Category Archives: Personality Psychology

What You Didn’t Know About Your Boss: Possession of Power Changes How the Brain Responds to Others

It is often observed that power can change people. But why is that? A new study by Hogeveen and colleagues (2013) examined this. In short, the study shows that power changes how the brain operates at a very fundamental level. It seems to change the neurological basis for empathy. Continue reading

From Where Do We Get Our Morality? From Religion or Intuition?

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Purzycki (2013) has compared two cultures with different religions (American Christians and Buddhist-animist Tyvans). The author wanted to examine cross-cultural variations in the representations of their gods, and how these relate to (religious) prosociality. Continue reading

Study: Attitudes About Celebrities Are Fairly Stable Over Time

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Many people worship celebrities, but is this tendency stable over time? This would mean that certain types of people consistently worship celebrities. Indeed, some people have been termed celebrity worshipers. Continue reading

Psychological Myopia: The Tendency to Think Short-Sightedly

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Psychological myopia refers to the tendency in decision makers to focus on information immediately related to their judgment and to ignore other, less prominent, pieces of information. Continue reading

What Types of People Do Extreme Sports?

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Kupciw & MacGregor (2012) define high-risk sports as activities that imply a possibility of injury or death, and in order to minimize the risks associated with the sport, specialized equipment is often needed. Continue reading

What is the Evidence for Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

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This post sums up the theory of multiple intelligences and considers it in the light of evidence. So, is it true that people have multiple intelligences?

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Early Signs of Extraordinary Abilities Predict Success

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Kell and colleagues (2013) published a longitudinal study on highly gifted individuals. The authors wanted to examine whether the talents of these individuals predicted their future success such as work and study accomplishments. Continue reading

An Exploration of the Differences Between Early Birds and Night Owls

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Why is it that some people prefer to stay up until late in the evening, and others go to bed early? Do you consider yourself an early bird or a night owl? Continue reading