Since 1993, the “Mozart effect,” which holds that listening to classical music increases intelligence, has become popular around the world, but it faces significant controversy in the scientific community.
Yale Professor Laurie Santos is the recipient of the 2012 APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology in the area of animal learning and behavior.
Jody Sindelar has combined field studies and analysis of existing databases to study the relationship between self-control, tobacco use, and the implications of proposed tobacco taxation policies on individual behaviors.
Institute Professor Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a towering figure in the field of linguistics, whose 1957 monograph, Syntactic Structures, has been ranked among the most influential publications in 20th century cognitive science.
DePauw University Professor Matthew Hertenstein conducted a study on how tactile communication, such as a pat on the back or a high-five, can communicate a wide range of emotions, sometimes more accurately than words.
Professor Robert Pietrzak is part of a research team that was awarded the Ig Nobel prize, which honors unusual and imaginative research, for their study on the effects of voluntary inhibition of urination on cognitive processes.
Laurie Santos tackles the question of what makes us human by studying the minds of our closest relatives, primates, and some of her recent work demonstrates that monkeys can represent the knowledge and ignorance of others, but not their beliefs.
A study by Dr. Marc Potenza of the Yale University School of Medicine surveyed students in Connecticut high schools and is the first epidemiologic study of problematic Internet use among U.S. high school students.
Aromatherapy, the use of fragrance to enhance health and promote feelings of well-being, appears to improve mood but not to affect physiological signs such as heart rate and blood pressure.
Consumer and advertising psychology essentially seeks to understand how we make choices and what influences our decisions and thus has applications far beyond corporate battles between AT&T and Verizon Wireless.