Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
Jun 09, 2017

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI June 9, 2017

by Annie Drinkard
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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus a few news stories and tweets worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

On the Blogs

Michael GIll writes on the Blame Lab's recent studies that attempt to answer the question, "How can blame be civilized toward those who offend intentionally and without justification, and who are perceived as having normal choice-making capacities?"
Sandra Baez and her colleagues offer insight based on their tests of 66 incarcerated paramilitary terrorists in Colombia, finding that the most striking group difference concerned moral judgments on 24 different scenarios.  
Selin Malkoc disccuses the relationship between happiness, experiecnes, and material goods.
You're Not Going to Change Your Mind via Gray Matter
Persuasion comes from motivation, not information. Don't change people's beliefs; change what they WANT to believe.

In the News

What Drives Gun Ownership? via The News Press (video)
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On Twitter


In SPSP's News Center

U.S. Handgun Ownership Motivated by Two Main Forces
New psychological theoretical framework suggest U.S. handgun ownership motivated by combination of fear of crime and a general sense that the world is an unpredictable dangerous place.


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