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Why Your Office Isn’t Doing You Any Favors

A series of experiments finds that people are far less likely to return a favor in the office than in other contexts. ... More>


Observer Article

Investigating Social Contagion With Digital Tools

Accumulating research provides evidence for a provocative idea that certain behaviors — such as smoking and eating habits — are contagious. Data suggest that we’re influenced not only by the behavior of our friends, family, and acquaintances, but also by the behavior of the people they know, and so on. How do these behaviors diffuse through a series of social connections? ... More>


Rumor has it: Gossip can actually be good for you


Teaching Current Directions

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

Featured articles: “The Face of Leadership,“ “What Makes a Really Smart Group?”, and “The Value of Careful Thought” ... More>


Observation

NASA Exercise: Ranking Survival Objects for the Moon

NASA Exercise Instructions Group members should be instructed to rank the objects individually (–10 min) and then in groups (15 min.). In the group part of the exercise, all groups […]... More>