Cover Story

Faith or Fear?

Researchers in psychology and anthropology have discovered heightened patterns of honesty and civility among people who view their gods as more punitive than forgiving. This integrative research is generating new insights into religion’s influence on mores and behaviors, both at the individual and societal levels.


Presidential Column

Juvenile Justice for Some

Reflecting on the recent public outcry over police shootings of unarmed Black males, APS Board Member Sandra Graham explains how the science of adolescent development and implicit racial bias can… More>


Birthplace of a Journal

The first issues of APS’s flagship journal were edited at a fitting location — the historic Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of the father of American psychology, William James. More>


Cognitive Shields

Some brains stay strong despite showing all the biological signs of dementia. Psychological science is identifying specific lifestyle defenses against cognitive decline. More>


Building a Better Student Body

SAT scores and grade point averages hold disproportionate weight in college admissions processes, says APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Neal Schmitt. The Michigan State University scientist is investigating noncognitive measures… More>


Valerie Reyna Becomes Editor of PSPI

In her new role as editor of this journal, APS Fellow Valerie F. Reyna plans to build bridges between psychological science and other disciplines to maximize the influence of behavioral… More>


Remembrance

Remembering Carolyn Rovee-Collier

Colleagues honor a tenacious scientist whose research toppled prevailing views of infant memory development and whose dedication inspired successive generations of researchers. More>


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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

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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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