When Versus Whether: Gender Differences in Leadership

In contemporary society, there is a significant rise in the number of women assuming leadership positions compared to past generations. Nevertheless, this raises the question: Do these growing numbers equate to equal access to opportunities? What are the common gender disparities seen in professional environments?  APS’s Özge Gürcanlı Fischer Baum chats with Hannah Bowles from

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Stuck in a rut? How to appreciate your life again, according to science

A new job, apartment or relationship can all come with a sheen of excitement. But that luster fades after a while. And everything seems a bit duller. There’s a term for that phenomenon, says Tali Sharot, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: habituation. It’s “our tendency to respond less

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In the Race to Artificial General Intelligence, Where’s the Finish Line?

To hear companies such as ChatGPT’s OpenAI tell it, artificial general intelligence, or AGI, is the ultimate goal of machine learning and AI research. But what is the measure of a generally intelligent machine? … “There’s no such thing as general intelligence, artificial or natural,” agrees Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology at the University of

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A Form of Benevolence Increases Tolerance of Domestic Violence Against Women

Violence against women is a particularly urgent problem in India and other countries where gender inequality is high. But Indians who worry about women being the victims of random violence in public are more likely to tolerate domestic violence against women in private, according to results of a study reported in Psychological Science.   The findings

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Opinion: Surgeons give patients too many opioids. A few simple steps could curb excess prescribing

America’s opioid epidemic is as bad as it has ever been. Although the sharp increase in opioid overdose deaths over the last decade is largely attributed to the rise in fentanyl distributed through drug cartels, a startling number can be traced to prescriptions. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 45 people died each

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Tools to Bolster Executive Function Skills in Kids

In this episode, Philip Zelazo and Ellen Galinsky join Under the Cortex to discuss their new paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science titled “Fostering Executive-Function Skills and Promoting Far Transfer to Real-World Outcomes: The Importance of Life Skills and Civic Science.” The conversation with APS’s Özge G. Fischer Baum reviews the many ways executive

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Teens’ Mental Health May Improve When They Help Others

In college my oldest son volunteered as a Big Brother and taught computer science at local elementary and middle schools. After graduating, he said his time with those young students was one of the most rewarding parts of his college experience. According to emerging research, it might also have improved his mental health. … “Part

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