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  • How To Make The Most Of Your Valentine’s Day!

    How To Make The Most Of Your Valentine’s Day!

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | February 14, 2015 |

    Whether you're single or partnered up this Valentine's Day, psychology has all sorts of tips for you on how to find your next great love or improve your existing relationship with the one you've got. Finding A Partner... We like to think that we intentionally seek out the best, most optimal friends and romantic partners possible...but often times, in reality, we choose the best matches available to us in our (very) local environments. […]

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  • The Making of a Tough Mudder.

    The Making of a Tough Mudder.

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | January 15, 2015 |

    In November 2011, I participated in my first Tough Mudder , an event officially billed as a "hardcore, 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie" (and unofficially billed as "probably the toughest event on the planet"). […]

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  • Five Things Being A Zumba Instructor Has Taught Me About Science Communication.

    Five Things Being A Zumba Instructor Has Taught Me About Science Communication.

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | January 9, 2015 |

    So, here is something that the casual reader of this blog may or may not know about me: In my other, non-psychology life, I've been working part-time for the past 2 years as a licensed Zumba ® Fitness instructor. People who know me well usually aren't very surprised by this fact. […]

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  • I’ll Show You My Holiday Card If You Show Me Yours.

    I’ll Show You My Holiday Card If You Show Me Yours.

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | January 2, 2015 |

    Earlier this week, my husband and I returned home from our holiday travels after being away from our apartment for the past 9 days. We walked into our chilly apartment, greeted our whining cats with a quick pet and a kiss hello, put down our bags, and walked into the kitchen. […]

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  • The Best PsycHoliday Stocking Stuffer!

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | December 14, 2014 |

    If there are three things that people tend to have on their minds during the holiday season, it’s a) saving money, b) friends & family, and c) finding the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists. With this in mind, why not step outside of the box when it comes to this year’s stocking stuffers? […]

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  • How To Craft An Empirically-Supported Marriage

    How To Craft An Empirically-Supported Marriage

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | December 3, 2014 |

    Many of you have likely noticed that I have been on an extended hiatus from blogging due to an especially crazy 2014, filled with lots of big events and life changes that have kept me exceptionally busy. One of those events was my wedding on September 13th to Justin Hepler , my partner of almost 4 years -- who also happens to be a social psychologist (yes, we are actually labmates-turned-work-rivals-turned-friends-turned-romantic-partners-turned-spouses, thereby serving as living proof that going to graduate school can sometimes work out better than signing up for […]

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  • Envying Evolution: What Can The X-Men Teach Us About Stereotypes?

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | May 24, 2014 |

    This weekend marked the opening of X-Men: Days of Future Past , the latest installment in the wildly successful X-Men movie franchise. For those who are unfamiliar with the X-Men series, the stories revolve around groups of 'mutants,' super-powered beings who supposedly represent the next stage in human evolution and whose powers run the gamut from telepathy to cellular regeneration. […]

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  • If obesity is a disease, is labeling it that way the cure?

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | May 5, 2014 |

    My final guest post at the BPS Research Digest went up on Friday, covering recent work by psychologists Crystal Hoyt, Jeni Burnette, and Lisa Auster-Gussman on the motivational implications of formally classifying obesity as a "disease," as the American Medical Association did in July 2013. […]

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  • “What else can you expect from a crappo?”

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | April 30, 2014 |

    I'm back at the BPS Research Digest today, with my second of three guest posts this week on recent social psychological research. My second post is on a recent paper published by P.J. Henry, Sarah Butler, and Mark Brandt. In light of recent debates about whether or not certain group-based slurs are "more offensive" than others, the researchers decided to test one hypothesis about why some insults might seem worse than others -- group status . […]

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  • Mind The Gap: Overestimating Income Inequality

    By Melanie Tannenbaum | April 28, 2014 |

    I'm thrilled to be breaking my dissertation-imposed "mini-hiatus" this week with a series of guest posts over at the BPS Research Digest , where I've been asked to take over guest hosting duties for the week and write a few pieces on some recent awesome Social Psych research. […]

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