In yet another chapter of a continuing debate, the State of Oregon announced last week that its public schools must discontinue the use of Native American nicknames and mascots. For many people the debate comes down to one question: tribute or stereotype? Well, psychological research has something to say on the matter... Read More
Romantic love is often characterized as being guided by idealizations, sometimes even by blindness. However, romantic relationships should be based upon reality, as this reality is where both of them will live their lives. Do lovers’ eyes deceive them?
In much the same way that data shows that spanking human children leads to aggression and acting out later on, research shows that punishing dogs to control their behavior leads to an increase in canine aggression. Read More
What makes Everest the most dangerous mountain on Earth? Along with extreme cold, low oxygen, high winds, and bad weather, there's another, more elusive factor: the psychologically warping effect of the summit itself. Read More
Sometimes life imitates art. And sometimes life imitates psychology experiments. This month my life took on an uncanny resemblance to fictional scenarios we use to study human explanatory preferences in the lab. Find out what strep throat and ear infections can teach us about what makes an explanation simple.
According to what I call the "plantar theory of human nature," people are like feet. The foot that is always protected by cushioned sneakers will never develop a layer of hard skin. It will only lead to a need for more cushioning. How accurate is this intuitive theory?
The Art of Reading Minds has everything you need to know in order to become an expert at mind-reading. Using skills such as non-verbal communication, body language and psychological influence, we can find out what another person thinks and feels – and consequently control that person’s thoughts and beliefs any way we want. Read More
One interesting thing about old movies is how different the acting feels- particularly when you get back to silent movies and the first "talkies". The acting in these films was taken from melodramatic theatre, and therefore is highly, well, melodramatic. Read More
Consider this puzzling conundrum: When most other species meet their physical needs, they take the biologically sensible decision of conserving energy by resting. But in the same situation why do we reach for a Sudoku puzzle, or even glance at a science blog, seemingly absurdly choosing to engage the most energy-expensive organ we possess? Read More
Facebook IPO was one of the most anticipated in Wall Street history, too bad it ended on a solemn note for many investors who are throwing up a thumbs down as they declare their dis-"like" for the anticlimactic outcome as the online social network's stock failed to live up to the hype in its trading debut Friday. Read More