Science Says Using YouTube and Google the Wrong Way Leads to Extreme Overconfidence

I’ve learned to do a lot of things by watching YouTube videos. Wire a four-way circuit. Replace the control board on a clothes dryer. Create complicated (at least to me) spreadsheet pivot tables. Granted, “learned” is an overstatement. I got a basic sense of what to do. Most of what I learned actually came from doing, and …

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Webinar: Essential Science Conversations

ARPA and You: Research Process and Funding Opportunities at Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Wednesday, November 16, 2022 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET) Register The federal Advanced Research Projects Agencies include behavioral and social sciences research in their funding portfolios, yet many psychologists are unaware of the opportunities and know little about how …

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Why Is Everyone Else Having More Fun? Part 2 of 3 With David Myers 

David Myers, a social psychologist and professor of psychology at Hope College in Michigan, joined us in the last episode to speak about his latest book, How Do We Know Ourselves? Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind. In this episode, he and APS’s Ludmila Nunes discuss the second section of the book, which focuses …

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Was I Happy Then? Our Current Feelings Can Interfere with Memories of Past Well-Being

Many of us spend our lives chasing “happiness,” a state of contentment that is more difficult for some to achieve than others. Research in Psychological Science suggests that one reason happiness can seem so elusive is that our current feelings can interfere with memories of our past well-being.  “Happy people tend to overstate the improvement …

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Deprivation May Explain the Link Between Early Adversity and Developmental Outcomes in Adolescence 

Experiences of early adversity due to poverty, abuse, and neglect are known to interfere with children’s cognitive and emotional development. Recent research in Psychological Science expands on past work by indicating that experiences of deprivation and threat may influence children’s psychological development differently. That is, early deprivation experiences, such as parental neglect and financial difficulties, …

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Content Moderators Pay a Psychological Toll to Keep Social Media Clean. We Should Be Helping Them

Content moderators are the unsung heroes of the internet. They work in a growing field which upholds the social media infrastructure of today. But keeping us safer, by constantly seeing and filtering the worst content online, takes its toll. Can people really cope with this constant barrage of horror? One of the main handbooks for …

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Anxiety Does Not Cause Bad Results in Exams

Exams are nerve-racking, especially for those already of an anxious disposition. The silence of the hall; the ticking of the clock; the beady eye of the invigilator; the smug expression of the person sitting at the neighbouring desk who has finished 15 minutes early. It therefore seems hardly surprising that those who worry about taking tests …

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Can’t Sleep? Try Sticking Your Head in the Freezer.

A good night’s sleep can make us more empathetic, more creative, better parents and better partners, according to Aric Prather, a psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco who treats insomnia and is the author of the new book “The Sleep Prescription.” Sleep can help us manage stress; it can make us competent and …

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