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The traffic scandal swirling around New Jersey Governor Chris Christie raises a fundamental psychological question: Are the misdeeds of an individual perceived as separate from the actions of the organization? ... More>
Picking up on someone’s selfish motives when they put up a friendly facade is a critical skill, but new research suggests that a hormone called oxytocin might hinder this ability. ... More>
A sample of new research exploring: statistical mediation analysis; visual working memory; power and self-labeling; animacy and memory; and unintended consequences of health warnings. ... More>
The university is a great place to learn about prejudice — firsthand. The prejudice that I'm talking about is so deeply ingrained in the nature of universities and other large organizations that it is not recognized as a near kin of racism, sexism, ageism, or the other "isms" that can be found in the appendix of most general psychology texts. Perhaps it is not surprising that academic psychologists have avoided even naming the prejudice that is openly practiced on our own campuses and within our own discipline. What I am talking about is department-ism. ... More>
Research shows that we tend to show an in-group bias, favoring the interests of our own social group over those of another group. But how do we perceive these biases when they occur in other people? ... More>