Social Psychology

You sit down for a chat with a new acquaintance but before you're even started they've placed their phone carefully on the table in front of them. Why? Are they waiting for a call? Do they just enjoy marvelling at its chic plastic beauty?
People from working class backgrounds are more likely to prefer comedy-based theatre shows, new research has suggested.
The authors of a new paper have found that rates of corruption are higher in countries that tip more.
Campaigns to increase the level of happiness in Society could have the ironic effect, of making sad people feel sadder, suggests new research reported on our
Imaginative thinking can be bolstered when a person has been subjected to social rejection, new research has suggested.
The best way to continue the Olympic feel good factor is to get involved with a group activity.
Research first presented at the British Psychology Society's 2011 Annual Conference is still making news.
Poorer couples place just as much value on marriage as their more affluent counterparts, new research has suggested.
When it comes to cycling, different regions in the UK have varying attitudes.
Deliberate suggestion has the capacity to affect how a person behaves, new research has suggested.
The concept of being cool has changed over time, new research has suggested.
Pointy chins and downward eyebrows - characteristics often used to portray cartoon villains - can make people threatened, a new study has found.
New research from Aalto University and Turku PET Centre suggests that human feelings can be highly contagious - so much so that strong emotions might synchronise bra
The wearing of face veils (the niqab) by Muslim women has become a politically sensitive issue in recent years.
Frustration often causes people to grin, a new study has suggested.
People in the UK may be becoming more impatient when queuing up, it has been suggested.
What kind of profile picture do you have on Facebook? Is it a close-up shot of your lovely face with little background visible? Or is it zoomed out, so that you appear against a wider context?
The enactment of disgust is an inherently social event, argues a paper published in the British Journal of Social Psychology today.
Three Chartered Psychologists are running a session under the title ‘Going for Gold: Think like a winner’ at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 14 June. Professor David Lavallee, Marc Jones and Iain Greenlees will explore how athletes respond to and prepare for the stress of competition.
Most of us have done it - told someone their performance was great when it was in fact woeful. But whose ego were we protecting? Theirs or our own?
People who are rejected may be more likely to volunteer or give to a worthy cause, new findings have suggested.
Getting it wrong about the riots: why the official explanations and policy responses will only make things worse, a free Public Lecture by Professor Steve Reicher, a So
A new study reported on our Research Digest looks at the way people's emotional expressions can affect our own risk taking.
Bad moods can lead dieters to abandon their goals and eat something unhealthy in the hope it will improve their spirits, a study has found.
Astrologers need more scientific evidence to support the points they are making, suggests a Society member. 
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