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You’re A Distracted Driver Even When You Ignore That Text

Using a cell phone while driving is dangerously distracting, but new research from Florida State University shows that ignoring a call or text can be just as impairing. ... More>


Concentration Ability May Get Better With Age

Data from over 10,000 people show that, like a barrel-aged whiskey or a ripening cheese, some cognitive abilities seem to get better with maturity. ... More>

Worrying About the Future, Ruminating on the Past—How Thoughts Affect Mental Health

New Research From Psychological Science

A sample of new research exploring how visual features affect mental rotation and whether infants learn labels by mapping them onto concepts. ... More>

Observer Article

Portrait of Self-Control as a Young Process

Stereotypes portray the teen brain as an out-of-control car with “no brakes, no steering wheel, and only an accelerator,” says APS Fellow BJ Casey. Research shows that teenagers take risks because reward centers develop more quickly than control centers in their brains. But changes in the adolescent brain ultimately help prepare teens to become independent of their parents. APS Fellow Ruth Feldman, Clancy Blair, and Angela L. Duckworth also speak about self-regulation across the lifespan in APS President Nancy Eisenberg’s 2015 Presidential Symposium. ... More>