Social Psychology News

When Do We Turn to Superstition and Charms?

January 25th, 2015
Many people seem to have a lucky charm, maybe a lucky pair of socks or a piece of jewelry. New research shows that we are more likely to turn to superstitions or a lucky charm to achieve a performance goal rather than a ...

Cyberstalking Worse Than Stalking?

January 25th, 2015
In a new study, researchers explored and compared the experiences of people who had been victims of stalking or cyberstalking (harassing or threatening via the Internet). They found that victims of cyberstalking had to engage in more 'self-protective' behaviors, pay higher out-of-pocket ...

Low-Income Boys Fare Worse in Wealthier Neighborhoods

January 24th, 2015
Boys from low-income families who grow up alongside wealthier neighbors tend to fare worse, not better, according to a new 12-year study from Duke University. In fact, the greater the economic gap between the boys and their neighbors, the worse the outcome. “Our ...

Okay to Cheat at Home but Not Okay to Cheat on the Field?

January 23rd, 2015
As the nation attempts to rebound from the latest sports ethics controversy, emerging research reviews public perceptions of on-the field ethics as compared to public opinion on interpersonal or moral behavior. In the research, University of Michigan investigators attempt to explain why ...

Email Pfishing Schemes Lure with Personal Information

January 23rd, 2015
New research finds that email phishing scams contain personal information presented in a manner that provokes a response. In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University at Buffalo have found evidence that the incredible spread of email schemes is ...

Twitter Words May Predict A Region’s Risk of Heart Disease

January 22nd, 2015
The belief that social media platforms would improve the assessment of a community’s health or well-being has been promised for years. A new study suggests the prophecy may have been fulfilled as researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discover that Twitter can capture more ...

Losing Weight — And New Friends — In Support Group

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggests that while being in a support group may help you lose weight, you may lose your new friends as you approach your weight goals. Investigators reviewed popular weight loss groups and discovered that while the group setting is an ideal ...

Viewing Job Search as Opportunity Improves Success

January 22nd, 2015
For many, a New Year's resolution involves finding a different career path. While searching for a job usually is not seen as exciting, new research finds that those who can look at the process as a self-growth opportunity will have more success finding ...

Sometimes it is Okay to Ignore Your Boss

January 21st, 2015
While most of us have been trained to never retaliate against a supervisor, a new study suggests a passive-aggressive response may be beneficial for some circumstances. Ohio State researchers found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off ...

Strong Social Support Aids Physical and Mental Health

January 21st, 2015
Canadian researchers have determined that a strong support network can actually make you healthier. Jean-Philippe Gouin, Ph.D., a Concordia University psychology professor, followed a group of international students who experienced major social change following a move to Montreal. Gouin found that those who managed ...