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A Secret to Healthy Aging May Be What You Do for Others

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By Lauren Howe

There’s a common saying: “Like a fine wine, we only get better with age.” And thinking about the best way to grow old is increasingly important. Americans are expected to live for longer than ever, with adults age 65 expected to live on average for 20 more years. How can we age happily and healthily?

Variability is the Future: Modeling Change in Social Psychology

By Alexander Danvers

The sheep are lose, and the sheepdogs—two players in a psychology experiment developed by researchers Michael Richardson and Patrick Nalepka—must get them back into the herd! How they solve this problem appears to be governed by a relatively simply mathematical model representing a few different state variables.

New Technological Advances Provide Valuable Data for Personality Social Psychological Research

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By Vivian P. Ta

Smartphones, Fitbits, apps, social networks: New technological advances allow us to be more connected with each other than ever before. Not only can it provide us with a wealth of information about others—it can also teach us a lot about ourselves.

At the New Methods Preconference held at the SPSP Annual Convention, social and personality psychologists discussed different ways that every day technology can provide valuable data for psychological research. Speakers included

Self & Identity News

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By Shira Gabriel

Self & Identity, the flagship journal of the International Society for Self and Identity, has published innovative research on an abundance of topics related to the self for over a decade. The journal has been steered by the extremely capable hands of Mark Leary, Carolyn Morf, Mark Alicke, and Rick Hoyle.  Shira Gabriel has just begun a term as editor along with associate editors Ken DeMarree, Cami Johnson, Mark Seery, Ericka Slotter, and Virgil Zeigler-Hill. 

An introduction to Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology: The Why and How of peer-reviewed preregistration

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Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology (CRSP) is our field's first preregistration-only journal. We have now been accepting submissions for just about a year, making this a good time to reflect on how the preregistration process has been going.

What Do People Find Incompatible with Causal Determinism?

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By Adam Bear

Imagine a universe in which everything that happens is completely caused by whatever happened before it. This is true from the very beginning of the universe, so what happened in the beginning of the universe caused what happened next, and so on right up until the present.

Anxious-Avoidant Duos: Walking on Thin Ice in Relationships and Physical Health

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By Jana Lembke, Fiona Ge, Paula Pietromonaco, and Sally Powers

While the Disney animated film “Frozen” is most famous for its lovable characters and award-winning song “Let it Go,” this kids’ movie can teach us a thing or two about attachment styles in close relationships and the important interplay between preferences for intimacy versus independence in relationships.  In “Frozen,” the relationship difficulties that can occur when attachment goals clash are most evident between the two protagonists, sisters Elsa and Anna.

How the Science of Human Behavior is Beginning to Reshape US Government

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By Dave Nussbaum

Back in September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that marked a major turning point in the role that behavioral science plays in helping the federal government achieve policy goals.