Michael Roche and his coauthors studied social processes and how they play out in daily life. In their study, college students with a high-dependency or a low-dependency personality reported how agentic (dominant vs. submissive) and communally (friendly vs. unfriendly) they behaved towards others, and how agentic and communally others behaved More
In the search for new ways to prevent and treat mental illnesses, scientists need to refine their understanding of the complex interplay between environmental factors and brain development in these disorders. Steadily chipping away at this goal is Elaine F. Walker, recipient of the 2013 APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow More
Eyewitness testimony, vehicle safety, economics, and aptitude testing are just a few of the domains that have been revolutionized by psychological research — but few lay people even know it. “I think we take those applications for granted because we know about them, but they’ve often receded into the woodwork More
Recent advances in neuroscience have effectively put an end to the “nature or nurture” debate. Instead, the focus of discussion has switched to mechanisms and brain-based interventions — in what ways are neural circuits changed by experience? When is the brain most receptive to education and learning? And what effects More
In his James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Address, Scott Lilienfeld examines the importance, prevalence, and sources of public and political skepticism of psychology — and offers individual and institutional recommendations for enhancing the perception of psychology as a scientific discipline in the public eye. More
Roy F. Baumeister is a recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) William James Fellow Award for his lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. To explain the extraordinary phenomenon of human selfhood, Baumeister reviews evidence that human groups thrive precisely by differentiating selves. Contrary More
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