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Psychology of Popular Media Culture is a scholarly journal dedicated to publishing empirical research and papers on how popular culture and general media influence individual, group, and system behavior. The journal publishes rigorous research studies, as well as data-driven theoretical papers on constructs, consequences, program evaluations, and trends related to popular culture and various #media sources. For more information, including sample articles, see: http://on.apa.org/12fL8uT.
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Although research reveals that children as young as 3 can use #deception and will take steps to obscure truth, research concerning how well others detect children’s deceptive efforts remains unclear. Yet adults regularly assess whether children are telling the truth in a variety of contexts, including at school, in the home, and in legal settings, particularly in investigations of maltreatment. Gongola, Scurich, and Quas (Online First) conducted a meta-analysis to synthesize extant research concerning adults’ ability to detect deceptive statements produced by children. Overall, adults could accurately discriminate truths/lies at an average rate of 54%, which is slightly but significantly above chance levels. The average rate at which true statements were correctly classified as honest was higher (63.8%), whereas the rate at which lies were classified as dishonest was not different from chance (47.5%). A small positive correlation emerged between judgment confidence and judgment accuracy. Professionals (e.g., social workers, police officers, teachers) slightly outperformed laypersons (e.g., college undergraduates). Finally, exploratory analyses revealed that the child’s age did not significantly affect the rate at which adults could discriminate truths/lies from chance. Future research aimed toward improving lie detection accuracy might focus more on individual differences in children’s lie-telling abilities in order to uncover any reliable indicators of deception. For more information, see: http://on.apa.org/2ilyxXD.
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Culture and biology have evolved together, influence each other, and concurrently shape behavior, affect, cognition, and development (Causadias, Telzer, & Lee, 2017). The special section within the January issue of Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology highlights two major domains of the interplay between #culture and #biology. The first domain is neurobiology of cultural experiences—how cultural, ethnic, and racial experiences influence limbic systems and neuroendocrine functioning—and the second domain is cultural neuroscience—the connections between cultural processes and brain functioning. For more information, including the open access introduction to the special section, see: http://on.apa.org/2iHPfkX.
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The top downloaded article from #Psychological Review in 2016 was "Social #stigma and self-esteem: The self-protective properties of stigma" by Crocker and Major (1989). Read it here: http://on.apa.org/2h9tAjO.
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The top downloaded article from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2016 was "Influence of #attachment styles on romantic #relationships" by Simpson (1990). Read it here: http://on.apa.org/2h9QLKT.
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Typically, music-evoked #nostalgia and the autobiographical memories that often accompany nostalgic experiences are generated by randomly playing popular songs from a participant’s past. The featured study by Michels-Ratliff and Ennis (2016) tested a new method of evoking nostalgia and autobiographical memories that targets participants’ individual preferences. In the study, 175 participants entered 3 songs that made them feel nostalgic into the Internet music site Pandora to create a personalized “station” of 7 similar songs. Fifty-nine percent of Pandora-selected songs were rated moderately high to very high in evoking nostalgia—a clear improvement on the 26% of songs that were rated somewhat nostalgic or higher using the typical method (Barrett et al., 2010). Participants reported an autobiographical memory for 72% of the Pandora-selected songs—a marked improvement on the 29% evoked by the typical method (Janata, Tomic, & Rakowski, 2007). In short, Pandora evoked more nostalgia and autobiographical memories than had previous methods. To read this article, see: http://on.apa.org/2gSyNAH.
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African American fathers are increasingly documented as being involved with their children and engaging in roles that include child socialization. Yet, we have limited knowledge about the values African American fathers seek to instill in their children or the mechanism through which they transmit these values. The objective of Doyle et al. (2016) was to explore, from African American fathers’ perspectives, the values they seek to instill within their sons. Participants included 30 self-identified, African American, biological fathers of preadolescent sons at broad risk for developing aggressive behaviors, depressive symptoms, or both. The fathers participated in semistructured, qualitative interviews based on a topic guide that was developed a priori. Five themes and 4 subthemes emerged from the data. The first 4 themes reflected values fathers aimed to instill in their sons: cultural messages (subthemes: cultural pride, managing racism), education (subthemes: educational attainment, social intelligence, and exposure), respect, and responsibility. The fifth theme, modeling, represented a mechanism through which fathers taught these important values. The findings provide invaluable insight, from the perspectives of fathers, into the cultural and gendered contexts that shape the values African American fathers seek to instill in their sons. To read more, see: http://on.apa.org/2j42PBE.
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The most recent issue of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management includes a two-part special edition on #campus threat management. The section focuses on undertaking a multinational examination of the management of aggression and other problem behaviors in the physical, social, and digital arenas of #education, particularly in the past 10 years (Warren, 2016). For the special section, including the open access introduction, see: http://on.apa.org/2ilxzut.
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Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year, from the APA Journals team.
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The top downloaded article from #Psychological Bulletin in 2016 was "Reading comprehension and its underlying components in second-#language learners: A meta-analysis of studies comparing first- and second-language learners" by Melby-Lervåg and Lervåg (2014). Read it for free here: http://on.apa.org/2gTWEjC.
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IN THE NEWS: "Art may reveal early signs of #dementia", via BBC News, features the recently published work of Forsythe, Williams, and Reilly (Online First). The research investigated whether changes in an artist's work can predict neurological deterioration. To read the news article, see: http://on.apa.org/2ibRqz0. To read the article published in #Neuropsychology, see: http://on.apa.org/2ibZf7M.
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The top downloaded article from the American Psychologist in 2016 was a 1998 study by Kraut et al. that examined the social and #psychological impact of the #Internet. Read "Internet paradox: A social technology that reduces social involvement and psychological well-being?" here: http://on.apa.org/2hXfVwu.
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