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Generosity and Commitment to Causes Improve When Giving is Personal

Giving something personal increases people’s self-perception of generosity and commitment to charitable causes.

Whether the call to action is to support an important cause, save a life, or offer monetary support, new research shows it’s the personal connection of giving that makes the giver feel more generous. This giving of oneself, from a signature to blood, increases feelings of generosity and in turn, increases the likelihood of continued support of a cause, according to research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.

High Standards Produce Mixed Effects on Marriages

There is a tension between what spouses demand from their marriages and what they are capable of attaining from those marriages, according to recent psychology research. The results are published in the April issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

High standards, whether in caring, support, or independence, improve satisfaction only in strong marriages.  For less strong marriages, such as those involving higher levels of indirect hostility or more severe problems, high standards further erode the relationship.

Belief in God Strengthened by Imagining How Life Would Be Different

Study shows how believers can perceive evidence for their religious conviction via deliberate and rational cognitive processes.

Awards Annoucement

SPSP Annual Awards Portal Open Tuesday, March 15


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Emotional Cost for Parents Who Put On a Happy Face for Their Children

How do parents feel when they regulate their emotional expressions in ways that do not match their genuine feelings? Recent research suggests that parents’ attempts to suppress negative and amplify positive emotions during child care can detract from their well-being and high-quality parent–child bonds. The findings were published in the March 2016 edition of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Call for PSPB Editor

Submissions due to the Board by July 1, 2016


SPSP Small Grant Program

2016 Summer Applications Must Be Submitted by 4/15/2016


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An Open Letter from SPSP's 2015 President


An Open Letter to Members of the Society for Personality and Social Psychologists