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Volume 28, Issue2February, 2015
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Faith or Fear?

Scientists Study How the Threat of Divine Wrath Shapes Human Behavior More

Campus Representative Program The Campus Representative Program is designed to increase communication between students and APS/APSSC. Serving as a Campus Rep is a great way to network with other students and directly connect your campus with APS and the APSSC Executive Board. Sign up online, or reapply for the next More

How can we leverage our understanding of resilience to help victims of disasters recover? Are the secret algorithms used by dating sites really superior to more conventional methods for finding our perfect mate? Do seemingly ubiquitous learning techniques such as highlighting text and taking practice tests really help us learn More

One of psychological science’s most historic sites has dual legacies: It was the home of the field’s foremost figure and — decades later — the birthplace of one of its leading empirical journals. William James moved into the stately home at 95 Irving Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1889, just 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 Directions is a More

A close relationship between two people can take months, even years, to develop — it simply takes time to feel comfortable enough with another person to reveal the parts of your personality and your life that you tend to keep private. But a recent story in The New York Times More

How could kindness and compassion ever clash with the romantic essence of Valentine’s Day? According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, it may be the very desire to spare someone’s feelings that leads us to accept undesirable date requests. Across two studies, psychological scientists Samantha Joel and Geoff More

Some brains stay strong despite showing all the biological signs of dementia. Psychological science is identifying specific lifestyle defenses against cognitive decline. More

APS Fellows Roberta M. Golinkoff (University of Delaware) and Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University) will receive the 2015 APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for their collaborative research on language, literacy, education, and spatial development. Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek changed the field of developmental psychology in the late 1980s when they introduced More

Joseph E. LeDoux, a 2015 recipient of the APS William James Fellow Award, will speak at the 27th APS Annual Convention in New York City, to be held May 21–24, 2015. LeDoux will speak about how the brain learns to cope with fear, anxiety, and threat states. LeDoux’s groundbreaking research More

Human echolocation operates as a viable “sense,” working in tandem with other senses to deliver information to people with visual impairment, according to new research published in Psychological Science. Ironically, the proof for the vision-like qualities of echolocation came from blind echolocators wrongly judging how heavy objects of different sizes felt. The experiment, conducted More

To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicalscience.org. The Psychology of Eating and Drinking: 4th Edition by Alexandra W. Logue; Routledge, December 10, 2014. Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being by Brian R. Little; HarperCollins, October 6, 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Multicultural Identity More

I have known Sandra Graham’s work nearly my entire career, for years before I met her. She is a leader among developmental scientists studying aggression, educational outcomes, social cognition, and issues related to the role of ethnicity/race in diverse development processes and outcomes. In this column, Graham shares some of More

This is a picture of an ominous sky with bolts of lightning.

Scientists Study How the Threat of Divine Wrath Shapes Human Behavior More

College admissions offices typically rely on two major cognitive measures to supplement prospective students’ applications: high-school grade point average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores. But for too long, these measures have been given disproportionate weight as indicators of whether a student will thrive in a college environment and be More

A high-quality journal of juried review articles on issues of broad social importance is needed now more than ever. Psychological science is directly relevant to the most pressing social, economic, and health problems of our day, yet is vastly underutilized. To be sure, PSPI has increased the uptake of behavioral More

After decades of refusing to give in to multiple sclerosis, Carolyn Rovee-Collier lost her brave battle with breast cancer on October 2, 2014. Carolyn’s empirical research reflected a paradigm shift within the field of infant memory development. When she began her research, the prevailing view of infants was relatively dim More