Top 10 Social Psychology Posts for 2016

This year has been crazy, to say the least. Getting married, finishing my PhD, and starting a new job as a professor have made it a year to remember.[1]  Oh, and an insane election that sapped up much my brain power…and continues to. Also, I started Be a People Expert in June, 2015, so this is also the first full calendar year it’s been running. Amidst everything else going on, I was still able to keep to my once-a-week schedule (with just a couple exceptions, which I think you can forgive).

I ended 2015 with a round-up of the Top 10 posts from the blog, based on number of page visits. Now, many of last year’s most popular posts are still topping the all-time charts. For this list, I went through the most- popular posts on the site, skipping over the ones that were on last year’s list.[2]  This means most of the articles on this list were published in 2016, but not all of them will be. I feel like I’m over-explaining this. You’re just going to go straight to the list, aren’t you?

10 Most-Viewed Social Psychology Articles: 2016 Edition

  1. The Psychological Effects of Feeling Excluded – feeling left out has a host of negative psychological and biological consequences
  2. Does Spending Money Make You Happy? – conventional wisdom is that money doesn’t buy happiness, but new evidence has an intriguing new point to make
  3. How Sitting Quietly Can Increase Your Influence: Mere Exposure and Social Influence – taking advantage of a simple, subtle psychological principle can make people more persuasive
  4. Psychology of Humor: What Makes Something Funny? – can science reveal what’s funny? 
  5. Types of Relationships: Communal & Exchange – psychologists have found a helpful distinction between two different types of relationships
  6. Emotions and the Psychology of Having Mixed Reactions – when you feel conflicted, new evidence suggests that you lean toward your emotional reactions
  7. Relationship Dealbreakers: What People Want to Avoid in a Partner – people have clear preferences for what their partner shouldn’t be like (and it matters more than what they’re looking for a partner to have)
  8. 5 Gift-Giving Dilemmas Answered with Science – choosing a gift for someone is a complicated social problem, but there are some good things to know
  9. Persuade Them How They Want to be Persuaded: Regulatory Fitbeing persuasive can be tricky, but it’s worth paying attention to the audience
  10. Psychology of Opinions: How Other People’s Opinions Affect Our Own – we might not want to admit it, but other people’s opinions certainly shape our own

There you have it! Check out those articles if you’re new to the blog or haven’t already read them. I would be remiss, though, if I suggested that these were the only good articles I’ve posted. They are the 10 most popular, but do check out other articles.

A few of my personal favorites:

Thanks again for your support throughout the year. Here’s to a good 2017!

Footnotes   [ + ]

1.  Oh, and an insane election that sapped up much my brain power…and continues to.
2.  This means most of the articles on this list were published in 2016, but not all of them will be. I feel like I’m over-explaining this. You’re just going to go straight to the list, aren’t you?

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