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Behavioral Science at the Speed of Light

An emerging field called optogenetics is providing researchers with an unprecedented opportunity to control brain cells with the push of a button. ... More>


Opportunities and Challenges in Social Neuroscience


The unifying Opportunities and Challenges in Social Neuroscience conference at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, is bringing together psychological scientists from around the world to discuss the directions that neuroscience is heading.... More>

Sleep Makes Your Memories Stronger

As humans, we spend about a third of our lives asleep. So there must be a point to it, right? Scientists have found that sleep helps consolidate memories, fixing them in the brain so we can retrieve them later. Now, new research is showing that sleep also seems to reorganize memories, picking out the emotional details and reconfiguring the memories to help you produce new and creative ideas, according to the authors of an article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.... More>

Presidential Column

Presidential Column: The Eye of the Beholder

I’m at the 15th percentile in height for U.S. females — a ranking I’ve held since birth. When I was growing up, there were certain occupations (e.g., flight attendant and […]... More>