Learning a New Skill Can Be Hard. Here’s How to Set Yourself Up for Success

This is one of my favorite questions to ask people: What was the last thing you taught yourself how to do? I (Rommel) like it because the answers are usually less about the actual skill and more about the motivation behind learning it. It’s a question I leaned on a lot when I was booking …

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the Father of ‘Flow,’ Dies at 87

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian American psychologist who showed how everyone from artists to assembly-line workers can be transported to a state of focused contentment by getting caught in the “flow,” a term he coined and later popularized, died on Oct. 20 at his home in Claremont, Calif. He was 87. His son, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, said …

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How Psychologists Can Help Treat Chronic Pain

Over the past two decades, as the opioid crisis has shaken the public’s view of painkillers and pharmaceutical companies have come under fire for their marketing practices, many patients are looking for alternatives. One of the leading contenders has become treating pain with talk therapy. Psychologists, therapists and social workers have quietly become a crucial …

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Under the Cortex: Toys, Tots, and Gender

With the holidays nearly upon us, parents are thinking more seriously about Yuletide gifts for their children. From shopping malls to online retailers, marketing and product placements often fall along clearly defined lines: certain toys for boys and certain toys for girls. To tell us what this means for children and childhood development, we have …

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Taxing Sugary Drinks Curbs Consumption, But Only When Costs ‘Pop’

Summary: Consumer taxes on sugary beverages are meant to curb consumption, but they are effective only when increased costs are salient at the point of purchase, according to new research published in Psychological Science. From sodas to sports drinks, sweetened beverages are a staple of the American diet, though this is not without consequences. Excessive …

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Scientists Have Passions Outside the Lab. We Should Embrace That

In August, I contemplated revealing a personal secret about a postdoc in my lab. But before I did, I reached out to the postdoc, Victoria, to ask for permission: “Do you want me do a Twitter thread about you and your new book? Or would you prefer to keep your two identities separate?” Five days …

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They Never Forget a Face. Research Delves into How ‘Super-Recognizers’ Can Do This.

Super-recognizers never forget a face. They need to focus on it only once to instantly recognize it again, even if they encounter it years later, and sometimes even if they see only one feature, such as the eyes. They also can get a pretty good idea of what a face looks like in profile if …

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The (Literally) Effortless Way to Learn Faster and Improve Your Memory, Backed by Science

We all have things we need to remember. A pitch. A presentation. Material for a test.  So you study. You read and re-read. And highlight. And re-read again. You devote what at least feel like endless hours to the pursuit of knowledge and recall.  And even if you do manage to remember what you needed to remember, still: The process of learning took way …

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Psychological Science and Entrepreneurship Poster Award at the 2022 APS Convention

APS is pleased to announce an award recognizing and encouraging integrative research in the area of psychological science and entrepreneurship. With the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Psychological Science and Entrepreneurship Poster Award is intended to stimulate research in entrepreneurship, which is the capacity and willingness to develop, organize, and manage a business venture, …

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