The Ziehvater Dilemma

Would you want to be better (stronger, richer, more powerful) than your parent AND worse (weaker, poorer, less powerful) than your child?

Gender Wrap

The study of gender relations is difficult. The study of gender stereotypes is easier. Here are some results.

Just Teasing

Teasing destroys trust (exceptions are noted).

Why I Am Not a Particularist

Some people are dislikable, and so are some groups, according to research designed to get us all to get along.

Get Rid of Your Thinking Errors

Chiselling away a human error and irrationality will eventually reveal a beautiful mind according to Rolf Dobelli, the would-be Michelangelo of psychology.

Professor Gilbert’s Illusion

Professor Dan Gilbert, a household name, diddled with the visual system to make you think your decisions are bad. Critical thinking follows critical perception.

Homer on Hedonism

Under what conditions would you choose real life over unlimited bliss? Homer’s Odysseus has an answer.

Are You Being Paid?

Most of you think you are underpaid. Let me add to your pain.

Beer on the Beach and Other Priceless Tales

The psychology of pricing is as intriguing as it is complicated. Read this post with enjoyment and put a check in the mail.

A Game of Lunch and Love

When your joy of consumption depends on the other person’s wishes, you better get to know him (or her).

The Art of War, Theban Style

Innovation and victory can be as fickle as happiness. Being smart is not enough; you must outsmart someone who is trying to outsmart you.

How Not to Believe

The Mandela effect says that if many (how many?) ‘remember’ that the great man died in prison, then it was so, if only in a parallel universe. I consider this dangerous nonsense.

Why Teach More?

Professors teach because they love it (and make a living). Therefore, they will teach more when the opportunity arises, no?

Simulation Break-Out

The great simulation, like the matrix, is a religious idea. And as wrong.

Self-Enhancement in a Small World

The Society of Experimental Social Psychology convenes in Santa Monica end of September, 2016. Voilà mes deux centimes.

King Oedipus and the Good Life

Once we know what the good life is, will we be happier?

Mind of a Psychologist

Next time you ask a psychologist what it is like to be a psychologist, be gentle, and mind your assumptions.

The Last Jew of Ingwiller

Here’s a personal story, the psychology of which lies close to the surface.

License to Reject

We got a paper rejected. Big whoop. But the process, oh the process, was so royal, in a Monty-Python kind of way. What recourse is there but comedy?

The Importance of Being Moral

Perceptions of morality and competence matter. But which of these dimensions dominates?

The Personality of Brexit Voters

The vote to leave the EU or to remain can be predicted at the county level from basic personality dimensions.

Cup > Coffee

When a purchase of one item (e.g., coffee) also involves the temporary use of a second item (e.g. a cup), what amount of collateral is fair?

Soft-Serve Psychology

Beyond physics and envy: why it is so hard to work in a soft science.

My Post-Shamanistic Bio

I wrote, as an exercise in self-discovery, a short bio. Go forth and do likewise.

Judgment Under Uncertainty: Statistics and Biases

In this essay, you can learn something about intuition (and statistics). But you really care about intuition. Am I right?

The End of P?

Good science should be replicable – though not all replicable science is good. How can psychology become more replicable? I advocate testing less bold hypotheses.

Enforced Trust

You think your doctor and lawyer will take care of you. And often they do. But then again, they also have to worry about the bottom line.


Once you have made a choice, do you still care? Do you still know what you chose? Yes you do – if it matters.

Fit For Happiness

The pursuit of happiness should fit the fit between personality and purchase

Radical Sabbatical

Professors take sabbaticals to rejuvenate their minds, find creativity, and sample the vintages in the South of France. We shall keep the sabbath holy.