Social Cognition

Is That Your Final Answer? Study Suggests Method For Improving Individual Decisions

Herd mentality.  Angry mob.  Mass hysteria.  As these phrases suggest, we are not always confident that a large group of people will come up with the smartest decisions. So it may be surprising to learn that numerous studies have shown that a crowd of people usually gives more accurate responses 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

Smoking on the Silver Screen: New Study Shows Exposure to Smokers in Movies Increases Likelihood of Smoking in the Future

A new study appearing in the July issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reports that watching an actor smoke on the big screen may make smokers more likely to continue smoking in the future, and make nonsmokers more favorably disposed toward smoking. Sonya Dal More