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Volume 31, Issue2February, 2018
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The Bias Beneath: Two Decades of Measuring Implicit Associations

Since its debut in 1998, an online test has allowed people to discover prejudices that lurk beneath their awareness — attitudes that researchers wouldn’t be able to identify through participant self-reports. The Observer examines the findings generated by the Implicit Association Test over the past 20 years. More

The inner workings of our hearts may always remain a partial mystery, but psychological scientists are on the forefront of what makes love, sex, romance, and attachment so alluring to human beings. This Valentine’s Day, the Observer shares some of the field’s most recent findings on the science of attraction. More

First impressions are long-lasting. This familiar phrase indicates one of the many reasons that studying people’s first impressions is critical for social psychologists. Any information about a person, from her physical properties to her nonverbal and verbal behaviors, and even the environment she inhabits, influences our impressions and judgments about More

Some human conduct widely considered to be nasty or harmful, such as objectification and gossiping, may have some beneficial features after all, according to a stream of recent behavioral studies. More


The APS Teaching Fund is supporting the development of a central clearinghouse for research on teaching introductory psychology, along with other pedagogical resources. More

Data from around the world show few differences in people’s day-to-day emotional experiences, but distinct cultural differences in the feelings they find most desirable, APS Fellow Jeanne Tsai has found. Tsai is among psychological scientists across the globe who are charting the depths of emotion research. More