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Volume 30, Issue4April, 2017
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The Science of Humor Is No Laughing Matter

Laugh it up! Humor is universal across human cultures — and fuels psychological research on everything from social perception to emotion regulation. More

Research assistants (RAs) across the different subfields of psychology may experience psychological, social, and physical risks when carrying out their assigned tasks (for a review, see Naufel & Beike, 2013). As someone who investigates such risks, I often am told stories pertaining to RA harm. Recently, a graduate student shared More

Aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom, Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science offers advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular area of research or topic in psychological science that has been the focus of an article in the APS journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. Current More

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Seven undergraduate students are the first class to complete a new University of Missouri internship program geared toward research on alcohol use and dependency. More

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They’ve seen firsthand how governments around the world are instituting programs to enhance well-being among their citizens. Now APS William James Fellow Ed Diener and Carol Diener are calling on psychological scientists to help make sure those initiatives are evidence-based. More

APS is honoring leading researchers in the areas of stereotypes, eyewitness identification, and treatment of depression with the 2017 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Awards. Robert J. DeRubeis, APS Past President Susan T. Fiske, and Gary L. Wells each will be presented with APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Awards — which More

In 2012, a trio of psychological scientists reported research showing that people who made quick decisions under time pressure were more likely to cooperate than were people who were required to take longer in their deliberations. A new multilaboratory effort was partially successful in replicating those results. In the original More

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The idea that individual characteristics and disorders arise from complex interactions between genes and environment is so widely accepted today that it’s practically common knowledge — which makes it all the more remarkable that Irving I. Gottesman championed this idea more than 50 years ago. A special section in the More

In a guest column, APS Fellows Mark H. Johnson and Denis Mareschal from Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom, reflect on the progress that APS has made in achieving its longstanding goal of supporting psychological science worldwide. More