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Join APS in Celebrating the 2024 APSSC Poster Award Winners

2024 Student Research Award | 2024 RISE Research Award | 2024 Emerging Scholar Award With each APS Annual Convention since 1991, hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as psychological scientists across all levels and expertise, have the chance to present their research and make connections with their colleagues. Of the 2,000 posters submitted to this year’s Convention, […]

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Why You Get Your Best Ideas in the Shower

Social media is rife with groups dedicated to sharing so-called “shower thoughts.” … The proper balance between engagement and disengagement is turbocharged in the shower. John Kounios, professor of psychology at Drexel University and co-author of the book The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain, thinks he knows why. In the shower we

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Moving in Childhood Contributes to Depression

In recent decades, mental health providers began screening for “adverse childhood experiences” — generally defined as abuse, neglect, violence, family dissolution and poverty — as risk factors for later disorders. … Shigehiro Oishi, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and the author of a 2010 study on the long-term effects of frequent

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Teens Feel Less Emotional Support Than Their Parents Think They Do, New Report Shows

As a youth mental health crisis persists in the US, a new report highlights a significant gap between the level of support that teenagers feel and the amount that parents think their children have. Only about a quarter of teens said they always get the social and emotional support they need, but parents were nearly

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Keynote Address: The i-frame and the s-frame: How Focusing on Individual-level Solutions has Led Behavioral Public Policy Astray

Please log in to view this content. Login Speaker: George Loewenstein, Carnegie Mellon University Many behavioral scientists propose and test policy interventions that seek to ‘fix’ problems with individual behavior (adopting an “i-frame”) rather than addressing the system in which individuals operate (an “s-frame”). In his Keynote Address, Loewenstein explores the impact of such i-frame interventions and

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Keynote Address: Easier: Why Achieving Your Goals Starts with Shaping Your Situation

Please log in to view this content. Login Speaker: Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania It is often said that you cannot control your circumstances, but, with effort, you can control how you react to them. In this Keynote presentation, Duckworth challenges this perspective. New research grounded in the Process Model of Behavior Change shows why

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Inclusivity Spotlight: “Churn”: Life in a Diverse Society and How to Make it Work

Please log in to view this content. Login Speaker: Claude Steele, Stanford UniversityModerator: Sheri J. Mizumori, University of Washington Churn is the mental agitation and physical stress people can experience in diverse settings. This stress can affect our ability to form successfully diverse communities in our society and institutions. The threat begins with knowledge that

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Plenary Session: Beyond False i-frame/s-frame Dichotomies: A Multi-level Complex Systems View of Social and Behavioral Change

Please log in to view this content. Login Speaker: Elke U. Weber, Princeton University There has been harsh scrutiny recently on behavioral science and its focus on individual behavior change to address societal challenges, such as climate change or obesity, the origins of which also involve human institutions and social processes. Skepticism stems from evidence

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These Science-based Tips Can Help You Manage Conflicts in Relationships

Conflicts are inevitable even in the most loving of relationships. Goals, needs and interests will differ on matters great and small — parenting styles, delegation of chores, whether the toilet seat should be up. Contrary to popular belief, though, conflicts in and of themselves are not a sign that there’s something wrong with the relationship,

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Crowding Out Falsehoods

Quick Take By aggregating the perceptions of diverse individuals, researchers can extract accurate information from even the most contentious crowds. Politically balanced crowds of laypeople identify potential sources of misinformation nearly as accurately as professional fact-checkers.  Cognitive models of how people report information could help researchers debias the wisdom of crowds to generate more objective

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