Social Psychology

Interacting with people on Facebook could result in greater levels of anxiety when eventually meeting those individuals face-to-face, particularly among those who are already socially anxious.
Having a dual ethno-national identification could influence how people feel about taking political action on behalf of minority religious groups, according to a study published in the British Psychological Society's British Journal of Social Psych
Many studies have shown that people tend to exaggerate their own positive characteristics and abilities. A popular example is the finding that most drivers think they are a better-than-average driver. 
The results of a new study have provided some fascinating insights into paranoia and how helping people to feel more confident could assist them in overcoming it.
An analysis of girls' performances in 12 US school chess tournaments has found they tend to underperform when playing against boys.
As a tragedy unfolds, only the callous or gauche would joke about it. Yet with time, topics previously off limits come to be seen as fair game for humour.
The 2014 conference theme is 'The personal and the political in social psychology' .
A new study has discovered that when someone perceives another person as trustworthy, they begin to see this individual's face as more similar to their own.
People are more likely to lie during the afternoon than in the morning, new research has suggested.
If we ask someone to do something unethical, we underestimate what a difficult position we've put them in. New research suggests that to avoid social discomfort, many people will agree to perform a bad deed rather than say no.
People who are not used to being in a position of power are more likely to show signs of vengefulness when placed in charge of situations in which they perceive wrongdoing, a new study has found.
The social dynamic of a reluctant non-drinker coerced to join in with the drinking majority will be familiar to many readers.
Getting involved with a charity or good cause on social media may make people less likely to actually donate money or other resources to it, according to
Myths abound regarding the behaviour of crowds in emergencies.
Depressive symptoms among mothers of low-income families are not eased through marriage or neighbourly support.
Consuming has become a lifestyle and is no longer a requirement for survival.
If you want people to see you as trustworthy, try apologising for situations outside of your control such as the rain or a transport delay.
Trust is reduced in small groups when money comes into the equation.
People who engage in social giving tend to feel better as a result, new research has indicated.
People often do nothing when faced with a situation that requires them to make a proactive decision.
People who cheat often feel upbeat as a consequence, so long as their actions did not result in anybody getting hurt.
People who are anxious believe they have and need more personal space, new research has suggested.
The Social Psychology Section is part of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is a non-profit-making educational and professional organisation for psychologists in the UK.
Shaking hands with a cheat or thief, or merely sitting in a chair they used, is likely to make you experience feelings of guilt.
A psychologist has been working with a theatre company to cast light on the origins of civil unrest. How to Start a Riot is the first show from the theatre company Worklight. Its members spent a year researching source material on crowd psychology and developing the work through writing workshops.
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