Would you be self-conscious if you were asked to wear a yellow Barry Manilow T-shirt in front of a room full of students? Do you think everyone would take notice of your cheesy T-shirt? Or is it possible people won't take much. if any, notice? My column in this week's Southern Star explores what psychologists call the spotlight effect - the tendency of people to think that "the social spotlight shines more brightly on them than it really does". As always, the column will be reproduced on this blog next week.