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Older Adults Are Bigger Risk Takers in High-Poverty Countries

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

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

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>


Observation

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>


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>


Daniel Kahneman: ‘What would I eliminate if I had a magic wand? Overconfidence’