How Politicians' Statements Register in the Partisan Brain

Kneejerk partisanship is running amok these days. But do political partisans really only react reflexively?

Football Fans, Political Partisans, and Evolutionary Forces

Football fans and political partisans may be motivated by the same forces that motivated humans' ancestors.

Why Would Anyone Run For Office? It’s In Their Genes?

For the life of me I’ve never understood why someone would want to run for office. This may help explain it.

War, Intelligence Collectors, and Inevitable Mortality

Your job is to go into a dangerous place and talk with people who may want to kill you. Your job constantly reminds you of your own mortality. How do you do this job effectively?

How To Explain How Genes Affect Politics

How do genes affect political attitudes and behavior? At least one guy knows how to explain it.

“The End Is Nigh,” Want to Know Why?

We’re a month into a new presidency, and the partisan rhetoric is blazing hot. Why do we put up with this?

"I Voted" Stickers: Are You A Good Group Member Too?

I’ve always been fascinated with the “I Voted” stickers poll workers give people after they vote. Who takes and wears these things and who doesn't?

Outta Control: Trump, Critics, and Circumcising Mosquitoes

We need some "mosquito surgery" in this year's presidential election. Calling all male mosquitoes.

What Do You Hear? Clinton, Trump, and Their Predecessors

What do you hear Hillz and the Donald saying? Do the data say the same thing?

Beyond Knee-Jerk Partisanship? Clinton, Trump, and Speeches

Numbers are in. And the morality and negativity of the Clinton and Trump nomination acceptance speeches are in the spotlight.

Comparing Morality: Clinton and Trump Tweets Head to Head

Clinton and Trump both season their Twitter rhetoric with morality-laced words. But they do it very differently.

Is Trump a Tyrant? What His Tweets Say

"Tyrant" talk seems to be sticking to presidential candidate Donald Trump. What does a systematic analysis of his own Twitter words say about his tyrannical tendencies?

Why Are Presidential Debates Like NASCAR Races?

Non-verbal behavior has a huge effect on how we view politicians, sometimes even greater than their policy positions—the information we ideally hope drives our vote choices.

Are You Shocked by the Political Parties?

Politics matters to many people, and the electrical responses from their skin shows that.

Voters Versus Terrorists: Who's Winning?

While our hearts ache for the victims of this latest revolting episode of the inhumanity to which some will go to gain power over others, it is important to step back and note that the terrorists don’t always win.

6 Insider Tips for New Ph.D. Students

Welcome to the Ph.D. “business”! It’s peculiar and you’re probably entering it at a huge information disadvantage. Profit from these insider tips.

Laughing Matters During Presidential Primary Debates

How will we, the American Public, evaluate the candidates in the Republican presidential debates?

An Apple a Day Keeps the Tyrant Away

This simple question predicts a person's health and their likelihood of turning out to vote pretty well.

Do You Have the Personality of a Neanderthal?

Almost all of us have some Neanderthal in us. What can that tell us about how these ancient cousins of ours thought?

Women Like Men With Big Medals

If our basic drive is to survive and reproduce, why do men, who have been the primary war fighters throughout human history, volunteer to subject themselves to the life-threatening dangers of war?

Are Canadian Voters Really This Dumb?

One of the nonpolitical shortcuts people use when evaluating politicians is their nonverbal displays—the messages they send with their facial expressions, body movement, eye contact, voice, and touch. How much does style matter over substance in politics?

Mr. Putin, Would You Lie Still So We Can Scan Your Brain?

How do we predict dangerous leaders' actions when they won't answer our proven psychological questionnaires or lie still for our fMRI bran scans? Well, here are a couple of choices.

Does Cyber-Terrorism Terrorize? Hormones Suggest It Does

Think cyber-terrorism can't happen to you? Think it doesn't "hurt" anyone? Ask the 3,800 employees of Sony Pictures, including some of its stars, who got caught up in the international political intrigue over the company's movie, The Interview. And see what one study shows that cyber-terror does to our hormones.

Power Corrupts…And Testosterone Corrupts Absolutely?

We’re all familiar with the cynical warning about leaders: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But research shows there's more to corruption than just power. And that "more" may be everyone's favorite sex hormone.

7 Key Questions to Ask During Your Grad School Interview

It’s the beginning of the interview season for applicants to PhD programs. You want to be prepared to convey to them that you’re a serious student with a firm grasp of the arduous journey you’re hoping to undertake with them. One way to demonstrate your serious intent and grasp of the task is by the questions you ask during the interview.
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George Bernard Shaw, Imagination, And The Leaders We Get

Our imaginations are incredibly powerful. And if you listen to a Nobel Prize and Academy Award winner, and pay attention to a lot of research, you’ll see the leaders we get reflect our imaginations.
Are You Going to Make a Weighty Decision on Tuesday?

Are You Going to Make a Weighty Decision on Tuesday?

We like our leaders big. Despite the head scratching this phenomenon causes, I can’t escape this finding in my research. This may show why.

The Sweet Sexual Smell of Your Politics

Can we smell the politics of our mates?

5 Dirty Little Secrets about Getting a PhD

So you’re thinking about getting a PhD? See these dirty little secrets about getting a PhD, which may save you years of work and thousands of dollars.

You Could See It Coming: Chronic War Stress, Chronic Disease

The Israelis and Palestinians live cheek by jowl, and the threat of immediate violence brutally lingers for both, sometimes with devastating health consequences. This shows, once again, that biology can affect our politics, and politics can affect our biology.