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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.

Why Do People Fall into the Trap of On-again/Off-again Relationships?

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Some people can’t seem to decide whether to stay together or break up. Is their personality to blame?

Is it Wrong to Show off Your Wealth?

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People differ in how they judge those who flaunt their wealth, and this difference depends on their core moral beliefs.

Next! ... When Pursuit for “The Best” Can Undermine Your Romantic Relationships

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People who strive to make the best choices in life may be vulnerable to experiencing discontent in their relationships.

If You Were Conceived from Donated Sperm or Eggs, Would You Want to Contact Your Parent?

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Finding out that you were conceived from donated sperm or eggs can be quite a shock. How people react depends on their approach to relationships.

Friendships, Vaccines, and Impressions: Upcoming Studies in SPPS

 

While many scientists explore what people have in common, several studies publishing online to Social Psychological and Personality Science show us how differences help us understand individuals.

The company you keep: Personality and friendship characteristics, Michael Laakasuo; Anna Rotkirch, Venla Berg, Markus Jokela

Cognitive Ability Varies, but Prejudice is Universal

When it comes to prejudice, it does not matter if you are smart or not, or conservative or liberal, each group has their own specific biases. In a recent study, psychologists show that low cognitive ability (i.e., intelligence, verbal ability) was not a consistent predictor of prejudice. Cognitive ability, whether high or low, only predicts prejudice towards specific groups. The results are published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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