It was a big year in the world of psychology, from new evidence suggesting that John B. Watson misrepresented his famous Little Albert experiment to the latest news about stress in America, we covered a number of fascinating stories in 2012. Learn more about some of the psychology news and researcher than happened over the course of the year.
January 16, 2012 - Google once again hosted their annual science fair open to students between the ages of 13 and 18. Students were asked to submit projects in a range of categories, including behavioral and social sciences, computer science and mathematics, biology, and physics.
January 20, 2012
– The Little Albert experiment
is one of the most famous in psychology history, but in January researchers published new evidence that psychologist John B. Watson may have intentionally misrepresented his research. Researchers discovered that the infant at the heart of the experiment, "Little Albert," was not the healthy child that Watson described. Instead, they found that the boy actually suffered from congenital hydrocephalus, a medical condition that can lead to problems such as tunnel vision, convulsions, mental disability, and death.
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March 5, 2012 – In a study published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, researchers discovered that stress can have a powerful influence over the decision-making process. When you are making a decision under a great deal of stress, you are actually more likely to focus on the potential benefits of a decision rather than considering the possible downsides or risks.
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March 12, 2012
– Psychology is one of the most popular subjects on college campuses throughout the world, so it may come as no surprise that psychology degrees are also extremely popular with online students. One study found that bachelor's programs in psychology
were ranked as the most popular online programs, and master's programs in psychology
came in at number three.
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March 14, 2012
– Researchers from the University of Southern California published new research on the areas of the brain are heavily involved in creativity
. While people often think of creative endeavors as a "right-brain" process, the researchers found that creative thinking was actually much stronger when both sides of the brain worked together.
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March 21, 2012
– Experts have long known that chronic stress can have a serious impact on health, affecting everything from emotional well-being to immunity. Researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo have also discovered that long-term stress can also have a serious impact on memory
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April 4, 2012 - People have long suggested that when it comes to mental abilities, the old adage of "use it or lose it" is important. Research published in the journal BMC Medicine indicates that cognitive training games can be a particularly useful tool for preventing mental declines that often accompany old age.
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April 18, 2012
– Previous research has suggested that multitasking
can actually seriously impair both productivity and accuracy. However, new research published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
indicates that those who engage in technology multitasking (using more than one tech tool at once) might be better at integrating visual and auditory information.
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May 8, 2012 - The APA's latest "Stress in America" report indicated that there were generational differences in how stress impacts people's lives. More than 50 percent of younger adults indicated that their stress levels had increased over the past five years, while older adults reported the lowest stress levels of any age group.
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May 9, 2012 – Stuffing yourself with candy and sweets might not be good for your health, but it might indicate that you have a sweet personality. In a series of studies, researchers discovered that people who identified themselves as having a "sweet tooth" were more likely to be rated as agreeable by other people.