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  • April 18, 2014
  • 01:56 PM

Moving Beyond “Just-So Stories”: Young Children Can Be Taught Basic Natural Selection

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Spend more than a few hours with a child under the age of 10 and “why?” is a question you’re likely to hear a. Children are naturally curious explorers, and […]... Read more »

  • April 15, 2014
  • 09:00 AM

Young Children Take Authoritarian Cues From Their Parents

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Some people bridle at the very idea of having to bend to authority. Others, however, value following a leader and playing by the rules, a trait that researchers refer to […]... Read more »

  • April 14, 2014
  • 09:00 AM

Idealistic Thinking Linked With Economic Slump

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Envisioning a bright future should pave the way for success, right? Maybe not. Research suggests that thinking about an idealized future may actually be linked with economic downturn, not upswing. […]... Read more »

  • April 9, 2014
  • 10:36 AM

Did You Hear That? Specific Brain Activity Linked With Imagined Hearing

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Being able to distinguish what is real and what is not may seem pretty basic, but the inability to perform this task could be a marker of many psychiatric disorders. […]... Read more »

Sugimori, E., Mitchell, K., Raye, C., Greene, E., & Johnson, M. (2014) Brain Mechanisms Underlying Reality Monitoring for Heard and Imagined Words. Psychological Science, 25(2), 403-413. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613505776  

  • April 4, 2014
  • 08:00 AM

The Taxman Cometh: Science Explains Why Some Pay and Others Evade

by amikulak in Daily Observations

The first week of April is drawing to a close, which means millions of Americans are making a mad dash to get their taxes done and filed by the April […]... Read more »

Kirchler, E., Kogler, C., & Muehlbacher, S. (2014) Cooperative tax compliance: From deterrence to deference. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(2), 87-92. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413516975  

  • March 28, 2014
  • 09:57 AM

Patching the Leaky Pipeline of Women in STEM

by amikulak in Daily Observations

March is designated Women’s History Month in the United States, recognizing “generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.” And yet, as we […]... Read more »

  • March 27, 2014
  • 11:46 AM

Kids Come to Like Their Own Before They Dislike “Outsiders”

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Social groups form along all sorts of lines — from nationality to age to shared interests, and everything in between. We come to identify with our groups, whichever those might […]... Read more »

  • March 26, 2014
  • 09:53 AM

Busted Bracket? Science Suggests Strategy to Improve March Madness Picks

by amikulak in Daily Observations

It’s official: No one on this planet will walk away with Warren Buffett’s $1 billion dollar prize for filling out a perfect March Madness bracket. Hopes for the money were […]... Read more »

  • March 21, 2014
  • 01:45 PM

What’s the Value of a Dollar? It Depends on How You Perceive Numbers

by amikulak in Daily Observations

When it comes to how we value money, all dollars (or Euros or yen or pesos) are not created equal. If someone gives you three dollar bills and then offers […]... Read more »

  • March 10, 2014
  • 10:45 AM

Money and Morality: Lack of Resources May Lead to Harsher Moral Judgments

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Material resources, specifically income, have a sustaining impact on our lives. They dictate fundamental aspects of life, like where we live, and more peripheral aspects, such as whether we can […]... Read more »

  • March 7, 2014
  • 10:38 AM

In Diversifying Neighborhoods, How Do Attitudes Shift?

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Almost half a century after the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, many American cities – including New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; and Houston – are still vastly segregated […]... Read more »

  • March 5, 2014
  • 04:41 PM

Got a Dollar? You May Be Happier if You Spend it on Someone Else

by amikulak in Daily Observations

A boost to income can increase happiness to a certain degree, but research suggests how you spend your money may be equally important as the amount you have. According to […]... Read more »

Dunn, E., Aknin, L., & Norton, M. (2014) Prosocial spending and happiness: Using money to benefit others pays off. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(1), 41-47. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413512503  

  • February 26, 2014
  • 10:25 AM

Spatial Imagery Improves With Sight

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Imagine a square box about the size of a soccer ball. Now imagine turning it over with your hands. It’s a task that’s easy for most people to do — […]... Read more »

  • February 24, 2014
  • 03:34 PM

Taking a Transdiagnostic Approach to Understanding Self-Injury

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Millions of people are affected by self-injury, especially adolescents and young adults.  Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has been the focus of numerous studies and, yet, there is still a lot to […]... Read more »

  • February 21, 2014
  • 10:47 AM

“But I Didn’t Know!” People Show Prejudice-Based Aggression When It’s Easily Deniable

by amikulak in Daily Observations

We’re taught from a young age that it’s not okay to discriminate or show prejudice against others. And this strong social norm is codified in various ways, such as in […]... Read more »

  • February 13, 2014
  • 06:00 AM

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Overpriced roses and generic greeting cards are flying off the shelves, only to be thrown in the trash in a day or two. Windows, storefronts, even drab office cubicles are […]... Read more »

  • January 15, 2014
  • 09:43 AM

Why Me? Perceptions of Justice Influence Pain Experiences

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Life has its many twists and turns – to make sense of all of it, people sometimes take a “just world” approach, reasoning that people get more or less what […]... Read more »

  • January 14, 2014
  • 09:48 AM

Religious Infusion Predicts Intergroup Conflict Around the World

by amikulak in Daily Observations

For many people, religion is deeply ingrained in their day-to-day existence. It supports their faith and spirituality, and it provides friendship and a sense of community. But religion can also […]... Read more »

Neuberg, S.L., Warner, C.M., Mistler, S.A., Berlin, A., Hill, E.D., Johnson, J.D., Filip-Crawford, G., .., & Schober, J. (2014) Religion and intergroup conflict: Findings from the Global Group Relations Project. Psychological Science, 25(1), 198-206. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613504303  

  • January 8, 2014
  • 10:58 AM

Before Crawling and Walking, Babies Need to Get the Visual Gist of Moving Forward

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Infants show developmental changes in visual motion perception about one month before they first start moving around on their own, according to new research published in Psychological Science. Psychology researcher […]... Read more »

  • December 31, 2013
  • 09:00 AM

Super Rare Items Are Most Likely to Be Missed

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Various jobs in security, medicine, and other fields require employees to pick out a target item in the midst of lots of distracting information. To complicate matters, the targets that […]... Read more »

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