Currently browsing "Experimental Psychology"

Observer Article

‘Significance and Remembrance’ Revisited

APS Past President James L. McGaugh reflects on how our understanding of memory consolidation has evolved in the quarter-century since he wrote the article “Significance and Remembrance: The Role of Neuromodulatory Systems” for the inaugural issue of Psychological Science. ... More>

Observer Article

The Media as Research Collaborators

News reporting not only helps to bring psychological science to the public, but it also can facilitate the research, as APS Fellow Melanie Killen learned when she teamed up with CNN for a study examining children’s racial bias. ... More>

Observer Article

Being Choosy About Choosing

Choices are expressions of personality and acts of individuation, but they also are acts of communication. In a talk sponsored by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Sheena Iyengar described a variety of studies demonstrating how our choices do not always reflect our stated preferences. ... More>

A Tutorial on Evaluating Hypotheses Using Bayesian Methods

In a recent article in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, researchers used the example of a hiking trip to illustrate the advantages of Bayesian thinking over traditional statistical methods. ... 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>