In this week’s #GeekReads: how fear distorts perception; why so many social psychologists are liberal; how character traits affect future social decisions; standing up against racism; introvert-extrovert hybrids.
Panicked populace. New research suggests that we tend to exaggerate threats when fear is involved. From Michael Todd via Pacific Standard.
No man is an island. A social psychologist discusses the alluring but incomplete theory of the radically independent homo libertus. From The Conversation via Psy Post.
Character judgment. When it comes to future social decisions, our impressions of another person’s character may trump our assessment of how they might benefit us. From James Devitt via Futurity.
Bystander action. We as a community have a powerful role in mitigating the harm caused by “everyday racism.” From Emma Thomas & Anne Pedersen via Business Insider.
Ambivert. Somewhere between an introvert and extrovert lies a hybrid, the ambivert, who embodies characteristics from both groups. From Jesse Singal via Science of Us.
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