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How Friends and Personalities Mix

Anyone who has had close friendships knows that while these relationships are rewarding, they often require hard work to maintain, and some people have more success than others at keeping such friendships up. Who then, are the people who manage to maintain friendships — and what behaviors and processes lead to high levels of friendship satisfaction?

In a 2015 study published in the European Journal of Personality, researchers Robert Wilson (University of California, Davis), Kelci Harris (Washington University in St. Louis), and APS Board Member Simine Vazire (University of California, Davis) examined the relationships among different aspects of personality and friendship satisfaction.

Studies examining relationship satisfaction traditionally have focused on romantic and marital relationships and shown that people who display the personality traits of extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness have more satisfying relationships, while those high in the personality trait of neuroticism do not.

The few studies that have examined the…


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Building Better Science Means Breaking Down Barriers

PAFF_081116_BreakingDownWalls_newsfeatureMany of the world’s most challenging issues – poverty, health behavior change, and globalization – are at their core issues that can be solved with a better understanding of human behavior. Making progress on solving these complex, multidimensional issues increasingly requires interdisciplinary collaboration across research disciplines. But the way most modern universities are organized, with behavioral and social science faculty splintered throughout dozens of departments, prevents scholars in one department from sharing ideas and resources with their colleagues from another department — even if it’s just down the hall.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to some of the foremost behavioral and social scientists in the world, but they’re spread across at least 45 different departments throughout the university, ranging from psychology to kinesiology. Not only are these researchers fragmented across dozens of different departments, but there isn’t a single…


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“Professor Priming” Focus of APS Registered Replication Report Project

APS is pleased to announce the launch of a new Registered Replication Report project, a multi-lab direct replication of a variant of Study 4 from:

Dijksterhuis, A., & van Knippenberg, A. (1998). The relation between perception and behavior, or how to win a game of Trivial Pursuit. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 865–877.

Registered Replication Reports combine the results of multiple, independent, direct replications of a single original study, with all participating laboratories conducting their study following the same vetted protocol. The results of all studies (regardless of outcome) are combined meta-analytically, with the goal of providing a robust, bias-free estimate of the size and variability of the effect.

Several years ago, following an extensive discussion of priming research online, Ap Dijksterhuis offered to help develop an RRR for his “Professor Priming”…


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APS Psychology Jeopardy Contest Wins Big

This is a photo of Alyson Faires and Sarah Falkowitz, who won the 2016 APS Psychology Jeopardy contest.The APS Psychology Jeopardy contest was a big hit at the Carolinas Psychology Conference. The conference was held April 16 at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and drew nearly 200 attendees.

According to APS Fellow James Kalat, the Carolinas Psychology Conference began in 1977, sponsored by Meredith College and North Carolina State University. The psychology jeopardy contest has been an annual feature for approximately 20 years, and contestants are pairs of students from three colleges. The contest was created by Kalat, who writes the questions yearly. All…


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Surprising Authors of Psychological Studies

When we think of famous psychological scientists, names like Tim Duncan, Albert Einstein, and the Dalai Lama don’t typically come to mind. The field of psychological science is expansive and popular among researchers and universities, but unbeknownst to most, actors like Lisa Kudrow, Natalie Portman, and Colin Firth, politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Ben Carson, and even one of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, have published work in psychology.

This is a photo of Tim Duncan.A recent article in Perspectives on Psychological Science by Clinical Psychological Science Editor Scott O. Lilienfeld and APS Fellow Steven Jay Lynn highlights “78 Surprising Authors of Psychological Publications,” and you would never expect the names they found.

For instance, while playing for the Wake Forest University basketball team,…


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