A Monumental Gathering
Washington, DC was the locale for the 31st APS Annual Convention, where APS President Barbara Tversky (center) and APS Fellow Michael Tomasello (right) chatted with an attendee. See Tomasello’s Fred Kavli Keynote Address on the APS YouTube page.
New Research From Psychological Science
A sample of research exploring life satisfaction and well-being, how men’s facial hair influences anger displays, working memory capacity and mind wandering, and the temporal dynamics of perceiving weight.
How To Help A Kid Survive Early Puberty
From surging hormones and acne to body hair and body odor, puberty can be a rocky transition for any kid. But girls and boys who start physically developing sooner than their peers face particular social and emotional challenges, researchers find. "Puberty is a pivotal time in kids' lives, and early maturing boys and girls may be more likely to struggle psychologically," says Jane Mendle, a psychologist and associate professor at Cornell University. A 2018 study conducted by Mendle and her team found that girls who entered puberty significantly earlier than their peers were at higher risk for mental health concerns.
Primal Fear: Can Monkeys Help Unlock the Secrets of Trauma?
On Valentine’s Day, 2018, five months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, Daniel Phillips stood at the edge of a denuded forest on the eastern half of a 38-acre island known as Cayo Santiago, a clipboard in his hand, his eyes on the monkeys. The island sits about a half-mile off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, near a village called Punta Santiago. Phillips and his co-workers left the mainland shortly after dawn, and the monkeys had already begun to gather by the time they arrived, their screams and oddly birdlike chirps louder than the low rumble of the motorboat that ferried the humans. The monkeys were everywhere.
Some People Are Great At Recognizing Faces. Others…Not So Much
Every day, Marty Doerschlag moves through the world armed with what amounts to a low-level superpower: He can remember a face forever. "If I spend about 30 seconds looking at somebody, I will remember their face for years and years and years," he says. Doerschlag began to recognize his talent well into adulthood, after a series of strange encounters and sightings. There was the man he recognized in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, someone he'd sat behind three years earlier at a Michigan vs. Ohio State football game. (Doerschlag remembered the man but not the score of the game.) There were the company Christmas parties where he could always remember exactly who was whose spouse.
The Risks of Blasting Your Employer on Social Media
A study shows how much people criticize their employers and colleagues on social media, and what consequences they face when they do so.