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  • November 15, 2013
  • 08:30 AM
  • 573 views

Advancing Science Through the Use of “New Statistics”

by amikulak in Daily Observations

There are several steps that researchers can take to bolster the integrity of their work, but embracing the use of the “new statistics” of effect sizes, estimation, and meta-analysis is a particularly important one, argues psychological scientist Geoff Cumming of La Trobe University in Australia.... Read more »

  • October 24, 2013
  • 08:00 AM
  • 325 views

To Call a Player’s Poker Hand, Look to the Arms

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Professional poker players rely on the ability to divorce their facial expressions from their emotional state – no matter how good, or how bad, their hand is, they have to maintain an inscrutable “poker face.” But new research suggests that they may do well to focus on another body part: The arms. The research, published in Psychological Science, suggests that homing in on only the player’s arms may be the most reliable way to call a bluff.... Read more »

  • December 11, 2012
  • 02:25 PM
  • 427 views

McCartney Appointed Next President of Smith College

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

APS Fellow and Charter Member Kathleen McCartney, who has been the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the past seven years, will be the next president of ... Read more »

  • October 17, 2012
  • 01:05 PM
  • 908 views

Police Prejudice Is Not What You Think

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations


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Many police departments have a problem with prejudice — It’s a common assumption supported by empirical research. But when a team of psychological scientists led by Juliette ... Read more »

  • October 4, 2012
  • 10:22 AM
  • 712 views

Gelfand Receives Anneliese Maier Research Award

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

APS Fellow Michele Gelfand, an expert in the study of conflicts and comparative cultures, accepted the Anneliese Maier Research Award at a September 13, 2012, ceremony at Heidelberg University in ... Read more »

Gelfand, M.J.,, Raver, J.L.,, Nishii, L.,, Leslie, L.M., Lun, J.,, & Lim, B.C.,. (2011) Differences between tight and loose cultures: A 33-nation study. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6033), 1100-4. PMID: 21617077  

  • October 3, 2012
  • 10:58 AM
  • 589 views

Kurt Pawlik Honored for Contributions to Global Psychology

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

APS Fellow Kurt Pawlik, University of Hamburg, Germany, has received the 2012 APA Outstanding Psychologist Award for distinguished contributions to global psychology.
Pawlik, who has been a professor at the University ... Read more »

  • September 21, 2012
  • 09:44 AM
  • 734 views

Edward Maibach on the Sticky Problem of Misinformation

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

“When it’s really important to educate the public about an issue, the most reliable means we have is simple, clear messages repeated often by a variety of trusted sources,” says ... Read more »

Lewandowsky, s., Ecker,U. K. H. Seifert,C.M., Schwarz,N., and Cook, J. (2012) Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 13(3), 106-131. DOI: 10.1177/1529100612451018  

  • September 13, 2012
  • 10:15 AM
  • 626 views

Perspectives Article Wins 2011 Best Paper Award

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

A paper published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, “The situated inference model of priming: An integrative account of construal, behavior, and goal priming” was awarded the 2011 Best Paper Award ... Read more »

Loersch, C. . (2011) The Situated Inference Model An Integrative Account of the Effects of Primes on Perception, Behavior, and Motivation. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(3), 234-252. info:/10.1177/1745691611406921

  • September 12, 2012
  • 04:03 PM
  • 911 views

What Is Logical Isn’t Always True

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

In logic, an argument can be invalid even if its conclusion is true, and an argument can be valid even if its conclusion is false. It’s a confusing concept, and ... Read more »

  • June 27, 2012
  • 12:24 PM
  • 670 views

Walking: Good for More than Your Waistline

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Imagine you’re at a party and a new acquaintance comes over to say hello. In a blind moment of panic you realize that you’ve just met the person, but you ... Read more »

Salas, C. R., Minakata, K., . (2011) Walking before study enhances free recall but not judgment-of-learning magnitude. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23(4). info:/

  • April 13, 2012
  • 10:23 AM
  • 982 views

Don’t Freak Out on Friday the 13th: Stay Positive

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

It’s Friday the 13th for the second time in 2012. With one more Friday the 13th coming in July, for some superstitious people this is a scary time—but stay positive. ... Read more »

Seligman, M., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000) Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist, 55(1), 5-14. DOI: 10.1037//0003-066X.55.1.5  

  • April 5, 2012
  • 10:32 AM
  • 1,307 views

Math Anxiety Is (Literally) in Your Head

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Math can be a fun, logic puzzle for some people. But for others, doing math is a headache-inducing experience. Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have recently shown ... Read more »

Young, C.B., Wu, S.S., & Menon, V. (2012) The Neurodevelopmental Basis of Math Anxiety. Psychological Science. PMID: 22434239  

  • April 3, 2012
  • 09:39 AM
  • 1,046 views

The Perils of Trying to Unlearn

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

There are tons of studies about how to improve learning, but what happens when we want to unlearn is less clear. Research on learning by association goes back to Pavlov’s ... Read more »

  • March 23, 2012
  • 10:07 AM
  • 1,052 views

Crisscrossing Senses

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Ever wonder what the number 5 tastes like? What color is G sharp? Or what type of personality does January have? If you were a synesthete, you might be able ... Read more »

Wagner, K., & Dobkins, K. (2011) Synaesthetic Associations Decrease During Infancy. Psychological Science, 22(8), 1067-1072. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611416250  

  • March 9, 2012
  • 09:49 AM
  • 1,399 views

Mind Changer and Game Changer

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

APS Past-President Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irving, is the highest-ranking female in the list of top 100 psychologists. She’s gained world-wide renown for her experiments showing that memory, far ... Read more »

Loftus, E.F. (1980) Psychological aspects of courtroom testimony. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 27-37. PMID: 6930909  

  • March 6, 2012
  • 12:26 PM
  • 1,265 views

Silly Sports Rituals? Think Again

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

When a game begins, there is no telling how it will end. How can players cope with the unpredictability of sports? The rituals that athletes count on to win a ... Read more »

Damisch, L., Stoberock, B., & Mussweiler, T. (2010) Keep Your Fingers Crossed!: How Superstition Improves Performance. Psychological Science, 21(7), 1014-1020. DOI: 10.1177/0956797610372631  

  • March 1, 2012
  • 12:03 PM
  • 887 views

Placebo Power

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

APS Fellow and Charter Member Irving Kirsch, associate director of the Placebo Studies Program at Harvard Medical School, says the difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect ... Read more »

  • February 27, 2012
  • 03:33 PM
  • 884 views

Where Learning STEMs From

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

The need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals has become critical in the United States.  A recent Washington Post article stated there is a shortage of qualified U.S. ... Read more »

  • February 16, 2012
  • 08:57 AM
  • 1,317 views

Heritability in the Era of Molecular Genetics

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Today it seems to be common knowledge that most behavioral and psychological traits have a heritable genetic component. But what does it really mean when a study says that the ... Read more »

  • February 15, 2012
  • 03:44 PM
  • 903 views

A ‘Bite-Size’ Rebuttal

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

In the January 2012 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, two articles were published in which the authors argued that the trend of increasingly shorter journal articles could have a ... Read more »

Bertamini, M., & Munafo, M. (2012) Bite-Size Science and Its Undesired Side Effects. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7(1), 67-71. DOI: 10.1177/1745691611429353  

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