• 8 July 2024

Moral politics, political morality… Moral values ​​and political ideology

How do our political views connect to what we consider moral? Could it be that what policies we support result from the type of cooperation we prioritize? These questions were raised by the authors of an article published in the latest issue of Social Psychological Bulletin. What is morality? What is politics? Are the two […]

  • 8 July 2024

The impact of mimicry on guilt

Mutual mimicry is one of the most important mechanisms for sustaining social interaction. But can the so-called social mimicry have negative emotional consequences for the person being mimicked? Moreover, can the experience of being mimicked during an interaction increase our feelings of guilt? Paweł Muniak and Wojciech Kulesza answer these questions in an article published […]

  • 8 July 2024

Does it pay to be kind?

How does showing kindness to those around us affect our well-being? Can friendly gestures toward others make us feel better about ourselves as well? These questions are answered by researchers led by Olga Bialobrzeska in an article recently published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology. There are many sayings about the benefits of kindness, and […]

  • 8 July 2024

Hate speech and empathy

Are people who encounter hate speech more often unlikely to feel empathy for those who suffer? And, if so, why is this the case? And does this only apply to empathy toward strangers? Agnieszka Pluta and colleagues attempt to answer these questions in a recently published Scientific Reports paper. Fomenting the fear of strangers was […]

  • 8 July 2024

In tune with yourself… On the role of memories in building a self-image

Feeling that we are acting “in harmony with ourselves” is one of the most essential elements of building a self-image. However, little is known about how recalling situations in which we were not authentic affects our perception of ourselves. This question was posed by the authors of a paper published several years ago in Social […]

  • 8 July 2024

Fans for life? On the role of liking in shaping moral judgments

How important are past attitudes toward celebrities in forming moral evaluations of their current actions? Can social media stars count on fans’ support regardless of their behavior? Or are scandals involving popular influencers the “nail in the coffin” of their online careers? The authors of a paper published last September in Social Psychological Bulletin provide […]

  • 6 July 2024

“I knew they were going to break up…”. On the effect of after-the-fact knowledge in the conpaper of romantic breakups

Can breakups among pairs of acquaintances be predicted? Or, like the proverbial Pole, in such situations we are wise only after the “damage”? These questions intrigued the authors of the paper recently published in Social Psychological Bulletin. In the article, the researchers look at whether the so-called “knowledge-after-the-fact” effect (hindsight bias) can also be observed […]