Social Psychology News

Workplace Bullying a Taboo Problem

November 23rd, 2014
Approximately 35 percent of employees in the United States report being the target of a bully at work, and they tend to keep it to themselves, according to new research at Iowa State University. “Many of the participants felt no one would believe ...

Rejecting Unsuitable Suitors Easier Said Than Done

November 22nd, 2014
New research shows that it’s easier to reject an unsuitable romantic partner in a hypothetical situation, but not so easy in a face-to-face encounter. “When actually faced with a potential date, we don't like to reject a person and make them feel bad, ...

Don’t Like Your Boss? Don’t Fake It

November 22nd, 2014
Don’t particularly like your boss? A new study shows that it’s counterproductive to “fake it.” In fact, your job performance can actually improve once you and your boss see eye-to-eye about your relationship. “Seeing eye-to-eye about the employee-supervisor relationship is equally -- if ...

PreSchool Sleep Deficits Up Risk of Obesity

November 21st, 2014
A new study suggests the majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night. Researchers believe the sleep deficits place the children at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year. Investigators also suggest ...

Additional Education Brings Potential for Stress

November 21st, 2014
Obtaining a degree is usually associated with a better salary and improved control over one’s life. However, gaining prestige and moving up the financial ladder comes with a price. In a new study, professor Scott Schieman, Canada Research Chair in the Social Contexts ...

Early Puberty May Put Teens at Risk for Depression

November 20th, 2014
New research suggests kids who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression. Both genders are at risk, although depression typically develops differently in girls than in boys, said University of Illinois researchers. "Investigators believe their findings show that early ...

Creativity Spurred by Small Feelings of Entitlement

November 20th, 2014
New research finds temporary feelings of privilege or entitlement can boost creativity. The perception of entitlement is usually considered a negative trait similar to narcissism or conceit. Prior studies have found that those who feel entitled are less likely to help others or apologize. ...

Mindfulness + Cognitive Therapy = Less Prenatal Depression Risk

November 20th, 2014
Mindfulness techniques combined with cognitive therapy have been shown to reduce the risk of depression relapse among pregnant women. Mindfulness approaches include meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga while cognitive therapy challenges and alters maladaptive thoughts and feelings. University of Colorado, Boulder researchers found pregnant ...

Emotional Intelligence Can Boost Income

November 20th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that emotional sensitivity toward employees and colleagues may be the ticket to earning more money. The international study, led by Dr. Gerhard Blickle of the Department of Psychology at the University of Bonn, discovered the "ability to recognize emotions" affects ...

Social Network Games Can Enhance Family Ties

November 19th, 2014
Playing games on a social media site may actually improve communication among family members of all ages. In a new study, researchers discovered online games like CityVille are being played multi-generationally within families. "These interactions prove social networks are tools that break down ...