Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Feb 14, 2020

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI February 14, 2020

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Leadership, laughter, and love: read what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology on this ICYMI roundup.

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On the Blogs and OpEds

Babies show signs of altruism, giving up food even when they're hungry, study finds via Newsweek

Washington Redskins’ name, Native mascots offend more than previously reported via UC Berkeley 

Individuals are more optimistic about their own political parties or sports teams than others via Oregon State University 

The precise meaning of emotion words is different around the world via Research Digest

Research: Bringing up past injustices make majority groups defensive via Harvard Business Review

Religious, moral beliefs may exacerbate concerns about porn addiction via APA

Partisanship predicts belief in fake news more strongly than conspiracy mentality, study finds via PsyPost

What playfulness can do for your relationship via The Greater Good

What personality traits predict choking under pressure? via Forbes

This simple trick could help stop the spread of misinformation on social media via Vanderbilt University

The use of jargon kills people’s interest in science, politics via Ohio State University

New study shows why unemployment is sometimes associated with an increase in happiness via PsyPost

Leaders show distinct body language depending on whether they gain authority through prestige or dominance via Research Digest


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