Black Studies in Modern Academia

The academic field of Black Studies, interdisciplinary in scope and multi-faceted in purpose, is critical for best educating the next generation of leaders. Here’s a success story.

I’m Not “That Kind” of Psychologist

The term “psychologist” may be one of the most-often confused names of any profession. Here’s why. Along with some suggested alternatives.


A core tenet that underlies evolutionary science is the fact that an inordinate number possibilities exist when it comes to just about anything. This fact can be an inspiration.

Sometimes Evolutionary Mismatch is a Good Thing

Often, modern environments mismatch ancestral environments to our detriment. But sometimes, unnatural technologies can be beneficial. Here’s an example - that relates to autism.

5 Keys to Living a Richer Life

Transcending the self sits at the core of a Darwinian take on life. From this perspective, it’s not about the money.

Financial Privilege and the Publication of Science

With a steep increase in “open-access” scholarly publishing, comes a non-egalitarian trend - only scholars from wealthy institutions can "afford" to publish in the best journals.

The Selfless Gene

People who think that Dawkins’ “selfish gene” phrase implies that all human behavior evolved to be selfish have it completely wrong. Here’s the deal.

The Case of the Non-Stuffy Academic

Every now and again, a thinker comes along who radically changes how we understand the entirety of life. Robert Trivers is a living example.

Why Trump’s “Private Parts” Comments Were Seen as Wrong

Trump’s comments about his own private parts during a GOP debate were disgusting to many. The evolutionary psychology of language helps us understand why.

Apples, the Bible, and Paleo

When the Bible was written about 3,000 years ago, an apple was as scrumptious as food could get. If the Bible were written today, perhaps the cupcake would be temptation's icon.

What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About War?

Years of looking for beetles on the underside of elephant dung in Africa led biologist Doug Emlen to keen insights into human warfare. Here’s how.

What Are We Here For?

Only once we know the function of something, such as human behavior, can we actually understand it.

Why Should Professors Excel in Both Teaching and Research?

University professors are required to excel at both teaching and research - in spite of the fact that these are actually unrelated endeavors.

Instagram and the Development of Social Skills

While Instagram and other social-media products often lead to social problems for today’s young people, they also have the capacity to cultivate social skills. Here’s how.

No, There Is No Extra Credit!

Nearly every teacher has heard this gut-wrenching question: “Is there extra credit?” For me, the answer has always been "no!" And here’s why.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Want to be a huge success? Don't worry about what college you go to for your degree. Focus on how much you put into your education. Here's why.

America’s Real Evolution Problem

A new study shows that a solid and comprehensive college education has almost no effect on knowledge of evolutionary principles. This is a problem. A big problem ...

Black-and-White Thinking in our Social Worlds

The figure/ground illusion shows how we literally cannot see two different things in the same set of stimuli. This feature of psychology generalizes to how we see people.

Lessons from Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg's New Film

If you want some insights into human evolved psychology and don’t mind laughing your head off, then "Daddy’s Home," featuring Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg, is for you!

Keep at It

Perhaps the best resolution you can make is to keep at it. Here are five bits of evolutionarily informed guidance on how to do that right in 2016.

How to Not Plagiarize

Step number one in developing the ability to write about psychological phenomena is to learn to fully avoid plagiarism. Here’s how.

I Forgive You

Mistakes are a basic part of the human story. And so is forgiveness.

And the Survey Says …

OK, so Steve Harvey mistakenly called out Miss Colombia as Miss Universe when he should have called Miss Philippine. Let’s forgive an honest mistake and move on.

Bigger than Ourselves

Being a part of a community has the capacity to expand who you are in exponential ways. Here’s why.

The Paris Attacks as Super-Normal Stimuli

Acts of terror, by design, cause large numbers of people to experience major stress levels and fear. These tactics partly have such effects as they include “super-normal stimuli.”

Darwin’s Long Reach Across Psychology

A small evolutionary psychology conference in upstate New York sheds light on a wide variety of psychological phenomena — from music to emotions to relationships — and more.

The 6 Things We All Need to Be Thankful For

From an evolutionary perspective, gratitude is a significant social emotion. It drives us to connect with others - and it works to remind us of the fact that we are always part of something larger than ourselves. Here is a list of 6 things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving (and all other days of the year as well).

'Altered Minds' Brings Modern Crises to the Big Screen

Michael Weschler’s newest film, Altered Minds, provides an over-the-top glimpse into family dynamics gone awry. One reason that family dynamics and resultant mental health issues can be so messed up these days pertains to evolutionary mismatch. Here’s how.

'Located in the Posterior Cingulate Cortex'

In presenting scholarly information, it turns out that including highly technical, neuroscientific terms makes your argument more convincing—even when your reasoning is all fluff. This fact can be used for good or for evil. I say we use this information as a tool to help cultivate critical thinking skills in developing young minds.

Today's Lesson: Never Give a Monkey the Finger

A young male is attacked by a monkey after giving it the middle finger. This incident provides exceptional evidence for features of emotion systems that cut across primate species.