Two renowned European psychological researchers, both of whom focus on cognitive neuroscience, have been awarded the world’s largest prize for brain research. APS Fellows Stanislas Dehaene and Trevor Robbins, along with Italian neurophysiologist Giacomo Rizzolatti, are receiving the Brain Prize of €1 million for “pioneering research on higher brain functions.” The Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize Foundation is making the award.
Dehaene, Chair of Experimental Psychology at Collège de France, will be a keynote speaker at the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) in March 2015 in Amsterdam. The ICPS, organized under the auspices of APS, is a showcase for world-class integrative science of the kind exemplified in the work of the Brain Prize recipients.
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Material resources, specifically income, have a sustaining impact on our lives. They dictate fundamental aspects of life, like where we live, and more peripheral aspects, such as whether we can go to the office happy hour.
But research reveals that material resources can also influence how we judge other people.
The findings, published in Psychological Science, suggest that individuals with lower incomes are more likely to issue harsher judgments of harmful behavior, like lying or physically attacking someone. Global factors, like the economy, as well as individual factors, such as mood, influence this effect.
Using the 2009 World Values Survey, researchers Marko Pitesa of Grenoble École de Management and Stefan Thau of INSEAD examined data regarding individual’s moral judgments, income, and inflation. Their analyses revealed that a lack of material resources and economic inflation were both associated with harsher moral judgments. Additionally,…
Almost half a century after the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, many American cities – including New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; and Houston – are still vastly segregated by neighborhood. White people tend to group in certain areas, Black people in another, Asian people in another still.
And yet, changes to local demographics, housing policies, lending practices, and real estate markets over the last 50 years are increasing the sociocultural diversity of many city neighborhoods.
How will individuals living in these neighborhoods react to the changes? Will greater integration promote more contact and trust between groups?
A recent study published in Psychological Science examined just that, surveying more than 1,500 people in 224 neighborhoods throughout England.
About half of the participants were White British people — the majority group members in these neighborhoods – while the other half were ethnic…
APS is pleased to announce a new Registered Replication Report project is under way. The replication editors at Perspectives on Psychological Science will be reviewing applications to participate in this project through April 10th. Applicants should note that this study requires that subjects be native English speakers. Links to the study protocol and application to participate, as well as to the full project site on Open Science Framework, can be found here.
Significant financial support is available. Researchers can seek funding for expenses related to conducting the replication, such as subject testing fees, materials, and other costs. Applications are available from the replication editors.
This Registered Replication Report will focus on a study reported in a 2011 Psychological Science article by William Hart and Dolores Albarracín entitled “Learning About What Others Were Doing: Verb Aspect and Attributions of Mundane and Criminal Intent for Past Actions.” That article…
A boost to income can increase happiness to a certain degree, but research suggests how you spend your money may be equally important as the amount you have.
According to researchers Elizabeth Dunn of the University of British Columbia, Lara Aknin of Simon Fraser University, and Michael Norton of Harvard Business School, people’s intuitions about money and happiness sometimes lead them astray.
“Thinking about money may propel individuals toward using their financial resources to benefit themselves, but spending money on others can provide a more effective route to increasing one’s own happiness,” the researchers explain.
Their own research shows, for example, that participants who were given money and assigned to spend…