Psychology News Round-Up (October 31st)
By Dave Nussbaum
Happy Halloween! This week we had two fantastic posts on the blog that you should definitely check out if you missed, plus there was a lot happening on twitter as well…
On Monday, Tamar Kreps discussed her research with Benoit Monin on how to make moral arguments. It turns out that explaining costs and benefits can sometimes undermine the moral weight of your argument.
Then on Wednesday, Tracy Epton reported on the results of the recent meta-analysis she and her colleagues conducted on the effectiveness of self-affirmation interventions on people’s health behavior. When people feel secure about themselves, they’re not only less defensive towards negative health information, they also are more likely to actually change their health behaviors.
There are a lot of great psychology articles online this week, but two I wanted to briefly highlight, linked in the tweets that follow, are David Dunning’s cover story in the latest Pacific Standard, “We Are All Confident Idiots,” and Maria Konnikova’s piece in the New Yorker on the place and treatment of conservatives in social psychology — discussion is welcome in the comments section.
The winners of our best Halloween-themed social psychology tweet contest:
What's your favorite Halloween study? Mine is the classic showing the diversification bias among trick-or-treaters: http://t.co/J5gaMqCgzE— Katherine Milkman (@katy_milkman) October 31, 2014
I may dress up as Confirmation Bias for #Halloween. I'll just ask folks what they think I'm dressed as, then agree with them.— Matt Shipman (@ShipLives) October 21, 2014
Positive dreaming alone doesn't produce results--we must balance positivity with reality: http://t.co/7OG5GBILcn— Sheena S. Iyengar (@Sheena_Iyengar) October 27, 2014
Why we're susceptible to voodoo and other forms of magical thinking. . . http://t.co/O7sElXJV2O— Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) October 28, 2014
Great article! #Cooperation Is What Makes Us Human http://t.co/ZtpJYPAJ6j MT @vaughanbel — Jay Van Bavel (@jayvanbavel) October 26, 2014
Ebola is Scary—Perhaps too Scary? http://t.co/LjjIdqQ4Rr— Talk Psych (@myersdewall) October 28, 2014
The early chimp gets the fig. Strong evidence that chimps plan for the future http://t.co/3pr2NmXyFt— Ed Yong (@edyong209) October 27, 2014
I digested the psychology research on violent extremists -- http://t.co/7AO2IJV5kz— Christian Jarrett (@Psych_Writer) October 28, 2014
UCSD professors research and improve voting among 'unlikely' voters--increasing electorate diversity. http://t.co/DVxh9WLrgS— Political Traps (@PoliticalTraps) October 27, 2014