Psychology In the News
- March 7, 2017
Virtual reality headsets are often associated with video games and fun, but companies are also working to use them for mental health therapies, to treat phobias, anxiety or addictions. Some phobias, for instance, can be effectively treated by gradually exposing a patient to his or her worst fear, be it spiders, plane travel or small, enclosed spaces.
- March 1, 2017
Recent research makes the pattern with women and alcohol clear. Analyzing 68 alcohol-use studies from around the world dating to the mid-1900s, Australian researchers found a remarkably steady “gender convergence.” Click the title to read the full article!
- February 27, 2017
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.
- February 22, 2017
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!
- February 14, 2017
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.
- February 9, 2017
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."
- January 30, 2017
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.
- January 23, 2017
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.”
- January 13, 2017
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!
- December 21, 2016For 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!
- December 16, 2016A 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.
- December 14, 2016Researchers 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!