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Recent and Upcoming


  • Essay goes viral on Facebook: "The New Mind Control," a new article in Aeon magazine about invisible forms of influence on the Internet by AIBRT researcher Robert Epstein, has been viewed more than 200,000 times and has generated more than 21,000 shares on Facebook. The article compares new forms of mind control to those that began to emerge in 1950s, as documented in Vance Packard's best-selling book, The Hidden Persuaders.
  • German translation of creativity test: Thanks to a dedicated team of students at the University of Zurich, a German translation of the ECCI-i (Epstein Creativity Competencies Inventory for Individuals) is now accessible at http://MyCreativitySkills.com/German.
  • New resilience test:  Released in March 2016, AIBRT's new resilience test, accessible at  http://HowResilientAreYou.org, breaks resilience down into nine measurable and trainable competencies that have been shown in empirical studiesWindow Oceanside-250x183 to be associated with the ability to bounce back from adversity or trauma. 
  • Landmark study on relationship skills:   In November 2016, the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy will publish a new study of relationship skills conducted by AIBRT researchers - the largest assessment of relationship skills ever conducted, with more than 25,000 participants in 58 countries. Among the study's many findings: (1) How well you keep track of your partner's likes and dislikes is one of the best predictors of relationship satisfaction - even more important than how skillful you are at resolving conflicts. (2) Males and females are now roughly equal overall in the number of skills they bring to relationships, but they have very different skills sets - a finding that has important implications for couples counseling and education. (3) The relationship skills of gays and lesbians are equal or superior to those of straights. To take the test employed in the study, visit http://MyLoveSkills.com 
  • Upcoming presentations:  In the spring of 2016, AIBRT researchers will be presenting a number of landmark studies at scientific meetings: (1) the largest parenting skills study ever conducted, with more than 10,000 parents in 120 countries, (2) new experiments on SEME with nearly 5,000 participants in 38 countries, (3) a new study on motivation competencies, with more than 6,000 participants in 116 countries, and (4) the largest sexual orientation study ever conducted, with more than 344,000 participants in 105 countries.  
  • Strong interest in the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME):  Science magazine (the flagship publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest scientific association) has recognized AIBRT's research on the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) as one of the top 10 science news stories of 2015. As of April 2016, the scientific report has been downloaded from the website of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) more than 62,000 times, and it is in the top 1 percent of all science reports tracked by PNAS, both short-term and long-term.
  • Korean translation:  The Epstein Sexual Orientation Inventory (ESOI) is now available in 12 languages. The newest translation is available at http://MySexualOrientation.com/Korean. In 2015, AIBRT tests were taken by more than a million people in more than 100 countries.
  • Creativity research in the Harvard Business Review: Recent AIBRT competency studies are summarized in a new article - Do You Have What It Takes to Help Your Team Be Creative? - on HBR.com.
  • New research psychologists: Sébastien Montel, Harris L. Friedman, and Brooke Wilken were recently appointed research psychologists at AIBRT. Dr. Montel formerly served as Professor of Health Psychology, Psychopathology and Neuropsychology at the University of Paris Saint Denis. His main research area is the neuropsychology of addictive disorders. Dr. Friedman formerly served as Research Professor at the University of Florida, Gainsville.  His current research interests include the use of alternative medications in the treatment of anxiety-related cancer and the study of canine emotions. Dr. Wilken comes to us from Ball State University; her major research interest is in cultural differences in emotional experiences.
  • Stanford University lecture on Internet influence:  A recent 1-hour lecture invited by Stanford University's electrical engineering department is now available to stream online by clicking here.  The lecture is entitled, "The Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) and Its Unparalled Power to Alter the Way We Think."  The lecture by Robert Epstein looks at the power that search rankings have to change people's attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and behavior, and also presents preliminary data that may help to explain why SEME is such a powerful source of influence.
  • New member of scientific advisory board:  AIBRT welcomes Andy Lattal, Centennial Professor of Psychology at West Virginia University, to its Scientific Advisory Board. A former editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Professor Lattal is the recipient of outstanding contribution awards from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis and the California Association for Behavior Analysis.  His research interests include behavioral history and a variety of topics related to the understanding of reinforcement, punishment, and extinction.
  • In memory: Edmund J. Fantino, one of the founding members of AIBRT's Scientific Advisory Board, passed away on September 22, 2015. Dr. Fantino was the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the Neurosciences Group at the University of California San Diego. A student of B.F. Skinner, Dr. Fantino's 48-year career set him apart as one of the most accomplished operant behavior researchers in the world. His 2007 book, Behaving Well, recounted his remarkably upbeat 18-year battle against cancer, a battle he waged successfully for nearly another decade, continuing his professional activities and leading an active lifestyle. He will be greatly missed.
  • Landmark paper: A report entitled "The Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) and Its Possible Impact on the Outcomes of Elections" has been published as a 10-page feature research article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. The article summarizes recent experiments by AIBRT researchers which demonstrate the enormous power that search rankings have to alter the voting preferences of undecided voters - enough to determine the outcomes of upwards of 25 percent of the world's national elections. Discovered in 2013, SEME is one of the largest behavioral effects ever observed.  It also is almost entirely undetectable as a means of social influence, which makes it especially dangerous.
  • First Arabic translation: An Arabic translation of AIBRT's popular sexual orientation test has now been posted online. The test is available in 11 languages and has been taken by more than 500,000 people in more than 90 countries. It quickly shows you where you are on the Sexual Orientation Continuum, and it also gives you a measure of your Sexual Orientation Range (SOR).  You can access the Arabic translation at  http://MySexualOrientation.com/Arabic. Click here to access AIBRT's new study on how to measure SOR and why it's worth measuring.   
  • Mental health screening: A recent article in VICE, one of the hottest magazines in the U.S., shines the light on AIBRT's unique mental health screening test - the only scientifically validated test of this sort on the internet. The article, "The Internet Is Not a Doctor," can be viewed here, and the test can be taken at http://DoYouNeedTherapy.com. 
  • Appointment of development officer: Dmitry Eremin has been appointed AIBRT's first Development Officer. Dr. Eremin is a specialist in grant writing and fundraising with 16 years of experience in obtaining federal, state, local, foundation, corporate and EU grants. He has worked with the World Bank, the European Commission, and nonprofit and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and 28 other countries. 
  • Recent conference presentations: AIBRT researchers recently presented papers on a variety of topics at scientific meetings. Titles include: "Extended Childhood Disorder (ECD): Additional support for a new diagnostic category," "The frequency profile: An informative method for graphing the behavior of individuals post hoc or in real time," "The Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME): Large-scale replications in two countries," "A DSM-5-based online mental health screening inventory: Preliminary validation study," and "A vulnerability theory of emotional bonding: Preliminary experimental support for a new quantitative theory."
  • Growing interest in the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME):  In March 2015, AIBRT researcher Robert Epstein spoke about SEME, an effect he discovered in 2013 with collaborator Ronald Robertson, at three prestigious venues: CeBIT, the largest high-tech trade show in the world; the World Business Dialogue in Cologne; and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.  His keynote address at CeBIT generated more than 100 news stories in Europe.
  • The myth of the teen brainRecently airing on a national radio program in Canada: an interview with Dr. Robert Epstein about what he says are fraudulent claims about the teen brain. The interview can be accessed here.  
  • First Distinguished Research Fellow. Recently appointed: Mark Runco, AIBRT's first Distinguished Research Fellow. Dr. Runco is a pioneer in the scientific study of creativity, the founder and editor of the Creativity Research Journal, and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Creativity. 
  • New forms of internet influence.    Published in the Fall 2014 issue of EMMA Magazine, a publication of 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 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, BBC News, 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 conference, 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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