Socialness is in the eye of the beholder
We define our experience in social terms. We tend to assume relationships between inanimate things, where in fact there is none.
Seeing members of minority groups everywhere? It's an illusion
Within a social setting most people significantly overestimate the presence of a minority—and this overestimation is made not only by the majority but also by the minority themselves.
People look alike if we think they have similar personalities
Do Vladimir Putin and Justin Bieber look alike? They do if you think they have similar personalities, shows a new study by a team of psychologists.
Typography influences consumer preferences
Typography—specifically tracking, or the spacing between letters in a word—can influence consumers’ interpretations of brand logos. Compact logos encouraged favorable brand attitudes, signaling that the brand was reliable, secure, and trustworthy.
"Ownership" in the age of Google
How does the model of legal access, in which consumers purchase temporary access rights to goods and services owned and used by others, effect psychological ownership?
Is being generous the next beauty trend?
Poets and philosophers have suggested the link between moral and physical beauty for centuries. This study confirms that people who are perceived as more attractive are more likely to give, and givers are seen as more attractive.
Society perceives the poor as less affected by distress than those with more means
Negative life events can cause significant hardship and even lifelong trauma. The poor are perceived to be “hardened” by these events and therefore less harmed by them than those with more means, even when this is patently false.
Humans are optimists for most of life
At what age are we most optimistic? How do life events change our future outlook and what does this mean for resilience?
Objective vision of the world impossible
Even when we try to perceive the world the way it really is, we can’t completely discard our perspective.
'Playing hard to get' really works
To the human neurogenetic system, romantic relationships are just like all other relationships, including those with clients.
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