For many people, religion is deeply ingrained in their day-to-day existence. It supports their faith and spirituality, and it provides friendship and a sense of community.
But religion can also contribute to conflict, as in the Central African Republic, where Muslim and Christian groups are currently enmeshed in a violent struggle for power.
Psychological scientist Steven Neuberg of Arizona State University and colleagues wanted to examine what effect religious infusion — the degree to which religion influences the everyday lives of groups and their individual members — might have on intergroup conflict.
Their findings are published in the January 2014 issue of Psychological Science.
The researchers interviewed scholars with expertise in one of 97 countries encompassing about 124 different groups, each of which had the potential to be involved in a certain type of conflict involving a powerful ingroup and a marginalized…
For the second year in a row, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is offering a travel award to approximately five APS poster submitters. This award is aimed at helping bring together two research communities that might not at first seem to have much overlap: oral health scientists and psychological scientists.
To be considered, the posters must either showcase a study directly related to oral health or describe a study indirectly relevant to oral health that attempts to bring together researchers in oral health and psychological scientists. Award winners will receive federally-allowed travel expenses and complimentary registration for the 2014 APS Annual Convention, as well as recognition at the convention. Only first authors will be considered for the award.
In 2009, NIDCR released a…
APS Fellow Neal Schmitt has been chosen to receive a 2014 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. Schmitt, whose research focuses on personnel selection and academic admissions, will give his award speech at the 26th APS Annual Convention, which will be held May 22–25, 2014, in San Francisco.
Schmitt is currently University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and executive vice president for research and development at Polaris Assessment Systems, which offers pre-employment screening and appraisals.
In 2004, the College Board commissioned him and APS James McKeen Cattell Award Winner Robert Sternberg to research different but equally valuable predictors of college success in students. Schmitt’s analysis closely paralleled his work in the employment sector.
In his award speech, Schmitt will discuss his research on methods that supplement the SAT and ACT…
Infants show developmental changes in visual motion perception about one month before they first start moving around on their own, according to new research published in Psychological Science.
Psychology researcher Nobu Shirai at Niigata University and colleague Tomoko Imura at Niigata University of International and Information Studies tested a total 106 young babies who were or were not able to do voluntary locomotion, defined as any of creeping, crawling, and walking with or without holding onto some sort of support.
The researchers displayed several visual motion patterns on a computer screen, such as radial expansion and contraction, and gauged infants’ visual preferences by measuring how long they spent looking at a…
Technology — from smartphones to biosensors to surveillance monitors — is advancing so quickly it is almost impossible to keep up. One of the theme programs at the 2014 APS Annual Convention, to be held May 22–25 in San Francisco, California, addresses how psychological science can harness these innovations as well as how psychological scientists can help inform the work of those developing the complex technology. Five leaders in the field will discuss their methods of using technology to advance psychological science and gain insight into human behavior. They will also examine potential pros and cons of such research.