Thinking about God inspires risk-taking for believers
Do those who believe God will protect them from negative consequences, feel more confident in pursuing dangerous activities because of a perceived safety net?
Perils of not being attractive or athletic in middle school
Low attractive youth and low athletic youth became increasingly unpopular over the course of a school year.
Sharing on social media makes us overconfident in our knowledge
Social media sharers believe that they are knowledgeable about the content they share, even if they have not read it or have only glanced at a headline.
Rich young men most easily duped by "financial bullshit"
Is it possible to predict which consumers are in the risk zone for being misled by individuals who promote “financial bullshit”? “Bullshit,” believe it or not, is a concept with its own theoretical research in academia.
Do you have a "winning mindset"?
The socially dominant don’t always win. There is a ”winning mindset” which can overcome rank—but it doesn’t happen naturally.
Stay on the sunny side: Optimists have better lives
Almost all of us were born optimistic - as we learn more about the limitations of our environment and experience setbacks, this is tempered and we can become either realistically optimistic or pessimistic.
Men are more assertive in initiating salary negotiations
How do the “Big Five” personality traits - agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, extraversion and neuroticism - contribute to salary negotiation initiation? And does the gender of your boss make a difference?
Higher income predicts feelings such as pride and confidence
The effects of income on our emotional well-being should not be underestimated - having more money can inspire confidence and determination while earning less is associated with gloom and anxiety. But money doesn't necessarily make a person more compassionate and grateful.
'Playing hard to get' really works
To the human neurogenetic system, romantic relationships are just like all other relationships, including those with clients.
Why women must be be likeable, and men don't
In mixed-sex pairings for the cooperation game, female participants contributed on average 4.70 euros in high mutual likeability teams, and about 37% less in low mutual likeability teams. In contrast to same sex teams, the likeability effect for men factored in mixed sex teams. If mutual likeability was low, men's contribution was 50% lower than if mutual likeability was high.
Faking emotions at work does more harm than good
The adage “Fake it until you make it” –the idea that someone can fake a positive attitude to elicit real-life benefits—often backfires when used with co-workers, according to a new study.
You can change your personality
It has long been believed (except by us) that people can't change their personalities, which are largely stable and inherited. But a review of recent research in personality science points to the possibility that personality traits can change either through persistent intervention or major life events.
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