Juries, Lawyers, and Race Bias

Juries are a central part of the legal system. Racial bias can cause significant problems in juries. Are lawyers sensitive to the biases of jurors?

Parents Affect Their Children’s View of Intelligence

It is not surprising that parents influence their children's beliefs about intelligence. How they do it is surprising.

Power, Status, and Perspective-Taking

Power can make you less sensitive to other people's perspective. But, what about status? New research explores differences between power and status.

Skilled Performance Takes More Than Practice

There has been a big debate in psychology about whether elite performance reflects talents or skills. A new meta-analysis helps to resolve this question.

Choices Are Based on Feelings Not Value

New research explores the relationship between people's feelings and the choices they make.

Do Depressed and Anxious People Ruminate and Worry?

Research on depression and anxiety has looked at many factors underlying these disorders. One important factor that has emerged in many studies is rumination.

Knowing and Doing Are Separate in the Brain

I play the saxophone, and I have been in a few bands over the past few years. Sometimes, there is a disconnect between my conscious sense of a song what my muscles want to do. Why?

How Are Gesture and Speech Related?

People may learn gestures by watching the speakers of their native language. But new research suggests the language itself can shape these gestures.

The Concept of a Cause Has Gotten More Important Over Time

Over the past 100 years, the world seems to have gotten more complicated, a new study finds. Does that affect people's interest in causal knowledge?

Need a Hand? Just Ask (Really)

We often underestimate how likely someone is to comply with a request. Why is this so—and why does it matter?

How Does Forgiving Someone Affect Their Behavior?

Forgiveness is a statement that the particular bad behavior will not affect the relationship going forward. How does this affect the behavior of the person forgiven?

There Are Cognitive Predictors of Longevity

Women live longer than men. Nonsmokers live longer than smokers. What other factors predict whether someone will live longer?

Do Changes in Income Affect Life Satisfaction?

When I was first starting my career, I used to daydream sometimes about making more money. Like many other people, I assumed that would make me happy.

Negotiators Are Motivated to Agree

Negotiations involve situations in which there are two (or more) parties with conflicting interests. Good negotiators don't always reach an agreement, though.

Can Psychology Explain Humor?

Humor is a pervasive part of human experience. If you watch people in social groups, they spend a lot of time laughing. But, what makes particular events funny?

Even Young Children Avoid Mean People

In order to enforce the norms and values of our culture, adults will give up resources to punish other people. How early does this develop?

Social Comparisons Can Make You Give Up

Competition can often be motivating. Yet, in ordinary life, social comparisons can also be de-motivating.

Positive Mood Makes People Gamble More

In order to take a risk, you have to feel as though that risk will pay off in some way.

What Kinds of People Think BS Is Profound?

There are a lot of people in the world who want to impress us with what they know and with their ability to provide deep and meaningful insights into life.

Emotion Dominates Fast Choices

There are many situations in which you have to make choices quickly. Walking through the grocery store, you are moving through the aisles and pulling items from the shelves.

Happy People Like Happy People

Your social environment has a big effect on your mood. Does your current level of happiness affect the kinds of people you want to hang around?

You Seek Control When You’re Stressed

Stress is a big part of many people’s daily lives. How does all of this stress affect people’s ability to stick with the tasks they are given?

Too Many Leaders Spoil the Group

Powerful people have trouble working together.

Learning and Social Distance

Does the distance between you and the person you are learning from affect what you learn from that person?

Man-Made Disasters Seem More Severe Than Natural Disasters

There are all kinds of large-scale disasters that get reported in the news. Some of them are the result of natural causes like earthquakes along an active fault line or volcanoes.

Severity Makes Events Feel Closer

Psychological distance has been the focus of a lot of research lately. How do we decide whether something is near or far from us?

Does Slowing Down Enhance Self Control?

People are often told to slow down in order to avoid impulsive behavior, but does that really work?

Hard Work Is Good, But It Is Better to Be Seen as a Natural

Most successful people acknowledge that their hard work has been a key contributor to their success. But, do we like people who we see as working hard?

Why Do You Pay So Much Attention to External Rewards?

People are often forced to make a tradeoff between the enjoyment of a task and the long-term reward for that task. Why do they manage that tradeoff badly?

This Is Why Narcissists Think They're Better Than You

A central aspect of narcissism is grandiosity. That is, narcissists tend to think highly of themselves. They tend to have a positive view of themselves compared to others.