Back Pages of an Evolutionary Psychologist

An interview with The Native Society.

10 Evolutionary Psychological Concepts That People Don’t Get

Evolutionary psychology is a powerful framework for understanding human behavior. Unfortunately, the field is woefully misrepresented. Here's how.

Why We Have Cats

Want to understand cats? Get this: Ancestral humans who domesticated cats selected for both (a) cuteness and (b) killing prowess. Here is a brief story of cat origins.

10 Psychological Concepts That People Don’t Get

Many aspects of human psychology that are consistently difficult for students to understand. Here is a list of 10 for starters.

Darwin's Classroom

According to a recent study, having an elementary school education that matches features of our ancestral past has positive and far-reaching outcomes in life. Here is why.

Guidance on the Graduate School Application Process

Did you know there are about a dozen kinds of graduate programs for psych majors? Did you know that many programs offer tuition help? Read on for inside take on the process!

What Time Do You Plan to Vote on Tuesday, November 7?

When it comes to getting people to engage in the all-important activity of voting on Election Day, small situational factors often make a huge difference. This is why.

Very Young Male Syndrome

Perceiving life as short has many outcomes associated with it. Being male and having gotten stitches at some point are among them. Evolutionary psychology tells us why.

Your Neanderthal Quotient and Your Personality

Thought the Neanderthals were extinct? Think again. Their DNA is likely alive in all the cells of your body. What’s more? This heritage may affect how you act each day.

Evolutionary Logic

Some people are confused on the basic reasoning of evolutionary psychology. Once you understand “evolutionary logic,” it all falls into place.

Is There a "Superior” Sex?

Whether we are talking about academic, emotional, or social success, young males these days are struggling. Let’s acknowledge and address this problem.

Diversity Includes Intellectual Diversity

James Damore, an engineer with Google, was fired for sending out a memo suggesting that our understanding of human nature should inform corporate policy. We have a long way to go.

Evolved for Activism

Political activism has deep ancestral roots - going back to foundational features of what it means to be human. Understanding this fact can help make this world a better place.

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Professor Talk

On Bob's first day teaching in a special education classroom, he punched a kid in the mouth. Bob then went on to a storied career as a special ed professor.

Creativity Goes With Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) famously predicts all kinds of positive attributes. A recent study shows that high EI goes hand in hand with creativity. Here’s why.

Psychology of the Greater Good and the Paris Acccord

Fortunately for us humans, our cognitive capacities allow us to take the greater good deeply into account. When it comes to the environment, we probably should do just that.

Want to Be Healthy? Get Rich!

In almost every single way, socioeconomic status is a significant predictor of positive health outcomes. We better figure out how to change that.

Want to lose weight? Eat MORE!

Increasing the proportion of raw food in one’s diet is a fast track to weight loss. And it means that you spend more time actually eating. Here’s why.

Leading the Psychology Department

Serving as a psychology department chair means having a hand at shaping the intellectual future. Here is my take on the chairship after an eight-year stint at SUNY New Paltz.

Teamwork, Community, and the Release of Joel Guerrero

Joel Guerrero was detained by ICE for shoddy reasons, leaving a pregnant wife home alone and a community in stress. Today, Joel is free, due in part to political activism.

Are We Evolved for Happiness?

A naive take on life suggests that happiness is an end goal. It’s not, and evolutionary psychology tells us why.

Teaching Large College Classes With a Smile

Professors sometimes are asked to teach large sections of classes. Does this format compromise the experience for students? Not necessarily. Here are some tricks to help.

The USA Versus the World

For conservatives, the ingroup ends at the border. For liberals, the ingroup spreads across the globe. Here is why.

The Future of This Nation Depends on Teachers

The future of this nation is largely in the hands of teachers at all levels. Interested in making a positive difference? Then support education as if the future depends on it.

Helping Your Neighbor

We often help others with expectations of help in return at a future point. Turns out, this is a basic feature of what it means to be human.

Psychological Consequences of Having Tree-Dwelling Ancestors

Renowned evolutionist Gordon Gallup has extensively studied the psychological correlates of handgrip strength. To understand why, we need to look to our arboreal past.

How to Get Tenure in a Psychology Department

Obtaining tenure in academia is famously stressful, difficult, and fraught with politics. It need not be.

Why Do We Exist?

Why do humans exist? Because of evolution. And this is a beautiful thing.

How to Really Write a Psychology Paper

Students who write psychology papers often get so caught up in trying to sound scientific, that they forget the fact that they are telling a story for an audience.

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