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Data from 77 countries suggest that people’s propensity to take physical, social, legal, or financial risks decreases as they age, but not in countries with high levels of economic hardship. ... More>
Teaching Current Directions
Edited by C. Nathan DeWall and David G. Myers Aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom, Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science offers advice and how-to guidance about […]... More>
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>
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>