Several media outlets have featured work from David Chester, Ph.D., and/or the SPN Lab. Browse a selection of these profiles below.
"After understanding what drives sadists, researchers want to create profiles that could be used to identify those who are most likely to commit violence..." Read more.
~ International Business Times (December 3, 2017)
"For this study, Chester and DeWall started with the simple question: 'Who are revenge-seekers — and what motivates them?'” Read more.
~ Psychology Today (December 2, 2017)
Happiness and hurtfulness: Why does it feel so good to act so bad?
"How would it feel to get even with your biggest enemy? The answer, according to David Chester (2017), is as sweet as apple pie." Read more.
~ Association for Psychological Science (August 31, 2017)
What is the psychology behind violence and aggression? A new VCU lab aims to find out
"Why do people seek to harm others?" Read more.
~ VCU News (August 17, 2017)
People who take revenge do it to restore inner peace, study says
"Researchers assessed how rejected participants felt, and then had them participate in a digital 'Voodoo Doll Task.'" Read more.
~ Broadly [Vice] (January 11, 2017)
Revenge really is sweet: study shows the mood-enhancing effect of retaliation
“To obtain the positive affect associated with retaliatory aggression, individuals may actively seek out provocation in their daily lives.” Read more.
~ The British Psychological Society Research Digest (January 5, 2017)
Turns out getting revenge really does make you happier
"It’s not exactly a flattering reflection of our collective psyches, but it’s one of those things that’s nevertheless good to know." Read more.
~ The Science of Us [New York Magazine blog] (January 5, 2017)
Loneliness can be depressing, but it may have helped humans survive
"In other words: It’s not you, it’s just your genes trying to help you survive the dangers of the Paleolithic wilderness." Read more.
~ The Washington Post (September 2, 2016)
Trump is a near-perfect example of needy narcissism
"...narcissists would never tell you explicitly that they are quietly panicking about their self-worth...But in some fascinating new studies, the brains and bodies of narcissists betray them." Read more.
~ The Science of Us [New York Magazine blog] (March 14, 2016)