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Released: 9-Jul-2020 9:20 AM EDT
Contracting COVID-19, Lifestyle and Social Connections May Play a Role
Association for Psychological Science

Current research indicates that unhealthy lifestyle choices along with emotional stressors like social are important risk factors for developing upper respiratory infections. It is possible these same factors also increase the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Stemming the Spread of Misinformation on Social Media
Association for Psychological Science

New research reported in the journal Psychological Science finds that priming people to think about accuracy could make them more discerning in what they subsequently share on social media.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Does Bedtime Media Use Harm Children’s Sleep? Only if They Struggle to Self-Regulate Behavior
Association for Psychological Science

New research reveals that media use before bedtime translates to less sleep for children who generally struggle to self-regulate their behavior.

Released: 18-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Claiming Journalism Is ‘Fake News’ May Satisfy a Personal Need for an Orderly World
Association for Psychological Science

People who use the term “fake news” to discredit information from largely legitimate news sources may do so partly to satisfy their need to see the world as an orderly and structured place.

Released: 9-Jun-2020 4:05 PM EDT
The Following News Release Contains Potentially Disturbing Content: Trigger Warnings Fail to Help and May Even Harm
Association for Psychological Science

New research suggests that trigger warnings have little or no benefit in cushioning the blow of potentially disturbing content and, in some cases, may make things worse.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Policing and Law Enforcement: Further Considerations from Psychological Science
Association for Psychological Science

Commentary by Ludmila Nunes, PhD, of the Association for Psychological Science on some research on police and stereotyping, police officers’ aggressiveness, and the impact of psychological science on policing in the United States.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Scanning the Brain to Predict Behavior, a Daunting ‘Task’ for MRI
Association for Psychological Science

To study the brain “in action,” researchers use a specialized form of brain imaging known as task-based functional MRI (task-fMRI), which shows how the brain responds to stimuli. While this technique can reveal much about the general workings of the average human brain, new research indicates that task-fMRI lacks the reliability to predict individual behavior or how a person might respond to mental-health therapies.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Racism: Further Considerations from Psychological Science
Association for Psychological Science

Commentary by Ludmila Nunes, PhD, of the Association for Psychological Science on existing body of knowledge on racism from the perspective of psychological science.

Released: 22-Apr-2020 3:50 PM EDT
From Voldemort to Vader, Science Says We Prefer Fictional Villains Who Remind Us of Ourselves
Association for Psychological Science

New research published in the journal Psychological Science shows people may find fictional villains surprisingly likeable when they share similarities with the viewer or reader.

Released: 30-Mar-2020 2:50 PM EDT
APS Backgrounder Series: Psychology and COVID-19
Association for Psychological Science

Through an ongoing series of backgrounders, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) is exploring many of the psychological factors that can help the public understand and collectively combat the spread of COVID-19. Each backgrounder features the assessments, research, and recommendations of a renowned subject expert in the field of psychological science.

Released: 19-Mar-2020 12:35 PM EDT
APS Journal Research Related to Epidemics: Publicly Available Online
Association for Psychological Science

The Association for Psychological Science has made previously published journal research pertaining to epidemics and related health issues publicly available.

Released: 6-Mar-2020 10:20 AM EST
Update: APS 2020 in Chicago Canceled
Association for Psychological Science

Thousands of scientists, educators, and students will gather in Chicago, May 21-24, to share the latest discoveries in the science of psychology during the Association for Psychological Science (APS) 2020 Convention.

Released: 13-Feb-2020 8:55 AM EST
Romance, Scent, and Sleep: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of
Association for Psychological Science

Forget counting sheep. If you really want a good night’s sleep, all you may need is your romantic partner’s favorite T-shirt wrapped around your pillow.

Released: 21-May-2012 11:15 AM EDT
Marketing Is More Effective When Targeted to Personality Profiles
Association for Psychological Science

Advertisers spend enormous amounts of time and money attempting to tailor their advertising campaigns to the needs of different demographic groups. After all, the concerns of first-year college students are going to be different from those of retired professionals. Even within a given demographic category, however, there are many individual differences, such as personality, that shape consumer behavior. A new study in Psychological Science, a publication of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that advertisements can be more effective when they are tailored to the unique personality profiles of potential consumers.

Released: 16-May-2012 1:00 PM EDT
Psychological Science Convention in Chicago: Music in the Mind, Mental Health, Learning and More
Association for Psychological Science

More than 4,000 psychological scientists, academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers, and administrators from 85 countries will gather in Chicago for the Association for Psychological Science’s 24th annual convention May 23-27, 2012 at the Sheraton Chicago. A concert with a former guitarist from the Black Eyed Peas and a five-time Grammy Award winning bassist will share the stage with musically talented scientists to discuss and explore music and the mind. Scientists will also present cutting-edge research on topics including: autism, ADHD, and the newest clinical treatments for mental health disorders; questions of incivility, ideology, and attitudes in politics; and the latest findings in decision-making science.

Released: 15-May-2012 10:00 AM EDT
People See Sexy Pictures of Women as Objects, Not People
Association for Psychological Science

Perfume ads, beer billboards, movie posters: everywhere you look, women’s sexualized bodies are on display. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that both men and women see images of sexy women’s bodies as objects, while they see sexy-looking men as people.

Released: 9-May-2012 9:35 AM EDT
Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! and How We Make Them – Insights from Psychological Science
Association for Psychological Science

Wouldn’t it be nice if all our decisions were the results of clear, rational, deductive reasoning? Of course they rarely are. A full range of emotions influence decision-making and experts in the field will look at fear and our transportation decisions following 9/11, psychic numbing and genocide and the effect of emotions on risky choices during the Association for Psychological Science annual convention in Chicago, from May 24-27, 2012.

Released: 25-Feb-2010 2:20 PM EST
Does the Devil Really Wear Prada? The Psychology of Anthropomorphism and Dehumanization
Association for Psychological Science

People talk to their plants, pray to humanlike gods, name their cars, and even dress their pets up in clothing. We have a strong tendency to give nonhuman entities human characteristics (known as anthropomorphism), but why? A new report examines the psychology of anthropomorphism.

Released: 24-Feb-2010 2:15 PM EST
Taxing Unhealthy Foods May Encourage Healthier Eating Habits
Association for Psychological Science

Study finds that taxing unhealthy foods leads to more reduced purchase of calories than subsidizing healthy foods.

Released: 23-Feb-2010 11:35 AM EST
The Science of Hollywood Blockbusters
Association for Psychological Science

There is something about the rhythm and texture of early cinema that has a very different “feel” than modern films. But it’s hard to put one’s finger on just what that something is. New research may help explain this elusive quality.

Released: 16-Feb-2010 1:35 PM EST
Bilingual Babies: The Roots of Bilingualism in Newborns
Association for Psychological Science

Infants born to bilingual mothers exhibit different language preferences than infants born to mothers speaking only one language. The results suggest that bilingual infants, along with monolingual infants, are able to discriminate between the two languages, providing a mechanism from the first moments of life that helps ensure bilingual infants do not confuse their two languages.

Released: 4-Feb-2010 10:45 AM EST
Study Reveals Potential Evolutionary Role for Same-Sex Attraction
Association for Psychological Science

Male homosexuality doesn’t make complete sense from an evolutionary point of view. One possible explanation is what evolutionary psychologists call the “kin selection hypothesis.” Homosexuality may convey an indirect benefit by enhancing the survival prospects of close relatives.

Released: 3-Feb-2010 12:15 PM EST
Pay it Forward: Elevation Leads to Altruistic Behavior
Association for Psychological Science

Seeing someone perform a virtuous deed makes us feel good--an uplifting emotion known as “elevation.” New findings suggest that elevation may lead to helping behavior: Participants who viewed an uplifting TV clip spent almost twice as long helping a research assistant than participants who saw a neutral TV clip or a comedy clip.

Released: 28-Jan-2010 12:25 PM EST
Study Says Lead May Be the Culprit in ADHD
Association for Psychological Science

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is among the costliest of behavioral disorders. New research suggests that the culprit may be an old villain—lead—and what’s more it explains the causal pathway from exposure to disability.

Released: 27-Jan-2010 12:55 PM EST
Attachment Style May Affect Memories of Relationship Events
Association for Psychological Science

The way highly anxious and avoidant individuals remember relationship events is based on their needs and goals for the relationship, but only if they were distressed when the memories were created.

Released: 27-Jan-2010 12:50 PM EST
Prayer Increases Forgiveness
Association for Psychological Science

Is it possible that directed prayer might spark forgiveness in those doing the praying—and in the process preserve relationships?

Released: 26-Jan-2010 11:50 AM EST
His or Hers Jealousy? Study Offers New Explanation for Sex Differences in Jealousy
Association for Psychological Science

Research has documented that most men become much more jealous about sexual infidelity than they do about emotional infidelity. Women are the opposite, and this is true all over the world.

Released: 25-Jan-2010 3:00 PM EST
Fluctuating Blood Glucose Levels May Affect Decision Making
Association for Psychological Science

People's preferences for current versus later rewards may be influenced by fluctuating blood glucose levels: Volunteers who drank a regular soda containing sugar were more likely to select receiving more money at a later date while the volunteers who drank a diet soda were likelier to opt for receiving smaller sums of money immediately.

Released: 21-Jan-2010 9:55 AM EST
Moving Through Time
Association for Psychological Science

Thinking of the past or future causes us to sway backward or forward.

Released: 19-Jan-2010 4:00 PM EST
Low Socioeconomic Status Affects Cortisol Levels in Children Over Time
Association for Psychological Science

Given the importance of identifying risk factors for such diseases early in life, a new study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, looked at the relationship between low SES and cortisol in children over a 2-year period. The researchers hypothesized that living in a low SES environment would increase cortisol trajectories over time.

Released: 14-Jan-2010 11:20 AM EST
Study Reveals Wanted Objects Are Seen as Closer
Association for Psychological Science

If we really want something, that desire may influence how we view our surroundings.

Released: 13-Jan-2010 12:15 PM EST
Men’s Testosterone Responses to Olfactory Ovulation Cues
Association for Psychological Science

Men who smelled shirts of ovulating women subsequently had higher levels of testosterone than men who smelled shirts worn by non-ovulating women, suggesting that testosterone levels may be responsive to smells indicating when a woman is fertile.

Released: 12-Jan-2010 12:30 PM EST
Labels and Political Affiliation May Affect Preferences
Association for Psychological Science

There may be a strong link between our political affiliation and how we react to certain labels. Democratic, Republican, and Independent volunteers support a mandatory environmental surcharge if it is described as an “offset,” while only Democratic volunteers support the surcharge when it is labeled as a “tax.”

Released: 6-Jan-2010 1:30 PM EST
Hand Amputation May Result in Altered Perception Around the Hands
Association for Psychological Science

New research indicates that amputation of the hand results in distorted visuospatial perception (i.e., figuring out where in space objects are located) of the area within reach of our hands.

Released: 5-Jan-2010 1:50 PM EST
Speech and Gesture Mutually Interact to Enhance Comprehension
Association for Psychological Science

New findings reveal that when gesture and speech convey the same information, they are easier to understand than when they convey different information. In addition, these results indicate that gesture and speech form an integrated system that helps us in language comprehension.

Released: 17-Dec-2009 4:10 PM EST
Racing, Shooting, and Zapping Your Way to Better Visual Skills
Association for Psychological Science

Is there any redeeming value in the hours that teens spend transfixed by these video games? According to a new study regular gamers are fast and accurate information processors, not only during game play, but in real-life situations as well.

Released: 16-Dec-2009 4:00 PM EST
Learning Styles Debunked
Association for Psychological Science

Are you a verbal learner or a visual learner? Chances are, you’ve pegged yourself or your children as either one or the other and rely on study techniques that suit your individual learning needs. However, a new report finds no evidence for the learning styles hypothesis.

Released: 3-Dec-2009 11:30 AM EST
Reactive Parenting May Be Linked To Working Memory
Association for Psychological Science

A new study reveals that mothers whose negativity was most strongly linked with their child’s challenging behaviors were those with the poorest working memory skills.

Released: 1-Dec-2009 8:40 PM EST
Psychologists Suggest Parents Should Wait to Teach Toddlers Self-Control
Association for Psychological Science

Psychologists suggest that it may be detrimental to the developing brain to push it toward maturity too soon.

Released: 16-Nov-2009 1:45 PM EST
Studies Link Parental Monitoring & Low Teen Marijuana Use
Association for Psychological Science

Many studies have focused on parents as being the best avenue for preventing adolescent marijuana use. According to a new meta-analysis, there is in a fact a strong, reliable link between parental monitoring and decreased marijuana usage in adolescents.

Released: 5-Nov-2009 9:00 AM EST
The Role of Parental Control in the West and East Asia
Association for Psychological Science

Recent studies investigating the question of parental control in the West and in East Asian countries suggest that extreme meddling by parents can have negative effects on their children’s psychological development in both of those regions, although the effects may not be uniform.

Released: 4-Nov-2009 3:25 PM EST
Digital Divide: Psychologists Suggest Ways to Include the Aging Population in the Technology Revolution
Association for Psychological Science

Technological advances are being made every day, making many of our lives easier and allowing information to be more accessible and available. However for some people, such as the aging population, technological progress can in fact be more limiting.

Released: 4-Nov-2009 3:20 PM EST
Study Suggests Handedness May Effect Body Perception
Association for Psychological Science

There are areas in the brain devoted to our arms, legs, and various parts of our bodies. The way these areas are distributed throughout the brain are known as “body maps” and now there is evidence that these maps may influence how we perceive our physical bodies.

Released: 2-Nov-2009 12:00 PM EST
Sneezing in Times of a Flu Pandemic: Exposure to Public Sneezing Increases Fears of Unrelated Risk
Association for Psychological Science

The swine flu (H1N1) pandemic has received extensive media coverage this year. The World Health Organization, in addition to providing frequent updates about cases of infection and death tolls, recommends hyper vigilance in daily hygiene such as frequent hand washing or sneezing into the crook of our arms. News reports at all levels, from local school closures to airport screenings and global disease surveillance, continue to remind us of the high risk.

Released: 30-Oct-2009 2:45 PM EDT
Study Suggests Link Between Face Shape and Aggression
Association for Psychological Science

Angry words and gestures are not the only way to get a sense of how temperamental a person is. According to new findings, a quick glance at someone’s facial structure may be enough for us to predict their tendency towards aggression.

Released: 14-Oct-2009 10:15 AM EDT
Bosses Who Feel Inadequate Can Turn Into Bullies
Association for Psychological Science

In a new twist on the adage "power corrupts," researchers at UC Berkeley and USC have found a direct link among supervisors and upper management between self-perceived incompetence and aggression.

Released: 2-Oct-2009 3:50 PM EDT
Where's the Science? The Sorry State of Psychotherapy
Association for Psychological Science

The prevalence of mental health disorders in this country has nearly doubled in the past 20 years. Who is treating all of these patients? Clinical psychologists and therapists are charged with the task, but many are falling short by using methods that are out of date and lack scientific rigor.

Released: 28-Sep-2009 1:45 PM EDT
Study Suggests Link Between Psychosis and Creativity
Association for Psychological Science

Van Gogh cut off his ear. Sylvia Plath stuck her head in the oven. Were they simply mad or brilliant? According to new research, maybe both: Volunteers with a specific variant of neuregulin 1 scored higher on a creativity assessment than volunteers with a different form of neuregulin 1.


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