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Why do we so often ignore the influence of situations on behavior?

Why do we so often ignore the influence of situations on behavior?

Situations matter; they have an effect on us all, great or small. We are told we should walk a mile in someone elses shoes, to look at it from my point of view, and would never dream of swearing in the principals office. So why are we so quick to judge others’ behavior as if the situations they find themselves in are irrelevant? Imagine you are walking... / more

More than meets the eye: Physical sensations influence first impressions

More than meets the eye: Physical sensations influence first impressions

People are special. Person perception is quite different from rock perception, for example. Geologists, those with a rock in their shoe, and pet rock owners aside, the perception of a rock is often merely the perception of a collection of lines and surfaces. Yet people are not simply collections of lines and surfaces. People have inner worlds such as mental states and... / more

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