Psychology

  1. 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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  2. M. Ehsan Hoque
    Computing

    M. Ehsan Hoque develops digital helpers that teach social skills

    Computer scientist M. Ehsan Hoque programs emotionally attuned assistants that bring people together.

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  3. Psychology

    Confusion lingers over health-related pros and cons of marijuana

    50 years ago, the effects of chronic marijuana smoking on mental health were hazy. They still are.

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  4. Psychology

    Science can’t forecast love

    Scientists’ forecast for romantic matches is unpredictable.

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  5. illustration of classroom brain chairs
    Psychology

    Teaching methods go from lab to classroom

    Cognitive researchers are finding ways to help young students to hold on to all the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school.

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  6. Kurdistan Workers Party militants
    Anthropology

    Spiritual convictions and group identities inspire terrorist acts, study finds

    Sacred values and becoming one with comrades fuels terrorist acts, a report finds.

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  7. Photographs of Rwandans killed in 1994 genocide
    Psychology

    A look at Rwanda’s genocide helps explain why ordinary people kill their neighbors

    New research on the 1994 Rwanda genocide overturns assumptions about why people participate in genocide. A sense of duty, not blind obedience, drives many perpetrators.

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  8. kid looking at marshmallow
    Psychology

    African farmers’ kids conquer the marshmallow test

    Nso farmers in Cameroon groom kids for self-control that Western peers often lack.

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  9. runners
    Psychology

    Running is contagious among those with the competitive bug

    Can behaviors really be contagious? Runners log more miles when their friends do — especially if they want to stay leader of the pack, a new study finds.

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  10. Science of racism exhibit in Paris
    Science & Society

    New museum exhibit explores science of racism

    “Us and Them,” a new exhibit at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, draws on genetics, psychology, anthropology and sociology to examine why racism and prejudice persist.

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  11. child with VR
    Psychology

    Out-of-body experiments show kids’ budding sense of self

    Sensing that “my body is me” starts early and develops over many years.

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  12. person in drug store
    Science & Society

    Online reviews can make over-the-counter drugs look way too effective

    Online patient reviews put a far more misleading spin on medications than clinical trials do.

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