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Collaborative Research, Globalization Efforts Are Priorities for APS President-Elect Randi Martin

New to the APS Board of Directors, left to right: Teresa Bajo, Randi Martin, Lila Davachi Psychological scientists Randi Martin, Teresa Bajo, and Lila Davachi joined the APS Board of Directors for three-year terms on June 1, complementing the existing board membership with extensive experience influencing our understanding of memory, cognitive neuroscience, and language, among …

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Loneliness Poses Profound Public Health Threat, Surgeon General Says

Loneliness presents a profound public health threat akin to smoking and obesity, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy warned in an advisory issued Tuesday that aims to rally Americans to spend more time with each other in an increasingly divided and digital society. Murthy said half of U.S. adults experience loneliness, which has consequences for mental and …

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The Truth About Teens, Social Media and the Mental Health Crisis

Back in 2017, psychologist Jean Twenge set off a firestorm in the field of psychology. Twenge studies generational trends at San Diego State University. When she looked at mental health metrics for teenagers around 2012, what she saw shocked her. “In all my analyses of generational data — some reaching back to the 1930s — …

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A Science-Backed Way to up Your Popularity and Friendship

A new study published in Psychological Science gives important clues to people who aspire to be liked by others. The study suggests that one’s behavior and actions might lead to general popularity in certain cases, while others might lead to unique connections with specific people. “People form judgments about each other very quickly in the getting acquainted process and …

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Passion, Dedication, Brilliance: Diverse Voices and Perspectives at the 2023 APS Annual Convention 

Photo above: A highlight of the 2023 APS Annual Convention was the inclusivity spotlight, “Upending Racism in Our Science: Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” featuring Idia Binitie Thurston (Texas A&M University) and moderated by John T. Jost (New York University). If the 2023 APS Annual Convention were categorized alphabetically, it might break down something …

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2023 Convention: The Person at the Center of Entrepreneurship

Photo above: Constance Dierickx, Nikki Blacksmith, and Kelly Shaver present the symposium Psychological Science and Entrepreneurship at the 2023 APS Annual Convention. See all coverage from the 2023 APS Annual Convention In 2020, APS and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation initiated a partnership to grow research at the intersection of psychological science and entrepreneurship. To …

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America Is in Its Insecure-Attachment Era

About a decade ago, the social psychologist Sara Konrath led a study that yielded some disturbing results. As a researcher at Indiana University, she’d already found that narcissism rates seemed to be increasing among Americans, and empathy decreasing; that was a combination that didn’t bode well, she feared, for the quality of people’s relationships. So …

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Want to Raise Kind, Generous Kids? Take Them to an Art Museum

Entrepreneur parents work long hours building their companies to provide materially for their families and make sure they can offer their kids the best start in life. But most would probably agree that the monetary side of things is only part of the battle. Few parents would be satisfied if they gave their kids everything money …

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For Black Drivers, a Police Officer’s First 45 Words Are a Portent of What’s to Come

When a police officer stops a Black driver, the first 45 words said by that officer hold important clues about how their encounter is likely to go. Car stops that result in a search, handcuffing, or arrest are nearly three times more likely to begin with the police officer issuing a command, such as “Keep …

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