Meat Eaters Downplay Animal Minds

The decision about whether to eat meat has a moral dimension to it. How do people make this choice?

Role Models and Beliefs About Leadership

It is hard to be a leader. Role models can be a great help in developing leadership skills. Under what circumstances do you benefit from role models?

Culture Affects Your Attention to Emotional Information

Culture has many influences on our daily behavior. Some of these effects are obvious. Other influences are less obvious, because they direct the kinds of information that we pay attention to.

What Makes You Feel Rich?

When you think about how rich you are, you should subtract what you owe from what you own. Is that what you actually do?

You Listen Most to the Experts Who Disagree With You

You might think that you are most inclined to be affected by experts who agree with you. New research suggests that might not be the case.

Why Isn’t Language Clearer?

Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me knows that I am addicted to puns. Wouldn't language be a whole lot better if it were clearer and didn't allow for all this word play?

Why Regret Makes Buying Experiences Better than Buying Stuff

Research suggests that people are happier when they buy experiences than when they buy objects. The kinds of regrets you experience after making a choice may explain why.

No More Senior Moments

As you get older, you may start to worry that your memory is getting worse. Chances are, that worry is having a bigger impact on your memory than any actual changes to your brain are having.

Even People Who Don’t Vote Would Vote Like I Do

In many first-world countries like the United States, only a fraction of the eligible voters actually vote. That means that we could speculate about what would happen if all of the available voters turned out for an election. How do voters think elections would change if everyone voted?

Why We Love Independence, Individuality, and Starbucks

American culture takes great pride in individuality. Yet at the same time, chain stores dominate our landscape. Could our incredible mobility be the culprit?

Comparison Creates Confidence

There are two broad strategies that people use to make choices. How do these strategies affect your accuracy and confidence in choices?

The Year in Review—2011

It is the end of the year. Time to look back at what has happened in psychology in 2011. There have been some great advances and some setbacks. Check it out.

Fairness depends on who is in charge

Parents try to treat their children fairly. Employers keep their employees happy by making everyone feel like the work setting is fair. So, how do we decide what is fair? It depends on who's in charge.

Motivation and Procrastination: Just Keep Swimming

As a college professor, I see differences among students in their amount of procrastination all the time. Some students get things done early, while others wait for the last minute. What causes these differences in procrastination?

Prejudice Against Atheists Is a Matter of Trust

In all of the current political campaigning, none of the politicians are avowed atheists. There is a range of religious affiliations among candidates, but none of them claim to have no belief in God at all. New research suggests that people are prejudiced against atheists, because they find them untrustworthy.

He Has a Great Personality: The Negative Positive Description

The statement, "(S)he has a great personality," has become a cliché for saying that someone is unattractive. How does this happen? After all, if someone has a great personality, that is a good thing.

Dealing with Negative Events

As the saying goes, "Into each life, a little rain must fall." That is, you can't go through life without having anything negative happening. There are at least two ways to deal with negative events, and they have different influences on your well-being and memory.

The Value of a Nap During Skill Learning

There are lots of skills that we pick up over the years. When we first learn these skills, we often spend a lot of time practicing. Can sleeping help you learn as well?

You Can Vent Your Anger If You Really Want to

The beauty of psychology research is that it can make you think differently about things. A case in point comes from the ongoing research on the influence of violent video games on aggressive behavior.

Kids Think Humans Are Special

There is no doubt that humans are special among all of the animals on Earth. Although, we are special, we are also members of the animal kingdom. Yet, language distorts the relationship between humans and the rest of the animals.

Price, Quality, and Value

Whenever you are thinking about buying something, price plays a role in your decision process. How do you use price to make judgments of quality and value?

The Psychological Response to Obstacles

Few important things in life come easy. How do you deal with obstacles?

Narcissists Feel Like Better Leaders

Narcissists are people who dream big. They generally think of themselves as being more intelligent and exceptional than they are. Because of their high levels of self-confidence, they are also tapped to be leaders in many situations. So, should we just let the narcissists take over?

Looking Under the Hood of Research

Psychology research has the power to change the world. But the quality of the recommendations we draw from the research is only as good as the data on which those recommendations are based. So, it is worth looking under the hood on research a bit and thinking about some of the weaknesses in the way that data are collected.

An Hour Next Year Is Shorter than an Hour Tomorrow

We all need to make plans for the future, and many of those plans involve estimating time. One factor that may influence your judgments of the amount of time a project will take is the amount of time before you start.

Harness the Power of Temptation

There are two kinds of dieters in this world. Those who see a piece of chocolate cake as a monumental hurdle to be overcome, and those who see that same piece of chocolate cake as a reminder that they are on a diet. How can you turn yourself into the second kind of person?

Habits Are Incredibly Powerful

We like to think we have a tremendous amount of control over our own behavior. Yet, our habits have a huge influence on the way we act. In general, we like to do what we did last time in the same context.

Don’t Waste My Time…

We all know that time flies when you're having fun. The flip side, of course, is that boring events seem to drag on. How does your sense of entitlement affect your perception of the passage of time?

Why Do You Close Your Eyes to Remember?

When you have to answer a tough question or remember something you often close your eyes or look up. Does that help?

The Upside and Downside of Envy

Negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, and envy can be physically painful. But they can have an upside as well. Recent research explores both the upside and the downside of envy.