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Award Addresses

Further coverage of the Award Addresses will appear in upcoming Observers William James Fellows The William James Fellow Award honors APS Members for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to […]... More>


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Decisions, Decisions

The themed program “Risky Decision-Making Across the Lifespan” at the APS 19th Annual Convention included a symposium on everything from the neurological basis for decision-making to the wide-reaching societal implications […]... More>


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Motivational Speakers

Like many people, I start my day with a cup of coffee. A small vice, yes, but I have few reservations about my artificial boost of motivation. This, of course, […]... More>


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Truth and Lies, Courts and Spies

Barbara A. Spellman, University of Virginia, began her presentation with a little quiz drawn from ordinary life — “Is the sky blue?” she asked. “Is the earth round? Were there […]... More>


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I Need to Hold Your Hand: The Social Regulation of Emotion

Have you ever wondered why people surrounded by friends or family appear happier and healthier? Or why a mother’s hand so quickly soothes a scared child? University of Virginia researcher […]... More>