Successful Innovation: A Field Guide to the Psychology of Change
The word “innovation” gets thrown around a lot, often in regard to the development of new products or services. But what predicts how people will respond to new things or ideas?
Hess Earns Prestigious Baltes Award
Psychology professor Tom Hess will receive the Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award, the American Psychological Association's most prestigious award for research on adult development and aging.
Research Finds Offender Risk Assessment Tools in U.S. Are Promising, but Questions Remain
The criminal justice system in the United States uses a variety of tools to assess the behavior of criminal offenders, and those risk assessments can have a significant impact on an offender’s fate. A new meta-analysis of the research conducted in the U.S. on these tools shows that – while promising – it is still unclear whether these tools reduce bias against offenders.
Study: Attitudes Toward Women Key in Higher Rates of Sexual Assault by Athletes
An online study of male undergraduates shows that more than half of study participants on intercollegiate and recreational athletic teams – and more than a third of non-athletes – reported engaging in sexual coercion, including rape.
Helping African-American Young Adults Cope With the Consequences of Discrimination
Be proud of being Black, take care of your mental health, and find constructive ways to confront institutional racism. That’s the advice that a team of psychology researchers has for young African-American adults who are dealing with the consequences of racial discrimination.
Researchers ID Risk Factors That Predict Violence in Adults With Mental Illness
Researchers have identified three risk factors that make adults with mental illness more likely to engage in violent behavior. The findings give mental health professionals and others working with adults with mental illness a suite of characteristics they can use as potential warning signs, allowing them to intervene and hopefully prevent violent behavior.
What Motivates Older Adults to Stay Mentally Active?
As we age, it can be harder to do what’s good for the mind. Now researchers are trying to learn more about what affects our motivation to engage in cognitively-rewarding tasks.
Study: Mental Health Courts Significantly Reduce Repeat Offenses, Jail Time
NC State research finds that mental health courts are effective at reducing repeat offending, and limiting related jail time, for people with mental health problems – especially those who also have substance use problems.
Are People Inherently Good or Bad at Learning New Tech? Your Opinion Matters
If you think people are inherently good or bad at learning how to use new technology, odds are good that it’s harder for you to learn how to use new technology.
Experiencing Major Stress Makes Some Older Adults Better Able to Handle Daily Stress
A new study finds that dealing with a major stressful event appears to make some older adults better able to cope with the ups and downs of day-to-day stress.