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Mitt Romney and the Social Psychology of Dissent

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Mitt Romney correctly anticipated facing contempt for voting his conscience on the recent presidential impeachment. But history suggests his vote may have positive consequences.

How the Political Primary Season Creates Psychological Tribes

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What the number of dots on a screen, your taste in abstract art, and a boys’ summer camp can tell us about party division and unity.

Purposeful Citizens Make for Richer Societies

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Living an engaging life may not only help you but also your society.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI August 16, 2019

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Cabbage rolls, water bottles, and disappointment: See what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology in this week's ICYMI roundup.

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Showing Up and Showing Off

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Do professional athletes who’ve recently been traded have something to prove when they play against their old teammates? Yes, and they seem to use this to their advantage.

Friends with unexpected benefits – working with buddies can improve performance

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We routinely work together with other people. Often, we try to achieve shared goals in groups, whether as a team of firefighters or in a scientific collaboration. When working together, many people – naturally – would prefer doing so with others who are their friends. But, as much as we like spending time with our friends, is working with them in a group really good for our performance?

Why Do Groups Protect Immoral Group Members?

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When a fellow group member behaves immorally, some people may prioritize protecting their group over other moral principles. Who are those people?