Research Topics

  • A collection of studies show that compassion gets stronger with training and this training can even change brain function. ... More

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    Compassion

    A collection of studies show that compassion gets stronger with training and this training can even change brain function. ... More

  • Being curious about the world around us can have benefits at school, work, and other contexts, studies show... More

    Curiosity

    Being curious about the world around us can have benefits at school, work, and other contexts, studies show... More

  • Why are we scared of some things and not others? Psychological scientists are exploring the many facets of fear and the mechanisms that drive it... More

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    Fear

    Why are we scared of some things and not others? Psychological scientists are exploring the many facets of fear and the mechanisms that drive it... More

  • We give to help others, but we may also be helping ourselves. Researchers explore the mechanisms underlying our charitable natures... More

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    Giving

    We give to help others, but we may also be helping ourselves. Researchers explore the mechanisms underlying our charitable natures... More

  • From eating more vegetables to learning a new language, psychological science shows how we can reach our goals. ... More

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    Going for the Goal

    From eating more vegetables to learning a new language, psychological science shows how we can reach our goals. ... More

  • Psychological science reveals the factors that prompt us to engage in eco-friendly behaviors and barriers that prevent us from acting... More

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    ‘Green’ Behavior

    Psychological science reveals the factors that prompt us to engage in eco-friendly behaviors and barriers that prevent us from acting... More

  • We’re averse to hypocrites because their disavowal of bad behavior sends a false signal about their true nature... More

    Hypocrisy

    We’re averse to hypocrites because their disavowal of bad behavior sends a false signal about their true nature... More

  • Scientists show how taking time off and engaging in leisure activities can impact our work lives and relationships... More

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    Leisure

    Scientists show how taking time off and engaging in leisure activities can impact our work lives and relationships... More

  • Researchers explore how practices associated with mindfulness and meditation can affect decision-making and other cognitive processes... More

    Mindfulness and Meditation

    Researchers explore how practices associated with mindfulness and meditation can affect decision-making and other cognitive processes... More

  • How does misinformation spread and how do we combat it? Psychological science sheds light on the mechanisms underlying misinformation and 'fake news.'... More

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    Misinformation

    How does misinformation spread and how do we combat it? Psychological science sheds light on the mechanisms underlying misinformation and 'fake news.'... More

  • Effort and stamina drive our accomplishments -- science shows us what to do to keep motivation going... More

    Motivation

    Effort and stamina drive our accomplishments -- science shows us what to do to keep motivation going... More

  • Psychological research shows a how feeling powerful relates to sexually coercive behavior... More

    Sexual Harassment

    Psychological research shows a how feeling powerful relates to sexually coercive behavior... More

  • Psychological scientists explore how racism affects those experience it and the factors the motivate individuals to combat it... More

    Racism

    Psychological scientists explore how racism affects those experience it and the factors the motivate individuals to combat it... More

  • How do people respond to increasing cultural diversity in their communities, cities, and countries? Researchers investigate... More

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    Responding to Cultural Diversity

    How do people respond to increasing cultural diversity in their communities, cities, and countries? Researchers investigate... More

  • Scientists find evidence for a variety of factors that predict romantic outcomes, including lasting love... More

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    Romantic Relationships

    Scientists find evidence for a variety of factors that predict romantic outcomes, including lasting love... More

  • Researchers explore the factors that perpetuate gender inequality and the effects that such bias can have on women in the workplace and beyond... More

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    Sexism and Gender Inequality

    Researchers explore the factors that perpetuate gender inequality and the effects that such bias can have on women in the workplace and beyond... More

  • Psychological science reveals the consequences of too little sleep when we're working, driving, or even in court... More

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    Sleep

    Psychological science reveals the consequences of too little sleep when we're working, driving, or even in court... More

  • Psychological science delves into the factors that influence sports performance, from building team talent to the benefits of competing at home... More

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    Sports

    Psychological science delves into the factors that influence sports performance, from building team talent to the benefits of competing at home... More

  • Psychological scientists delve into study strategies, math anxiety, reading comprehension, and more... More

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    Studying and Learning

    Psychological scientists delve into study strategies, math anxiety, reading comprehension, and more... More

  • Psychological scientists identify factors that prompt people to lie, cheat, bribe, and steal and strategies for addressing such unethical behavior... More

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    Unethical Behavior

    Psychological scientists identify factors that prompt people to lie, cheat, bribe, and steal and strategies for addressing such unethical behavior... More

  • Researchers unravel the mystery of voting behavior, including why people vote in seemingly unpredictable or illogical ways... More

    Voting

    Researchers unravel the mystery of voting behavior, including why people vote in seemingly unpredictable or illogical ways... More

  • Research in psychological science reveals the causes and consequences of bullying behavior in the office... More

    Workplace Bullying

    Research in psychological science reveals the causes and consequences of bullying behavior in the office... More

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