Evelyn Perloff: Created database that assists thousands of researchers, students (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Evelyn Perloff: Created database that assists thousands of researchers, students. “In an age when women rarely worked outside of the home — much less earning a Ph.D, — Evelyn Perloff blazed a trail as a formidable research psychologist and scientist. The sole woman professor in the Psychology Department at Purdue University in the 1960s, the centenarian was also the creator of an innovative database that provides reliable and valid methods to measure everything from levels of pain to depression, anxiety, and quality of life.”

Psychology Today: The Rise of Social-Media Psychotherapy

Psychology Today: The Rise of Social-Media Psychotherapy. “So, we now have a generation of individuals who are educating themselves about mental health, seeking treatment for their mental health in a more technology-centered culture, and perfectly comfortable discussing personal aspects of their lives on a public forum. It should be no surprise that there are few qualms about sharing a therapy session online for others to see.”

PsyPost: An individual’s personality appears to be highly correlated with their Twitter behavior

PsyPost: An individual’s personality appears to be highly correlated with their Twitter behavior. Uh-oh. “Do we project our true personalities on our social media accounts? While many people use social media as a way to express themselves, others see it as an opportunity to present a false persona. So, how telling are our Twitter posts about our personalities? A study published in Computers in Human Behavior suggests that our online behavior does, in fact, reflect our true behavior.”

Gizmodo: Job Ad for Bureau of Prisons Touts Amazing Number of Mental Illnesses in U.S. Prison System

Gizmodo: Job Ad for Bureau of Prisons Touts Amazing Number of Mental Illnesses in U.S. Prison System. “The U.S. Bureau of Prisons purchased a number of Facebook ads recently in an attempt to hire new people in a variety of roles throughout the country. But one ad in particular is catching attention on social media for how bleak it seems. The Bureau of Prisons seems to be using the number of mental illnesses in the U.S. prison system as a career opportunity for any psychologists who happen to be job hunting right now.”

Phys .org: What our negative comments and consumer gripes on social media reveal about us

Phys .org: What our negative comments and consumer gripes on social media reveal about us. “We’ve examined the issue of consumer anger on social media because, as marketing academics, we’re interested in how companies handle the excessive toxicity that comes with corporate social media engagement. But our research also helps explain the causes of this culture of complaint. Our findings point to this behaviour meeting two basic psychological needs.”

PsyPost: New research uncovers a surprising link between conscientiousness and vaccine hesitancy

PsyPost: New research uncovers a surprising link between conscientiousness and vaccine hesitancy. “A new study has identified several psychological factors, including psychopathic tendencies and narcissism, that are related to vaccine hesitancy. The findings, which appear in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, provide insight into what types of people are predisposed to support or oppose vaccines.”

The Atlantic: Trolls Aren’t Like the Rest of Us

The Atlantic: Trolls Aren’t Like the Rest of Us. “Many people who engage in online harassment are not what most of us would consider to be well-adjusted. In 2019, scholars writing in the journal Personality and Individual Differences surveyed 26 studies of internet ‘trolling,’ cyberbullying, and related antisocial online behaviors. They found significant associations with psychopathy, Machiavellianism, sadism, and narcissism, in that order. In other words, just as you would conclude that a stranger attacking you in person is badly damaged, you can conclude the same about a stranger attacking you on social media.”

PsyPost: Dark personality traits associated with maladaptive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

PsyPost: Dark personality traits associated with maladaptive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic . “In mid-2021, Brazil was an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and scholars have claimed that managing the pandemic largely became the responsibility of the citizens, rather than the government. Thus, insight into personality traits that might predict responses to the pandemic could be useful. Research published in Personality and Individual Differences found that ‘dark’ personality traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism, sadism, spitefulness) are generally associated with less worry about the pandemic and maladaptive responses to measures against COVID-19.”

PsyPost: National narcissism identified as a robust predictor of belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories

PsyPost: National narcissism identified as a robust predictor of belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories. “New research published Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin provides evidence that national narcissism is strongly tied to the spread of COVID-19 conspiracy theories. National narcissism, a type of collective narcissism, refers to the belief that one’s nation is exceptional and entitled to special treatment.”

The Atlantic: The Ugly, Embarrassing Spectacle of ‘Milling’ Around Online

The Atlantic: The Ugly, Embarrassing Spectacle of ‘Milling’ Around Online. “We are all just chattering away in restless and confused excitement as we try to figure out how to think about what’s happening. We want to understand which outcomes are most likely, and whether we might be obligated to help—by giving money or vowing not to share misinformation or learning the entire history of global conflict so as to avoid saying the wrong thing. We are milling.”

SingularityHub: People Trust Deepfake Faces Generated by AI More Than Real Ones, Study Finds

SingularityHub: People Trust Deepfake Faces Generated by AI More Than Real Ones, Study Finds. “The proliferation of deepfake technology is raising concerns that AI could start to warp our sense of shared reality. New research suggests AI-synthesized faces don’t simply dupe us into thinking they’re real people, we actually trust them more than our fellow humans.”

PsyPost: Deceptive self-presentation on social media differs between men and women – and is related to gender equality

PsyPost: Deceptive self-presentation on social media differs between men and women – and is related to gender equality. “Deceptive self-presentation refers to impression-management behaviors that aim to enhance one’s image to others through intentional, incorrect disclosures that can occur through any form – such as, text, images, videos, or location tags. In this work, Dasha Kolesnyk and colleagues explore 1) the extent to which men and women differ in deceptive self-presentation on social media in the domains of physical attractiveness and personal achievement, and 2) how gender equality in a given society influences such practices, and whether gender differences in deceptive self-presentation depend on gender equality.”