Social Influences

Exploring Stanley Schachter’s Legacy

  Psychological scientist Stanley Schachter (1922-1997) is credited with conducting innovative research on eating behavior from the perspective of social psychology. And his externality theory of obesity — which posits that non-physiological external cues has a particularly strong influence on eating in people prone to obesity — continues to shape More

Vulnerability to depression can be contagious, study shows

The Telegraph: Researchers have found that the gloomy mindset of students vulnerable to depression can be contagious, making their friends more likely to suffer the condition six months later. The research, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, follows up on studies showing that people who respond negatively to stressful More