Psychology In the News

  • Despite its bad reputation, scientists find that anger can sometimes have positive benefits, such as providing feedback in social relationships, giving us the courage to be assertive, and causing creative bursts.

  • Have a big project or test coming up? Want to finish comps in a timely manner? Researchers find that planning complex tasks backwards helps you reach your goals more quickly and efficiently.

  • Have you ever wondered why creativity tends to decline as we get older? Research shows that it may be because of tension that exists between two types of thinking called exploration and exploitation.

  • (Dis)Connected

    March 24, 2017

    Feeling disconnected in the age of smartphones? Psychologists’ research shows how our devices are affecting our health and well-being, and points the way toward taking back control.

  • “What do you do?” is usually one of the very first questions that comes up in a conversation between two strangers. For many of us, a job is more than just a paycheck, it plays a big role in determining how we see ourselves. Losing a job can feel like losing a part of who we are.

  • John Krakaeur, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and his colleagues argue that fancy new technologies is leading the field astray. “People think technology + big data + machine learning = science,” says Krakauer. “And it’s not.” Check out the full article by clicking the title!

     

  • Our legal system is one of the most impressive feats of Western civilization. But psychology and neuroscience in recent years have shown many of its tacit assumptions to be out of sync with our best understanding of how our brains and minds work.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.