The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D.
How poker teaches us about first impressions, the internal locus of control, hot hands, bad beats, skill, and luck.
How a culture of feeling that everything can—and must—be sorted, accounted for, validated, and gratified rubs off on us psychically and often lets us down.
What single people say to themselves about genetics, childhood memories, family expectations, chance, and their longing for human connection.
An analysis of the enduring contributions of William James to philosophy and psychology, including pragmatism, the will to believe, stream of consciousness, and habit formation.
A prescient portrait of a pandemic, "The End of October" leaves us with a message: We did it to ourselves.
Most ideas about an afterlife do not come from the Old Testament or Jesus—and the New Testament is neither clear nor consistent on the subject.
Shakespeare’s plays remain common cultural property and are used and misused in controversies involving race, class conflict, immigration, marriage, and same-sex love.
Research by social scientists, neurobiologists, geneticists, and evolutionary biologists demonstrates the positive impact of social connections on well-being and longevity.
Rather than relying on a fixed chronological age, aging should take into account remaining life expectancy, functional ability, and variations across time, space, and subgroups.
A takedown of David Rosenhan, the author of "On Being Sane in Insane Places," prompts us to revisit his conclusion that psychiatry is unreliable.
A guided tour of the dark corners inhabited by online extremists helps us understand how memes go viral and bring fringe ideas to the mainstream of American politics.
Increasing connections between populations enabled shared beliefs and belief systems to emerge in a cultural niche featuring social, economic, and political infrastructures.
Bioethics helps us assess dozens of "hot button" issues, including abortion, the right to die, buying transplantable organs, designer babies, cloning, and synthetic biology.
Has "feverish egalitarianism" discredited a "natural aristocracy" that can serve as a counterweight to groupthink? A new book argues that the answer is yes.
Genes dispose us to be social animals. Evolution favors this development. The circuitry supporting social norms begets conscience.
The Red Scare of the 1950s raises a question that is relevant today: Do Americans have the right to speak their mind and affiliate with any political ideology or organization?
Tinged by alienation, apprehension, and artfulness, cute people reflect distrust in sincerity and authenticity. They promise relief from chaos and meaninglessness.
Manifested in emotion, passion, desire, dreams, religion, conspiracy theories, and riots, and spread like wildfire through social media, irrationality is ineradicable.
The latest research in social psychology and recent bias incidents illuminate the unconscious lens people use to process, categorize, and judge other individuals and groups.
Although UFO sightings are unsubstantiated, testimonials to the existence of aliens on earth often changes lives. And UFO believers aren't only uneducated fringe members of society
The opioid crisis is a story of institutional failure and corruption: among local officials, in federal agencies, the US Congress, and the White House.
In the 1960s and 70s, major newspapers shifted from "objective" transmission and deference in core reporting to (often adversarial) interpretation.
In contrast to the anger of men, the anger of women has long been suppressed, discounted, and deemed hysterical. But women's anger can be a potent progressive political force.
Coined about 100 years ago, empathy is fascinating, elusive, and difficult to measure. That said, the concept can help us "move beyond the habitual borders of ourselves."
A controversial agenda on an array of issues related to autism, for resetting priorities in education, social services, housing, and research.
Endocrinologists have performed miracles, but charlatans have also hawked false remedies. Although the field of vision for endocrinology is less murky now, a lot remains unclear.
A survey of breakthroughs that enhance our understanding of cooperation, a behavior that distinguishes human beings from other species.
Although they are in hot pursuit of happiness, psychologists and neuroscientists do not always clarify the degree to which happiness is primarily a cultural or scientific concept.
Being kind makes others happy. It's hard wired in human beings. A "helper's high" activates the brain, stimulating joy. Caring also enhances emotional and physical health.
Despite its benefits, identity politics can—and has—subdivided, stigmatized, and excluded people, with lethal consequences. Tribalism threatens democracy at home and abroad.
Glenn C. Altschuler, Ph.D., is the dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, and a professor of American Studies at Cornell University.