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Experiencing Physical Warmth Promotes Interpersonal Warmth
“Warmth” is the most powerful personality trait in social judgment, and it is hypothesized that experiences of physical warmth would increase feelings of interpersonal warmth, without the person's awareness of this influence.
Keeping One's Distance
Compared with the closeness prime, the distance prime produced greater enjoyment of media depicting embarrassment, less emotional distress from violent media, lower estimates of the number of calories in unhealthy food, and weaker reports of emotional attachments to family members and hometowns.
The Scaffolded Mind: Higher mental processes are grounded in early experience of the physical world.
The extent to which early concept development along with evolved motives operating early in life can come to exert a passive, unconscious influence on the human adult's higher-order goal pursuits, judgments, and actions is demonstrated.
Physical temperature effects on trust behavior: the role of insula.
- Yoona Kang, L. Williams, M. Clark, J. Gray, J. Bargh
- PsychologySocial cognitive and affective neuroscience
- 1 September 2011
The results suggest that the insula may be a key shared neural substrate that mediates the influence of temperature on trust processes.
The unconscious regulation of emotion: nonconscious reappraisal goals modulate emotional reactivity.
The findings highlight the potential importance of nonconscious goals for facilitating emotional control in complex real-world environments and have implications for contemporary models of emotion regulation.
The Distinct Affective Consequences of Psychological Distance and Construal Level
Much of the existing literature on psychological distance has focused on cognitive outcomes, such as changes in construal level, largely framing affective processes out of the discussion. The current…
Too Close for Comfort, or Too Far to Care? Finding Humor in Distant Tragedies and Close Mishaps
- A. P. McGraw, Caleb Warren, L. Williams, Bridget Leonard
- PsychologyPsychological science
- 31 August 2012
Two factors that jointly influence perceptions of humor are examined: the degree to which a stimulus is a violation and one’s perceived distance from the stimulus; this benign-violation account suggests that distance facilitates humor in the case of tragedies by reducing threat, but that closeness facilitates humor during mishaps by maintaining some sense of threat.
The Rise and Fall of Humor
Humor is a ubiquitous experience that facilitates coping, social coordination, and well-being. We examine how humorous responses to a tragedy change over time by measuring reactions to jokes about…
A Therapist-Assisted Internet Self-Help Program for Traumatic Stress.
The authors describe a therapist-assisted, Internet-based self-help intervention to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and discuss how it can be used as an efficient tool to treat large…
Sources of avoidance motivation: Valence effects from physical effort and mental rotation
- Ezequiel Morsella, Giles H. Feinberg, Sepeedeh Cigarchi, J. Newton, L. Williams
- PsychologyMotivation and emotion
- 4 June 2010
The findings imply that negative valence associations may underlie avoidance motivations, and have practical implications for educational/workplace contexts in which effort and positive affect are conducive to success.