Psychology

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. depressed woman
    Psychology

    Phone apps are helping scientists track suicidal thoughts in real time

    Researchers are using smartphones to tap into the ups and downs of suicidal thinking that occur over hours and days, hoping to help prevent suicides.

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  10. person holding gun
    Psychology

    Gun owner or not, Americans agree on many ways to limit gun violence

    A new survey suggests that gun owners support many potential gun-control policies — now research on their efficacy needs to catch up.

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  11. language students
    Humans

    The window for learning a language may stay open surprisingly long

    A crucial period for language learning may extend well into teen years, a new study suggests.

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  12. rice and wheat farmers
    Psychology

    In China, coffee shop habits show cultural differences tied to farming

    Farming histories have shaped behavior in northern and southern China.

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