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I Need to Hold Your Hand: The Social Regulation of Emotion

Have you ever wondered why people surrounded by friends or family appear happier and healthier? Or why a mother’s hand so quickly soothes a scared child? University of Virginia researcher […]... More>


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How Beliefs About the Self Shape Personality and Behavior

Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck tells the story of Barbara Herbert and Daphne Goodship, identical twins who were separated at birth and adopted into different families, completely unaware of each […]... More>


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Aiming at Happiness and Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

Let it not be said that psychological science doesn’t ask the big questions. You know — big questions, like: Which is better, a Snickers bar or a bag of chips? […]... More>


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Vive la Difference (Not la Deficit)

The study of human differences has been an important part of psychological science, but comparing people — in terms of intelligence or various measures of personality or ability — has […]... More>


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How Culture Affects the Way We Think

“Culture is like water for fish,” APS Fellow and Charter Member Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan, explained during the special Culture and Cognition themed program at the APS 19th Annual […]... More>