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When Neutral is Harmful

Emotion researchers often examine the divergent effects of two or more emotions on behavior. Such research designs involve inducing emotion states in groups of participants and comparing the average response on a behavioral measure across groups. For example, one might…

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Expert seeking babies!

4-year olds take into account someone’s expertise (i.e., their previous success) when choosing whom to copy (Einav & Robinson, 2011), which is consistent with previous work showing 12-month-old infants preferentially look toward experts when seeking information (Stenberg, 2009). We already…

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Why are people neurotic?

Psychologists have long thought of neuroticism as a fundamentally maladaptive personality trait. Neurotics experience a preponderance of negative emotions, get sick frequently, and tend to lack satisfying interpersonal relationships. In short, neuroticism seems devoid of any redeeming value. An evolutionary…

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Pride Displays and Power at SPSP

Jason Martens, “An Emotion-Based Learning Bias: Does the Pride Expression Cue Expertise?,” in a symposium chaired by Jason and Jess on “Pride, Power, and Social-Status: The Impact of Expanded Posture on Self and Others.” Other speakers: Dana Carney, Li Huang,…

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