Psychology In the News

  • More than four out of five adults in the U.S. (86 percent) report that they constantly or often check their email, texts and social media accounts. This attachment to devices and the constant use of technology is associated with higher stress levels for these Americans.

  • The lexical competition that bilingual individuals experience has most often been studied using language-switching paradigms, in which participants alternate between naming stimuli in their first and second languages. Researchers have found that participants are slower to respond on trials where the language has just switched than on trials where the language has stayed the same as the language of the last trial. Click the title to read the full article!

  • In a recent study conducted by the Australian Department of Defense, a team of psychological scientists led by Kayla Johnson (Defence Science and Technology) and Eugene Aidman (University of Sydney) found that moderate doses of caffeine significantly improved driving performance in sleep-deprived individuals – even after 40 straight hours of wakefulness.

  • Bear and Glick found that a little reframing could help reduce the motherhood penalty by turning the labels around, framing mothers as “breadwinners” rather than “caregivers.” The researchers write, “Evidence from two studies supports the notion that the fatherhood bonus may be better understood as a breadwinner bonus that can apply to mothers as well as fathers, whereas the caregiver penalty remained gendered, occurring for mothers but not fathers."

  • girls as young as 6 start to believe that specific activities are “not for them” simply because they think they’re not smart enough. This research suggests that American children are picking up on cultural stereotypes about brilliance at an early age.

  • The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is bringing psychological science to bear on eyewitness identification procedures. “Eyewitness identifications play an important role in our criminal justice system, both by helping officers and agents identify suspects during an investigation and by helping juries determine guilt at trial,” says Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates. “It is therefore crucial that the procedures law enforcement officers follow in conducting those identifications ensure the accuracy and reliability of evidence elicited from eyewitnesses.”

  • What, exactly, is the problem with hypocrisy? When someone condemns the behavior of others, why do we find it so objectionable if we learn he engages in the same behavior himself? Click the article to read the full article!

  • For women considering careers in science, academia and beyond, the "mom penalty" is a reality that can shape their decisions and advancement. This article discusses a question "Is it possible to be a good academic and also a good mother?" Click the title to read the full article!
  • A new comprehensive research review suggests that for some people, social media use correlates with narcissism. University of Georgia psychology researchers performed a statistical review of 62 studies involving over 13,000 individuals. They discovered narcissism has a modest but reliable positive relationship with a range of social media behaviors.
  • Researchers have discovered new clues about how babies learn their initial words. It turns out, the researchers report in a new paper, that a baby’s first words are likely tied to their visual experiences and how they see the world around them. Check out this article!
  • The Roots of Implicit Bias

    December 8, 2016
    Even well-meaning people frequently harbor hidden prejudices against members of other racial groups. Studies have shown that these subtle biases are widespread and associated with discrimination in legal, economic and organizational settings.
  • One of the hottest trends in public schooling is what's often called dual-language or two-way immersion programs. An associate professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Gigi Luk says that "bilingualism is an experience that shapes our brain for a lifetime." What are some potential brain benefits of bilingual education?