Research Topics

  • Researchers unravel the mystery of voting behavior, including why people vote in seemingly unpredictable or illogical ways... More

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    Voting

    Researchers unravel the mystery of voting behavior, including why people vote in seemingly unpredictable or illogical ways... More

  • Read about the wealth of psychological studies on autism spectrum disorder and its diagnosis... More

    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Read about the wealth of psychological studies on autism spectrum disorder and its diagnosis... More

  • Learn what researchers have discovered about the factors that lead to bullying and the long-term consequences it can have... More

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    Bullying

    Learn what researchers have discovered about the factors that lead to bullying and the long-term consequences it can have... More

  • Psychological research reveals the long-lasting cognitive, social, and neurobiological consequences of stress and trauma experienced in childhood... More

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    Childhood Adversity

    Psychological research reveals the long-lasting cognitive, social, and neurobiological consequences of stress and trauma experienced in childhood... More

  • Psychological scientists have designed cognitive tests that can help identify everything from memory deficits to cultural heritage. ... More

    Cognitive Testing

    Psychological scientists have designed cognitive tests that can help identify everything from memory deficits to cultural heritage. ... More

  • A collection of studies shows that compassion gets stronger with training and this training can even change brain function. ... More

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    Compassion

    A collection of studies shows that compassion gets stronger with training and this training can even change brain function. ... More

  • Being curious about the world around us can have benefits at school, work, and other contexts, studies show... More

    Curiosity

    Being curious about the world around us can have benefits at school, work, and other contexts, studies show... More

  • How do people respond to increasing cultural diversity in their communities, cities, and countries? Researchers investigate... More

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    Cultural Diversity

    How do people respond to increasing cultural diversity in their communities, cities, and countries? Researchers investigate... More

  • Psychological scientists are exploring how we use digital media and the consequences, both positive and negative, it can have in everyday life... More

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    Digital Media

    Psychological scientists are exploring how we use digital media and the consequences, both positive and negative, it can have in everyday life... More

  • Psychology researchers are identifying how we build strong reading skills in early childhood and the factors that contribute to difficulty with reading comprehension... More

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    Early Literacy

    Psychology researchers are identifying how we build strong reading skills in early childhood and the factors that contribute to difficulty with reading comprehension... More

  • Food consumption reveals clues to human brain activity, implicit thinking, and mood. Read what psychological researchers have discovered about eating behavior... More

    Eating

    Food consumption reveals clues to human brain activity, implicit thinking, and mood. Read what psychological researchers have discovered about eating behavior... More

  • What motivates us to exercise? And what effects does exercise have on mental function? Psychological scientists are exploring the ins and outs of physical activity... More

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    Exercise

    What motivates us to exercise? And what effects does exercise have on mental function? Psychological scientists are exploring the ins and outs of physical activity... More

  • Why are we scared of some things and not others? Psychological scientists are exploring the many facets of fear and the mechanisms that drive it... More

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    Fear

    Why are we scared of some things and not others? Psychological scientists are exploring the many facets of fear and the mechanisms that drive it... More

  • Friendships are unique relationships that offer researchers a window into many aspects of life, including personality, longevity, health, and well-being... More

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    Friendship

    Friendships are unique relationships that offer researchers a window into many aspects of life, including personality, longevity, health, and well-being... More

  • We give to help others, but we may also be helping ourselves. Researchers explore the mechanisms underlying our charitable natures... More

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    Giving

    We give to help others, but we may also be helping ourselves. Researchers explore the mechanisms underlying our charitable natures... More

  • From eating more vegetables to learning a new language, psychological science shows how we can reach our goals and resolutions. ... More

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    Goals

    From eating more vegetables to learning a new language, psychological science shows how we can reach our goals and resolutions. ... More

  • Read about research on the factors that motivate us to engage in eco-friendly behaviors -- and the psychological barriers that impede environmental stewardship... More

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    ‘Green’ Behavior

    Read about research on the factors that motivate us to engage in eco-friendly behaviors -- and the psychological barriers that impede environmental stewardship... More

  • Psychological science sheds light on happiness, from a personal to an economic level. ... More

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    Happiness

    Psychological science sheds light on happiness, from a personal to an economic level. ... More

  • Scientists show how taking time off and engaging in leisure activities can impact our work lives and relationships... More

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    Leisure

    Scientists show how taking time off and engaging in leisure activities can impact our work lives and relationships... More

  • It's Pride Month. Psychological science has played a leading role in busting misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity, and in changing people's attitudes toward gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals... More

    LGBTQ Issues

    It's Pride Month. Psychological science has played a leading role in busting misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity, and in changing people's attitudes toward gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals... More

  • Studies show that feeling lonely isn't the same as being alone, as loneliness has specific causes, consequences, and potential remedies... More

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    Loneliness

    Studies show that feeling lonely isn't the same as being alone, as loneliness has specific causes, consequences, and potential remedies... More

  • Frank Sinatra crooned that they go together like a horse and carriage, but in truth love and marital health can falter over time. Scientists have identified a number of factors that sustain love through better or worse. ... More

    Love and Marriage

    Frank Sinatra crooned that they go together like a horse and carriage, but in truth love and marital health can falter over time. Scientists have identified a number of factors that sustain love through better or worse. ... More

  • Learn about the vast stores of memory research that psychological scientists have amassed in recent years... More

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    Memory

    Learn about the vast stores of memory research that psychological scientists have amassed in recent years... More

  • Psychological scientists have amassed a vast amount of empirical knowledge on the causes of and best treatments for mental disorders. ... More

    Mental Illness

    Psychological scientists have amassed a vast amount of empirical knowledge on the causes of and best treatments for mental disorders. ... More

  • Researchers explore how practices associated with mindfulness and meditation can affect decision-making and other cognitive processes... More

    Mindfulness and Meditation

    Researchers explore how practices associated with mindfulness and meditation can affect decision-making and other cognitive processes... More

  • How does misinformation spread and how do we combat it? Psychological science sheds light on the mechanisms underlying misinformation and 'fake news.'... More

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    Misinformation

    How does misinformation spread and how do we combat it? Psychological science sheds light on the mechanisms underlying misinformation and 'fake news.'... More

  • Effort and stamina drive our accomplishments -- science shows us what to do to keep motivation going... More

    Motivation

    Effort and stamina drive our accomplishments -- science shows us what to do to keep motivation going... More

  • Psychological scientists are identifying cognitive, developmental, and cultural aspects of music perception and the essential role that music plays in our everyday lives... More

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    Music

    Psychological scientists are identifying cognitive, developmental, and cultural aspects of music perception and the essential role that music plays in our everyday lives... More

  • Scientists are increasingly busting some myths and making new discoveries about a dark personality trait. ... More

    Narcissism

    Scientists are increasingly busting some myths and making new discoveries about a dark personality trait. ... More

  • Amid the epidemic of opioid addiction, psychological science has demonstrated that pain relief doesn't have to be pharmaceutical. ... More

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    Pain Management

    Amid the epidemic of opioid addiction, psychological science has demonstrated that pain relief doesn't have to be pharmaceutical. ... More

  • Personality tests are the center of countless psychological studies exploring targeted marketing, workplace dynamics, and different brain structures... More

    Personality Traits

    Personality tests are the center of countless psychological studies exploring targeted marketing, workplace dynamics, and different brain structures... More

  • People who occupy the extreme ends of the political spectrum hold their own beliefs to be superior to the beliefs of others, and thus less influenced by even non-political information compared to moderates, according to a recent study. ... More

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    Political Polarization

    People who occupy the extreme ends of the political spectrum hold their own beliefs to be superior to the beliefs of others, and thus less influenced by even non-political information compared to moderates, according to a recent study. ... More

  • As Western nations become increasingly diverse, psychological researchers are examining the complexities of racism and xenophobia at both the interpersonal and societal levels... More

    Racism

    As Western nations become increasingly diverse, psychological researchers are examining the complexities of racism and xenophobia at both the interpersonal and societal levels... More

  • Recent accidents involving autonomous vehicles have fueled psychological research into the human factors and technological shortcomings that may get overlooked in the development of smart driving systems... More

    Self-Driving Cars

    Recent accidents involving autonomous vehicles have fueled psychological research into the human factors and technological shortcomings that may get overlooked in the development of smart driving systems... More

  • Researchers explore the factors that perpetuate gender inequality and the effects that such bias can have on women in the workplace and beyond... More

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    Sexism and Gender Inequality

    Researchers explore the factors that perpetuate gender inequality and the effects that such bias can have on women in the workplace and beyond... More

  • The #metoo movement has brought sexual harassment to the center of public consciousness, raising questions about the causes of predatory actions. Psychological research shows how feeling powerful relates to sexually coercive behavior... More

    Sexual Harassment

    The #metoo movement has brought sexual harassment to the center of public consciousness, raising questions about the causes of predatory actions. Psychological research shows how feeling powerful relates to sexually coercive behavior... More

  • Insufficient sleep has been shown to have adverse effects at work, in driving, and even in court. ... More

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    Sleep

    Insufficient sleep has been shown to have adverse effects at work, in driving, and even in court. ... More

  • Psychological factors ranging from self-talk to home-field confidence influence sports performance in a variety of ways, from building team talent to reaching victory, science demonstrates... More

    Sports

    Psychological factors ranging from self-talk to home-field confidence influence sports performance in a variety of ways, from building team talent to reaching victory, science demonstrates... More

  • New discoveries about the ill effects of psychological stress abound, but scientists are also learning about buffers to stress... More

    Stress

    New discoveries about the ill effects of psychological stress abound, but scientists are also learning about buffers to stress... More

  • Psychological scientists delve into study strategies, math anxiety, reading comprehension, and more... More

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    Studying and Learning

    Psychological scientists delve into study strategies, math anxiety, reading comprehension, and more... More

  • Psychological research is fostering understanding of the important factors that contribute to effective teaching, from individual instruction to school climate... More

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    Teaching

    Psychological research is fostering understanding of the important factors that contribute to effective teaching, from individual instruction to school climate... More

  • Psychological scientists are exploring how technology and new evidence-based clinical methods can help identify people at risk of taking their own lives. ... More

    Understanding and Preventing Suicide

    Psychological scientists are exploring how technology and new evidence-based clinical methods can help identify people at risk of taking their own lives. ... More

  • Psychological scientists identify factors that prompt people to lie, cheat, bribe, and steal and strategies for addressing such unethical behavior... More

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    Unethical Behavior

    Psychological scientists identify factors that prompt people to lie, cheat, bribe, and steal and strategies for addressing such unethical behavior... More

  • Questions about the link between violent video games and school shootings are in the news. Does the research show any evidence of a link between video games and aggressive acts? ... More

    Video Games and Violence

    Questions about the link between violent video games and school shootings are in the news. Does the research show any evidence of a link between video games and aggressive acts? ... More

  • The way the brain and the human eye process visual stimuli, including illusions, is a thriving area of psychological science. ... More

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    Visual Perception

    The way the brain and the human eye process visual stimuli, including illusions, is a thriving area of psychological science. ... More

  • How does weather, both ordinary and extreme, affect decision-making, behavior, and emotions? ... More

    Weather and Behavior

    How does weather, both ordinary and extreme, affect decision-making, behavior, and emotions? ... More

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