Psychology

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Parkland shooting
    Science & Society

    Why science still can’t pinpoint a mass shooter in the making

    Arguments flare over mass public shootings that remain scientifically mysterious.

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  6. brain
    Neuroscience

    How biology breaks the ‘cerebral mystique’

    The Biological Mind rejects the idea of the brain as the lone organ that makes us who we are. Our body and environment also factor in, Alan Jasanoff says.

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  7. Science & Society

    Discussing what matters when facts are not enough

    Editor in Chief Nancy Shute reflects on finding common ground with science and policy.

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  8. Science & Society

    In play, kids and scientists take big mental leaps

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill explores the science behind children's play and how kids like to mimic the same things adults do.

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  9. child's hands helping adult roll out dough
    Psychology

    When it’s playtime, many kids prefer reality over fantasy

    Given a choice between fantasy play and doing the things that adults do, children prefer reality-based tasks, studies suggest.

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  10. Science & Society

    Readers inspired by SN 10 scientists’ research

    Readers wanted to know more about the scientists' research who were profiled in "The SN 10: Scientists to watch."

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  11. man in superhero costume striking a power pose
    Psychology

    Whether psychology research is improving depends on whom you ask

    Psychologists are pessimistic about the state of their field but want to improve, a survey shows. But are new measures working?

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  12. Richard Thaler, University of Chicago
    Science & Society

    Economics Nobel nudges behavioral economist into the limelight

    Behavioral economist Richard Thaler started influential investigations of behavioral economics, which earned him the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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