Bringing Together Cultural Evolution and Cultural Learning

Psychology generally has begun to recognize the importance of integrating and unifying its many diverse interests and accomplishments. As APS Fellow David G. Myers so valuably indicates in “Simulating Cultural Evolution” (Observer, October 2016), it has been illustrated that cultural evolution is cumulative (Caldwell, Atkinson, & Renner, 2016). Moreover, researchers More

How Rats, Bats, Bees, and People Navigate Their Worlds

Nearly 70 years ago, psychological scientist Edward Tolman introduced the idea that humans and other animals have a “cognitive map” that allows them to navigate their everyday spatial environments. Evidence of physical processes underpinning cognitive maps emerged in 1971 with breakthrough research based on recorded brain activity in freely moving More

New Research From Psychological Science

Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Can Faces Prime a Language? Evy Woumans, Clara D. Martin, Charlotte Vanden Bulcke, Eva Van Assche, Albert Costa, Robert J. Hartsuiker, and Wouter Duyck What cues initiate language selection in people who are bilingual? Spanish-Catalan bilinguals took part in simulated Skype conversations More

Overcoming the Classroom Environment

The modern classroom is a recent development in the evolution of education and an obstacle for teachers: Evidence from cross-species, cross-cultural, and developmental domains demonstrates that the typical lecture hall is an inhospitable environment for learning. As social psychologist Caroline Keating of Colgate University pointed out in her Teaching Institute More