Why does group categorization matter? Kristina Olson, associate professor of psychology at University of Washington and 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award recipient, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist."
People & Society
Out of fascination and need, people have always studied other people. When scientific methods are applied to those observations, the studies help characterize and analyze our behavior, social and political institutions, family and community structures and our economies. Scientific studies of people and society help answer age-old human contemplations.
Why is working memory so important to learning? Paul Morgan of Penn State University answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist."
Professor Karthik Ramani of Purdue University is joining forces with manufacturers to build virtual factories using augmented reality, so that they can test new labor-saving technologies in the virtual world before installing them in the real world
A team of scientists is developing fundamental computational techniques that will enable the design, implementation and evaluation of robots that encourage social and cognitive growth in children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental challenges.
A new study conducted at reveals new insights into choice overload, including the parts of the brain responsible for it and how many options the brain actually prefers when it is making a choice
A new study contradicts assumptions that developed areas have fewer mammals and less variety in mammal species
A new study led sifted through data from more than 1.5 million questionnaire respondents and found four distinct clusters of personality types exist -- average, reserved, self-centered and role model -- challenging existing paradigms in psychology
Virtual reality (VR) lets people explore far away places and do virtually anything!
Lee Blaney's lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, smells somewhat like a barnyard, and with good reason. With support from the National Science Foundation, the environmental engineer and his team are extracting nutrients from poultry litter to create a new revenue stream for farmers and help the environment at the same time
Illuminating danger, fighting ice with ice, modeling dragonfly wings and new personality choices
Researchers Rajan Sekhon and Christopher McMahan of Clemson University have collaborated on an interdisciplinary study that addresses a threat to two of the world's most important cereal crops
In this week's episode, we explore using virtual reality for memory recall; teenage emotion overload; and finally, examine the role dopamine plays in forming episodic memories
Bilingual brains, computing clouds, a life-saving musical sensor and genome sequencing in medieval cemeteries
NSF-funded researchers discovered that adolescents don't distinguish between negative emotions as clearly as younger children and adults
What could make eyewitness testimony more accurate and helpful? Margaret Bull Kovera, presidential scholar and professor of psychology at John Jay College at City University of New York, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist."
What do we know about how people recognize faces? Catherine Stamoulis, assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist."
Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road that would make it possible to drive hundreds -- if not thousands -- of miles without having to plug in
What does a sustainable energy future look like? Jack Brouwer of University of California, Irvine, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
With support from the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, psychologist Brad Duchaine and his team are studying the brains of 20 people with acquired prosopagnosia to better understand the computational and neural basis of face processing
Engineers at Purdue University and the University of Virginia have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface