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Never fear, a moral expert is here

Can I read the diaries of my deceased daughter? Can I tell a friend's family that they have a drug problem, even if they have asked me to keep it quiet? Many people are confronted with tricky moral decision-making situations in the course of their lives and seek the advice of friends, family members, or even experts. But is there such a thing as moral... / more

Climate Stress in Everyday Life: How Can We Support Children?

The climate crisis leads to significant changes in nature and ultimately in our society challenging all of us. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable in their mental processing, as well as physically, due to their socially dependent position. How can we... / more

Tilting at windmills: How conspiracy theories hinder climate action and what to do about it

Conspiracy theories about climate change are common. People who believe in them show less climate-friendly attitudes and behaviors. But there are ways to reduce the impact of conspiracy theories in the context of climate action. / more

Horoscopes – why we believe in them

When reading horoscopes, we often find sentences like: "Sometimes you are extroverted, sociable, and open-minded, sometimes rather introverted, skeptical, and reserved." If you feel that this statement applies to you, you're not alone. Horoscopes often seem to be very accurate; an observation that might be attributed to the... / more

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty has been called a lot of things, from a “game changer” and “a breath of fresh air”, to “hypocritical”, “sexist”, and “sneaky”. So why has the campaign, whose major innovation was to use ads that featured real women rather than airbrushed models or celebrity spokespersons, sparked so much controversy? Taking... / more

That human touch that means so much: Exploring the tactile dimension of social life

Interpersonal touch is a fundamental but undervalued aspect of human nature. In the present article, the authors review psychological research showing that even fleeting forms of touch may have a powerful impact on our emotional and social functioning. Given its... / more

Intergroup Contact Theory: Past, Present, and Future

"Colored" drinking fountain (Oklahoma, 1939) - Wikimedia Commons

In the midst of racial segregation in the U.S.A and the ‘Jim Crow Laws’, Gordon Allport (1954) proposed one of the most important social psychological events of... / more

No strings attached: Are “friends with benefits” as complicated in real life as they are in the movies?

Many people become “friends with benefits” to avoid drama and to have sex without getting tied up in emotions; however, the reality is that having a friend with benefits often becomes complicated. Why is that, and is there anything you can do to avoid these complexities? In... / more

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It’s just a joke, right? Empirical findings on the serious effects of sexist humor

You can still make a joke, right? Yes, but... misogynistic jokes about women can have negative consequences. What can such humor do to women and men? / more

How harmful is “always-on” for our well-being? Technology-assisted supplemental work

Calling a colleague on the way home, finishing a presentation after dinner or checking emails before going to bed - for many... / more

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