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Ideology, Psychology, and Free Speech

Posted on May 7, 2014

From Today’s New York Times, here is a brief excerpt from an article about a revealing new study, co-authored by Lee Epstein. In cases raising First Amendment claims, a new study found, Justice Scalia voted to uphold the free speech rights of conservative speakers at more than triple the rate of liberal ones. In 161 cases […]

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Nalini Ambady, Stanford psychology professor, dies at 54

Posted on November 2, 2013

By Bjorn Carey (Stanford News) Nalini Ambady, a Stanford professor of psychology, died Oct. 28 after a long battle with leukemia. Her passing followed a yearlong, worldwide effort by family, friends and students to find a bone marrow donor match. She was 54. A distinguished social psychologist, Ambady was well known for her research showing […]

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The Gendered Situation of Smiling

Posted on February 27, 2013

By Soledad de Lemus, Russell Spears, & Miguel Moya wrote a terrific post on SPSP Blog about the mystery and meaning of the smile.  Here are some excerpts: We  smile when we feel happy, but smiles are more than just the outward display of an inner emotion. We are far more likely to smile when […]

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The Gendered Situation of Math, Humanities, and Romance

Posted on June 16, 2011

From the Boston Globe: Psychologists have found that being stereotyped can subconsciously alter behavior. For example, subtle stereotypes of women being weaker in math and science can create a self-fulfilling prophecy, undermining women’s math and science aptitude. According to a new study, though, even supposedly innocent aspects of daily life can have a similar effect. […]

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The Gendered Situation of Decision-Making Under Stress

Posted on June 6, 2011

From Science Daily: Stress causes men and women to respond differently to risky decision making, with men charging ahead for small rewards and women taking their time, according to a new study in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, published by Oxford University Press. Under stress, men and women also have different brain activation patterns during […]

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Ideological Bias in Social Psychology?

Posted on March 2, 2011

On January 27th, moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt gave a provocative talk at the annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  His presentation has since received a lot of press (including John Tierney’s New York Times article on the talk). Edge has posted a version of Haidt’s talk as well as a variety of […]

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Journal of Applied Social Psychology (February)

Posted on February 26, 2011

Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Volume 41, Issue 2 (February 2011) © Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Original Articles Gender Versus Gender Role in Attributions of Blame for a Sexual Assault, Arnold S. Kahn, Kimberly A. Rodgers, Charley Martin, Kiah Malick, Jamie Claytor, Maria Gandolfo, Rebecca Seay, Jacklyn R. McMillan and Ellen Webne Reviewers and the Detection […]

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The Gendered Situation of Recommendation Letters

Posted on January 3, 2011

From Rice University: A recommendation letter could be the chute in a woman’s career ladder, according to ongoing research at Rice University. The comprehensive study shows that qualities mentioned in recommendation letters for women differ sharply from those for men, and those differences may be costing women jobs and promotions in academia and medicine. Funded […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Distribution, Education, Implicit Associations, Social Psychology | 6 Comments »

Examining the Gendered Situation of Harvard Business School

Posted on May 5, 2010

Julia Brau, Paayal Desai, Alexandra Germain, Akmaral Omarova, Jung Paik,  and Julie Sandler are all students at Harvard Business School (HBS) who last week published a thoughtful article in their student newspaper The Harbus.  With potential lessons and relevance for many institutions, the piece discusses recent efforts  to understand and address sources of gender discrepancies […]

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The Nerdy, Gendered Situation of Computer Science

Posted on February 1, 2010

From University of Washington News (by Joel Schwarz): * * * In real estate, it’s location, location, location. And when it comes to why girls and women shy away from careers in computer science, a key reason is environment, environment, environment. The stereotype of computer scientists as nerds who stay up all night coding and […]

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The Gendered Situation of Chess

Posted on July 10, 2009

From ChessBase News:  “Normally knowing your enemy is an advantage. Not so in chess games between the sexes. In a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Volume 38, Issue 2 (March/April 2008) (pdf here), Anne Maass, Claudio D’Ettole, Mara Cadinu, Dr Anne Maass (et al.) pitted male and female players against each […]

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The Situation of Gender and Science

Posted on June 28, 2009

Rachana Dixit wrote a worthwhile article in Daily Progress summarizing recent research illustrating the implicit links between gender and science.  Here are some excerpts. * * * A new study has found that both men and women hold unspoken stereotypes that males are more easily linked with science than females. The work’s authors say the […]

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Yale Conference – The Evolution of Social Psychology

Posted on October 25, 2008

Yale Hosts An Exploration Of The Roots Of Social Psychology How do we make moral decisions, pick friends and lovers, and develop empathy for the feelings of others? An international group of renowned scientists who study the behavior of mankind’s closest relatives will try to answer these and other fundamental questions at the Evolution of […]

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Gender Images and Implicit Attitudes

Posted on April 27, 2008

A new study from three social psychologists at the University of Granada in Spain examines how our minds categorize implicit attitudes about the two genders. Soledad de Lemus Martín, Miguel Moya Morales, and Juan Lupiáñez Castillo studied how an image of man connects to implicit attitudes relating to competence, while an image of a woman […]

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Journal of Personality & Social Psychology – Articles of Interest

Posted on February 27, 2008

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology * * * Volume 94, Issue 2 * * * Sex differences in mate preferences revisited: Do people know what they initially desire in a romantic partner? In paradigms in which participants state their ideal romantic-partner preferences or examine vignettes and photographs, men value physical attractiveness more than women […]

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The Gendered Situation of Science & Math

Posted on December 15, 2007

In the wake of President Lawrence Summers’s remarks suggesting that the gender gap in math, science, and engineering may reflect innate abilities, social scientists from many fields have taken to researching and writing about the sources of that gap. (Summers’s comments and and some of the resultant research are briefly discussed here.) This month’s Scientific […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Education, Implicit Associations, Life, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Talk about Gender Myths . . .

Posted on October 14, 2007

Some people talk about talking, and some people get out there and just do it. And then there is that very select few who actually study talking. Matthias Mehl, a psychologist at the University of Arizona, and two of his collaborators are examples of that last group, and they have a fascinating new article in […]

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Thanksgiving as “System Justification”

Posted on November 26, 2013

This post was first published on November 21, 2007. Thanksgiving has many associations — struggling Pilgrims, crowded airports, autumn leaves, heaping plates, drunken uncles, blowout sales, and so on. At its best, though, Thanksgiving is associated with, well, thanks giving. The holiday provides a moment when many otherwise harried individuals leading hectic lives decelerate just […]

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Mahzarin Banaji on “Group Love”

Posted on November 17, 2013

From Yale News (by Phoebe Kimmelman): On Thursday evening, Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji delivered a talk entitled “Group Love” where she demonstrated that the audience held an implicit bias for Yale over Princeton. Banaji, who worked as a professor of psychology at Yale from 1986-2002 before taking a similar post at Harvard, focused in her […]

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Posted in Emotions, Implicit Associations, Morality, Neuroscience, Situationist Contributors | 1 Comment »

2013 SPSP Awards

Posted on October 11, 2013

From SPSP Website: September 18, 2013 – When you pass by a stranger in need of help, do you stop to lend a hand? Maybe not… A landmark 1973 study found that seminary students in a hurry were less likely to help someone in distress, even when they were on their way to deliver a […]

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