Emotional connections with others are one of the fundamental ingredients for a fulfilled life and provide a kind of social “warmth.” New research in Psychological Science suggests that this social warmth may be more than a metaphor. More>>
Researchers Rocio Garcia-Retamero, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany, and Edward Cokely, Michigan Technological University, USA, discuss the important role that visual aidscan play in communicating health-related information. More>>
For men with a certain facial structure, aggressive behavior might actually be a go-to strategy for getting ahead. Men who find themselves at the bottom of the social status ladder, and who have greater facial width-to-height ratios, tend to be more aggressive than their coworkers. More>>
Email and social media have facilitated a rising number of personal attacks against scientists who generate controversial discoveries. In the articles Subterranean War on Science and Inconvenient Truth-Tellers, scientists discuss what happens when their work yields unpopular findings.
Inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science
APS announces a major new initiative, the world’s first international conference dedicated to scientific advances in all areas of psychology and related disciplines. The inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) will be held in the heart of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 12-14 March 2015. Three features make ICPS unique: Integrative Science Symposia, Skill-Building Workshops, and International Scope. A forthcoming Call-for-Presentations will announce opportunities for you to take part in ICPS symposia and scientific poster presentations. For now, mark your 2015 calendar with this historic event for psychological science. More>>
Vol. 49, 2221-2228
Selected by Sergio Della Salaand Jordan Grafman
Sleep Unbinds Memories from Their Emotional Context
Deliens, G., Gilson, M., Schmitz, R., & Peigneux, P.
Many of us might remember our parents insisting that we get a good night’s sleep before a big exam or test, with the argument that being well rested would help us perform at our best. Research is showing that sleep plays an important role in the stabilization and strengthening of memories. In particular, research has shown that sleep makes memories more resistant to interference from competing lexical information. The authors of a recent article in the journal Cortex wondered if sleep could also protect memories from emotional interference. More>>