Decision Making

How Psychology Explains the Tamir Rice Shooting

The Atlantic’s CityLab: On a Sunday in November 2014, a Cleveland man dialed 911 to report that a young black boy—“probably a juvenile”—was brandishing a gun around in the park near him. “It’s probably fake, but it’s scaring the shit out of me,” the caller said on the phone. The officer More

2016 Psychonomic Society Early Career Award Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being solicited for 2016. Please submit your nomination to info@psychonomic.org. Nominations close on March 15, 2016, and nominees selected for this year’s awards will be notified by May 15, 2016. The Governing Board established the following procedures for selecting the awardees: Eligibility Criteria The nominee must be More

New Research From Psychological Science

Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: The Evaluative Advantage of Novel Alternatives: An Information-Sampling Account Gaël Le Mens, Yaakov Kareev, and Judith Avrahami People often rate new items more favorably than old items. Why might this be? Theories explaining this phenomenon have suggested that new items may serve More

Study: Face, race bias turns toys into weapons

USA Today: A new study by University of Iowa researchers finds that people are more likely to misidentify a toy as a weapon after seeing a black face than a white face — even when the faces in question are those of young children. “The surprise for us was that the magnitude More

How Winning Leads to Cheating

Scientific American: We live, for better or for worse, in a competition-driven world. Rivalry powers our economy, sparks technological innovation and encourages academic discovery. But it also compels people to manipulate the system and commit crimes. Some figure it’s just easier—and even acceptable—to cheat. … Similarly, participants who had simply More

Racism in the Kindergarten Classroom

Pacific Standard: If the current election cycle hasn’t convinced you that racism has yet to be eradicated, consider this: The mere image of a black man is enough to stimulate an automatic threat response in whites. Research has found faces of African-American males are more likely to be perceived as angry, and More