Why modest goals are so appealing.

Apparently achieving a small incremental goal is perceived as easier—and more satisfying—than maintaining the status quo. This surprising finding, contrasts with the popular belief that no change is easier than any change.

What the researchers say: “When evaluating goal difficulty, our brain first considers the gap between the starting point and the desired state.… [read more]

People link body shapes with personality traits

When we meet new people, our first impressions of their personality may depend, at least in part, on their body shape, according to research published in Psychological Science.

What the researchers say: “Our research shows that people infer a wide range of personality traits just by looking at the physical features of a particular body,” said the lead author.… [read more]

Severity of crime increases jury’s belief in guilt.

The more severe a crime, the more evidence you should have to prove someone did it. But a new study, appearing in Nature Human Behavior, has shown that the type of alleged crime can increase jurors’ confidence in guilt.

What the researchers say: “If the crime is more serious or more heinous, jurors are more likely to be convinced by the same amount of evidence,” said lead study author.… [read more]

Fear of disloyalty drives bias against bicultural immigrants

Fear of immigrants seems to be the dominant feeling exploited by so many politicians from Boris Johnson in the UK to Victor Orban in Hungary and to DT in the US (to name but a few). Recently scientists have been taking a closer look at the reasons that we are so afraid of those who are different to us.… [read more]

Trust others, live longer!

Do you trust other people? Trusting may prolong your life. According to a new study people who trust others live longer and those who do not risk trusting die sooner. This fascinating study is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.… [read more]

The secret to being more likeable on first dates and job interviews

People who need to make a good impression on dates or in job interviews should concentrate on communicating the hard work and effort behind their success, rather than just emphasizing their talent, new research from has found.

For the study published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, the researchers investigated how people relate their success on dates and job interviews, and whether the way they told it was successful with their audiences.… [read more]

Fewer psychopaths in the C-Suite?

The seemingly never-ending stream of corporate scandals over the past decades, from Enron and Worldcom to the recent US and Australian bank scandals, suggests that something is rotten in the brains of many corporate leaders. Many researchers place the blame on psychopaths, who are characteristically superficially charming but lack empathy, anxiety, or any sense of blame or guilt.… [read more]

Feminine leadership traits: Nice but expendable frills?

Despite expectations that stereotypically feminine leadership traits like communality will define 21st century leaders (see previous TRs), the higher up we look across different types of organizations, the fewer women we find.

A new study exploring this apparent contradiction reveals these communal leader traits—like  being tolerant and cooperative—are viewed as desirable but ultimately superfluous add-ons.… [read more]

Generous people make more money

What happens to those who behave unselfishly and make sacrifices for the sake of others? According to an international interdisciplinary study unselfish people tend both to have more children, and to have higher income, in comparison to more selfish people. The results are published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.… [read more]