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.

5 BIG Ideas on Who We Are

To truly understand what it means to be human, an understanding of evolution is essential. Here are five eye-opening reasons why.

Is It the Business of the University to Silence Voices?

The issue of freedom of expression is coming to a head on our campuses.

My Favorite Psychology Study

Was the good Samaritan more upstanding than everyone else was? Or did he just have more time? This is the story of my favorite psychology study.

Avoid the Ad Hominem Attack

Arguments on all kinds of topics, between all kinds of people, are everywhere these days. In such a climate, we would be wise to avoid the ad hominem attack.

Disaster at Middlebury College

Middlebury College joins the list of academic institutions that are shouting down conservative voices. Along the way, the liberals are simply handing free speech to conservatives.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

Groundhog Day, Correlation, and Human Evolution

Ever wonder what's up with Groundhog Day? Evolutionary psychology can help us understand this one.

The Psychology of Stronger Together

On January 21, 2017, millions of people around the world marched to support women's rights. The evolutionary psychology of forming communities can help us understand why.

"I Believe There Are More Good People Than Bad"

President Barack Obama’s take on being human sits at the core of his success as president. Here are some elements of his psychological approach to leading the country.

Barriers to Applied Evolutionary Psychology

Applied evolutionary psychologists run the risk of being accused of making the naturalistic fallacy or of doing agenda-driven research. Here is how to smile at the critics.

Evolutionary Mismatch and What You Can Do about It

Our modern worlds are mismatched dramatically from the environments we evolved to live in.

The Evolutionary Psychology of Divorce

Why does divorce wreak such havoc on people’s lives? For the same reason that high levels of processed foods cause health problems—divorce is not evolutionarily natural.

Maintaining Friendships Across the Lifespan

What can an annual hiking trip among a group of New England fraternity guys teach us about life? You might be surprised.

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