Why Do We Torture Ourselves With Spicy Foods?

Taking a deeper look into the ultimate reasons for the human preference for spicing up our life.

The Altruism of the Rich and the Poor

A new paper finds that the rich tend to be more charitable than previously-studied groups. Interestingly enough, the poor are also a rather charitable bunch. How can we explain both of these facts?

Examining The Performance-Gender Link In Video Games

Understanding the strategic hostility of men's responses to women in competitive video games

Understanding Conspicuous Consumption (Via Race)

Highlighting the accuracy of some racial stereotypes, different racial groups tend to spend more of their income on highly-visible luxury goods. Understanding why presents us with an interesting puzzle to solve.

Stereotyping Stereotypes

Have psychologists been stereotyping stereotypes as inaccurate, despite their predictive value?

Some Bathwater Without A Baby

Adding an explanation to some research about how powerful individuals dislike inequality, but only when it disfavors them.

Examining Arousal and Homophobia

In honor of the supreme court verdict legalizing same-sex marriages, let's discuss why homophobia does not imply that one is actually a latent homosexual

Evolutionary Marketing

There are plenty of thought in psychology about misplaced arousal or the general affects of arousal on thought. Unfortunately, plenty of that is incorrect thinking...

A Curious Case of Welfare Considerations in Morality

Some thoughts on the inconsistency of moral arguments

The Morality Of Guilt

Some thoughts on how the form of moral emotions can inform us as to ultimate moral functioning

Privilege and the Nature of Inequality

Are different life outcomes due predominately to the circumstances of one's birth, or do people make more of their luck than we give them credit for? Some data on lottery winners for Florida can help us work towards an answer to that question.

Relaxing With Some Silly Research

Some relatively new research claims that walking to the right can make you better at addition. Does that sound silly? Well, it only sounds that way because it probably is.

Do Moral Violations Require a Victim?

On the matter of whether harmless moral violations actually exist

(Some Of) My Teaching Philosophy

Student evaluations of teachers tend to be negatively predictive of teaching effectiveness. Perhaps there are ways of fixing that problem with the right methods

Should We Expect Cross-Cultural Perceptual Errors?

Previous research has suggested men might over-perceive women's sexual intent. Is that the case in non-American samples?

Has a Universal Preference Just Been Challenged?

A new paper seeks to challenge the assertion that the preference for women's waist-to-hip ratio is universal and invariant

A Great Time for Women in STEM

Women seem to be advantaged when it comes to getting hired in STEM fields. They need only apply.

Are Video Games Making People Sexist?

What approximately 800 Germans can tell us about the long-term effects of video games on sexist attitudes

Announcing a New Journal in Psychology

It's time to fix the false positive problem in psychology.

Are People Inequality Averse?

There have been claims made that inequality—not losses—are a major motivator of human punishment. My research disagrees.

Much Ado About Penis Size

A new study reports that the average male penis size is about 5 inches in length. Should this finding reduce men's anxiety about their size, or are there other factors to consider?

Should Men Have a Voice in the Abortion Debate?

It was recently suggested to me that men are not allowed to have opinion about abortion - even ones that happen to agree with the speaker. Naturally, I have some reservations about such a proposal

Where’s The Market For Organs (And Sex)?

Sometimes you aren't allowed to sell things that you are free to give away; a curious bit of moral psychology

Socially-Strategic Welfare

Cross-national differences in beliefs about welfare appear to be generated by the same underlying psychology. If you want to get people to agree on welfare, you need to get to them agree about the recipients.

Phrasing The Question: Does Altruism Even Exist?

Are humans really altruistic, or is this question actually several questions confusing phrased as one?

The Implicit Assumptions Test

A recent meta-analysis claims that implicit measures of racial attitudes aren't predicting much of anything. If their predictive value is so bad, why do people seem to hold them in such high regard?

Quid Pro Quo

Why are men upset when they land in the friendzone and why don't dinner guests pay their hosts for meals? If only exchange relationships could be made more explicit such problems might be avoided, yet many relationships do not opt for transparency. Why is that?

Some Thoughts On Side-Taking

People become involved in the disputes of others for a number of reasons: mutual interest, kinship, reciprocal reciprocity, and, sometimes, because of their behavior. The last item on that list is a rather curious one.

Moral Stupefaction

Some research has claimed that people are often found to be "morally dumbfounded", unable to explain their moral judgments with good reasons. The same research also suggests that people moralize "harmless" actions. While that may be true in some cases, in others the fault may reside within what researchers are counting as "good reasons" and "harm".

Charitable Interpretations Were Never My Strong Suit

We attribute motives to other people to try and predict their behavior accurately; we also attribute motives to other people to try and make them look insane, stupid, and/or evil. Guess which one of those goals disagreement tends to bring out?