In this week’s #GeekReads: trustworthy faces; Inside Out‘s insights into emotional psychology; motivations for violence; psychological roots of partisanship; the effect of gray matter density on empathy.
Written on your face. Jonathan Freeman, director of NYU’s Social Cognitive & Neural Sciences Lab, discusses how our unconscious biases can impact our visual perception of other people. From James Devitt via Futurity.
Animated feelings. Pixar’s new film Inside Out is changing the way kids, and adults, name and discuss their emotions. From Ian Phillips via Business Insider
History of violence. In one author’s search to find what motivates violence, he discovers a unifying theme of moral sentiments aimed at regulating social relationships. From Tage Rai via Aeon.
Walking the party line. Research shows that only party supporters who are affectively and psychologically engaged show evidence of partisan bias. From Aarhus University via Psy Post.
Gray matter matters. Differences in brain structure may affect the types of situations we empathize with most. From Monica Joshi via Big Think.
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