Scientists have long debated how economic and societal trends, such as the Great Depression or the 1960s counterculture movement, influence personality development. But using novel ways to analyze data across time, psychological researchers have identified specific attributes — like empathy and incivility — that are more prevalent in some birth cohorts than in others.
Modern psychiatry owes much of its understanding of mental illness to psychological research. In a guest column, psychiatric scholars E. Jane Costello and Adrian Angold of Duke University detail the… More>
As the field’s highest ranked empirical journal reaches its silver anniversary, we republish the inaugural editorial written by its founding editor, the late cognitive psychologist William K. Estes — who… More>
Studying human emotion is akin to detective work for APS Past President Robert W. Levenson. The 2014 William James Fellow awardee discusses his search for clues in behavior, age, genes,… More>
Why do some US presidents become staples of history, while others spiral into obscurity as time passes? A new study led by APS Past President Henry L. Roediger, III, helps… More>
Friends and colleagues remember a neuroscience pioneer for his tenacity and his dedication to the scientific method. More>
In his latest book, The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control, APS Past President Walter Mischel reflects upon how his famous “marshmallow test” informed decades of research on self-control and well-being.… More>