Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Eye-catching psychology studies that didn't make the final cut:

What can we learn about emotion by studying psychopathy? [open access]

Why do people attend science festivals?

A tread-mill study of high-heel expertise: "high-heel experts adapted walking regularity more flexibly to shoe type and cognitive load than novices". [open access]

"Ten undergraduate students from psychology classes were interviewed regarding their beliefs about the meaning of life"

"marriages that began on-line .... were slightly less likely to result in a marital break-up (separation or divorce) and were associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction"

Patients' preferences for how psychiatrists should introduce themselves at the first consultation.

People able to perform basic mathematical calculations are less likely to default on their sub-prime mortgages.

"individuals can perceive suicidality from facial appearance with accuracy that is significantly greater than chance guessing"(experienced mental health professionals performed no better than lay people).

"participants held more positive attitudes toward [faking online psychological tests] than faking offline, greater perceived behavioral control over cyberfaking than offline faking, and more favorable subjective norms toward cyberfaking compared to offline faking."

"cognitive differences between countries are getting smaller on a worldwide scale"

Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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