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On the importance of tail ratios for psychological science.
Even small group-mean differences (whether combined with variance differences or not) or variance differences alone (absent mean differences) can generate marked and sometimes surprising imbalances in the representation of the respective groups compared in the distributional tail regions. Such imbal...
Exploring the relationships between fear-related xenophobia, perceptions of out-group entitativity, and social contact in Norway.
An internet-related survey distributed to Norwegian students explored predictors of fear-related xenophobia toward immigrants. Specifically, this study examined a new social construct called "entitativity" (i.e., the extent to which out-group members are perceived as bonded together in a cohesive or...
Implicit association between authentic pride and prestige compared to hubristic pride and dominance.
Tracy and Robins proposed that pride has authentic and hubristic facets. Cheng, Tracy, and Henrich reported these two facets were based on prestige and dominance, respectively. Nine experiments were conducted in the current study to examine the implicit associations between words rel...
Computer versus paper-and-pencil assessment of educational development: a comparison of psychometric features and examinee preferences.
The purposes of this study were to assess the comparability of scores obtained from computer and paper-and-pencil versions of the Iowa Tests of Educational Development and to evaluate examinees' attitudes about multiple aspects of test administration in the two modes. Findings suppor...
Belief in reciprocity in a Chinese sample.
Belief in reciprocity refers to a personally internalized faith in the reciprocity norm: that people will return positive and negative interactions or favors in kind. The current study aims to examine the relationship between belief in reciprocity and altruism among a Chinese sample....
Does the processing fluency of a syllabus affect the forecasted grade and course difficulty?
Processing fluency is known to affect a variety of cognitive assessments, but most research has not examined such effects in the context of a real-life experience. In the first experiment, college students, enrolled in either a statistics or cognitive psychology course, read a course...
Forming impressions from English and French first names: is there an in-group effect in Québec?
These results are consistent with social identity theory, according to which people define themselves in part by groups to which they belong, with the contact hypothesis, according to which people feel more positively towards those with whom they have interacted more, and perhaps with the mere expos...
Magical thinking and memory: distinctiveness effect for tv commercials with magical content.
These results are interpreted to accentuate the role of magical thinking in cognitive processes....
Investment in Personal Development Scale: a preliminary study.
Life history theory suggests that reproduction of the species involves three areas of investment: personal development, mating, and nurturing offspring. Using the rational method of test construction, a 29-item scale was constructed to measure investment in personal development, the Investment in Pe...
Different attitudes toward humor between Chinese and American students: evidence from the Implicit Association Test.
Although cross-cultural research indicates that Chinese people demonstrate less humor than do Americans, little research addresses the reasons. This cross-cultural difference may be largely due to different implicit attitudes toward humor held by Chinese and Americans, deeply rooted...