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Building Public Trust in the Police

Citizens must feel that they are treated with fairness and respect in order to view the police as a legitimate legal authority, psychological science shows.


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Witnesses Confuse Innocent and Guilty Suspects with ‘Unfair’ Lineups

Police lineups in which distinctive individual marks or features are not altered can impair witnesses’ ability to distinguish between innocent and guilty suspects.

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Distinct Stages of Thinking Revealed by Brain Activity Patterns

By combining two analytical strategies, researchers were able to use fMRI to identify patterns of brain activity that aligned with four distinct stages of problem solving.

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Diversifying Science to Represent Diverse Populations

A special series in Clinical Psychological Science highlights the importance of broadening the traditional scope of clinical science research so that it addresses the needs and concerns of diverse populations.

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New Research From Psychological Science

A sample of new research exploring social support figures as prepared-safety stimuli and links between economic concern and desire to use appearance-enhancing products.

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Playing Action Video Games Boosts Visual Motor Skill Underlying Driving

Playing action-based video games may boost players’ ability to coordinate incoming visual information with their motor control, a skill critical to driving.

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Psychological Science at Work

Minds for Business is the premiere business blog for executives, managers, and other professionals who are interested in research findings on the behavioral, social, and cognitive dynamics of the modern workplace.

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Entitled at the Top: Are Leaders More Selfish Than the Rest of Us?

High-status leaders who feel their prominent position is unearned are much more generous than high-status people who feel entitled to their spot at the top.

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Police Language in Traffic Stops Shows Hidden Bias

A new linguistic analysis based on police recordings from routine traffic stops suggests that police vary the formality of their language depending on the race of the driver.

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