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Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground
Sarita Robinson describes the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand and what it takes to survive such an ordeal.
Excerpts from "The Perils of Obedience"
Stanley Milgram summarizes and discusses the experiments he conducted in 1963 regarding human obedience.
Rethinking One of Psychology's Most Infamous Experiments
Cari Romm reexamines Milgram’s shocking experiments regarding human obedience.
Judge sentences youth offenders to chess, with promising results
Monique Sedgwick, Jeffrey MacCormack, and Lance Grigg
Researchers discuss the potential benefits of youth offenders participating in a chess program.
Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others
Kendra Cherry discusses psychologists’ theories about why people act in unselfish ways.
Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits
Katherine Harmon discusses the effects of head injuries on the teenage brain.
Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems
Tori Rodriguez discusses the impact that not getting enough sleep can have on teenagers’ mental health.
The New Era of Positive Psychology
Martin Seligman discusses the development of “positive psychology” and how people can lead happier lives.
How Small Fibs Lead to Big Lies
Researchers test to see if telling small lies leads to telling bigger lies.
The Keys to Happiness: Partly Genetic, But You Control the Rest
New research explores how genetics and personal choices contribute to a person’s happiness.
Bullying in Early Adolescence
Dorothy L. Espelage
This research digest explores the roles that peers play in promoting bullying in adolescence, beyond the role of “bully” and “victim.”
Different types of coping mechanisms can be used to deal with stress, which can yield both positive and negative results.
Life After Sport
After retirement, high performance athletes are at risk for depression and loss of self-identity. What can be done to overcome this challenge?
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
A recent study shows that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
Men and Women Use Different Scales to Weigh Moral Dilemmas
When researchers analyzed the responses of thousands of men and women to various moral dilemmas, they found that decision-making methods often vary by gender.
You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience
According to a study published in Psychological Science, when we spend money on experiences rather than materials, it can indeed bring people joy.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Psychologist Abraham Maslow suggested that human beings are driven by a progression of universal needs.
Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego
This famous theory of the structural model of the human psyche posits that humans are controlled by their unconscious mind.
Maybe Mean Girls' Mental Games Have a Purpose
New studies focusing on aggression in females shed light on stereotypes and realities for women.