Social Psychology

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Astrologers need more scientific evidence to support the points they are making, suggests a Society member. 
Forming close friendships can bring both psychological and physiological benefits, new research has suggested.
People who treat time as money may find that their well-being is undermined as a result, new research has suggested.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics mean that 2012 promises to be “the year of Britishness”, says Society Fellow Professor Dominic Abrams.
A study reported on our Research Digest suggests there are meaningful differences in the personality profiles of people who useTwitter and Facebo
Some men are able to manage their emotional manhood, which helps them covey a social identity to others, new research has suggested.
Group settings can serve to diminish expressions of intelligence, new research has suggested.
Social interactions can feel like walking a tight-rope, an excruciating pit of embarrassment always just one tiny misstep away. 
Gossip can bring psychological benefits and have positive outcomes, new research has found.
Good friends will often lie in order to help a mate save face.
More women than ever go out to work and yet surveys in western countries show that wives continue to take on the lion's share of domestic chores.
Psychologists have identified an important reason why our insight into our own psyches is so poor.
"Changing Social Psychology? Theory and Research in a Transforming World" Welcome to the Social Psychology Section Annual Conference 2012 Website. Keynote Speakers This year's Keynote Speakers are:
Mums and dads shouldn't strive to be the perfect parents they believe society expects them to be.
Feeling as though we belong is important for our mental and physical wellbeing. Social exclusion hurts and it darkens our mood.
It appears the old adage 'it's better to give than to receive' holds some scientific weight.
Consumers who perceive themselves to be of a lower socio-economic status will often choose larger food portions in a bid to show they are of a higher standing, new research has suggested.
Both personal and societal factors play a role in a person's binge drinking habits, new research has suggested.
Fear-inducing road safety advertisements showing horrific car crashes may be unlikely to reduce the likelihood of speeding, drink-driving or other risky driving for some road users according to research led by Rachel Carey.
Student unrest in London last November and December was not caused by the police using less confrontational tactics but by a failure to implement those tactics thoroughly.
Problematic video gaming could be disruptive for work performance, increasing the likelihood that gamers miss work or classes and reducing their effort if they do turn up.
Receiving frequent messages on Facebook could help students who are about to begin university in the next few weeks and feeling in need of support. During the first term at university, Facebook users who receive more messages and comments from fellow users feel less stressed, and have greater self-esteem and feelings of well-being, than those receiving fewer messages and comments.
Around 180 psychologists are taking part in the Annual Conference of the Society’s Social Psychology Section at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, next week.
Gossip might be the social glue that binds us, but prolific proponents of tittle-tattle should beware - gossipers are perceived not just as unlikeable but also as lacking social influence.
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