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Police Prejudice Is Not What You Think

A team of psychological scientists led by Juliette Gatto of Blaise Pascal University, France, took a close look at prejudice in new police recruits, officers with a year of training, and a control group from the general population. They discovered unexpected nuances. More

  • A study involving Dutch Police Academy recruits suggests that aggressive individuals may be more sensitive to the effects of testosterone when faced with emotionally charged situations. More

    Testosterone May Dampen Police Recruits’ Emotional Control

    A study involving Dutch Police Academy recruits suggests that aggressive individuals may be more sensitive to the effects of testosterone when faced with emotionally charged situations. More

  • The Lab @ DC, a research team within the Washington, DC city government, has just released the results of a two-year-long study investigating the effects of police body-worn cameras on policing in DC. More

    DC Government Applies Behavioral Science to Study Body-Worn Cameras

    DC Government Study Finds Body-Worn Cameras Have No Effect on Police Uses of Force

    The Lab @ DC, a research team within the Washington, DC city government, has just released the results of a two-year-long study investigating the effects of police body-worn cameras on policing in DC. More

  • The same experimental standards that apply to scientific research could also be applied to police lineups to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identifications, says APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Gary L. Wells. More

    Injecting Science Into Police Lineups

    The same experimental standards that apply to scientific research could also be applied to police lineups to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identifications, says APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Gary L. Wells. More

  • A new report brings psychological science to bear on policing, providing an in-depth analysis of the factors that drive public trust and law-related behavior. More

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    How Police Can Regain Public Trust, According to Science

    A new report brings psychological science to bear on policing, providing an in-depth analysis of the factors that drive public trust and law-related behavior. More

  • Instructors should be prepared to listen for —and challenge — belief perseverance, and can use this myth to highlight how automatic and difficult belief perseverance can be to overcome. More

    Myth: People With Mental Illness Are More Prone to Violence

    Instructors should be prepared to listen for —and challenge — belief perseverance, and can use this myth to highlight how automatic and difficult belief perseverance can be to overcome. More

  • In the past several years, incidents between community members and the police have highlighted what many have been feeling for a long time–a lack of a sense of police legitimacy. More

    The Impact of Psychological Science on Policing in the United States

    In the past several years, incidents between community members and the police have highlighted what many have been feeling for a long time–a lack of a sense of police legitimacy. More

  • Children often show remarkable resilience, but survey data shows that repeated exposure to adversity in childhood can have a significant impacts on health and well-being later in life. More

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    Childhood Adversity Is Linked with Risky Health Behaviors and Negative Life Outcomes

    Children often show remarkable resilience, but survey data shows that repeated exposure to adversity in childhood can have a significant impacts on health and well-being later in life. More

  • An analysis of audio recordings from 380 traffic stops showed distinctive differences in the language that police used when speaking to White drivers compared to African American drivers. More

    Police Language in Traffic Stops Shows Hidden Bias

    An analysis of audio recordings from 380 traffic stops showed distinctive differences in the language that police used when speaking to White drivers compared to African American drivers. More

  • A mix of behavioral research, economic studies, and time-series data portend some unsettling effects of climate change on human social interactions. More

    Global Warming and Violent Behavior

    A mix of behavioral research, economic studies, and time-series data portend some unsettling effects of climate change on human social interactions. More

  • Informing the public about African Americans’ disproportionate incarceration rate may actually bolster support for punitive policies that perpetuate inequality, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Stanford University psychology researchers Rebecca Hetey and Jennifer Eberhardt found that White participants who More

    Seeing More Blacks in Prison Increases Support for Policies that Exacerbate Inequality

    Informing the public about African Americans’ disproportionate incarceration rate may actually bolster support for punitive policies that perpetuate inequality, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Stanford University psychology researchers Rebecca Hetey and Jennifer Eberhardt found that White participants who More

  • The idea of admitting to a crime you didn’t commit seems inconceivable to most people. Take the Central Park Five: teenagers who confessed to raping a jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989, quickly recanted, but still went to jail. DNA evidence exonerated them in 2002. Illogical as More

    Law and (Dis)order

    The idea of admitting to a crime you didn’t commit seems inconceivable to most people. Take the Central Park Five: teenagers who confessed to raping a jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989, quickly recanted, but still went to jail. DNA evidence exonerated them in 2002. Illogical as More

  • At 9:45 PM on November 10, 1984, 16-year-old Theresa Fusco finished up her shift at the roller skating rink in the Long Island village of Lynbrook. She never made it home that night. She was reported missing, but nearly a month passed before her body was found, naked, in a More

    Law and Disorder: The Psychology of False Confessions

    At 9:45 PM on November 10, 1984, 16-year-old Theresa Fusco finished up her shift at the roller skating rink in the Long Island village of Lynbrook. She never made it home that night. She was reported missing, but nearly a month passed before her body was found, naked, in a More

  • Everyone has heard the statistics on the incarceration of Black Americans, but they bear repeating. Blacks make up nearly 40 percent of the inmates in the nation’s prisons, although they are only 12 percent of the U.S. population. Some experts estimate that one in every four Black men will spend More

    Blacks in Prison: Perception and Punishment

    Everyone has heard the statistics on the incarceration of Black Americans, but they bear repeating. Blacks make up nearly 40 percent of the inmates in the nation’s prisons, although they are only 12 percent of the U.S. population. Some experts estimate that one in every four Black men will spend More

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