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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>


Software to Sharpen Your Stats

A global team of scientists introduce JASP, a free and open software package for 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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Understanding the Origin of Psychopathic Tendencies Through Chimpanzees

A team led by Georgia State University researchers turned to chimpanzees to better understand the features of psychopathy, a personality disorder typically investigated among human clinical and forensic populations.

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Cross-cutting Keynotes Highlight ICPS

Nearly 2,200 scientists and students from around the world converged in the city of Amsterdam last week for the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS).

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A New Take on Employee Burnout

Researchers from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in Canada are seeking to learn more about employee burnout by studying how psychological needs affect certain job characteristics.

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Commitment and Forgiveness in Relationships Focus of APS Registered Replication Report Project

Commitment, and its role in facilitating forgiveness in relationships, is the focus of a new Registered Replication Report (RRR).

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APS Registered Replication Report Project to Explore the “Facial Feedback Hypothesis”

A new Registered Replication Report (RRR) aims to investigate the hypothesis that a person’s facial expressions can influence their affective responses.

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Mistargeted Messages Could Spur Help-Seeking for Depression

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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<em>Current Directions in Psychological Science</em>

Read about the latest issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science.

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