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The Study of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

In recognition of the new school year beginning in many parts of the world, the Observer examines a host of psychological research on learning — not just in the classroom, but across the life-span.


Presidential Column

Is Our Focus Becoming Overly Narrow?

In her inaugural Presidential Column, Nancy Eisenberg writes about the important role that behavioral measures play in understanding human function. More>


Literary Character

Literary fiction not only helps academic success but can also affect social skills and emotional intelligence, studies suggest. More>


Getting It in Writing

Becoming more dependent on electronic communication and less dependent on handwritten messages may impact certain cognitive skills. More>


Nervous About Numbers

Math anxiety is not given as much attention as reading difficulties, but research shows that it can be equally detrimental to achievement. More>


‘The First State’ Achieves a First for Science-Based Clinical Training

Delaware, the first state in the Union, is now the premier state to legally recognize a science-focused accreditation system for clinical psychology training. Illinois has followed suit. More>


Meet the APS Board for 2014–2015

APS welcomes the 2014–2015 Board of Directors. More>


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A Closer Look at the Face in Your Toast

We often see images and words where none actually exist. Psychological scientists are taking a closer look at the neural functions behind this behavior.

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Integrative Approach Strengthens Developmental Research

Psychological scientists are beginning to reach across their various disciplines to create a more integrative, inclusive science, using a variety of methods and tools.

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Great Apes Share Our Ability to Predict Goal-Oriented Actions

Great apes' eye movements suggest that, like humans, they can anticipate the goal of another individual's movement.

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Current Directions in Psychological Science

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

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OCD Linked With Broad Impairments in Executive Function

A new meta-analysis shows that OCD is associated with broad deficits in executive function, which may underlie the cycle of repetitive and perseverative behaviors common in OCD.

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Typical Items Facilitate Fear Learning, Atypical Items Don’t

According to a recent study, people generalize learned fear from typical items in a category to atypical members of the category, but not vice versa.

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Conference to Focus on Milgram Paradigm

A December 2014 Conference in Kolomna, Russia will focus on Stanley Milgram's influential experiments.

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