Association for Psychological Science

All it takes is a smile (for some guys)

Does she or doesn't she...? Sexual cues are ambiguous, and confounding. We—especially men—often read them wrong. A new study hypothesizes that the men who get it wrong might be the ones that evolution has favored. ...

Dec 13, 2011
popularity 3.4 / 5 (29) | comments 3 | with audio podcast

Income disparity makes people unhappy

Many economists and sociologists have warned of the social dangers of a wide gap between the richest and everyone else. Now, a new study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the ...

Jun 13, 2011
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Teaching the neurons to meditate

In the late 1990s, Jane Anderson was working as a landscape architect. That meant she didn't work much in the winter, and she struggled with seasonal affective disorder in the dreary Minnesota winter months. ...

Jul 07, 2011
popularity 5 / 5 (12) | comments 2 | with audio podcast

The perils of 'bite-size' science

Short, fast, and frequent: Those 21st-century demands on publication have radically changed the news, politics, and culture—for the worse, many say. Now an article in January's Perspectives on Psychological Science, a jour ...

Dec 28, 2011
popularity 4.7 / 5 (11) | comments 34 | with audio podcast

Is there a hidden bias against creativity?

CEOs, teachers, and leaders claim they want creative ideas to solve problems. But creative ideas are rejected all the time. A new study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the ...

Nov 18, 2011
popularity 4.9 / 5 (10) | comments 12 | with audio podcast

Being ignored hurts, even by a stranger

(Medical Xpress) -- Feeling like you’re part of the gang is crucial to the human experience. All people get stressed out when we’re left out. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Associ ...

Jan 25, 2012
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Was Darwin wrong about emotions?

Contrary to what many psychological scientists think, people do not all have the same set of biologically "basic" emotions, and those emotions are not automatically expressed on the faces of those around us, according to ...

Dec 13, 2011
popularity 4.3 / 5 (10) | comments 11 | with audio podcast