Gal slonim has a new publication in an academic journal

Gal Slonim’s paper entitled “By choice or by circumstance?: Stereotypes of and feelings about single people” has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Studia Psychologica. The paper, co-authored by Dr. Nurit Gur-Yaish and Prof. Ruth Katz, presents Gal’s Masters Thesis findings. In his study, 480 participants read a scenario describing target figures who were either single by choice or single not by choice and rated their thoughts and feelings about the targets. Singles by choice were perceived as more lonely and miserable, and as less warm and sociable, than singles not by choice.  However, singles by choice were perceived as more successful in their careers. In addition, singles were found to evoke feelings of anger and sympathy. Participants were angrier at singles by choice, and the angrier they were, they perceived the target as more lonely and miserable. However, towards singles by circumstance participants felt more sympathy, and the more sympathy they felt, they perceived the target as more warm and sociable.