Under the Cortex
I Don’t Care If It’s Fake News, I Believe It

I Don’t Care If It’s Fake News, I Believe It

June 23, 2022

While the past several decades can rightly be called the “information age,” the rise of social media platforms makes is seem like the past few years could be considered the misinformation age. The viral nature of alternative facts, rumors, and planned disinformation campaigns has taken its toll on global politics, the economy, and healthcare. If only we could be told when we were reading “misinformation” that might just solve our problems! Or perhaps not. Does knowing that a news story is false really inoculate us against its misinformation?

Taking a new look at misinformation is "Max” Bai, a post-doctoral scholar in the Polarization and Social Change Lab as part of the Stanford Impact Labs. who presented new research at the 2022 APS Annual Convention earlier this year. 

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Brian Anderson and Habit-Reinforcing Behavior

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Brian Anderson and Habit-Reinforcing Behavior

June 16, 2022

The winners of the 2022 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions represent some of the brightest and most innovative young psychological scientists in the world. In a series of mini-episodes, Under the Cortex talks with each winner about their research and goals.

Today we hear from Brian Anderson (Texas A&M University) about his research on what captures human attention and how that influences behavior. 

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2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Patricia Lockwood and the Foundations of Social Learning

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Patricia Lockwood and the Foundations of Social Learning

June 8, 2022

The winners of the 2022 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions represent some of the brightest and most innovative young psychological scientists in the world. In a series of mini-episodes, Under the Cortex talks with each winner about their research and goals.

Today we hear from Patricia Lockwood (University of Birmingham), who is researching the foundations of social learning and decision-making throughout life. 

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Delusion and the Uses of Not Being Rational

Delusion and the Uses of Not Being Rational

May 3, 2022

Being rational is an often-admired quality. After all, a rational mind allows us to calmly and carefully evaluate  situations based on the facts rather than letting emotions cloud our thinking. There are times, however, when irrational thought has its advantages. Shedding some light on the human propensity for delusion thinking is psychologist, writer, and APS Fellow and Charter Member Stuart Vyse, who has published a new book “The Uses of Delusion: Why It’s Not Always Rational to Be Rational.” 

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2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Neil Lewis Jr. on the Unequal Nature of Society

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Neil Lewis Jr. on the Unequal Nature of Society

April 27, 2022

The winners of the 2022 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions represent some of the brightest and most innovative young psychological scientists in the world. In a series of mini-episodes, Under the Cortex talks with each winner about their research and goals.

Today, Neil Lewis Jr. (Cornell University) talks about how the unequal nature of the society that we live in affects the way we think. 

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Human to Nonhuman Interactions with Kai Chi (Sam) Yam

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Human to Nonhuman Interactions with Kai Chi (Sam) Yam

April 14, 2022

The winners of the 2022 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions represent some of the brightest and most innovative young psychological scientists in the world. In a series of mini-episodes, Under the Cortex talks with each winner about their research and goals.

Today, Kai Chi (Sam) Yam (National university of Singapore) tells us about his research on human-nonhuman communication.

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Traffic Stops and Race: Police Conduct May Bend to Local Biases

Traffic Stops and Race: Police Conduct May Bend to Local Biases

March 30, 2022

New research covering tens of millions of U.S. traffic stops found that Black drivers were more likely than White drivers to be stopped by police in regions with a more racially biased White population. Pierce Ekstrom, a researcher at the University of Nebraska and lead author on one of two concurrent papers in the journal Psychological Science talks about how these studies shed new light on how countywide attitudes toward race correlate with local policing. Read the news release and watch the video segment here

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Jason Okonofua and the Power of Empathy

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Jason Okonofua and the Power of Empathy

March 29, 2022

The winners of the 2022 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions represent some of the brightest and most innovative young psychological scientists in the world. In a series of mini-episodes, Under the Cortex talks with each winner about their research and goals.

Today, Jason Okonofua (University of California, Berkeley) tells us about his research on empathy and social-psychological processes that contribute to inequality.

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Investigating Complex Brain Processes

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: Investigating Complex Brain Processes

March 22, 2022

The winners of the 2022 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award represent some of the brightest and most innovative young psychological scientists in the world. In a series of mini-episodes, Under the Cortex talks with each winner about their research and goals.

Today Oriel FeldmanHall (Brown University) tells us about her research to disentangle the cognitive and neural processes behind the complex choices that form the basis of human social behavior. 

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: How People Manage Their Emotions

2022 Spence Award Mini Episode: How People Manage Their Emotions

March 18, 2022

The winners of the 2022 APS Spence Award represent some of the brightest and most innovative young psychological scientists in the world. In a series of mini-episodes, Under the Cortex talks with each winner about their research and goals.

Today we hear from Brett Ford (University of Toronto) who is examining the basic science and health implications of how individuals think about and manage their emotions. 

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