Aha! Moments Pop Up from below the Level of Conscious Awareness
Most of us have had the experience of struggling mightily to solve a problem only to find, while taking a walk or doing the dishes, that the answer comes to us seemingly from nowhere. Psychologists
Students Who Gesture During Learning ‘Grasp’ Concepts Better
When we talk, we naturally gesture—we open our palms, we point, we chop the air for emphasis. Such movement may be more than superfluous hand flapping. It helps communicate ideas to listeners and even appears
Getting Rid Of Head Trash: Five Thoughts That Are Holding You Back
“You have no idea how unfocused I am. I can’t finish a task to save my life. I’m sure it is because of how lazy I am. I have always been prone to distraction.” I
New Content From Perspectives on Psychological Science
A sample of articles on life coaching vs. psychotherapy, ecological validity and neuroscience, the negative consequences of being tolerated, and a meta-analysis on the ironic effects of thought suppression.
Controlling Our Thoughts Is Harder Than It Seems
Research shows that even when we think we’ve successfully suppressed a thought, its traces may still linger outside conscious awareness.
Learning Language Outside the Box
APS William James Fellow Barbara Landau challenges enduring theories on the complex interplay of language, sensory input, and thought processes.