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How to Become a Better Lie Detector: Focus on Feelings

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Do you want to be better at detecting lies? The key is to ask yourself what emotions the other person is feeling.

Emotional People Make More Extreme Judgments

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How strongly you feel your emotions is related to how strongly you judge other people’s bad actions – and lots of other things.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI May 3, 2019

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See what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology. 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. 

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI April 26, 2019

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From Biden to climate change, see what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology. 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. 

Why Does Joe Biden Touch People So Much and Why Do We Care?

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has always been a physically affectionate man, but recently that touching has become controversial.  We turn to experts in social and personality psychology to help us understand what is going on.

Our experts suggested that at least seven different psychological processes may be at play:

1.  Touch signals caring and support: The role of the need to belong

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI April 19, 2019

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From willpower to a new flurry of posts on our blog, check out what you might have missed this week. 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. 

Avoiding Angry Downward Spirals in Your Romantic Relationships

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Although you may think that getting angry at your partner will help to change his or her behavior, anger can start a cascading spiral of hostility that damages relationships.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI April 12, 2019

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This week's roundup includes pieces on pay gaps, gratefulness, and why couples seem to look alike. Read on for the latest in social and personality psychology news and research. 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. 

 

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI March 1, 2019

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This week's roundup includes more discussion on relationships, a critique of research, and a few other gems. 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. 

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