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Friendships, Vaccines, and Impressions: Upcoming Studies in SPPS

 

While many scientists explore what people have in common, several studies publishing online to Social Psychological and Personality Science show us how differences help us understand individuals.

The company you keep: Personality and friendship characteristics, Michael Laakasuo; Anna Rotkirch, Venla Berg, Markus Jokela

Cognitive Ability Varies, but Prejudice is Universal

When it comes to prejudice, it does not matter if you are smart or not, or conservative or liberal, each group has their own specific biases. In a recent study, psychologists show that low cognitive ability (i.e., intelligence, verbal ability) was not a consistent predictor of prejudice. Cognitive ability, whether high or low, only predicts prejudice towards specific groups. The results are published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

How to Make an Insecure Person Believe You Genuinely Care About Them

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Asking the simple question “How was your day?” improves feelings of care for people who have a hard time trusting that others love them.

If Others Are Conspiring, Then Why Should I Be Well-Behaved?

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If you have recently fallen under the grip of a conspiracy theory, you may be more likely to engage in a petty crime in the future.

People with History of Casual Sex May Struggle More in Committed Relationships

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Although sex is a central feature of committed, romantic relationships, some people desire uncommitted, “no strings attached” sex, which can spell trouble for their marriages.

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