The Propensity to Trust

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How Positive Feedback Helps Prevent Negative Outcomes

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Are Cultural Minorities Less (or More) Committed to their Organizations?

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Servant Leadership and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors

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One Morally Bankrupt Apple Spoils the Bunch…

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Children of parents who commit suicide

Children of parents who commit suicide are three times more likely to commit suicide themselves than children whose parents are living, finds an article in May’s Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Vol. 49, No. 5). Lead author Holly Wilcox, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and colleagues looked at records of 500,000 young people in Sweden who lost... Continue reading

Self-esteem drops after age 60.

Self-esteem peaks in men and women at age 60 but drops off precipitously after that, finds Ulrich Orth, PhD, at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Orth and colleagues surveyed 3,617 adults at four times from 1986 to 2002 on self-esteem measures and life circumstances. The researchers, who published their findings in April’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 98, No. 4),... Continue reading

Young adults who become problem drinkers

Young adults who use alcohol to cope with life’s pressures are more likely to become problem drinkers than those who use alcohol to heighten enjoyment, suggests research by Columbia University graduate student Andrew K. Littlefield and his colleagues. By analyzing data from nearly 500 college students, the researchers found that young adults whose motives for drinking trended toward coping... Continue reading

Testosterone may make people more likely to make moral choices

These choices take place based on strict cost-benefit analysis, rather than on emotional responses, suggests an in-press article in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. In the study, Columbia University researchers Dana Carney, PhD, and Malia Mason, PhD, tested whether participants with higher base rates of testosterone were more likely than lower-testosterone people to say they... Continue reading