Social Psychology News
December 8, 2019

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DNA Data Offers Scientific Look at 500 Years of Extramarital Sex in Western Europe

Researchers have put DNA evidence together with long-term genealogical data to explore questions of biological fatherhood on a broad scale among ... read more

Pyschologists Analyze Language to Categorize Human Goals

The researchers say human goals can be broadly categorized in terms of four goals: 'prominence,' 'inclusiveness,' 'negativity prevention' and ... read more

At What Age Is It Considered Child Neglect to Leave a Child Home Alone?

A majority of social workers surveyed believe children should be at least 12 before being left home alone four hours or longer, and they are more likely to consider a home-alone scenario as neglect ... read more

Overall Time on Social Media Is Not Related to Teen Anxiety and Depression

New research found that the amount of time spent on social media is not directly increasing anxiety or depression in ... read more
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Firefighters Can Ease One Another's Job Stress, but Loving Spouses May Increase It

Strong same-sex friendships among male firefighters can help cut down on their stress -- but loving relationships with their wives may increase anxiety for those who constantly face danger, according ... read more

Flame-Retardant Exposure Increases Anxiety, Affects Social Behaviors in Prairie Vole

New research shows that early life exposure to a commonly used flame-retardant mixture increases anxiety and affects socioemotional behaviors in prairie voles, particularly in ... read more

Army Researcher Promotes Cooperation Between Humans, Autonomous Machines

The trust between humans and autonomous machines is a research priority -- as machines become integral to society, it is critical to understand the impact on human ... read more

Humans' Ability to Read Dogs' Facial Expressions Is Learned, Not Innate

Researchers assessed how experience with dogs affects humans' ability to recognize dog emotions. Participants who grew up in a cultural context with a dog-friendly attitude were more proficient ... read more

Strained Family Relations and Worsening of Chronic Health Conditions

Strained relationships with parents, siblings or extended family members may be more harmful to people's health than a troubled relationship with a significant other, according to a new ... read more

What Your Friends' Brains Look Like When They Think of You

If you ever wondered what's going on in your friends' brains when they think about you, new research may provide a clue. It turns out that the brain activity patterns found in your ... read more

Scientists Should Have Sex and Gender on the Brain

Thinking about sex and gender would help scientists improve their research, a new article ... read more

Planning to Avoid Temptations Helps in Goal Pursuit

Proactively planning to manage temptations may be more effective than simply responding to temptation when it arises, researchers ... read more

Whether Direct or Indirect, Parental Alienation Harms Families

In one particular form of family violence, a parent tries to damage a child's relationship with the other parent. The outcome of these behaviors is called parental alienation, and it can result ... read more

Cynical Social Media Voices Can Erode Trust in News Media

Amid rising concerns about low public trust in mainstream media institutions, a new study found that real-life and online social interactions can strongly influence a person's trust in ... read more

Too Real, or Too Fake? Female Instagram Influencers in 'Authenticity Bind'

Female Instagram influencers -- whose livelihoods depend on their numbers of followers, views and likes - endure criticism and harassment both for being too real and for seeming too fake, according ... read more

Faith, Truth and Forgiveness: How Your Brain Processes Abstract Thoughts

Researchers have leveraged machine learning to interpret human brain scans, allowing the team to uncover the regions of the brain behind how abstract concepts, like justice, ethics and consciousness, ... read more

Power of Family Resilience to Protect Children from Bullying

Studies show that children exposed to childhood trauma known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at increased risk of being bullied or bullying others. New research suggests that family ... read more

For Better Research Results, Let Mice Be Mice

Animal models can serve as gateways for understanding many human communication disorders, but a new study suggests that the established practice of socially isolating mice for such purposes might ... read more

Schools Have Critical Role to Play in Supporting Adolescents Fleeing Armed Conflict

Education is known to be highly important for migrant children, yet relatively little is known about the diversity of associated school-based programs and their likely value in supporting the mental ... read more

Mindfulness Meditation Enhances Positive Effects of Psilocybin

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the clinical application of classic psychedelics in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Researchers have now shown that mindfulness ... read more

Prisoner's Dilemma Game Reveals Cooperation Leads to Leadership

Game theory has historically studied cooperation and hierarchy, and has sought to explain why individuals cooperate, even though they might be better off not to do so. Researchers now use a ... read more

Class Bias in Hiring Based on Few Seconds of Speech

Candidates at job interviews expect to be evaluated on their experience, conduct, and ideas, but a new study provides evidence that interviewees are judged based on their social status seconds after ... read more

Your Healthcare Provider's Expectations on Whether a Treatment Works May Impact Its Effectiveness

If a doctor expects a treatment to be successful, a patient may experience less pain and have better outcomes, according to a new study. The findings reveal how social interactions between ... read more

Mothers' Behavior Influences Bonding Hormone Oxytocin in Babies

A new epigenetic study now suggests that mothers' behavior can also have a substantial impact on their children's developing oxytocin ... read more

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