Mind

Associating Words With An Emotional Meaning

Reading our partner’s name in a text message can immediately elicit emotions like happiness. In contrast, reading the name of a rival in an email may make us feel angry. This shows that words that do not initially have any emotional meaning (like names) can be associated with a certain valence. If we meet somebody,

Is Progressivism Going Native In The United States?

Roughly 14 percent of the United States’ citizenry is comprised of individuals born outside of the United States who have immigrated to the U.S. A significant portion of the electorate, the opinion of the nation’s new citizens will likely shape policy priorities for decades to come. Therefore, it is worthwhile to study if and how

How Aging Affects Memories Of Personally Experienced Events

Our memory of personally experienced events is central to our identity and our sense of self. When remembering, we create an image of our experience in our minds. Previous research has shown that ­­­­­we judge our memories to be more accurate, vivid, and associated with a greater sense of re-experiencing events if these mental images

An Evolutionary Perspective On Free Will Belief

“I’m a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall Michael, if he is to be shot in the head by a police officer, or be found hung dead in a jail cell… or if he should be struck by a bolt of lightning, then I’m going to blame some of the people in

Mothers’ Brains Sync With Their Children’s During Cooperation

The field of social neuroscience has long been interested in how the brain supports our ability to cooperate. Most of what we know to date, however, is based on studies that measured brain activity in single individuals, typically playing computer games designed to simulate social interaction in isolation. Recent advances in neuroimaging methods now allow

Mindfulness And Exercise: Helping Students Cope With Stress

College can be a stressful time as students adjust to increasing autonomy and responsibilities, resulting in the rising and prevalence of poor mental health including heightened stress, anxiety levels, and negative emotional states in college students. A recent report from the American College Health Association (ACHA) revealed that a large proportion of college students experienced various deleterious emotional

Strengthening Memories During Sleep

Even though we spend about a third of our lives asleep, the function of sleep is still not fully understood. One of the leading hypotheses concerns the beneficial role of sleep for the consolidation of memories. Thousands of years ago, philosophers and early psychologists realized that memories are strengthened over a period of sleep. However,

Can Babies Think Hard?

Our lab studies how well babies can remember objects. The test that we have developed is a baby-friendly version of the card game Memory, where cards are shown face-up (on a computer screen), then turned face-down. As in the original game, the goal is to find matching cards. But, instead of pointing (these children are