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Alexander Danvers Ph.D.
Mothers influence their children's health and well-being. But can infants change a mother's mental health?
A new report finds that a forensic technique is unreliable and unscientific. Will it get banned from courtrooms?
Researchers examined how Facebook's early rollout to colleges influenced mental health. What they found changes our understanding of what's harmful about social media.
What predicts whether you will move up the income ladder in the U.S.? Having rich friends beats being smart, well-educated, or from a place with many jobs.
A new analysis suggests that "nudges" designed to change people's decisions may not be effective. But what does the analysis miss?
Psychologists and doctors have long thought that antidepressants worked by increasing low levels of serotonin in the brain. New research overturns this consensus.
There is a mental health crisis among adolescents in the U.S. What can they learn from our response to school shootings like the one at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas?
Observing patterns of social media use and mental health suggests they are related. But what happens when we cut off all social media use for a week?
Around the world, teenagers are suffering worse mental health in the last decade. Social media may be a cause. Will Congress pass a law to enable more research into social media?
Can brains predict how smart or depressed you are? Not if we keep making this one big mistake in how we study them.
Even human children can solve certain problems that are too hard for modern AI. What does the struggle to build robots teach us about the special kind of genius humans possess?
What will the next generation of psychology research look like? Find out how it could leverage AI to learn new things about the mind.
Certain conspiracy theories keep cropping up. Where do they come from? And are certain groups more prone to believe in them?
How did Tara Westover leave an extremist upbringing? And what lessons does it have for people looking to leave extreme views?
Tara Westover's "Educated" describes her experience growing up without a formal education. Yet other factors involved in the way she was raised prepared her for extremism.
How can we have respectful and reasonable political disagreements? How do we change extreme views? A friendship and discussion group tackles these issues.
Dan Ariely, author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty," appears to have faked data on a study he led on honesty.
A viral article blames the creative class for ruining U.S. society. What does this sociological analysis do for broader society?
Even those of us who have no personal experience with traumatic events, like mass shootings, may respond to ambiguous information as if we do. Psychology helps explain why.
Can smiling make you feel happier? The science said one thing, which was repeated by journalists and commentators. Then the science said something else. Where are we now?
Why do scientists lie? A philosopher explores the role of the scientific community.
Over the last decade, science reform has been key to improving psychology. Now reformers are leaving the field. Why?
If you tell Facebook what pages you like, how well can it predict your personality? How would it make those predictions?
A machine learning algorithm can predict whether someone is liberal or conservative from a photo alone.
The Stanford Prison Experiment's most important lessons were not about prisons, but how we do research. We still haven't learned one of them.
The riot at the U.S. Capitol yesterday cannot be explained by misinformation.
What's the problem with the psychology effect the internet loves? And what does it mean for science reform?
A Ph.D. student raised questions about her advisor's research. What happened next underlines the need for science reform.
Researcher Chris Soto reviewed what life outcomes personality traits can predict. His results are a bright spot amid psychology's replication problems.
New research examines how well laypeople can judge the reliability of science. How does this relate to a recent business implosion?
Alexander Danvers, Ph.D., is a social psychologist by training with an interdisciplinary approach to research. Currently, he works on measuring and improving mental health outcomes.