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  • April 18, 2014

    Blame Your Parents for Your Procrastinating Ways

    To read the Gustavson, Miyake, Hewitt, & Freidman (2014) click here.


    "Previous research has revealed a moderate and positive correlation between procrastination and impulsivity. However, little is known about why these two constructs are related. In the present study, we used behavior-genetics methodology to test three predictions derived from an evolutionary account that postulates that procrastination arose as a by-product of impulsivity: (a) Procrastination is heritable, (b) the two traits share considerable genetic variation, and (c) goal-management ability is an important component of this shared variation. These predictions were confirmed. First, both procrastination and impulsivity were moderately heritable (46% and 49%, respectively). Second, although the two traits were separable at the phenotypic level (r= .65), they were not separable at the genetic level (rgenetic = 1.0). Finally, variation in goal-management ability accounted for much of this shared genetic variation. These results suggest that procrastination and impulsivity are linked primarily through genetic influences on the ability to use high-priority goals to effectively regulate actions."

  • February 7, 2014

    The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour

  • January 28, 2014

    Nonaccidental Properties Underlie Human Categorization of Complex Natural Scenes


  • December 5, 2013

    Ethical Violations: When One Thing Leads to Another

    "Not everyone is destined to follow one misdeed with another, but a new study reveals what type of person is likely to be a “repeat offender”. In a series of experiments, behavioral researcher Shu Zhang of Columbia Business School and her colleagues found that people who derive a sense of security from the status quo are significantly more likely to follow one ethical lapse with another than are people who are comfortable with change."

    Read the full APS review here.

  • November 18, 2013

    Personality Maturation Around the World: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Social-Investment Theory

    What causes personality maturation in early adulthood? Some researchers say maturation is determined by genetic factors (five-factor theory); others say it is related to culture-specific expectations for behavior at a certain age (social-investment theory). In the research reported here, Bleidorn et al. (2013) examined Big Five personality data, collected as part of the Gosling-Potter Internet Personality Project from participants in 62 countries, and indices of the timing of a variety of socially normative behaviors — such as marriage, parenthood, and entry into the workforce — for those countries. Although personality did mature as people aged, the faster maturation found in countries with earlier transition to adult roles supports social-investment theory.

  • October 17, 2013

    Synesthesia for Color Is Linked to Improved Color Perception but Reduced Motion Perception

    Work on synesthesia has predominantly focused on confirming the authenticity of synesthetic experience, but much less research has been conducted to examine the extent to which synesthesia is linked to broader perceptual differences. The research reported here examines whether synesthesia is associated with differences in color and motion processing by comparing these abilities in synesthetes who experience color as their evoked sensation with nonsynesthetic participants.

  • September 19, 2013

    Does Facebook make us unhappy?

    No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely. But a new study from the University of Michigan psychologist Ethan Kross argues that that’s exactly how it makes us feel. Read the study here.

  • March 20, 2013

    Revisiting the 'Cocktail Party Problem'

    Researchers at Columbia University shed new light on how we attend to information in environments with numerous stimuli.

  • February 28, 2013

    Five major mental disorders share a genetic link

    After conducting a large scale study, research published in The Lancet reveals a common genetic link between five major mental illnesses.  Read the AP article here, and the original publication here.

  • January 14, 2013

    Challenging the Darwinian theories on gender differences in human mating

    Are alleged gender differences in human mating behavior due to biology or cultural construction?  Read this insightful opinion piece and see what you think.

  • December 14, 2012

    Researchers question the reasoning for compliance in Zimbardo and Milgram's classic studies

    Two researchers have recently published a new interpretation of the classic Milgram Obedience study and Zimbardo's prison study. Click here for a news story about their article.

  • December 13, 2012

    New research on reasoning in children, or how to pass the false belief test at age 3!

    A new article in Psychological Science proposes explores early reasoning and executive control processing in young children. Click here to read an APS news story of the findings.