How a Facebook Whistle-Blower Is Stoking the Kids’ Screen Time Debate

The latest burst of recriminations directed at social media emphasizes the harm that can be done to teenagers. Frances Haugen, a former Facebook Inc. product manager turned whistle-blower, says executives at Facebook are aware of research showing the company’s Instagram photo-sharing platform in particular can be detrimental to teenage girls with body-image issues. Even before …

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The Self-Help That No One Needs Right Now

Nothing about The Body Keeps the Score screams “best seller.” Written by the psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, the book is a graphic account of his decades-long career treating survivors of traumatic experiences such as rape, incest, and war. Page after page, readers are asked to wrestle with van der Kolk’s theory that trauma can sever the …

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Facebook’s Own Data is Not as Conclusive as You Think About Teens and Mental Health

On Tuesday, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a Senate panel. The hearing’s focus was advertised as “protecting kids online.” … Researchers have worked for decades to tease out the relationship between teen media use and mental health. Although there is debate, they tend to agree that the evidence we’ve seen so far is complex, contradictory and …

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California Will Require Large Retailers to Provide Gender-Neutral Toy Sections

California became the first state in the nation Saturday to adopt a law requiring large retail stores to provide gender-neutral toy sections under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The new law, which takes effect in 2024, says that retail stores with 500 or more employees must sell some toys and child-care products outside …

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Chemistry Between People: A Sum of Their Connections

Have you ever felt a special “spark” with someone—an intense bond with a potential partner, friend, or colleague? If so, you probably thought you experienced “chemistry.” Literary references to interpersonal chemistry appeared as early as 1590, when English poet John Donne wrote about “love alchemy” in his eighth elegy, The Comparison:  “Then like the Chymicks masculine equall fire,  Which in the Lymbecks warm wombe doth inspire  Into th’earths worthlesse durt a soule of gold,  Such …

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How Some Working, Single Moms Manage To Exercise

For the study, researchers followed more than 100 working, single mothers over a week and examined how their mindsets while balancing work and family tasks affected the likelihood of exhibiting healthy behaviors during their downtime. They found that family demands on working mothers make exercise much less likely when compared to people with fewer responsibilities. …

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Under the Cortex: Why Some People Won’t Get Vaccinated

Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are now widely available in the United States. But, wide availability doesn’t mean wide acceptance. Vaccine hesitancy and individuals who proudly claim they are anti-vax are not new phenomena. But why, with so much availability, do people resist vaccines so aggressively? What is the psychology behind this hesitancy? Is there …

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ERC Starting Grant Program Accepting Proposals

Early career scientists affiliated with an EU institution who are looking to work independently and lead a new research effort should consider applying for the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant program. These grants support scientific research from any field, including psychological science, and are available to researchers with 2-7 years of experience since the …

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APS Advocates for Behavioral Science in New EU Health Emergency Initiative

In recent letter, APS commends the European Union on a new health preparedness initiative and encourages the integration of the behavioral and social sciences, including psychological science, as the initiative’s work develops.  On September 16, 2021, the European Commission (EC)—the executive branch of the EU—adopted an initiative known as HERA, the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority. As its name suggests, HERA aims to …

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