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Social Psychology

  1. science of us
    Psychologists Explain Your Phone Anxiety (and How to Get Over It)If the thought of calling someone makes you feel all squirmy inside, you’re in good company.
  2. 10% better
    How to Be a Tiny Bit Better at Group Workout ClassesUnleash your inner competitive monster.
  3. science of us
    A Beginner’s Guide to Being BluntIt’s possible to be direct and kind at the same time.
  4. science of us
    What Loneliness Does to the Human BodyThe feeling takes a physical toll.
  5. science of us
    Why Believing in UFOs Is More Fun When You’re the Only OneI thought I wanted legitimacy, but maybe I didn’t.
  6. science of us
    The Infuriating Psychology That Helps Explain White Women Showing Up for Moore“This isn’t a partisan thing — it’s a human thing.”
  7. science of us
    Everyone Is Worried That Everyone Else’s Social Lives Are More ExcitingIt’s not just you.
  8. science of us
    The Psychological Appeal of Truly Terrible MoviesHow love of trash cinema unites us.
  9. science of us
    A Psychological Deconstruction of Masturbation JokesWhy (some) people found Louis C.K.’s jokes funny in the first place.
  10. The Secret to Small TalkThe rules of etiquette only count for so much. You also have to care about people.
  11. unsolicited advice
    People Will Like You More If You Ask Them QuestionsAdvice that should be obvious, but that most people don’t follow.
  12. The Apology Critics Who Want to Teach You How to Say You’re SorryNo more excuses for bad apologies.
  13. ‘my family’s slave’
    It Is Really Important to Humanize EvilThe Atlantic’s controversial article “My Family’s Slave” serves as a disturbing reminder of how easy it is for “normal” people to do terrible things.
  14. inequality
    Is It Worth It to Try to Get Rich People to Realize They’re Lucky?If it’s such an uphill battle, as the research suggests, is it worth maybe trying something else instead?
  15. filter bubble
    Your Customized News Feed Could Be Making You DumberNew research shows the potentially profound ways filter bubbles affect how we consume information and what we believe.
  16. Researchers Are Trying to Better Understand Orgasm FakingThey’ve developed a new scale that will allow them to dig into this frequently joked-about subject with more rigor.
  17. Did the Movie-Theater Audience Ruin Personal Shopper for Me?The psychology (and biology) of watching with a crowd.
  18. social psychology
    The ‘Just-World’ Fallacy Could Explain Some of the Reactions to the United VideoAs the outrage over United’s treatment of David Dao shows, some people always want to blame the victim. There are psychological reasons for that.
  19. Please Stop Forcing Your Favorite TV Show On MeThe psychology of reactance, or why the more someone insists that you watch something, the more you tend to resist.
  20. productivity
    Why Workplace Competition Can Lead to Both Very Good and Very Bad OutcomesA set of research findings suggests that how competition is framed makes a very big difference.
  21. trauma
    How Violence Warps Childhood Friendships in ChicagoMost kids simply gravitate toward peers who are similar to them. In violent parts of Chicago, children need to be a lot more deliberate.
  22. A New Book Argues Concerns Over Violent Video Games Are a Moral PanicIn their new book Moral Combat, two psychologists argue that video games are little understood and that fearmongering about them is rampant.
  23. Crowdfunding for Medical Bills Shows the Limits of EmpathyBecause of how narrow a spotlight empathy casts, it makes it hard to solve the biggest, most difficult problems facing society.
  24. The ‘Spiral of Silence’ Explains Why People Don’t Speak Up on Things That MatterIt affects both those in the majority and people who hold less common beliefs.
  25. Annoying Study Shows Humblebragging Works, Kind OfYou won’t win any friends, but you may get the job.
  26. If You’re Shy, You’ll Be Better Off Accepting Yourself That WayA new book argues that fighting shyness is ultimately futile.
  27. The Extreme Secondhand Embarrassment of Watching the OscarsA brief look at the cringe-y feeling you may have had while watching the broadcast.
  28. Scientific Proof That No One Wants to Hear Your Vacation StoriesPut the photos away.
  29. WATCH: The Science-Backed Personality Traits That Make You More AttractiveDon’t judge a book …
  30. social psychology
    The Contact Hypothesis Offers Hope for the WorldThe worst aspect of human nature is rearing its head at the moment, but a key idea from social psychology offers some solace.
  31. Seeking a Sense of Belonging in a Divisive EraIf we want to bridge what today seems like an insurmountable chasm, we need to begin by rethinking our concept of belonging.
  32. social psychology
    3 Lessons Companies Can Learn From Google’s Diversity TravailsAs a new article shows, Google hasn’t made much progress on the diversity front. Other companies can learn from the search giant’s errors.
  33. implicit sexism
    Maybe Clinton Lost Because of Implicit Sexism, but the IAT Can’t Prove ItSome researchers are claiming that implicit association test scores can help explain gender-bias-driven voting behavior. They probably can’t.
  34. social psychology
    Can Looking at Photos of Trans People Help Reduce Prejudice?A new study offers mixed results, but helps researchers chip away at some key questions about how to improve intergroup relations.
  35. How Being Part of a Crowd Can Change You for the BetterCrowds get a bad rap for encouraging mob mentality, but protesters at the Women’s March can find empathy, community, and a sense of purpose.
  36. microaggressions
    How Microaggression Training Could Be Harming Minority StudentsSometimes, a psychological idea moves from the drawing board to applied settings a bit too quickly. It might be time to slow down.
  37. Psychology’s Favorite Tool for Measuring Racism Isn’t Up to the JobAlmost two decades after its introduction, the implicit association test has failed to deliver on its lofty promises.
  38. Donald Trump, the Dunning-Kruger PresidentA term coined by two social psychologists in the late 1990s has never felt so politically relevant.
  39. The Science of Us Guide to Your Holiday WeekendUse psychology to keep yourself sane and happy all the way to New Year’s.
  40. Most People Don’t Think Lying by Omission Is More Honest Than Plain Old LyingUnless you’re the one who’s doing it.
  41. pizzagate
    To Understand Pizzagate, It Helps to Understand CultsJust about anyone can, under the right circumstances, start believing some crazy and potentially dangerous stuff.
  42. A Simple Tweak to Make Customer-Service Calls a Little Less PainfulAnd to get what you want from the person on the other end of the line.
  43. Here’s the Best Way to Ask Someone for a FavorWarning: It’s a little awkward.
  44. Here’s How to Brag Without Turning People OffIt’s all about context.
  45. Here’s the Scientific Argument Against Making Weekend PlansToo much planning turns fun into work.
  46. Empathy Is Nice, But It’s Not Exactly NecessaryYou don’t need to feel someone else’s emotions — you just need to care about them.
  47. Sociology Can Explain the Sudden Flood of Alleged Trump Sexual-Assault VictimsTrump’s defenders call it “suspicious,” but it really isn’t when you look at the social dynamics of coming forward.
  48. optimism
    How Relentless Optimism Can Hurt Sick PeopleIf you want to help a friend who’s sick, don’t force them to feel a certain way.
  49. The Annoying Psychology of How Your Friends Influence the Beer You OrderThe small and dumb ways people signal their uniqueness.
  50. Icebreakers Are Terrible. They Also, Unfortunately, Work Really Well.Two truths and a lie, anyone?
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