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  • The Major League Baseball postseason is underway, bringing heightened attention to batting averages, runs batted in, and on-base percentages. Statistics are not only essential to MLB fans, but to daily life. Science shows how we use statistical thinking in sports, finances, learning, and social interactions. More

    Batter Up! It’s the Season of Stats

    The Major League Baseball postseason is underway, bringing heightened attention to batting averages, runs batted in, and on-base percentages. Statistics are not only essential to MLB fans, but to daily life. Science shows how we use statistical thinking in sports, finances, learning, and social interactions. More

  • Whether you're driving, studying, or listening to a business presentation, keeping focused can be a challenge when boredom and distractions compete for your focus. Research findings have identified the factors that keep our minds on task -- or off track. More

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    Attention

    Whether you're driving, studying, or listening to a business presentation, keeping focused can be a challenge when boredom and distractions compete for your focus. Research findings have identified the factors that keep our minds on task -- or off track. 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

  • The World Health Organization has added "burnout" to its International Classification of Diseases. Learn what psychological scientists have discovered about the possible causes and symptoms of burnout. More

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    Burnout

    The World Health Organization has added "burnout" to its International Classification of Diseases. Learn what psychological scientists have discovered about the possible causes and symptoms of burnout. More

  • A half century ago, psychological scientists Bibb Latané and John Darley conducted foundational research showing that people avoid helping someone in an emergency when other witnesses are present. In the years since, research has greatly increased our understanding about how and when we accept — or skirt — responsibility. More

    Bystander Behavior

    A half century ago, psychological scientists Bibb Latané and John Darley conducted foundational research showing that people avoid helping someone in an emergency when other witnesses are present. In the years since, research has greatly increased our understanding about how and when we accept — or skirt — responsibility. 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

  • From international wars to political arguments at the dinner table, conflict is an integral part of the human experience. Psychological scientists have uncovered a wealth of knowledge about the ways cooperation and acceptance can overpower those clashes. More

    Conflict Resolution

    From international wars to political arguments at the dinner table, conflict is an integral part of the human experience. Psychological scientists have uncovered a wealth of knowledge about the ways cooperation and acceptance can overpower those clashes. 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 science illuminates the various cognitive and environmental factors that influence our decisions. More

    Decision-Making

    Psychological science illuminates the various cognitive and environmental factors that influence our decisions. 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

  • Read what psychological researchers have discovered about the effects of eating on mood, behavior, and cognition. More

    Eating

    Read what psychological researchers have discovered about the effects of eating on mood, behavior, and cognition. More

  • Understanding the science behind eyewitness memory can have important implications for criminal justice procedures. More

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    Eyewitness Memory

    Understanding the science behind eyewitness memory can have important implications for criminal justice procedures. 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

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

    Happiness

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

  • Learn about the research on what makes you laugh, why something you find funny is offensive or lame to someone else, and more. More

    Humor

    Learn about the research on what makes you laugh, why something you find funny is offensive or lame to someone else, and more. 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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    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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

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

    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

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

    Motivation

    Effort, stamina, and purpose drive our accomplishments — science shows us what to do to keep motivation going. 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

  • 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

  • Recent news events have sparked a surge of interest in the Dunning-Kruger effect -- a distorted view of one's knowledge and ability. Learn how this cognitive bias can spark overconfidence among world leaders and corporate giants. More

    Overconfidence

    Recent news events have sparked a surge of interest in the Dunning-Kruger effect -- a distorted view of one's knowledge and ability. Learn how this cognitive bias can spark overconfidence among world leaders and corporate giants. 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

  • Plenty of beliefs about human psychology are based on myth masquerading as facts. Psychological scientists have not only exposed the weak evidence for these notions, but can recommend strategies to help us to distinguish true science from bunk. More

    Pseudoscience

    Plenty of beliefs about human psychology are based on myth masquerading as facts. Psychological scientists have not only exposed the weak evidence for these notions, but can recommend strategies to help us to distinguish true science from bunk. 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

  • Why does self-control fail, and how can we boost it? Researchers explore the mechanisms underlying this important ability and how it develops over time. More

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    Self-Control

    Why does self-control fail, and how can we boost it? Researchers explore the mechanisms underlying this important ability and how it develops over time. 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

    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

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

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    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

    Teaching

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

  • Suspicion of government leaders, corporations, and opposing political parties has run amok across the globe. Psychological research reveals what fuels that distrust, and how it can be restored in our communities. More

    Public Distrust

    Suspicion of government leaders, corporations, and opposing political parties has run amok across the globe. Psychological research reveals what fuels that distrust, and how it can be restored in our communities. More

  • September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Read about the steps that psychological scientists are taking to identify and help people at risk of taking their own lives. More

    Understanding and Preventing Suicide

    September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Read about the steps that psychological scientists are taking to identify and help 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 mass 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 mass 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

  • 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

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