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You Call It "Self-Exuberance"; I Call It "Bragging": Miscalibrated Predictions of Emotional Responses to Self-Promotion

People engage in self-promotional behavior because they want others to hold favorable images of them. Self-promotion, however, entails a trade-off between conveying one’s positive attributes and being seen as bragging. We propose that people get this trade-off wrong because they erroneously project their own feelings onto their interaction partners. As a consequence, people overestimate the [...]

By | 2016-12-21T23:35:40+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Money Earlier or Later? Simple Heuristics Explain Intertemporal Choices Better Than Delay Discounting Does

Heuristic models have been proposed for many domains involving choice. We conducted an out-of-sample, cross-validated comparison of heuristic models of intertemporal choice (which can account for many of the known intertemporal choice anomalies) and discounting models. Heuristic models outperformed traditional utility-discounting models, including models of exponential and hyperbolic discounting. The best-performing models predicted choices by [...]

By | 2015-06-03T23:00:53+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Small Telescopes: Detectability and the Evaluation of Replication Results

This article introduces a new approach for evaluating replication results. It combines effect-size estimation with hypothesis testing, assessing the extent to which the replication results are consistent with an effect size big enough to have been detectable in the original study. The approach is demonstrated by examining replications of three well-known findings. Its benefits include [...]

By | 2016-12-21T23:35:40+00:00 May 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Did Shakespeare Write Double Falsehood? Identifying Individuals by Creating Psychological Signatures With Text Analysis

More than 100 years after Shakespeare’s death, Lewis Theobald published Double Falsehood, a play supposedly sourced from a lost play by Shakespeare and John Fletcher. Since its release, scholars have attempted to determine its true authorship. Using new approaches to language and psychological analysis, we examined Double Falsehood and the works of Theobald, Shakespeare, and [...]

By | 2015-05-08T08:00:30+00:00 May 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Income Inequality and Status Seeking: Searching for Positional Goods in Unequal U.S. States

It is well established that income inequality is associated with lower societal well-being, but the psychosocial causes of this relationship are poorly understood. A social-rank hypothesis predicts that members of unequal societies are likely to devote more of their resources to status-seeking behaviors such as acquiring positional goods. We used Google Correlate to find search [...]

By | 2016-12-21T23:35:40+00:00 April 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bilingualism Modulates Infants' Selective Attention to the Mouth of a Talking Face

Infants growing up in bilingual environments succeed at learning two languages. What adaptive processes enable them to master the more complex nature of bilingual input? One possibility is that bilingual infants take greater advantage of the redundancy of the audiovisual speech that they usually experience during social interactions. Thus, we investigated whether bilingual infants’ need [...]

By | 2015-04-13T11:26:44+00:00 April 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Anticipatory Control Through Associative Learning of Subliminal Relations: Invisible May Be Better Than Visible

We showed that anticipatory cognitive control could be unconsciously instantiated through subliminal cues that predicted enhanced future control needs. In task-switching experiments, one of three subliminal cues preceded each trial. Participants had no conscious experience or knowledge of these cues, but their performance was significantly improved on switch trials after cues that predicted task switches [...]

By | 2015-03-11T16:49:30+00:00 March 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments