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In Defense of Anger: An Evolutionary Necessity and its Contemporary Applicability

Anger is defined as an unpleasant feeling that results from an unpleasant event and it is, therefore, not particularly surprising that so many people dismiss it as a pointless emotion. However, anger has proven to confer a great number of evolutionary benefits on those who utilize it, including (1) improving one’s bargaining... / more

Asking Children to Talk About Abuse: Can Research Help Improve Police Interviewer Skills?

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Child abuse cases often lack corroborative evidence in the form of injuries, DNA or direct witness observations. Instead, the most important source of information about the alleged crime is typically the child’s testimony. A wide range of factors can influence children... / more

Sleepy Politics: How Sleep Deprivation can Affect Political Decision Making

Sleepy politics, by Grace Alexandra Russell (http://www.gracerussell.co.uk/)

In today’s political landscape, important decisions are often made by those who are severely sleep deprived. This raises the question of potential consequences of sleep deprivation for political decision making. Psychological research on the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive functioning, decision making, communication, and coordination in groups can help to... / more

Why Has Donald Trump Lost So Much Conservative Support?

Trouble in the Elephant Camp, Grace Alexandra Russell (http://www.gracerussell.co.uk/)

Donald Trump has lost the support of many conservatives, a problem that may be explained by his lack of conscientiousness. This trait is more characteristic of conservatives than... / more

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty has been called a lot of things, from a “game changer” and “a breath of fresh air”, to “hypocritical”, “sexist”, and “sneaky”. So why has the campaign, whose major innovation was to use ads that featured real women rather than airbrushed models or celebrity spokespersons, sparked so much controversy? Taking... / more

That human touch that means so much: Exploring the tactile dimension of social life

Interpersonal touch is a fundamental but undervalued aspect of human nature. In the present article, the authors review psychological research showing that even fleeting forms of touch may have a powerful impact on our emotional and social functioning. Given its... / more

Intergroup Contact Theory: Past, Present, and Future

"Colored" drinking fountain (Oklahoma, 1939) - Wikimedia Commons

In the midst of racial segregation in the U.S.A and the ‘Jim Crow Laws’, Gordon Allport (1954) proposed one of the most important social psychological events... / more

No strings attached: Are “friends with benefits” as complicated in real life as they are in the movies?

Many people become “friends with benefits” to avoid drama and to have sex without getting tied up in emotions; however, the reality is that having a friend with benefits often becomes complicated. Why is that, and is there anything you can do to avoid these complexities? In... / more

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Fathers under stress: Does it sometimes “make sense” to be a bad father?

In this post, I will posit that growing up in chaotic and unpredictable environments leads to the development of more negative parental attitudes and... / more

Marginal and Happy – How can people be culturally detached and well adjusted?

Belonging to several cultural groups at the same time can be associated with complex feelings of group membership. In this post, I will provide an... / more

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