Character  &  Context

In Case You Missed It March 31, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus a few news stories and tweets that might be worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

On the Blogs

 Cynthia Levine points out that what really matters in life is how you, not others, think you are doing via Character & Context

We thought that it might be good to subjectively perceive oneself as high status, provided that this perception was generally in line with the objective reality. In contrast, we thought that people who perceived themselves as high status, in the face of evidence to the contrary, might actually have worse health.

Zachary Rothschild and Lucas Keefer ask What motivates moral outrage? via @ConversationUS

Moral outrage has taken on a new visibility thanks in part to social media platforms that allow people to effortlessly share their anger with the world. In an age of 24-hour news cycles, the issues can range from coffee cups to war atrocities. As psychologists, we are particularly interested in understanding what research can tell us about the motives behind moral outrage.

In the News

Fake News Spreads Because People Trust Their Friends Too Much via The Science of US 

In a new study, “Who Shared It?: How Americans Decide What News to Trust on Social Media,” a group of researchers show the rather alarming extent to which Americans ignore the source of a given claim, focusing way more on the trustworthiness of the person sharing it. 

Bill Nye And The Science March’s White-Dude Drama via Buzzfeed

One month and four diversity statements after its launch, the March for Science is announcing three new figureheads: Bill Nye, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, and Mona Hanna-Attisha.

On Twitter

 Your Job Can't Be the Only Meaningful Thing in Your Life t.co/9nBLubrC9z via @thescienceofus

Linda RogersMarch 30, 2017

 

...but people don't get tenure based on blog page views - Sides (2 of 2) #cossa2017 #outreach #science - SPSPNews, March 29, 2017

Except maybe at the @MayoClinic where they now include social media in "scholarship activities" https://socialmedia.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-includes-social-media-scholarship-activities-in-academic-advancement/ …

 
 
 Not leadership material? Good. The world needs followers. t.co/WPBRZnpvhw

- NYT National News, March 24, 2017

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