Psychology In the News

  • Driving school for dogs

    December 7, 2012

    Trainers in New Zealand use shaping to teach rescue dogs to drive in hopes that showing the public their intelligence will increase adoption.

  • Read about how psychologists help physicians and patients make the most of their short appointment slots here.

  • The Emotional Citizen

    October 15, 2012

    Don't let your emotions get the better of you at the polls this November-learn more about the emotional biases that may affect voting behavior here.

  • Julie Neiworth, Professor of Psychology and Director of Neuroscience, was interviewed by USA Today about her latest research with students and the challenge of retesting retracted studies in science.

  • Can psychedelic drugs alleviate anxiety and depression? A psychiatrist at Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center discusses his research on administering psilocybin to terminally ill patients to mitigate their fear of mortality. Click here for the full article in New York Times Magazine.

  • R U friends 4 real?

    February 21, 2012

    With the advent of social network sites and text messaging, more and more teens rely on technology for social exchanges, and less and less on face-to-face interactions.  How does this impact social relationships and self-esteem? Psychologists discuss how contemporary communication methods affect social and mental well-being. Click here to read more.

  • A recent study suggests that teens who learn to effectively argue with their parents are more likely to resist negative social pressures like drugs and alcohol.  Healthy arguing can lead to independent thinking and confidence that may not necessarily be demonstrated by teens who are more passive with their parents.  Click here to read the full article from NPR.

  • The difference in effectiveness between drugs and placebos has been shrinking over time in a variety of trials. What is behind this bizarre trend? Click here for full article.

  • Would you kill a crying baby to save yourself and others from hostile soldiers outside? Neuroscience offers new ways to approach such moral questions, allowing logic to triumph over deep-rooted instinct. Click here to read an article from Discover Magazine on new studies that examine brain processes during moral dilemmas.

  • Scientists have touted laughter's healthful benefits for years.  But what is it about laughter that makes us feel so good? Researchers at Oxford performed an experiment on the role of hearty laughter in tolerating pain.  To read the full article, click here.

  • APS reports that a boy’s relationship with his mother changes as he grows up, and the way it changes can affect his behavior when he’s a teen, a new study says. For more on this story, click here.

  • NPR Interview

    December 6, 2010

    Julie Neiworth, Professor of Psychology, was interviewed recently for an NPR-related program about animal awareness and language. Click here to hear her interview which occurs about half-way through the program. It features her observations about the recent Hauser debacle at Harvard and the effect of it on the field of animal cognition and psychology.