The Focusing-Effect: Why We End Up Making the Wrong Decisions

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Making the right decisions is difficult for many reasons. The focusing-effect is one of them.

When we make decisions, we often get very focused on certain aspects of the decision. This article describes this tendency (=the focusing-effect) in detail and the research surrounding it. Continue reading

10 Factors that Influence Help-Seeking Behaviors

In the book Medical Sociology written by David Mechanic (1978), a thorough theory of help‐seeking behavior is provided. The theory emphasizes individual differences in help-seeking behaviors. In other words, why do some people seek help, while others don’t? Continue reading

A Study of 65,000 Participants Shows How People are Attachted to Their Partners

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How are people attached to their partners?

A study by Mickelson and colleagues (1997) examined 65,000 participants and their attachment styles, with an equal distribution of men and women. Continue reading

How Attachment Styles Affect Relationships

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Klohnen & Bera (1998) conducted a longitudinal study over a period of 31 years. 142 women were involved, and they were interviewed in a time interval of 10 years about their attachments to their respective partners, and their general experiences with relationships. Continue reading

Stress Scores for Different Life Events (The Social Readjustment Rating Scale)

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Holmes & Rahe (1967) created a social readjustment rating scale (SRRS), in which different life events result in different stress scores. Indeed, SRRS is one of the most well-known and researched measures of life event stress (Crandall, 1992). Continue reading

The Halo Effect: Why We Judge People From First Hand Impressions

The halo effect is a cognitive bias, and it represents the idea that overall impressions dominate the way we perceive others.

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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

Study: Your Self-Concept Influences Your Product Choices

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Taste evaluation is not solely based on the objectivity of food, such as the biological and innate preferences for special flavors etc. Individual and cultural differences in food preferences illuminate the role of subjectivity in taste evaluation. Continue reading