Food and drink are culturally variable, and so is the design of the places that offer them. A general nod to “cultural differences” does not explain much, especially when the purveying corporation is the same globalized one.
Ethnocentrism (aka ingroup-favoritism in academic speak) is considered a bane of humanity but it feels terrific during the World Cup. Its power is so great that people look for pathetic extensions when the primary passionate form of ethnocentrism is no longer available. To see how this works, let’s take a look at the “Brazilian Dilemma.”
These days, the boundaries between promotion, self-promotion, science, and story-telling are fraying. When I thought I was at the forefront of this trend, I was bested by Mr. Sperling (or someone who wrote in his name).
Self-stereotyping is an intriguing but fickle phenomenon. When we see similarities between ourselves and a group, it is usually because we project from us to them, and not because we stereotype ourselves.
Don’t worry – be creative. Research shows that positive moods pave the road to creative accomplishment. The question is then how to get into a good mood and stay in it. Reading the blogs at Psychology Today might be just the thing.
Questions of psychological interest pop up everywhere. My approach to blogging is promiscuous, opportunistic, and heterodox. I comment on a variety of issues, ranging from animal behavior to the human experience of guilt and happiness to philosophy of science. I draw on personal experience, recent public events such as movies or media debacles, and of course the peer-reviewed archive of our field.