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Robert Foster first visited Papua New Guinea in the 1980s, when telephones of any kind were scarce. Upon returning in 2010, he found a country transformed by mobile phones.
Joyce McDonough, Nadine Grimm, and other linguists are working to document disappearing languages before they are lost completely to the world.
Kristin Doughty has published her first book, Remediation in Rwanda, looking at how grassroots courts play a role in life after genocide.
In an editorial, Gretchen Helmke discusses why political strife in Brazil will be felt throughout Latin American countries. (Photo: Reuters)
Randall Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, discusses the evolution of democracy in Poland since the fall of Communism. (Photo: Flickr/Mariusz Szczepanik)
Richard Ryan’s self-determination theory helps explain why we keep playing video games that challenge us the most. (Photo: ©iStockphoto)
Assistant professor in psychology, Laura Wray-Lake and her group discover that caring for others dips during adolescence. But when teens feel supported from their social circles, their concern for others returns.
Randall Stone has a message for GOP presidential candidates: Focus on the world, and the US will be better off.
Edward Deci and Richard Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory can point the way to living a good life.
Narayana Kocherlakota, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will join the Department of Economics on January 1, 2016.
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology awarded Harry Reis the Career Contribution Award, one of the highest honors in social psychology.