• She Persisted: Lessons From the Life of Judith Rich Harris

    Judith Rich Harris’ December 29th death took my mind to her remarkable life and legacy. Among all the people I’ve never met, she was the person I came to know best. Across 243 emails she shared her draft w...
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  • Genetics: More complex than we are told

    While it had been common for astronauts to spend six months at the ISS, NASA wanted to know what happens when humans spend even longer in space. Depending on the orbit trajectory chosen – which depends on how mu...
    Sue Frantz
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  • What Parents Come to Understand about the Heritability of Behavior

    Long ago, I read a jest that most people believe in the shaping power of environmental nurture—until they have their second child.   That pretty well sums up the results of a not-yet-published survey of 1...
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  • New Evidence of Genetic Influence on Male Sexual Orientation

    In my psychology texts, and in other writings (such as here for the faith community), I have explained the growing evidence that sexual orientation is a natural, enduring disposition (most clearly so for males). The e...
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  • The Least of My Mother’s Gifts: A Gene that Sparked A Life Plague, and Purpose

    As I draft this on Mother’s Day I think of my mother, who blessed me with nurturing and many other gifts, including, alas, the gift of her hearing loss . . . which she, in turn, had received from her mother. I b...
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  • Twin Data in an Easily-Searchable (Free!) Database: MaTCH

    Did you ever wish you had access to a searchable database of twin correlations and trait heritability statistics? If not, once you see this, you will wonder why you hadn’t been looking for this kind of resource....
    Sue Frantz
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  • Do Look-Alikes Act Alike?

    Originally posted on September 30, 2014.   Behavior geneticists have gifted us with two stunning findings—discoveries that overturned what I used to believe about the environment’s power to shape pers...
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  • How to Get Full on an Empty Stomach?

    Originally posted on July 3, 2014.   Have you ever wondered why some people struggle to avoid certain foods, whereas others have little trouble passing on a delectable dish? Childhood eating habits, genetics, and...
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  • Psychology's Second Most Misunderstood Concept?

    Originally posted on March 6, 2015.   My nominee for psychology’s most misunderstood concept is negative reinforcement (which is not punishment, but actually a rewarding event—withdrawing or reducing...
    David Myers
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  • Data Bites: News You Can Use

    Originally posted on March 17, 2015.   One of the pleasures of writing psychological science is learning something new nearly every day, from the continual stream of information that flows across my desk or up m...
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  • Some Fans Blindsided: A Future Classic Example for Psychology Teachers?

    Originally posted on November 14, 2015.   Thursday night’s Buffalo Bills versus New York Jets football game was lampooned for its red and green uniforms. “Christmas pjs” in the NFL?   But...
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  • Human Nature: What Behavior Genetics Taught Us?

    Originally posted on March 1, 2016.   Amid concerns about the replicability of psychological science findings comes “a cause for celebration,” argue behavior geneticist Robert Plomin and colleagues (...
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  • Social issues in the classroom: Ideas for activities

    As a psychology instructor it is clear to you the myriad ways in which psychology can be used to both understand social issues and speak to solutions. In fact, the APA Guidelines for the Major (2013; see below) encour...
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