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Does Electing Women Matter? Here’s What The Research Says.

What we know from the recent research in psychology, political science, and economics. The post Does Electing Women Matter? Here’s What The Research Says. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Yale Psychologist Paul Bloom Argues In a New Book That Feeling Empathy “Makes the World Worse”

What could possibly be bad about feeling empathy? In this three-minute video, Yale professor of psychology and cognitive science Paul Bloom explains why empathy is "fundamentally, from a moral standpoint, a bad thing."

Why We Procrastinate

E-commerce platform Shopify digs into the science and psychology which drives us to blow off work and not get things done, and even though we might think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, there is hope for chronic dilly-dallier...

OR YOU COULD STOP ROTATING THE CAT AND WRITE: The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of…

OR YOU COULD STOP ROTATING THE CAT AND WRITE: The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine.

Is the Lie Detector Based on Junk Science?

Morton E. Tavel, Skeptical Inquirer: Much of the American public seems to be convinced that the "lie detector" is valid, as indicated by its ubiquitous use in "whodunit" literature and on television crime, psychology, talk, and news shows.... Show More Summary

Fewer romantic prospects may lead to riskier investments

Encountering information suggesting that it may be tough to find a romantic partner shifts people's decision making toward riskier options, according to new findings from a series of studies published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. read more

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA): Dr. Arrigo Awarded by AAAS

Earlier this year, Dr. Jean Maria Arrigo was celebrated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the recipient of its 2015 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award. 2015 AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility...Show More Summary

The science of a good cry: In evolutionary terms, it signals two things

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The shedding of emotional tears is unique to humans, but our evolutionary, psychological, and biological reasons for “crying it out” remain a mystery.

The Psychology of Creepiness

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Image: McAndrew and Koehnke) What does it mean to be creepy? We recently looked at cartoon illustrations. Now let's look at the science of creepiness. Francis T. McAndrew and Sara S. Koehnke of Knox College recently published an article on the subject in New Ideas in Psychology. Show More Summary

Understanding genes linked to autism-relevant behavior in high-risk siblings

University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences psychology researchers are searching for early markers of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previously, UM researchers published a study predicting ASD symptoms from children's behavior in the first year of life. Show More Summary

The Science of Time Explains Boredom and Stress, and How to Deal With Them

Excerpted from Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time by Marc Wittmann published last month by The MIT Press. All rights reserved. Boredom--Agonizing Time and Self A memory of mine from Hong Kong: on one of the picturesque...Show More Summary

Spending that fits personality can boost well-being

Money could buy happiness if your purchases fit your personality, according to a new study that examines nearly 77,000 actual UK bank spending transactions. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the AssociationShow More Summary

Stuttering isn’t only psychological – and a cure might be coming

Often subjected to cruel jibes and strange treatments, stammerers are finally getting answers from brain science and genetics

Psychologists don’t REALLY think their field is in crisis (but finding fails to replicate)

In the wake of recent failures to repeat some of psychology’s most famous findings, not to mention a few cases of outright research fraud, it’s been claimed that psychological science is in a bit of state. Many psychologists have responded...Show More Summary

The Reduction of Ego-Depletion

In recent years, psychological science has been increasingly roiled by a "replication crisis" wherein numerous theories the field was once certain about are proving rather wobbly on closer inspection. With the release of a new replication...Show More Summary

How Failure Is Moving Science Forward

Psychology, biomedicine and numerous other fields of science have fallen into a crisis of confidence recently, after seminal findings could not be replicated in subsequent studies. These widespread problems with reproducibility underscore a problem that I discussed here last year — namely, that science is really, really hard. Show More Summary

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7 Behaviors That Are Actually Contagious, According To Science

last monthNews : Huffington Post

Certain behaviors -- like laughing and yawning -- can be easier to catch than the cold that's going around your office, according to psychologists.  "Behavioral contagion" is a well-documented phenomenon in psychology. Our brains are hardwired for social interaction and bonding. Show More Summary

Made ya look: Moviegoers may have little control over eye movements, study finds

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Hollywood-style films may control viewers' attention more than originally thought, according to a Kansas State University researcher. Lester Loschky, associate professor of psychological sciences, recently published "What Would Jaws Do? The Tyranny of Film" in PLOS ONE. Show More Summary

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