September 27, 2011 In November 1941, two warships from Australia and Germany clashed off the coast of western Australia. Both sank. Despite extensive search efforts during and after World War II, the ships weren't found until 2008, after a team of psychologists analyzed the statements given by the surviving German crew members.
September 12, 2011 In his work with the dying, a psychiatrist asks patients to write a formal narrative of their life — a document they can pass on to whomever they choose. He's noticed that the stories people tell about themselves as they face death are often very different than the stories they tell at other points.
August 16, 2011 Would you drink reused sewage water that had been declared safe? No? You're not alone. Engineers say processing wastewater to make it clean and drinkable can provide a plentiful source for places where water is in short supply. But the public often balks at the thought. The reason, experts say, is a phenomenon called psychological contagion.
July 6, 2011 Psychologists have long worried that traditional police procedures for photo lineups land many innocent people in jail. Last month, Texas joined nine other states that have passed measures requiring police departments to review and reform their eyewitness procedures.
June 20, 2011 Two psychologists have been conducting experiments on inattentional blindness — how people fail to see things in front of them when they're focused on something else. They were inspired by a case in which a police officer said he didn't see a crime in progress even though he ran past it.
May 26, 2011 Twenty-six years after Robert Dixon Jr. went to prison for acting as an accessory to murder, friends and family swear that he is a new man, one committed to redeeming the second half of his life. But according to a test that holds incredible power — some say too much — in the U.S. justice system, Dixon is a psychopath, incapable of reform.
January 14, 2011 Very rarely is politics the primary motive behind assassinations or assassination attempts, says a 1999 Secret Service study. Rather, public figures are chosen because in the assassin's mind, it's a guaranteed way to transform from a "nobody" into a "somebody."
January 10, 2011 A child growing up in a poor home hears fewer words per hour on average than a child in a higher-income household, research has shown. So around the country, programs are trying to reduce the achievement gap by getting parents to talk more to their kids.
December 29, 2010 The American Psychiatric Association is revising its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — the official bible of mental disorders. But proposed changes to the DSM have been drawing criticism from an unlikely source: the psychiatrist who edited the previous edition.
December 4, 2010 The journal Psychiatric Services published this week the first large-scale study of suicide among female veterans. The study found that in general female vets are much more likely to commit suicide than their civilian peers, especially younger vets.
November 22, 2010 Traumatic Brain Injury has been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A scientist at MIT says face shields on helmets could stop blast waves from damaging brain tissue.
November 22, 2010 Many siblings couldn't be more different from each other even though they share genes and environment. Take brothers Tom and Eric Hoebbel (above), whose personalities and lives are radically different. No one knows for sure why some siblings' lives diverge as much as they do, but there are three major theories that try to explain why.