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What’s been happening in Psychology at Northwestern? Check out some of our latest research:

A Psychological Trap: Making Sense of Donald Trump's Life and Personality

New Study Reveals that Even Before Infants Can Talk, Language Shapes their Cognition

Young Children Learning from Touch Screens: Taking a Wider View

How Early is Infants' Attention to Objects and Actions Shaped by Culture?

A Preverbal Baby is Way Smarter Than You Think

Making Computers Reason and Learn by Analogy

Listening to Calls of the Wild

How Would Donald Trump’s Personality Shape His Potential Presidency?

Donald Trump and the "Ideal Woman"

We Infer a Speaker's Social Identity from Subtle Linguistic Cues

Humans Are Animals, Too

When Good Intentions Aren’t Supported by Social Science Evidence

What Scientists Know—And Don’t Know—About Sexual Orientation

Fat Shaming, Toxic Masculinity, and the Gay Male Beauty Myth

Universities’ Messages About Socioeconomic Diversity Can Affect Academic Outcomes

Native Americans Should Not Be Left Out of Thanksgiving

Increased Internet Use and Poorer Ability to Manage Emotions in Youth at High-Risk for Psychosis

What The [Beep]? Infants Link New Communicative Signals to Meaning

Cerebellar Circuit Development Continues Into Young Adulthood

The Paradox of Effort: A Medical Case Against Too Much Self-Control

The Precision of 12-Month-Old Infants’ Link Between Language and Categorization Predicts Vocabulary Size at 12 and 18 Months

For Couples, Time Can Upend the Laws of Attraction

"Aha!" Close Your Eyes for Inspiration

Weakening Memories of Crime through Deliberate Suppression

Gender and Racial Bias Can be 'Unlearnt' During Sleep

Explaining Jeb Bush’s ‘Hispanic’ Error

US Women Progress to PhD at the Same Rate as Men

In Defense of Tinder

Societally-Engaged Adults See Their Lives as Redemption Stories

Human Speech's Surprising Influence on Young Infants

How Group Stereotypes Are Changed by Changing the Roles in which Group Members Are Observed

What Ivy League Ties to Slavery Teach About Redemption

Human Speech's Surprising Influence on Young Infants

Zeroing in on the "Gay Gene"

Guilty Conscience? Brain Wave Breakthrough May Reveal Criminal Knowledge

How Children Categorize Living Things

Why Being Conscious is a Barrier to Understanding Consciousness

The Trauma of Parenthood

What’s the Best Way for Toddlers to Acquire Verb Meaning?

The Boy and the Balloon: How Do Toddlers Learn Verbs?

Thinking About a Majority-Minority Shift Leads to More Conservative Views

Professor Douglas Medin Explores the Importance of Researcher Diversity in "Who's Asking?"

Kids Name the Darnedest Animals

Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?

Understanding Consciousness: Researchers Advocate for More Scientific Research on Consciousness

The All or Nothing Marriage

Infants Use Verbs They Know to Learn New Nouns

Children's Understanding of Death

A Cognitive Psychologist Probes How Babies Think

Topic is Sex for "Nerd Night" at Schubas

The Hack to Save Your Marriage

Lying Takes More Brain Power than Telling the Truth

An Epidemic of Beauty Sickness

Personality Type: Can You Change Yours for the Better?

Understanding How Infants Acquire New Words Across Cultures

Primate Calls help Infants Form Categories

‘Fat Talk’ Compels but Carries a Cost