Older Adults’ Abstract Reasoning Ability Predicts Depressive Symptoms Over Time
Data from a longitudinal study show that age-related declines in abstract reasoning ability predict increasing depressive symptoms in subsequent years.
How Other People’s Investments Can Elicit the Sunk-Cost Fallacy
A researcher looks at the interpersonal side of our tendency to avoid sunk costs.
A researcher takes a fresh look at why people often persist with an unpleasant or unprofitable endeavor because they don’t want the resources they’ve already invested to go to waste.
New Research From Psychological Science
A sample of research exploring inspiration and belief in God, replicability of implicit theory of mind paradigms, and memory distortion resulting from context reinstatement.
Watching Others Makes People Overconfident in their Own Abilities
Watching YouTube videos, Instagram demos, and Facebook tutorials may make us feel as though we’re acquiring all sorts of new skills but it probably won’t make us experts.
People Rationalize Policies as Soon as They Take Effect
Findings from three field studies indicate that people report more favorable opinions about policies and politicians once they become the status quo.
People Who Value Virtue Show Wiser Reasoning
We’re often better at working through our friends’ problems than our own—but people who are motivated to develop the best in themselves and others don’t show this bias.