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Recent and Upcoming


  • New forms of internet influence.   Just released in the Fall 2014 issue of EMMA Magazine, published by the European Magazine Media Association: a feature article by AIBRT researcher Robert Epstein entitled, "Democracy at Risk from New Forms of Internet Influence."
  • New translations of creativity tests.   The Epstein Creativity Competencies Inventory for Individuals (ECCI-i, http://MyCreativitySkills.com), which measures four core competencies of creative expression, is now available in Chinese at http://MyCreativitySkills.com/Chinese. The managerial version of this test, which measures 10 competencies managers need to elicit creativity in employees (http://MyCreativitySkills.com/managers/Malay), is now available in Malay.
  • New translations of sexual orientation test. The Epstein Sexual Orientation Inventory (http://MySexualOrientation.com), which calculates one's position on the Sexual Orientation Continuum as well as one's Sexual Orientation Range, is now available in Italian (http://MioOrientamentoSessuale.com), Chinese (http://MySexualOrientation.com/chinese), and Malay (http://MySexualOrientation.com/malay).
  • Democracy at risk: Preliminary results from AIBRT's new study in India attract media coverage worldwide.   In a replication of previous experiments conducted in the U.S., AIBRT researchers have recently completed an experiment with more than 2,000 participants from throughout India, showing once again that biased search rankings have a significant impact on the opinions of undecided voters and verifying the power of the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME). The new study has drawn media attention worldwide, including coverage by the Washington Post, the Daily Mail (UK), Al Jazeera, and the Times of India. A technical report summarizing the results of five experiments on this topic is under review.
  • Protecting Internet privacy with a click requirement. Upcoming at a scientific conference, AIBRT researchers will report the results of a new study that looks at how likely people are to reveal personal informion online when they are informed beforehand about how that information might be used.  Key finding: Warnings alone don't have much impact, but when you require people to click to acknowledge that they have read the warning, they withhold a great deal of personal information. Overall, internet users appear to be revealing nearly 40 percent more personal information than they would if they knew the risks.
  • How best to fight stress. Upcoming at a scientific conferenceWindow Oceanside-250x183, AIBRT researchers will report the results of a major new study with 10,745 subjects in 42 countries which compares the effectiveness of four important ways of fighting stress.  Key findings: proactive, preventative methods are better than reactive methods, and, contrary to popular belief, low stress has clear advantages over moderate stress. 
  • Maturity across the life span. Upcoming at a scientific conference, AIBRT researchers will report the results of a major new study with 55,761 subjects in 59 countries which looks at how adult competencies change from childhood to old age.  Key findings: 30 percent of teens appear to be more competent than the median adult across a wide range of adult abilities.  Teens in general appear to be nearly as competent as adults, but adults greatly underestimate the abiliies of teens.   
  • New insights on sexual orientation.  In November 2013, AIBRT researchers presented three papers at the 56th annual meeting of "Quad-S," the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.  Among issues being addressed:  How can researchers survey a population without underestimating the proportion of non-heterosexuals?  In many societies, after all, people are under enormous pressure to represent themselves as straight, no matter what their actual inclincations.  
  • Do you need therapy?  Released in May 2013, the new version of our mental health referral test has been updated to meet the standards of the DSM-5, the latest diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The new version of the test is also jargon-free and easy to read. It quickly screens for 21 of the most prevalent mental and behavioral disorders and helps people get the help they need. For more information, visit http://DoYouNeedTherapy.com.
  • Manipulating elections. AIBRT researchers presented a landmark study on this topic at the May 2013 meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C.  The new study showed that the preferences of undecided voters can be shifted dramatically toward one candidate or another by manipulating online search rankings associated with each candidate.
  • The problem with sexual orientation labels.  In April 2013, AIBRT researchers presented a study with more than 54,000 people in 57 countries that quantifies the mismatch between the sexual orientation labels people use and their actual sexual fantasies, attractions, and behaviors. For many people, the mismatch is substantial. One surprising finding: Self-labeled straights feel distress when they don't behave straight, but self-labeled bisexuals and gays don't care much about behaving in ways that are inconsistent with their labels.
  • Commentary on "emerging adulthood."  Released in the January 2013 issue of Scientific American Mind, a critique by AIBRT researcher Robert Epstein of the idea that a new stage of life now exists between ages 18 and 25.  The article is called, "Yet Another Stage of Life?" 
  • Love in arranged marriages.  Released in the Journal of Comparative Family Studies in 2013, a study by AIBRT researcher Robert Epstein, Mayuri Pandit of Loma Linda University, and Mansi Thakar of the University of Southern California that explores how love is sometimes deliberately built over time in arranged marriages in diferent cultures around the world. The study prioritizes 36 different factors that can lead to the growth of love. The most important factors? Sacrifice and commitment.  
  • Predicting America's future.  In the October 2012 issue of Discover magazine, AIBRT researcher Robert Epstein used Sex Ratio Theory to predict America's social and political future over the next 25 years.  His prediction?  An increasingly moderate social and political climate.
  • Landmark study on sexual orientation. Published in the Journal of Homosexuality, a study with nearly 18,000 people in 48 countries supporting Kinsey's assertion that sexual orientation lies on a continuum.  Other major findings: (1) Few people - possibly even less than 10 percent of the population - are exclusively straight or gay throughout their lives. (2)  People differ not only in where their interests anchor on the Sexual Orientation Continuum - their "Mean Sexual Orientation" (MSO) - but also in their "Sexual Orientation Range" (SOR) - roughly, how much flexibility they have in expressing their sexual orientation. You can find out where you are on the continuum and how large your range is at http://MySexualOrientation.com.
  • New archive of "Psyched!" radio shows.  97 of the "Psyched!" radio shows from Sirius/XM have now been released online through GaiamTV.com.  Hosted by Dr. Robert Epstein, the shows feature interviews with oustanding celebrities, politicians, and experts on mental health and behavior, including President Jimmy Carter, Carrie Fisher, Maria Shriver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dr. Albert Ellis, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, and many others.  The archive can be accessed here. 
  • Competency test for parents of teens.  The new Epstein Teen Parenting Inventory (ETPI), developed with AIBRT intern Gina Kirkish of the University of California San Diego, is now accessible at http://TeenParentingSkills.com.  The test measures twelve different parenting skills that are important for raising healthy, happy, productive, cooperative teens. 
  • The aging brain.  From the October 2012 issue of Discover magazine, a new feature article by AIBRT researcher Robert Epstein entitled, "Brutal Truths About the Aging Brain."  Dr. Epstein advises: "Don't read it if you're over 35."
  • Which creativity skills count most?  Published in the Creativity Research Journal, a study conducted with AIBRT intern Victoria Phan of the University of California San Diego that compares the effectiveness of four basic creativity competencies.  The most important proves to be:  capturing new ideas as they occur to you.
  • What to do about crying babies.  Published in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Sciences, an article that solves the crying baby problem once and for all.  Should you ignore a crying baby, or should you soothe it?  The answer is surprising.
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