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Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI September 14, 2020

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Ancient sculptures, conspiracies, leadership, and closing doors: read what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology on this ICYMI roundup.

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Foodie Calls: Who Dates for Free Food?

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Nearly a third of women—particularly those with narcissistic, Machiavellian, and psychopathic traits—have dated someone just for a free meal.

Do We Become More Empathic as We Get Older?

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A study of how six large samples of adults changed over time may answer this question.

Certain Personalities Make Some Professional Truck Drivers More Dangerous than Others

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You should hope that the driver of that 18-wheeler coming toward you has certain personality characteristics rather than others.

Conscientious Children Do Better in School

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Teaching children to be responsible, persistent, and careful might be the key to their academic success, as early as 4th grade.

Does Adversity Really Make Us Stronger? Usually Not

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Nietzsche famously said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” but growing evidence suggests it usually doesn’t.

The Prince of Nigeria Relies on Your Gullibility

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Can your personality influence the likelihood that you will respond to a scam email?