The Psychology of Politics

The world of politics reflects human nature in all its rational and irrational glory. How we govern ourselves and make decisions, use and often abuse power, reflect our deepest fears at least as much as our aspirations and ideals. Because many of the world's biggest problems are behavioral in nature, policies, to be successful, must grapple with our innermost attitudes.

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Politics Blogs

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    How evolution impacts politics.
  • Roy Eidelson, Ph.D.

    Dangerous Ideas

    How our core beliefs promote and prevent progressive change
  • Dangerous Minds

    Understanding the motives and methods of terrorists.
  • Politics on the Couch

    The Psychology of Leaders and Voters
  • John R. Hibbing, Ph.D.


    Liberals, conservatives, and the biology of political differences
  • Peter Ubel, M.D.


    Why psychological science is relevant to policy debates—and what policies might look like if they were better aligned with human nature
  • Will Swift

    The Biographer As Shrink

    Exploring the life patterns and relationships of leaders and outliers
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    Reports and responses from guest bloggers.