Almost half a century after the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, many American cities – including New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; and Houston – are still vastly segregated by neighborhood. White people tend to group in certain areas, Black people in another, Asian people in another still.
And yet, changes to local demographics, housing policies, lending practices, and real estate markets over the last 50 years are increasing the sociocultural diversity of many city neighborhoods.
How will individuals living in these neighborhoods react to the changes? Will greater integration promote more contact and trust between groups?
A recent study published in Psychological Science examined just that, surveying more than 1,500 people in 224 neighborhoods throughout England.
About half of the participants were White British people — the majority group members in these neighborhoods – while the other half were ethnic…
APS is pleased to announce a new Registered Replication Report project is under way. The replication editors at Perspectives on Psychological Science will be reviewing applications to participate in this project through April 10th. Applicants should note that this study requires that subjects be native English speakers. Links to the study protocol and application to participate, as well as to the full project site on Open Science Framework, can be found here.
Significant financial support is available. Researchers can seek funding for expenses related to conducting the replication, such as subject testing fees, materials, and other costs. Applications are available from the replication editors.
This Registered Replication Report will focus on a study reported in a 2011 Psychological Science article by William Hart and Dolores Albarracín entitled “Learning About What Others Were Doing: Verb Aspect and Attributions of Mundane and Criminal Intent for Past Actions.” That article…
A boost to income can increase happiness to a certain degree, but research suggests how you spend your money may be equally important as the amount you have.
According to researchers Elizabeth Dunn of the University of British Columbia, Lara Aknin of Simon Fraser University, and Michael Norton of Harvard Business School, people’s intuitions about money and happiness sometimes lead them astray.
“Thinking about money may propel individuals toward using their financial resources to benefit themselves, but spending money on others can provide a more effective route to increasing one’s own happiness,” the researchers explain.
Their own research shows, for example, that participants who were given money and assigned to spend…
It’s not a supernatural power: Memorizing a deck of cards in less than a minute and a 300-word list in just a quarter of an hour are achievable feats for top memory athletes. At the 2014 APS Annual Convention, May 22–25 in San Francisco, attendees will have the chance to see one such memory athlete in action.
Nelson Dellis, the 2012 US Memory Champion, will speak with APS Past President Henry L. Roediger, III, as part of Roediger’s Bring the Family Address, “Make It Stick: How Memory Athletes Perform and How Their Techniques Can Help You.” Roediger, a leader in cognitive psychology, has spent his career studying memory retrieval and its implications for memory and…
Imagine a square box about the size of a soccer ball. Now imagine turning it over with your hands.
It’s a task that’s easy for most people to do — indeed, we use spatial imagery all the time to handle objects, plan movements, and navigate through various environments.
Different sensory modalities, including vision, audition, and touch, provide information about our environment. So how can we figure out the relative importance of each modality in contributing to spatial imagery?
“One promising way forward is to study those rare cases in which people have not received treatment for disorders that cause profound sensory loss in a particular modality, even though their…