Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Psychology Studies Worth Knowing About

Turns out, saying you’re sorry really is important—and not just to you. A study discussed at the Child Psychology Research Blog found that receiving an apology makes the recipient feel better by affecting his or her perception of the wrongdoer’s emotions. In other words, people who received an apology felt better afterward because the apology indicated that the other person felt bad about what he or she did.

SHOOT: An apology also recognises a very basic human trait - respect. If you can apologise you respect yourself and the other person.
clipped from trueslant.com

Ten Psychology Studies from 2009 Worth Knowing About

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1. If you have to choose between buying something or spending the money on a memorable experience, go with the experience.
2. First impressions are all about value.
3. The “money illusion”—the tendency to allow the nominal value of money (amount of currency) to interfere with the real value (value of goods the money can buy)—is all in your head.  No, really, it’s in your head—in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex to be exact.  Here’s how it works: you get a 2% pay raise at the same time that the rate of inflation jumps to 4%. Nominally, you earn 2% more money, but really you’re 2% in the hole.
4. Playing video games could be an unlikely cure for psychological trauma. 
5. All of us spend time riding the moral self-regulation see saw.
6. If you’re preparing for a specific challenge, make sure you prep for that challenge and not just ones like it. 
7. If someone is trying to sell you something, be extra careful to keep your psychological distance. 
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