Welcome Melanie! We are delighted to be joined by Melanie Herrmann, who will be working on a new collaborative project with Vizzuality to study the communication of complex data about sustainability and environmental change.
Comparative judgment and relative deprivation Well done to Hyunji Kim, whose work on the role of social comparison processes in producing feelings of deprivation and resentment have just come out; you can read it here.
Congratulations Myrto and George! Myrto Pantazi has landed a research position at the Oxford Internt Institute. She remains a visiting scientist with us, and will continue to work on the communication of sustainability information to investors. Meanwhile, George Farmer has taken up a prestigious fellowship at the University of Manchester where he will be working on decision-making among neuropsychiatric populations. He remains a visiting scientist at Cambridge and continues to work with us on communication and decision-making.
Well done again, Tom Our previous paper on the basis for male attractiveness has been followed up by a new one that investigates two novel features of the male physique: arm length (arm to body ratio) and intra-limb ratio (such as the ratio of upper to lower arm segments). You can read about it here. Tom Versluys is now about to start a PhD at Imperial College.
Subclinical autistic traits negatively correlate with income New work with Simon Baron-Cohen provides initial evidence that people with higher levels of (non-clinical) autistic traits have lower income. The paper is published in Molecular Autism and is available here.
If John is taller than Jake, where is John? New work on inferences about spatial relations from descriptions of magnitude is now in press at JEP:LMC. The accepted manuscript is available here. Work on individual differences in the way people describe magnitudes will be coming soon...
Well done, Tom Rising star Tom Versluys has had his first paper accepted by Royal Society Open Science. The paper examines how limb proportions affect attractiveness judgments, and how these effects are modulated by image format. Not bad for a chap with a history degree!
Consistent choices by people with Autism Spectrum Conditions New work with George Farmer and Simon Baron-Cohen finds that people with Autism Spectrum Conditions are less susceptible to the "attraction effect" when making choices between consumer products -- indicating a more conventionally "rational" decision-making style. The paper is in press at Psychological Science and available via open access
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