Social Behavior

Why it’s good to have smart friends: The role of feedback in decision making

Every day we are faced with a multitude of options, but the majority of choices we make fall into two categories: descriptive choice (based on what we are told or on statistics) and experiential choice (based on our own personal experience). An example of these choices would be deciding whether More

I Can, Automatically, Become Just Like You: The Effects of Exclusion on Nonconscious Mimicry

No one likes to be excluded from a group: exclusion can decrease mood, reduce self-esteem and feelings of belonging, and even ultimately lead to negative behavior (e.g., the shootings at Virginia Tech). As a result, we often try to fit in with others in both conscious and automatic ways. Psychologists More

Money Makes the Heart Grow Less Fond…but More Hardworking

Money is a necessity: it provides us with material objects that are important for survival and for entertainment, and it is often used as a reward. But recent studies have shown that money is not only a device for gaining wealth, but a factor in personal performance, interpersonal relations and More

When the Powerless Rise Up: Power Leads to Positive Action, But Only When Acquired Legitimately

In an effort to reconcile the science stating that power leads to action and lack of power leads to inhibition — despite constant historical reminders of the powerless rising up and taking action — new research in the June issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological More