Higher Emoji Use Linked to More First Dates and More Romantic and Sexual Activity

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I don’t do much online dating. This is because I don’t enjoy the process. I tend to like to get to know people in person, establish friendships, and possibly date down the road once I’ve had time and opportunity to see how they treat people in general, not just when they’re dating others. (I’m glad I haven’t had the desire to date during COVID-19 because my normal way of doing things is impossibly dangerous at the moment.)

But I have done a little online dating,  » Read more

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How to Get Trick-or-Treaters to Cheat the System

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Hello folks! Welcome to a very spooooooky Halloween edition of Psyched for the Weekend.

Well, kinda. Today I’m covering a classic Halloween-themed psychological research study. Yes, really. It’s called “Effects of deindividuation variables on stealing among Halloween trick-or-treaters.”

Mwahahahaha…

You’re not scared? Well, whatever. I’m covering it.  » Read more

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Response Bias, Or Why What People Actually Do Is More Telling Than What They Say They Do

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Psychological research as a field continues on and on. Even in these times of tight academic budgets and the challenges that come from conducting research during a pandemic, researchers press ever onward.

There’s so much happening that it’s pretty much impossible to keep up on everything going on in psychological research.  » Read more

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Reminiscence Bump Is Cross Cultural

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In a previous installment of this series, “Declinism or Why ‘The Good Old Days’ Seem So Good When You’re Older,” I discussed a phenomenon called “the reminiscence bump.”

What is the reminiscence bump? Simply stated, it’s a tendency for middle-aged and elderly individuals to better remember their personal memories from the ages of 10 to 30 than any other period of life.  » Read more

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Huh. Apparently Introverts Are Struggling MORE with Lockdown & Isolation Than Extroverts

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These are truly strange times. As of this writing, I have barely seen anyone other than my live-in partner for about seven months. When I had to go in for a physical exam, labs, and a flu shot at my primary care physician’s office (because I was many months overdue and they refused to refill my migraine meds until I came in and proved to them I was still alive),  » Read more

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People Are Having Less Sex During the Pandemic Because of COVID-19-Related Relationship Conflicts

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When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States, a lot of people were joking about an uptick in babies 9 months later. The idea was that with lockdown in place, we’d have very little to do. Few ways to entertain ourselves. And so people would resort to baby-making with full force.

As I write this,  » Read more

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It’s Common to Fantasize about Consensual Non-Monogamy & Reality Generally Lives Up to Fantasy

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I recently stumbled onto a study that explores something I don’t actually have much experience with: The experience of fantasizing about consensual non-monogamy. As some long-time readers may know, I wasn’t all that interested in open relationships before I suddenly found myself in one. Polyamory came and found me, not the other way around.

So I don’t have a lot of experience with fantasizing about consensual non-monogamy without having tried it.  » Read more

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Being Selfish, Combative & Manipulative Will NOT Help You Get Ahead at Work

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There’s a certain stereotype of professional success — a cartoonishly selfish figure that has no qualms stepping on other people to climb the corporate ladder.

But is being Machiavellian really an effective method of getting ahead at work? People have been arguing about this for ages. (Literal ages, because ancient philosophers argued about this,  » Read more

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