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The Social Powers of Primates

Frans B.M. de Waal has news for people who think that the tendency to establish cultural norms separates humans from other animals: By teaching a high-ranking female chimpanzee how to solve a complicated puzzle and then watching copycat behavior spread among her group, de Waal and his colleagues documented evidence of both complex social learning and conformity in nonhumans. ... More>


Teaching Current Directions

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

Featured articles: “Why Preschoolers Sometimes Learn Better Than Their Parents Do”; “Feeling Good Before and After Doing Bad”; “No Free Lunch? Do Decision Making and Category Learning Require Careful Thought?” ... More>


Learning Through Observation

The famous Bobo doll experiment showed that children learn through observation, not just through reward and punishment. In that classic study, Albert Bandura showed that children who had watched adults […]... More>


The Ethical Calculus of the Tax Cheat

Otherwise moral people use a range of self-serving reasons to justify “bending the rules” and “fudging the numbers” at tax time. ... More>


Men And Women Use Different Scales To Weigh Moral Dilemmas