Personality Psychology

Personality is the set of organized psychological mechanisms that influence our interactions with—and adaptations to—social, physical, and intrapersonal environments.

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A recent art instillation on campus asked students to think about their current emotional state.

Geographical Psychology

The geographic distribution of big five personality traits:  Patterns and profiles of human self-description across 56 nations. 

Narcissist Personality Traits

Narcissism and the strategic pursuit of short-term mating: Universal links across 11 world regions of the International Sexuality Description Project-2. 

The "Bad Idea" Tattoo

How (and why) the premature championship tattoo became the ultimate badge of fan loyalty (Sports Illustrated).

Why Aggression?

Aggression–a violent or hostile action toward another–was designed by natural selection to be sensitive to distinct adaptive problems confronted in distinct contexts. It is not a monolithic or inflexible strategy that functions blind of context. 

Viral "Clown Attack" Warnings

A psychologist explains why clowns are so scary. We may have a deep-seated cultural fear of clowns—but why, exactly, do clowns freak us out so much? (New York Post).

Turkey, Tryptophan, and Trust

No, turkey doesn’t make you sleepy–but it may bring more trust to your Thanksgiving table. 

Romantic Partner Poaching Across Cultures

Patterns and universals of mate poaching across 53 nations: The effects of sex, culture, and personality on romantically attracting another person’s partner.