In a previous post, I talked about the importance of warmth in social relations. But how far can we extend this? Does warmth even confer positive effects in operative contexts? Read this post and you (may) find out! Read More
In “Jealous Guy,” John Lennon described his heart-aching insecurity as “shivering inside.” In “The Rain Song,” Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant bemoaned, “I’ve felt the coldness of my winter.” And in “It Will Be Lonely This Christmas,” the ’70s band Mud crooned desperately, “It’ll be cold, so cold, without you to hold.” Read More
And by dummies I mean us. Psychological scientists. This post will tell you how I think we should engage in tailoring scientific messages to the tax-paying public. Many scientists I highly respect have been pushing for Open Access to do so. But in fact, this all wrong. Read More
A blogpost has suggested that the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) was based on a pre-test in which participants behaved equally cruel. Job van Wolferen highlights another disturbing point the Neurocritic raises: the experimenters might have given the guards ideas and suggestions on how to treat the prisoners. Read More
Did you ever experience a 'warm' commitment, or an immensely 'cold' break up? What do these expressions mean? Are the words cold and warm just linguistic conveniences, or do they reflect very deep and meaningful experiences of the human psyche? Read Body, Meet Mind to get the answers. Read More
Hans IJzerman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in social psychology at the University of Tilburg, where he investigates why the body makes people so social.