When we see food, our brains process its perceived tastiness before assessing its healthfulness. That’s what psychological scientists found when they used a novel experimental technique to evaluate students’ food choices. More>>

Introducing and strengthening false memories is surprisingly easy, recent findings suggest. Within just a few hours of interviews, researchers were able to convince a significant number of study participants that they had committed a fabricated crime several years before. 


Psychological scientists studying racial bias in schools found that teachers, when presented with two minor instances of students misbehaving, tended to recommend the most stringent disciplinary actions for children with stereotypical African American namesMore>>



People who have a keen sense of others’ emotions seem to win a financial payoff, a recent study suggests. In an experiment with working adults, employees who demonstrated the highest skill for recognizing facial expressions were also rated by peers and supervisors as being socially and politically adroit, and earned higher salaries than less emotionally perceptive employees. More>>


Pathways From
Abuse to Addiction

As few as 20% of drug users actually become addicts, studies have shown. Psychological scientist Barry Everitt explains the neural processes and learning habits of long-term abusers and the specific vulnerabilities that pull some people into addiction. More>>

Using physiological measures, psychological scientists found that seasoned drivers experienced a specific bodily sensation triggered in advance of a dangerous driving situation. New drivers, in comparison, underwent this physiological change only after the event had occurred. More>>

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