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Sizing Up Magnitude

In an interdisciplinary symposium, “The Origins and Consequences of Magnitude Estimation,” at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, four speakers discussed a diverse sampling of new research on the basic mechanisms and biases that underlie our appraisals and approximations. ... More>

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Who’s to Blame?

Although bullies, thieves, and swindlers typically draw our scorn, research suggests that the fault we assign in crimes, accidents, and altercations is far more nuanced than we realize. In a symposium at the 2016 APS Annual Convention, psychological scientists presented new findings about how people parse out blame — and compassion — in various situations. ... More>

Witnesses Confuse Innocent and Guilty Suspects with ‘Unfair’ Lineups

Police lineups in which distinctive individual marks or features are not altered can impair witnesses’ ability to distinguish between innocent and guilty suspects. ... More>

Do Monkeys Know When They Don’t Know Something?

A new study shows that rhesus monkeys, like humans, are able to spontaneously recognize when they are ignorant and need to seek out more information. ... More>