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Explore some of the fascinating new research that came out of the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Does “Heart on Your Sleeve” Equal “See What You Get”?

We all know that people vary in how much they express themselves and their feelings. Some people can’t help but to be themselves. Transparency is this expression of the true self. But are the people that “wear their heart on their sleeves” the same people that we describe as “what you see is what you get”?

In her talk on emotion expression and perception, Marie-Catherine Mignault discussed her new research on accurate expression and perception of emotions and personality. Her main question: Do those who show their true personality also show their true emotions?

Beauty is in the Psychophysics of the Beholder

A power law is a relationship in which a relative change in one quantity, like length of side in a square, gives rise to a proportional relative change in another quantity (area), independent of the initial size of those quantities. This idea pops up across so many different domains from size of cities according to population, to word frequencies across languages, to learning (and forgetting!).

How Drawing Historical Parallels Influences Perceptions of the Present Day

In a piece for the NACLA Report on the Americas, The War on Drugs is the New Jim Crow, Graham Boyd wrote, “The war on drugs thus offers seamless continuity with the most shameful episodes of our past. Slaves were bound in plantations from which they could not escape. Now, it is prisons that deprive black men of their freedom.”

Where Women Store Fat On Their Bodies Impacts Their Mental Health And Well-Being Outcomes

Obesity affects over 2 billion people globally. The CDC reported that the prevalence rate of obesity in the U.S. reached 42.4% in 2017-2018.

Body fat impacts individuals far beyond their physical health.Numerous research studies have linked body fat with reduced mental health and well-being.

Researchers have found that how others see you mediates the relationship between body fat and one’s self-esteem. In other words, an individual with a higher body fat percentage may still have a high self-esteem if they do not believe society perceives them as being unattractive. 

Does Sharing Your Goals On Social Media Make You More Likely To Achieve Them?

From posting your workout of the day on Instagram (#BootyGains) to sharing your future plans with your relationship partner (#CoupleGoals), there is a lot of temptation to share your personal goals on social media. 

Wellness gurus and fitness bloggers seem to be divided between whether sharing goals on your social media sabotages you or holds you accountable.

Are you more likely to reach your goals if you share them publicly on your social media?

Intersectionality Influences Stereotypes of Individuals with Multiple Marginalized Identities

Studying demographic variables, such as race, gender, sexual orientation and religion, allows researchers to examine how these factors influence people in many ways. However, these elements often work together to impact individuals that hold more than one marginalized identity.

If They’re Happy, I’m Happy: Why Being Agreeable Increases Relationship Satisfaction

Ever wonder the justification behind the saying, “If they’re happy, then I’m happy?” How about the saying, “Happy wife, happy life?” Are these statements really true, and if they are, to what extent and why?

To Change or Not to Change: How Surnames Affect Marital Relationships

It is the most magical day some people grow up dreaming about. Everyone is fitted in their best outfit while waiting impatiently for hours that felt like days. Finally, the most awaited moment, the names of the couple are called upon and they answer…"Yes, Your Honor?”

What You Need to Know Before Using Social Media for Science Outreach

Social media has transformed the way we share science and interact with other professionals in our field.

Exploring Perceptions of Racial/Ethnic Groups Outside of a Majority White Population

As compared to the contiguous or conterminous United States, which refers to the 48 states on the North American continent, Hawai‘i does not have a majority White population. Instead, the racial breakdown of the state includes people that are mixed race, White, Filipino, Japanese, Hawai‘ian, Chinese, Korean, African American, Samoan, Other Pacific Islander and more.

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