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March 2015


 
Visual feedback changed the way one group of study participants experienced pain. When experimenters used a virtual reality head-mounted display to manipulate the visual feedback that chronic neck pain sufferers were experiencing, the participants were able to rotate their necks 6% farther before they reported feeling discomfort.  More>>

Public safety campaigns may not be effective for everyone: Researchers using fMRI to measure male drivers' brain activity in response to traffic safety awareness videos found that individuals with low activity in a brain area associated with empathy were more likely to drive dangerously after seeing the message than were their higher scoring counterparts.

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Across five experiments in which participants were asked to solve a puzzle in a room by themselves, those who were led to believe they were working with others persevered nearly twice as long as those who were told they were working alone. Psychological scientists say this finding could help offices increase productivity by promoting a feeling of communityMore>>

 


A Registered Replication Report initiative is underway to recreate a 1988 experiment exploring the idea that people's facial expressions can impact their affective responses. Editors of  Perspectives on Psychological Science  are accepting proposals from researchers through March 23, 2015 More>>

When evaluating risks, younger teens may be most strongly influenced by peers, whereas older teenagers are equally swayed by the judgments of adults and other teens. Scientists reached these conclusions through a study that required participants ages 8-59 to rate dangerous situations before and after hearing the fabricated scores of other people.  More>>
 
Study participants reading vignettes about corporations, people, and objects showed patterns of brain activation demonstrating that they viewed companies similarly to people. Previous research has shown that people perceive corporations as being able to "think" but not "feel," leading to harsh judgments about transgressions and little sympathy when things go wrong. More>>
 
By Claude Fernet, St?phanie Austin, Sarah-Genevi?ve Tr?panier, & Marc Dussault

In research published in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, scientists from the Universit? du Qu?bec ? Trois-Rivi?res in Canada are seeking to learn more about employee burnout by studying how psychological needs affect certain job characteristicsMore>>

  Selected by EJWOP Editor Ram?n Rico