Psychological Science

What happens when APS Media Relations director Charles Blue chats with APS Senior Science Writer Ludmila Nunes? A fun discussion on 2020’s most interesting research, that’s what! Many of the major news stories of 2020 were closely tied to understanding human behavior, including efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 More

Not everyone is a hugger. Hugs can feel awkward or uncomfortable for some people. At the same time, hugging can be essential for humans. Hugs can reduce stress by calming our sympathetic nervous system; they can make us feel safe, loved and not alone. … Research has shown that hugs can lower our cortisol More

… As the weeks of coronavirus quarantine stretched into months, hugs are among the many things isolated people found themselves aching for. Hugs are good for humans — perhaps more valuable than many of us realized, until we found ourselves missing them. Research has shown that hugs can lower our cortisol levels during stressful More