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Tight Times May Change Our Perceptions of Who ‘Belongs’

From the playground to the office, a key aspect of our social lives involves figuring out who “belongs” and who doesn’t. Our biases lead us -- whether we're aware of it or not -- to favor people who belong to our own social group. Scientists theorize that these prevalent in-group biases may give us a competitive advantage against others, especially when important resources are limited. ... More>


Perspectives Article Wins 2011 Best Paper Award

A paper published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, “The situated inference model of priming: An integrative account of construal, behavior, and goal priming” was awarded the 2011 Best Paper Award from the International Social Cognition Network. ... More>


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The Roots of Religious Behavior

William James argued that religious belief was a basic part of human existence. Therefore, it was worthy of academic inquiry. Fast-forward 110 years to a symposium focusing on new studies of God and religion. ... More>


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Sin Has A Bitter Taste

When writers craft metaphors such as the “warmth of friendship,” they aren’t just making an arbitrary connection between temperature and social bonds. Behavioral scientists have shown that certain metaphors, called embodied metaphors, describe physical experiences that are connected to an individual’s thought processes. ... More>