Perfectionism Is a Pathology, Not a Character Strength

We all know perfectionism as a quality we’re meant to be proud of, especially in professional settings. Society frames the drive to be perfect as a sign of a competent and ambitious individual. The word is synonymous with excellence. But emerging research in psychological science suggests that we pay a high price for our pursuit …

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Underweight and Overexposed: How Women’s Perceptions of Thinness Are Distorted 

How people judge others’ bodies might be influenced by what they are used to seeing in magazines, TV, or social media. Recent research suggests that women’s judgments about other women’s bodies can be biased by an overrepresentation of thinness.   In a recent study published in Psychological Science, young women were more likely to judge …

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How Work Is Evolving Under the Pressure of COVID-19  

The workplace has seen dramatic changes since March 2020, and so has the workforce. In a preconference workshop at the 2022 APS Annual Convention, an interdisciplinary program of speakers convened to share research on the COVID-19 pandemic from a variety of perspectives, including big-data analyses, research methodologies, individual differences, and group inequities related to jobs, well-being, …

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APS Receives Major Investment in Entrepreneurship and Psychological Science

In a significant show of interest in research on entrepreneurship and innovation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has awarded an $84,000 grant to support efforts by APS to advance and recognize field-leading work at the intersection of psychological science and entrepreneurship.   The three-year grant more than doubles the foundation’s initial award to APS, which has …

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National Science Foundation Seeks Reviewers for Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is seeking reviewers for the FY23 cycle and psychological scientists are encouraged to apply. More information about serving as a reviewer is below. An infographic highlighting the responsibilities, eligibility criteria, and timeline expected of a reviewer is available here. ABOUT NSF-GRFP The goals of the NSF-GRFP are 1) to select, …

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The August Collection: Attitude Changes, Cognition in Lemurs, and Much More 

How have our biases and attitudes changed in the last decade? Are there sex or gender differences in verbal skills? And do the impressions of personality we form from someone’s face depend on our culture? New research in APS journals explored these questions and much more, including ADHD, and cognitive control in lemurs. In this …

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Apply for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (Canada)

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides support to competitive and promising postdoctoral applicants continuing their research careers. Research areas funded by the program include the behavioral and social sciences and humanities, health research, and natural sciences and engineering. Fellowship awards are provided by the main three science agencies in Canada: the Social Sciences and Humanities …

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The Psychology of Inspiring Everyday Climate Action

WHEN KIMBERLY NICHOLAS, a sustainability scientist at Lund University in Sweden, decided that she needed to confront the climate effects of her frequent flying, she took a scientist’s approach. She spent hours making meticulous spreadsheets comparing the costs of all the modes of transport she might take—in terms of time, finances, and emissions—and when she finished, …

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How to Foster Healthy Scientific Independence—for Yourself and Your Trainees

One of the most paradoxical concepts in science is independence. Almost nothing that we do as scientists is the product of complete independence. We work closely under the guidance of mentors for years as trainees and, even long afterward, our very best work is often the product of a team. To paraphrase Isaac Newton, all …

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