psychology Archive

Using the science of group conflict to understand Trump's campaign

In Five Beliefs That Propel Groups Toward Conflict, published in American Psychologist, a pair of researchers lay out the five beliefs that, when transmitted by leaders to their followers, creates a “group conflict” that propels the group forward. The five beliefs are: 1. Confidence in one’s superiority 2. Claims of unjust treatment 3. Fears of vulnerability 4. Distrust …

"Power Poses" are bullshit

In 2010, three psychologists published a paper on “power poses”, with their finding that people who adopted “power poses” — think of superheroes on skyscrapers — felt more powerful and took more risks. One of those authors, Harvard’s Amy Cuddy, has done a TED Talk about power posing that’s garnered more than 35,000,000 views and has been part of a successful career built …

Circuitry found linking cerebral cortex to body's stress response

Our autonomic nervous system influences internal organs and governs key functions such as heart rate, digestion, and temperature regulation. Psychosomatic diseases are those without clear physical basis, and are presumed to have a mental component. They are often viewed with suspicion by modern medicine because a neural link between brain areas of cognitive function and the autonomic nervous system has been lacking. Until now. In a paper appearing in …

The Creative Architect – An iconic '50s creativity study finally comes to light in book form

See sample pages from this book at Wink. In 1958 and ’59, an unprecedented study was conducted by the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research at the University of California, Berkeley. The idea was to apply the latest psychological tests on the world’s most famous and accomplished architects to try and determine what makes them so creative and successful. In studying them, could some …