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COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories: Who Believes These Bonkers Stories?

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A world-wide study takes a look at the kinds of people who tend to believe conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

The Persuasive Power of “You”

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Something as seemingly minor as a pronoun can affect people’s judgments of the right way to act.

To Change Moral Opinions, Use Moral Arguments

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Opinions that are based on moral principles can be very difficult to change, unless persuasive messages make a moral argument.

Following the Growing Crowd Toward Environmental Sustainability

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People are unlikely to conform to a small group… unless the small group is growing, and this fact can be used to promote pro-environmental behavior.

Wearing Luxury Brands Might Give the Wrong Impression

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Luxury brands are highly sought-after status symbols, but they may be making you less likeable and employable.

Conducting the Milgram Experiment in Poland, Psychologists Show People Still Obey

A replication of one of the most widely known obedience studies, the Stanley Milgram experiment, shows that even today, people are still willing to harm others in pursuit of obeying authority.

The title is direct, “Would you deliver an electric shock in 2015?” and the answer, according to the results of this replication study, is yes. Social psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland replicated a modern version of the Milgram experiment and found results similar to studies conducted 50 years earlier.

Funny or Offensive? Reactions to Online Disparaging Humor

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What you see as acceptable humor is affected by what your (social media) friends and networks think.

What Happens When We Evaluate Others?

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In the present climate of divisiveness and inter-group hostility, few attitude objects are as topical as other people. How we evaluate others, especially those from different groups (racial, political, class, etc.), can be consequential for a whole host of outcomes. At this year’s attitudes pre-conference, held a day before the official start of The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) annual convention, attitudes toward other people was center stage.

Young Children Learn About Prejudice by Instruction, Older Children by Experience

For a 6-year-old, one of the most powerful educational tools may be direct instruction, according to new research on how children learn about prejudice.