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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.
Professor of Political Science David Primo recently testified before Congress to discuss ways to improve the current federal budgeting process. Learn more about his ideas in the full written testimony.
Children who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities, according to researchers.
Judith Smetana’s research explores how adolescents—locally and globally—use disclosure and secrecy in their quest for autonomy from their parents.
In The Huffington Post, social interaction researcher Harry Reis outlines six types of relationships that sabotage happiness and psychological well-being. (Photo: Flickr/Junichi Ishito)