Australians in the 1970s and 1980s were no more or less fond of themselves than Australians of the same age in the 2000s and 2010s.
Consider three propositions about how Australians see themselves. Young people today, with their preening selfies and their sense of entitlement, have a higher opinion of themselves than previous generations…
A flick, a spin and a…fad?
Adults are dumbfounded – and according to an expert on fads, that's probably the point.
Social psychologists and sociologists have spent decades understanding how values are best assessed.
There has been much talk recently about “Australian values”. The new citizenship test will require aspiring Australians to demonstrate they possess them, or can at least reproduce them under exam conditions…
“She said what??”
Gossiping may well be toxic and harmful in certain situations but there are ways to engage in "good gossip" that can reap rewards in social groups.
Two people dress up as Gaydar bots during San Francisco’s 2014 gay pride parade.
Previous studies have shown that people possess gaydar, the ability to discern who's gay and who isn't. But this research falls prey to an error that, when corrected, leads to the opposite conclusion.
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With the number of multiracial Americans growing, there's a fierce debate in the black community over who's black – and who isn't.
Most whites would say they’re okay with diversity. But is there a threshold?
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Wittingly or not, Donald Trump may have exploited group threat to turn people's fears into votes.
At least say thanks.
Where do your allegiances lie – with your smartphone or with your partner?
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Phone snubbing, or 'phubbing,' has become a real relationship downer.
Why does that one video crack you up?
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One viral video might leave you in stitches; another leaves you cold. Psychology researchers have worked out several theories of humor to explain why.
Those who are most likely to be interested in protectionism and curbing immigration are not necessarily the ones who are most vulnerable economically.
How can we explain that wealth is associated with protectionism and support for populist leaders?
External stressors might have more to do with a low-income couple’s success.
Relationship education programs are meant to strengthen low-income couples, with the idea children would benefit. But focusing on communication skills overlooks what really matters to these Americans.
Can we generalize about leadership style based on gender?
Studies can't predict an individual's behavior. But meta-analyses of social science research turn up differences in men's versus women's leadership styles, on average.
Friendships are core to our social network.
A study claiming "only half your friends like you" made headlines last week. But the data support a humbler, and perhaps happier, story.
Sensationalist warnings of further riots abound. But while many social inequalities remain, we can't say whether more widespread violence will follow.
Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, grabs a photographer’s lens at his home.
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's father has denounced homosexuality, while many say Mateen secretly grappled with his own sexuality. Here's what the research says on the relationship between parents' attitudes, being closeted and being homophobic.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 15, 2016.
Two experts in political rhetoric explain how one candidate has used rhetorical devices like framing and 'argumentum in terrorem' to stoke fear and attract voters since the Orlando nightclub shooting.
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Not everyone can weave a gripping tale. But for one gender, it matters more than the other.
Rumors abounded in the days after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
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How do rational people get sucked into believing conspiracies? According to research, we're more susceptible than you'd think.
Everyone ticks multiple demographic boxes.
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No one is only their sex or only their race or only their sexual orientation. Social psychologists are starting to investigate how people of multiple minority groups are perceived.