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The Digital Lab

In the spirit of the “March Madness” college basketball tournament in the United States, the Observer pays its annual tribute to the latest innovations in psychological science methodology. This year, scientists share their experiences using social media, smartphones, open-source software, and other implements of the Internet age to broaden their data sets and speed up their analyses.


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Magritte’s Mystery and the DSM’s Disorders

In his painting The Treachery of Images, René Magritte warned that illustrations aren’t the same as the real thing. Guest columnist and APS Fellow Jürgen Margraf, of Ruhr University Bochum,… More>


Measurement on the Move

Tamlin Conner, University of Otago, discusses her use of mobile-communications data to study emotions and health. More>


Big Data and the World of Social Media

University of Pennsylvania, shares his experiences working with computer scientists and social-media services to study large populations. More>


‘Bayes or Bust’ With New Software

Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, University of Amsterdam, and a global team of scientists introduce JASP, a free and open software package for Bayesian statistical analysis. More>


Strengthening Public Policy With Science

As a behavioral scientist at RAND Corporation, Coreen Farris is seeing her research inform US policy pursuits, including the burgeoning initiative to eliminate sexual assaults in the military. More>


‘Facts, Fantasies, and the Future of Child Care’ Revisited

In the inaugural issue of APS’s first journal, APS Fellow Deborah Phillips coauthored an article that noted the dearth of research on the effects that child care services have on… More>


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Researchers explore whether deliberately mistargeted messages may avoid the "backfire effect" that sometimes occurs with messages that directly target depressed individuals.

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Current Directions in Psychological Science

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Evolution of the Human Brain: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Romantic love, and the pair-bonding that it motivates, may have played a critical role in human evolution, researchers argue in an article in Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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Need to Solve a Personal Problem? Try a Third-Person Perspective

Psychological scientists examine why we find it easier to solve others' problems than our own, and what we can do to eliminate this judgment bias.

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Feeding Mental Health Through Nutritional Interventions

A burgeoning area of research suggests an underutilized type of therapy that could aid in effective treatment of depression: nutrition.

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News Anchor Brian Williams and the Science of Memory

Research on memory distortion is drawing heightened media attention in the wake of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’s admission of falsely recounting an Iraq War experience.

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Countering “Neuromyths” in the Movies

Using a grant awarded by the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, Mary V. Spiers is educating the public about the science behind popular movies.

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