Washington [US], February 16 (ANI): The longer the hesitation, the less sincere the response appears, suggested a new research drove by the American Psychological Association.
The study claimed that when people pause before replying to a question, even for just a few seconds, their answers are perceived to be less sincere and credible than if they had replied immediately.
The research was published in the ‘Journal of Personality and Social Psychology’.
“Evaluating other people’s sincerity is a ubiquitous and important part of social interactions,” said lead author Ignazio Ziano, Ph.D., of Grenoble Ecole de Management.
“Our research shows that response speed is an important cue on which people base their sincerity inferences,” added Dr Ziano.
Researchers conducted a series of experiments involving more than 7,500 individuals from the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. Participants either listened to an audio snippet, viewed a video, or read an account of a person responding to a simple question (example: did they like a cake a friend made or had they stolen money from work).
In each scenario, the response time varied from immediate to a 10-second delay. Participants then rated the sincerity of the response on a sliding scale.
Across all 14 experiments, participants consistently rated delayed responses as less sincere regardless of the question, whether it was a harmless one about cake or a more serious one about committing a crime.
A few conditions reduced this effect, the researchers found. For example, if the answer was considered socially undesirable, such as saying, “No, I don’t like it” when a friend asks if you like their cake, response speed did not seem to matter much; the answer was considered sincere whether it was fast or slow.
The researchers also found that if people thought a slower response was due to mental effort (for instance, having to think back if you had stolen candy 10 years ago), response speed had a smaller effect.
The findings have wide implications, according to Dr Ziano. “Whenever people are interacting, they are judging each other’s sincerity. These results can be applied to a wide range of interactions, going from workplace chit-chat to couples and friends bickering,” he said.
“Further, in job interviews and in court hearings and trials, people are often tasked with judgments of sincerity. Here, too, response speed could play a part.”
“Our results suggest that in this situation, the hiring manager is more likely to believe Ann than Barb, and therefore more likely to hire Ann,” said Dr Ziano. “In general, whenever there is a response that requires an answer, such as in a job interview, delayed responses can be perceived as less sincere.”
Another area where response time may be important is jury reactions to testimony in court.
“It would be unfair for the responder, such as a crime suspect, if the response delay was misattributed to thought suppression or answer fabrication when it was in fact caused by a different factor, such as simply being distracted or thoughtful,” said Dr Ziano.
The final experiment found that explicitly instructing participants to ignore delayed response reduced, but did not completely remove, the effect of delayed response on the judgment of sincerity or guilt.
“Nevertheless, our research shows that, on the whole, a fast response seems to be perceived as more sincere, while a response that is delayed for even a couple of seconds may be considered a slow lie,” said Dr Ziano. (ANI)
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Hema Malini receives COVID-19 vaccine shot in Mumbai
New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Veteran Bollywood actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Hema Malini on Saturday became the latest Indian celebrity to take a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The 72-year-old star took to her Twitter handle and shared pictures of her taking the vaccination at Cooper Hospital in Mumbai. Along with the photos, she tweeted, “I have taken the Covid vaccine along with the public at Cooper Hospital.”
In one of the pictures, she can be seen sporting a black printed top paired with a matching face mask, as she receives the vaccine shot from a medical worker.
The ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood became the latest addition to the list of celebrities who have taken the vaccination. Earlier stars like Saif Ali Khan, Kamal Haasan, and Satish Shah had also received the vaccination shots.
On a related note, several leading Bollywood stars had contracted the deadly disease earlier. Actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, and others have been infected with the virus.
In March 2020, Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, who rose to fame with her song ‘Baby Doll’, became the first Bollywood celebrity to become a victim of COVID-19. (ANI)
Janhvi Kapoor shares glimpse of her birthday cake from sets of ‘Good Luck Jerry’
New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor, who is currently shooting for her next film ‘Good Luck Jerry’, shared a glimpse of her birthday cake from the sets of the movie.
Celebrating her 24th birthday, the ‘Dhadak’ actor shared a short video on her Instagram story, giving a glimpse of her delicious birthday cake that her crew had got for her. Expressing her gratitude for the team she wrote “thank you” along with the video.
In the video, Janhvi can be seen filming her birthday cake, as she pans the camera towards one of her crew members holding a placard, with “I came for cake” written on it.
Janhvi’s cousin Shanaya Kapoor also wished her sister on the occasion by sharing a collage of two photos, which showed them hugging each other. One photo showed the sisters as children while the other showed them all grown up. Along with it, she wrote, “Happy birthday @janhvikapoor love you.”
Alia Bhatt also took to her Instagram story and shared a mesmerising photo of Janhvi. Along with the photo, she penned a sweet note for her that read, “Happy birthday you beautiful soul. Have the best best dayy.”
Meanwhile, on the work front, Janhvi will next be seen in ‘Roohi’, which is set to hit the big screens on March 11 this year. It also stars Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma in the lead roles.
The upcoming horror-comedy will become the first film to arrive in theatres after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting allowed cinema halls nationwide to operate at full capacity from February 1 with COVID-19 safety protocols put in place.
The film is based on the lines of the 2018 hit film ‘Stree’, which featured Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles. (ANI)
Steven Spielberg developing series based on Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’
Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): Popular American author Stephen King’s novels have been adapted into scores of famous films and TV shows. And now one of his most beloved books ‘The Talisman’ yet to be adapted is finally coming to the screen in the form of a series.
‘The Talisman’, which released in 1984, was co-written by King with Peter Straub. As per Entertainment Weekly, Spielberg has assembled some mighty collaborators to help him make the adaptation a reality.
The Duffer brothers will executive produce the series, which will be produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios.
Curtis Gwinn, who worked as a writer-executive producer on Duffer Brothers’ ‘Stranger Things’, will act as writer and showrunner on the upcoming project, which is in development.
‘The Talisman’ tells the story of a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer who sets off on an epic road-trip quest in order to save his dying mother’s life. He is in search of the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother but, as he learns, save the world. Sawyer’s journey criss-crosses two realities: the America we know and its dangerous, fantasy-world twin, The Territories.
The book was an instant best-seller when it hit stores in 1984, and King and Straub reunited for a sequel in 2001. On the adaptation front, the most recent developments occurred in 2019 when Mike Barker, who directed several episodes of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, was involved in what was then being envisioned as a feature.
Todd Cohen will oversee day-to-day development on the project for Amblin, along with Spielberg, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey. (ANI)
Nicolas Cage marries Riko Shibata in an intimate ceremony
Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): American actor Nicolas Cage has tied the knot for the fifth time. The ‘Ghost Rider’ actor married his girlfriend Riko Shibata in an intimate ceremony in Las Vegas.
As per People magazine, the much-in-couple got hitched on February 16 this year in Sin City’s Wynn hotel on a date chosen to honour his late father’s birthday. While the groom wore a Tom Ford tux, his bride wore a handmade Japanese bridal kimono from Kyoto.
Cage speaking about the marriage, told the outlet, “It’s true, and we are very happy.”
The wedding was a “very small and intimate wedding at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas,” according to a rep for Cage.
Shibata walked down the aisle to ‘Winter Song’ by Kiroro, her favourite track. Cage and Shibata exchanged traditional Catholic and Shinto vows with poetry from Walt Whitman and Haiku also included in the ceremony.
After the wedding, the happy couple attended a small celebration with Cage’s ex-wife, Alice Kim, with whom he remains very good friends, and their 15-year-old son Kal-El.
The couple met in Shiga, Japan, more than a year ago. Shibata’s name on the marriage certificate posted on the Clark County Clerk’s Office was listed as Riko Cage.
Prior to their wedding, the newlyweds were photographed for the first time together in February 2020 while making a visit to Cage’s nine-foot pyramid-shaped tomb at a New Orleans cemetery. Cage bought back his tomb in 2010 for his future burial.
A week after the visit, the couple were photographed holding hands while visiting the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Cage and Riko also enjoyed dinner and a movie while in the city, visiting the legendary hangout spot the Rainbow Room before heading to the Marriott Marquis.
This is Cage’s fifth marriage following his public split from Erika Kookie after a four-day marriage in March 2019, which took place in Las Vegas. He was granted a divorce two months later.
The actor was previously married to Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, to Lisa Marie Presley from 2002 to 2004, and to Kim from 2004 to 2016. In addition to Kal-El, Cage has a son, Weston from his relationship with actor Christina Fulton.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Cage recently appeared in action horror comedy ‘Willy’s Wonderland’, from first-time feature screenwriter G.O. Parsons. In the movie, Cage appears as The Janitor and has no dialogue.
He is set to play Tiger King subject Joe Exotic in an eight-episode scripted series from CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television. (ANI)
Cardi B deactivates Twitter after backlash over doll release
Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B has deactivated her Twitter account after facing intense backlash following the launch of her new doll.
On Friday, the rapper took to Instagram to announce the release of her new venture: an original doll modelled after the artist herself. Cardi revealed that she had designed her own doll with the brand Real Women Are.
However, it didn’t sit too well with fans who have been impatiently waiting for a new album instead. Fans replied to her post complaining that she was releasing a doll instead of working on fresh music. In the last seven months, Cardi has released hits like ‘WAP’ and ‘Up’.
After receiving flak, Cardi took to Instagram Live to set the record straight on all of her current ventures. She said that while she is working on new music, fans need to be patient as she puts her focus toward other projects, reported People magazine.
“I have so much pressure. I’m working on a lot of s— to please people. I wanna please my fans, because y’all been asking for something from me for a very long time that I can’t say, and I’m doing it for ya,” she said.
She posed a question for those who were frustrated that she was working on other businesses in the meantime. “How am I supposed to be rich? How am I supposed to build my net worth?” she said.
The backlash ultimately led the rapper to deactivate her Twitter account. Cardi has also deleted her Twitter in past for similar harassment claims of fans questioning her life choices.
Cardi had announced the release of the doll, writing, “BARDI GANG!! I’m dropping my own doll TODAY. Inspired by me. Created by me. Designed by me. Thank you @officialrealwomenare This means sooo much.”
In two follow-up videos, Cardi explained her decision to design a doll, adding that she plans to expand her doll line to include other artists and women in roles traditionally dominated by men.
“When this doll business got presented to me, one of the reasons I decided to do it is because I’m a girl’s mom,” she said.
The rapper added, “Nowadays, these dolls are not like Barbies. They are way more expensive. They come with way more fashion and are way more diverse. They come so chic and I constantly gotta spend money on these dolls. My daughter constantly want me to buy these dolls, she actually has a preference.”
Meanwhile, on the personal front, previously in September, Cardi filed for divorce from her husband and rapper Offset after three years of marriage.
Their split came after accusations of Offset’s infidelity resurfaced, but Cardi called off the divorce in October. The duo is proud parents to daughter Kulture. (ANI)
Taapsee Pannu breaks silence on IT Raids conducted at her property
New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu, who never shies away from speaking her mind, recently reacted to the Income Tax raids that took place at her property a few days back.
Taking a dig at the IT raids, Taapsee took to Twitter and addressed the allegations made against her. In a series of tweets, the actor said that there is no bungalow in her name in Paris or receipts of Rs. 5 crore payment to her. She even said that no raid had taken place in 2013 on her property either.
She tweeted, “3 days of intense search of 3 things primarily. 1. The keys of the “alleged” bungalow that I apparently own in Paris. Because summer holidays are around the corner.”
The ‘Pink’ actor added in a second tweet, “2. The “alleged” receipt worth 5 crores to frame n keep for future pitching coz I’ve been refused that money before.”
“3. My memory of 2013 raid that happened with me according to our honourable finance minister. P.S- “not so sasti” anymore,” she wrote in the last tweet.
The actor’s tweets come nearly three days after the Income Tax Department on March 3 began raiding entities connected to her and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap as well as his partners in the production house Phantom Films including film producer Vikas Bahl.
Raids were carried out across 30 locations in Mumbai and Pune. Reliance Entertainment group CEO Shibhasish Sarkar and some executives of celebrity and talent management companies KWAN and Exceed were also covered.
Phantom Films was established by Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane, producer Madhu Mantena and the former head of UTV Spotboy, Vikas Bahl, in 2011 before being dissolved in 2018.
Several political leaders and celebrities have reacted to the IT raids, including Rahul Gandhi and the Shiv Sena.
Anurag and Taapsee are outspoken critics of the government and have lent their support to various causes, including the ongoing farmer protests against the three farm laws. (ANI)
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