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By Nadira Faber | Published: February 29, 2016
As we are often reminded, we urgently and drastically need to limit our use of one shared resource – fossil fuels – and its effect on another – the climate. But how realistic is this goal, both for national leaders and for us? Well, psychology may hold some answers.
By China Mills and Jenny Slater | Published: February 24, 2016
The current A-Level exams in psychology taken by British teens reflect a curriculum focusing on 'problems' within individuals, argue two UK psychologists, rather than taking into account the influence of society on people’s actions and behavior.
By Social Science Space | Published: December 23, 2015
Stanford’s Albert Bandura, a psychologist who first gained acclaim for his study of learned violence involving a Bobo doll, has received one of seven National Medals of Science awarded by President Barack Obama this year.
By Huw Green | Published: September 14, 2015
Psychology is still digesting the implications of a large study published last month, in which a team led by University of Virginia’s Brian Nosek repeated 100 psychological experiments and found that only 36 percent of originally “significant” (in the statistical sense) results were replicated. Commentators are divided over how much to worry about the news. […]
By Elizabeth Gilbert and Nina Strohminger | Published: August 27, 2015
A small but vocal contingent of researchers has maintained that many, perhaps most, published studies are wrong. But how bad is this problem, exactly? And what features make a study more or less likely to turn out to be true? A team of 270 researchers asked the question of published psychology studies.
By J. Wesley Boyd | Published: July 15, 2015
The US tortured prisoners in the 'War on Terror.' That that a major health care association colluded in this, argues J. Wesley Boyd, is unconscionable.
By Suzanne Bouffard | Published: April 21, 2015
Every year, innocent people sit in prison cells, some of them even on death row. A surprising number are there because they confessed to crimes they did not commit. Psychologist Saul Kassin is looking into why.
By Kate Wheeling | Published: March 17, 2015
New Zealand native Brian Sutton-Smith, a developmental psychologist who brought study of fun off the playground and into the classroom, passed away earlier this month at age 90.
By Social Science Space | Published: September 4, 2014
The latest winners of the Gold Goose Award for seemingly weird science with big practical benefits are researchers whose brush with lab rat love is now helping thousands of preemies.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: July 16, 2014
What does the Facebook emotional contagion study really tells us about research ethics? Perhaps, argues Robert Dingwall, that its time to deregulate public social science.
By Richard Keegan | Published: June 16, 2014
A sports psychologist offers a half-time lesson on what armchair psychologists can use in assessing the on-the-field action.
By Social Science Space | Published: May 12, 2014
Stanford cognitive psychologist James L. McClelland and Harvard psychologist Elizabeth Shilin Spelke are the inaugural recipients of the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. They received their awards last month. The NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, with its $200,000 award, will be given every two years for significant advances […]