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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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The Idea, the Audience, and Me

The Idea, the Audience, and Me

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(p.268) The Idea, the Audience, and Me
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Most Underappreciated
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James W. Pennebaker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0054

James W. Pennebaker reflects on his most underappreciated work: his studies on classical conditioning of begonias, how people's beliefs about their control over bodily functions influence their actual control, and gender differences in word usage (for example, in natural conversation, expressive writing, composition of poems or novels). Pennebaker discusses some of the factors that make people appreciate an idea, such as ideas that are simple, have real-world relevance, and challenge the conventional wisdom.

Keywords:   James W. Pennebaker, classical conditioning, begonias, beliefs, control, bodily functions, gender differences, word usage

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