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Teaching Current Directions

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

C. Nathan DeWall and David G. Myers on coaching students on mindfulness techniques and the question of whether people are we essentially selfish or altruistic. ... More>


Gossip and Ostracism May Have Hidden Group Benefits

Conventional wisdom holds that gossip and social exclusion are always malicious, undermining trust and morale in groups. But sharing this kind of "reputational information" could have benefits for society. ... More>


Chris Christie and the Science of the Group Mind

The traffic scandal swirling around New Jersey Governor Chris Christie raises a fundamental psychological question: Are the misdeeds of an individual perceived as separate from the actions of the organization? ... More>


A Friendly Face Might Mask Ill Intent

Picking up on someone’s selfish motives when they put up a friendly facade is a critical skill, but new research suggests that a hormone called oxytocin might hinder this ability. ... More>


New Research From Psychological Science

A sample of new research exploring: statistical mediation analysis; visual working memory; power and self-labeling; animacy and memory; and unintended consequences of health warnings. ... More>