Psychology


Harvard Researchers Find Spanking Can Harm Child Brain Development in Ways Similar to Severe Abuse

Harvard researchers found that spanking may negatively impact children’s brain development in ways similar to more severe forms of violence and abuse, according to a study published this month in the journal Child Development.


Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell, a social psychologist in the Department of Psychology, teaches a popular General Education course titled "The Science of Happiness", in which students review historical and cross-cultural views on the meaning of “happiness” and discuss the limitations of scientific approaches to the topic.


The Lingering Spirit of William James

William James is best known for his writings on philosophy and psychology, which frequently appear on the syllabi of Harvard courses. Yet his passion for psychical phenomena — occurrences and abilities that seemingly transcend the explanatory power of natural laws — is less widely acknowledged.


New Econ Class Sails into Top Enrollment Rankings as Ec 10b Maintains Dominance for Sixth Year

Economics 10B: “Principles of Economics” has long reigned as spring semester's most enrolled-in class, but this year the course saw a new contender from within its own department — the brand new course Economics 1152: “Big Data," which had just 32 fewer students.


Activists File Title IX Complaint Against Harvard Alleging Discrimination Against Men

A Ph.D. student and two former lawyers — all unaffiliated with Harvard — filed a Title IX complaint with the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, alleging the University had created “a hostile environment against men.” Harvard is already undergoing three probes into its Title IX compliance


Professors to Examine Proposed Cognitive Science Concentration

Harvard’s Mind Brain and Behavior Interfaculty Initiative hopes to create interdisciplinary “cognitive science” undergraduate courses by 2020.


Robert J. Waldinger

​From the looks of his humble, unadorned office at Mass General Hospital, you might never guess what Professor Robert J. Waldinger is up to: searching for the secrets to living a long and healthy life.


Boys To Men To Boys

Legal expert Robert T. Kinscherff discusses the role of psychology and neuroscience in resentencing and parole in the criminal justice system while at Harvard Law School.


Professors Criticize Landmark Study Undermining Psychology Research

Psychology professor Daniel Gilbert and University professor Gary King criticized a 2015 study claiming that more than half of all psychology studies cannot be replicated, finding that the study itself contains replication flaws.


William James Hall Upgrades Elevators, Causing Delays

The elevator is not broken but is undergoing renovation as part of a larger upgrade process begun last July. Each elevator car takes 14 weeks to update and all three elevators should be operational again in May.


The Wait

Students wait for one of the two working elevators in Harvard’s William James Hall to arrive on the first floor Monday afternoon. The building’s three elevators are undergoing repairs one at a time.


Out of Order

The elevator arrives on the first floor of William James Hall Monday afternoon. William James Hall was left with only two working elevators as the middle one was undergoing maintenance. All three will be operational in May.


Humanities and Sciences

Harvard College Prof. Steven A. Pinker engaged in a conversation about the transcendence of the humanities and sciences with Edgar Pierce Prof. Susanna C. Siegel in light of the recent discussions about the importance of the humanities compared to the sciences.


Sorry NYTimes, But SLS 20 Is Actually Very Hard

The New York Times uses these words and phrases to describe Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker and the tests he gives his students. Fair enough. But if the Times wants to give its readers an accurate idea of Science of Living Systems 20, it’s missing a big chunk of the picture—exactly half, in fact.


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