Psychology

  1. a group of students at a memorial in Parkland, Fla.
    Psychology

    What we know and don’t know about how mass trauma affects mental health

    Three people connected to mass shootings have recently killed themselves. Here’s what we know, and don’t, about the lingering effects of mass trauma.

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  2. Chimps screaming
    Animals

    ‘Mama’s Last Hug’ showcases the emotional lives of animals

    In ‘Mama’s Last Hug,’ Frans de Waal argues that emotions occur throughout the animal world.

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  3. professor in lecture room
    Psychology

    STEM professors’ beliefs on intelligence may widen the racial achievement gap

    Seeing intelligence as fixed can result in lower grades, especially for certain minorities

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  4. child holding a teddy bear
    Humans

    Why it’s key to identify preschoolers with anxiety and depression

    With mounting evidence that very young children can experience anxiety and depression, efforts are underway to identify and treat them early.

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  5. students taking tests
    Psychology

    Easing test anxiety boosts low-income students’ biology grades

    Wealthier students outperform their less advantaged peers in math and science. Decreasing test anxiety may help even the playing field.

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  6. woman staring at cake
    Psychology

    Sometimes a failure to replicate a study isn’t a failure at all

    Ego depletion is one of the most well-known concepts in social psychology. A recent study can’t confirm an old one showing it exists. Who is right? Probably everyone.

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  7. Shahzeen Attari
    Psychology

    Shahzeen Attari explores the psychology of saving the planet

    Merging psychology with engineering, Shahzeen Attari probes how people think about conservation, energy use and climate change.

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  8. young child with parent
    Psychology

    Huge ‘word gap’ holding back low-income children may not exist after all

    The claim that poor children hear fewer words than kids from higher-income families faces a challenge.

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  9. The Thinker statue
    Psychology

    ‘Replication crisis’ spurs reforms in how science studies are done

    Redos of social sciences studies from major journals point to opportunities for improvement.

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  10. Tech

    Children may be especially vulnerable to peer pressure from robots

    Elementary school children often endorsed unanimous but inaccurate judgments made by small groups of robots.

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  11. marshmallow test
    Psychology

    Kids today are waiting longer than ever in the classic marshmallow test

    Preschoolers wait longer for extra treats than they used to. What does it mean?

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  12. young child at border
    Neuroscience

    Splitting families may end, but migrant kids’ trauma needs to be studied

    The long-term effects of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border need to be studied, scientists say.

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