articles tagged: social psychology
weaponized victimhood: the messy psychology of virtue signaling and injustice
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weaponized victimhood: the messy psychology of virtue signaling and injustice

Some of those who claim to be victims fighting against injustice may have much darker motives than they’ll admit, even to themselves…

world of weird things podcast: how science knows if you’re an awful human
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world of weird things podcast: how science knows if you’re an awful human

Being a bad person isn’t just a matter of popular opinion. It turns out that science can quantify if and when someone is being terrible.

new study shows how a leader’s character affects people’s behaviors
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new study shows how a leader’s character affects people’s behaviors

When we say that a politician's character matters, we're talking about their ability to make good, ethical decisions. It turns out, it also matters when it comes to voters' attitudes.

world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species
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world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species

Empathy is the most important trait for human cohesion and civil politics. So, where does empathy comes from, how does it break down, and how can it be stimulated?

babies keep showing us that we’re born with empathy
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babies keep showing us that we’re born with empathy

Scientists are studying if babies are born with empathy and altruism and their research may help us create a blueprint for solving today's partisan tribalism and civil cold wars.

why do less clothing and more cosmetics make people see you as less human?
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why do less clothing and more cosmetics make people see you as less human?

Researchers keep confirming that revealing more flesh and using more makeup can dehumanize you, but they haven't figured out exactly why.

want to look competent? wear expensive clothes.
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want to look competent? wear expensive clothes.

It turns out that clothes have an amazing effect on how we're perceived by others, even at first glance.

why emojis don’t deserve the hate they get
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why emojis don’t deserve the hate they get

According to researchers and experts, emojis aren’t replacing the written word, they’re just helping us understand the emotional context in which that written word was deployed.

when in doubt, shout? maybe, but not so fast.
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when in doubt, shout? maybe, but not so fast.

Often times, the loudest defenders of a belief aren't trying to convince you. They're trying to convince themselves.