between temperature and ...
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Why Do Rich People Lie More?

With great power doesn’t necessarily come great honesty. It turns out that wealthier people are more likely to engage in several different kinds of unethical behavior. A 2012 study showed, for example, ...
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People Probably Agree With You Less Than You Think

If there’s one thing people never lack, it’s biases in how we think. One of these biases is what psychologists call the false consensus effect, where people tend to overestimate the extent ...
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Social Media Might Kind of Affect Life Satisfaction in Teens

Maybe you’ve heard that social media usage is linked to lower life satisfaction. But what does that mean? There are multiple ways social media and life satisfaction could be "linked": People with ...
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Gossip as a Workplace Coping Mechanism

We typically think of gossip as something frivolous. But "idle gossip" might not be so idle. Gossip can be a social bonding mechanism, and workplace gossip in particular might help people cope ...
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When a First Impression Misleads

To some extent, we all judge based on first impressions. But that doesn’t mean we judge accurately. A new study from researchers at University of Bologna suggests that our initial judgments about ...
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More Compassionate People Can Prefer Harsher Punishments

A compassionate disposition and a desire to see someone get their "just deserts" might not seem to go together. But a new study suggests that people who are more compassionate also prefer ...
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Are People With Social Anxiety Afraid of Positive Feedback?

The way we typically think about it, social anxiety involves a fear of being evaluated negatively by other people. Which is true. But an interesting line of research suggests that people with ...
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The Psychology of Choosing a Seat

You walk into a crowded café. There are two empty seats. Which one do you choose? There are a surprising number of psychological considerations that can go into this choice. If you’re ...
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