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  • March 6, 2017
  • 12:46 AM

If Collectivists like Social Groups, and Cities are Social Groups, do Collectivists like Cities?

by Mark Rubin in Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

Do you like the place where you live? Maybe its got great architecture, its clean and crime free, the housing is cheap, and/or the nightlife is good? But maybe your liking for the place is also related to something else - your own tendency to identify with social groups? In some recent research, my colleagues and I investigated this issue by considering the relations between collectivism, city identification, and city evaluation.Collectivism is a sociocultural orientation towards perceiving the ........ Read more »

  • March 11, 2011
  • 10:29 AM

Flower Power! New Study shows Plants can Boost Your Brain Power!

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Do you ever struggle to concentrate? You’re probably not alone. If you, like millions of us, spend the day working at a computer screen – then you will now that distactions are aplenty. The internet has been widely blamed for undermining our attention spans, and using social networking sites like Facebook seems to be costing businesses millions [...]... Read more »

Raanaas, R., Evensen, K., Rich, D., Sjøstrøm, G., & Patil, G. (2011) Benefits of indoor plants on attention capacity in an office setting. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31(1), 99-105. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2010.11.005  

  • November 5, 2009
  • 05:20 PM

What's the best way to take a study break?

by Dave Munger in Cognitive Daily

Greta and I did our undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, or as a commonly-sold T-shirt on campus put it, "where fun goes to die." To say that Chicago didn't emphasize academics over a social life is to deny that people literally lived in the library (a full-scale campsite was found behind one of the stairwells in the stacks; students had been living there for months). It's not that the administration didn't try to encourage its students to socialize. The library did close at 10 p......... Read more »

  • April 24, 2009
  • 04:47 AM

Classroom lighting could be harming pupils' performance

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Lighting conditions in UK classrooms could be needlessly harming children's school performance, psychologists have claimed. Mark Winterbottom and Arnold Wilkins assessed 90 classrooms in 11 secondary schools across the UK during the Summer of 2006.Past research has shown that fluorescent lights that flicker imperceptibly at a rate of 100Hz are harmful to mental performance. They're easily replaced by more efficient and less harmful lights, yet Winterbottom and Wilkins found 20 per cent of classr........ Read more »

Winterbottom, M., & Wilkins, A. (2009) Lighting and discomfort in the classroom. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29(1), 63-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2008.11.007  

  • October 17, 2008
  • 02:00 AM

When thoughts of death turn to environmentalism

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Reminding people of their own mortality can either turn them off environmentalism or reinforce their commitment to it, depending on how important the cause was to them in the first place. That's according to Matthew Vess and Jamie Arndt who asked 57 students to think about what will happen when they die, or to imagine physical pain (this served as a non-morbid control condition).After completing an irrelevant distraction task, the students next read an article about a lawsuit concerning a city c........ Read more »

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