Assorted politicians constantly call for civility across the 2012 campaign landscape. Now they may need a net. A new study from Ohio State University reveals that winners act very aggressively against the people they beat.
“It seems that people have a tendency to stomp down on those they have defeated, to really rub it in,” says communications professor and co-author Brad Bushman. “Losers, on the other hand, don’t really act any