Scientific American: Groupthink is a phenomenon in which the members of a group override their individuality in favor of unanimity. Scholars have ascribed bad decision making to groupthink, for example, in U.S. policy during the Vietnam War. But how do outsiders interpret groupthink when they observe the behavior of a More
I don’t see myself as especially materialistic, and you probably don’t see yourself that way either. The fact is, I don’t know anyone who actually takes pride in acquiring more and more stuff, and many of my friends decry the commercialization of the holiday season. That’s a good thing, because More
The Times of India: People often judge a ‘group’ mind differently from that of a ‘member’ which has led to the cropping up of issues like decision-making, blame and moral judgment in companies, political groups and organizations, according to a new study. The more people judge a group to have More
News of employee misconduct always creates a whirlwind for the companies involved — think of Enron, Goldman Sachs and UBS, for example. But are these firms responsible for the actions of their employees? Or do individual members have distinct and independent responsibility separate from a group’s actions? New research from More
ABC News: A new study finds women can be downright nasty when they don’t approve of members of their sex. The harsh reactions of 43 women to a provocatively dressed peer, caught on tape by Canadian researchers, reveal just how sassy women get when they think someone else is sexier. More
Yahoo!: Socializing is a major part of the holiday season, but many people find it difficult. If you suffer anxiety or feel tongue-tied at festive gatherings, here are some helpful tips from Martin Antony, a psychology professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. First, some advice about making conversation. Smile and More
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