MythBusters: Highlighting helps me study

You have a test this week, so you lay out your set of highlighters, open your textbook (for what may be the first time), and embark on your mission to know every important detail for your test. This is a common experience and everyone seems to think that highlighting ‘key points’ in the text is essential to studying, but is it really as helpful as we think it is?

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No such thing as a “positive” stereotype: Consequences of the Model Minority Myth

While Asian Americans are typically depicted as intelligent, high-achieving, and law-abiding, such stereotypes may not be as innocuous as you think. The Model Minority Myth has several consequences for the mental health, academic achievement, and institutional support (e.g., school and governmental programs) available to this population. 

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This Is Your Brain on Podcasts! Episode 1: Relationships with Dr. Ben Karney

This is a new podcast where Psychology In Action students interview faculty and graduate students at various universities to discuss new scientific discoveries and everyday implications.

For our first episode, the PIA crew interviewed Dr. Ben Karney, a social psychology professor at UCLA. During our conversation, we explored everything from the predictors of successful relationships to marriage-induced weight loss. Enjoy!

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A look behind a changing mind

What’s going on in the brain when someone does change their mind? Understanding neural systems underlying belief maintenance can bring scientists closer to communicating new research in a way that makes people more amenable to updating their beliefs.

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