Podcast Collection: Eight Early-Career Researchers on Their Inspirations, Methods, and Goals

The eight recipients of the 2022 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions are recognized for their groundbreaking work across diverse areas of psychological science. In recent months, each of them sat down with APS’s Charles Blue for a lively conversation on Under the Cortex, the APS podcast. The Spence Award recognizes APS …

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The Effortless Way to Dramatically Improve Your Memory, Backed by Science

Say you need to remember something important. Information from a meeting where taking notes wasn’t possible. A pitch you’ll make to investors. A presentation you’ll make to employees. So you take mental notes, or review written notes. You study, highlight, or rehearse. If you’re smart, you also sleep: According to a 2016 study published in Psychological Science, people who studied before …

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See Open Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health in Social and Behavioral Science

Social and Behavioral Sciences Administrator (Scientific Review Officer and Program Officer) GS-0101 12/13/14, Supervisory GS-0101 15 and Non-supervisory GS-0101 15 These global (NIH-wide) job announcements accept applications during the open period of 6/27/2022 through 7/6/2022. These announcements will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time (ET) on 7/6/2022, or on the day the 250th application is received, …

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Outnumbered: People Overestimate the Presence of Symbolically Threatening Groups

Each time we enter a new environment, we’re confronted by a flood of information. Our perception of a place might be influenced by the lighting, noise, the number of exits—and the occupants. When we perceive those people as symbolically threatening to our values and beliefs, whether because of their race, sexuality, political affiliation, or another …

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I Don’t Care If It’s Fake News, I Believe It

While the past several decades can rightly be called the “information age,” the rise of social media platforms makes is seem like the past few years could be considered the misinformation age. The viral nature of alternative facts, rumors, and planned disinformation campaigns has taken its toll on global politics, the economy, and healthcare. If …

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‘This Is the Price We Pay to Live in This Kind of Society’

Seeing news of mass shooting after mass shooting can produce both a stress response and a cynical sense that nothing will change. … The sites of mass shootings have become instantly recognizable markers of tragedy in the geography of recent American history: There’s Columbine, Parkland, Aurora, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Sandy Hook, and Virginia …

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Practical Ways to Alleviate Loneliness and Isolation Among Older Adults

Over 14 million older adults live alone in the U.S., according to the Administration on Aging[1]. Unfortunately, loneliness and isolation are serious issues with deleterious health implications. Both are linked to decreased physical and mental health, as well as increased mortality. In fact, The National Institute on Aging notes loneliness and isolation can lead to …

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Facial Expressions Do Not Reveal Emotions

Do your facial movements broadcast your emotions to other people? If you think the answer is yes, think again. This question is under contentious debate. Some experts maintain that people around the world make specific, recognizable faces that express certain emotions, such as smiling in happiness, scowling in anger and gasping with widened eyes in …

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