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Days of Future Past: Concerns for the Group’s Future Prompt Longing for Its Past (and Ways to Reclaim It)

Days of Future Past: Concerns for the Group’s Future Prompt Longing for Its Past (and Ways to Reclaim It)

September 8, 2020

In a recent article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, Michael Wohl, a researcher at Carleton University, explores how collective angst can influence collective nostalgia. As the U.S. prepares for its next election, this research provides intriguing insights into how political rhetoric tends to capitalize on the relation between these emotions by promising to “bring back the good old days.” Listen to the APS podcast discussion with Michael on these findings and their potential impact on society and politics.

APS President’s Virtual Roundtable: The Opportunities and Challenges of Open Access

APS President’s Virtual Roundtable: The Opportunities and Challenges of Open Access

September 4, 2020

To expand our understanding of open access and how it applies to our members, APS President Shinobu Kitayama convened a virtual roundtable of international experts on scholarly publishing to discuss both the challenges and opportunities of this emerging model of journal publishing. 

Why Are There Differing Preferences for Suffixes and Prefixes Across Languages?

Why Are There Differing Preferences for Suffixes and Prefixes Across Languages?

August 27, 2020

While speakers of English and other Western languages prefer using suffixes more than prefixes, a new study reveals that this preference is not as universal as once thought.  These findings stress the need for more diverse populations in language research and may shed light on human cognition

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: Psychological mechanisms forged by cultural evolution

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: Psychological mechanisms forged by cultural evolution

August 1, 2020

Robert Goldstone of the Percepts and Concepts Laboratory at Indiana University and editor of the APS Journal Current Directions in Psychological Science interviews Cecilia Heyes
Department of Experimental Psychology at University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Life Sciences at All Soul’s College.

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: Digital Emotion Regulation

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: Digital Emotion Regulation

July 29, 2020

Robert Goldstone of the Percepts and Concepts Laboratory at Indiana University and editor of the APS Journal Current Directions in Psychological Science interviews Greg Wadley, senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. 

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: Social Structure Learning

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: Social Structure Learning

July 29, 2020

Robert Goldstone of the Percepts and Concepts Laboratory at Indiana University and editor of the APS Journal Current Directions in Psychological Science interviews Sam Gershman, associate professor of psychology at Harvard University. 

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: The Psychology of Intolerance: Unpacking Diverse Understandings of Intolerance

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: The Psychology of Intolerance: Unpacking Diverse Understandings of Intolerance

July 29, 2020

Robert Goldstone of the Percepts and Concepts Laboratory at Indiana University and editor of the APS Journal Current Directions in Psychological Science interviews Maykel Verkuyten, Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: Isabel Gauthier

Current Directions in Psychological Science Podcast: Isabel Gauthier

July 21, 2020

Robert Goldstone of the Percepts and Concepts Laboratory at Indiana University and editor of the APS Journal Current Directions in Psychological Science interviews Isabel Guathier, the David K. Wilson Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University on "what we could only learn about holistic face processing from non-face objects." The interview took place on March 9, 2020. 

 

Psychological Science and Conspiracy Theories in the Era of COVID-19

Psychological Science and Conspiracy Theories in the Era of COVID-19

May 28, 2020

Karen Douglas, professor of social psychology at the University of Kent, and Michael Shermer, the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the Science Salon Podcast, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University–share their research, thoughts, and reactions on conspiracy theories and how they specifically relate to COVID-19.

From Voldemort to Vader, Science Says We Prefer Fictional Villains Who Remind Us of Ourselves

From Voldemort to Vader, Science Says We Prefer Fictional Villains Who Remind Us of Ourselves

April 24, 2020

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/fictional-villains-allure.html

As people binge watch TV shows and movies during this period of physical distancing, they may find themselves eerily drawn to fictional villains, from Voldemort and Vader to Maleficent and Moriarty. According to new research published in the journal Psychological Science, people may find fictional villains surprisingly likeable when they share similarities with the viewer or reader.

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