Stas Tolstnev

Top Posts of 2017

It's been a strange year. Let's at least end it with a few good reads. Cover Image: Stas Tolstnev
How to Talk About Politics in a Post-Truth World

Our Post-Truth World

By David B. Feldman Ph.D.
Fake news, alternative facts, and the evolution of political conversation
Mental Accounting and Self-Control

Mental Accounting and Self-Control

By Art Markman Ph.D.
The work of Richard Thaler, 2017 Nobel Prize winner.
10 Ways to Spot a Good Therapist

10 Ways to Spot a Good Therapist

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
Despite their differences, all good therapies share certain qualities.
The Reign of Error

The Reign of Error

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D.
All too often, psychologists are producing studies with faulty conclusions.
Can Intelligence or Personality Compensate for Disadvantage?

Compensating for Disadvantage

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D.
A conversation with Brent Roberts on predicting life outcomes
The Upside of Chance

The Upside of Chance

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
How can you make chance work for you?
Our Divided America

Our Divided America

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D.
Our country needs therapy for its split identity.
Want to Be Healthy? Get Rich!

Want to Get Healthy? Money Helps

By Glenn Geher Ph.D.
The wealthy face of healthy living.
Is Porn Use Really Harmful to Relationships?

Is Porn Use Really Harmful?

By David Ludden Ph.D.
It’s time to admit that we just don’t know.
What Happened to Risk-Taking in Science?

What Happened to Risk-Taking in Science?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.
The neglected issue in the replication crisis.
New Details Revealed About an Important Human Ancestor

Origins of Complex Human Behavior

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D.
A big announcement from South Africa about Homo naledi.
Is The Digital Age Inhabited by Stone-Age People?

Digital Age Inhabitants

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
Human brains change in surprising ways.
Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather Than the Exception?

Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather Than the Exception?

By David Rettew M.D.
A study finds only 17 percent of people avoid diagnoses over the long term.
Mnemonic Misery

Mnemonic Misery

By Hal McDonald Ph.D.
New research shows that feeling bad can help you remember well.
Science Is Not Political

Science Is Not Political

By Ira Hyman Ph.D.
So why are scientists planning a march?
The Power of Play: Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
Fair play by dogs reveals what they know and feel as they frolic.
The "Furry Test Tubes" of Obesity Research

The "Furry Test Tubes" of Obesity Research

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D.
The "intellectual leap" of translating science from mice to humans
When Words Are Deadly Weapons: Michelle Carter´s Conviction

When Words Are Deadly Weapons

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D.
Michelle Carter´s conviction
This Is How Men Irritate Women the Most

What Irritates a Woman Most

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
It's something men should definitely avoid.
A Dietary Treatment for Depression

A Dietary Treatment for Depression

By Emily Deans M.D.
A randomized controlled trial shows the right diet can improve depression.
How to Break Up When You Still Have to Live Together

How to Break Up When You Still Live Together

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D.
What I know about live-in breakups
What Misconceptions Do People Have About Innovation?

Misconceptions About Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D.
Innovation cannot be generated on demand.
“The End Is Nigh,” Want to Know Why?

The End Is Nigh

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D.
Why blazing hot political rhetoric goes on.
Does Your Name Fit Your Face?

Does Your Name Fit Your Face?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D.
People may be liked more if their face and name go together
Public Domain

Why Do We Die?

By Thomas Hills Ph.D.
Science and religion both offer origin stories of death.
How Our Personal Finances Can Make Us Happy

How Personal Finance Can Make Us Happy

By Utpal Dholakia
Focus on security and stress, not on joy from money.
The Surprising Reason We Might Look Down on Others’ Choices

The Surprising Reason We Might Look Down on Others’ Choices

By Juliana Breines Ph.D.
This self-protective strategy can create unnecessary tension.
Winning Love

Winning Love

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D.
Should we surrender or change?
Complaining: Are You Sounding Like a Downer?

Are You Sounding Like a Downer?

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D.
If you are a complainer you may inadvertently be driving people away.
8 Reasons Why It's so Hard to Really Change Your Behavior

8 Reasons Why It's so Hard to Really Change Your Behavior

By David DiSalvo
Long-term behavior change is one of the hardest challenges we'll ever face.
Could Morality Have a Transcendent Evolved Purpose?

Could Morality Have a Transcendent Evolved Purpose?

By Michael E. Price Ph.D.
Religions say morality is transcendent...
Why Hitler Did Not Use Chemical Weapons on the Battlefield

Chemical Weapons on the Battlefield

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D.
Why Hitler didn't use them on the field
5 Things Psychopaths and Narcissists Do in Conversation

Five Things Psychopaths and Narcissists Do in Conversation

By Kaja Perina
Odd and disarming tactics to watch for.
How Do We Improve Sexual Harassment Training?

How Do We Improve Sexual Harassment Training?

By Jelena Kecmanovic Ph.D.
Suggestions from psychological science.
When Do Men With Power Engage in Sexual Harassment?

Men With Power

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D.
Research suggests three reasons why power can contribute to sexual harassment.
Must We Delay Gratification? Maybe Not

Must We Delay Gratification? Maybe Not

By Lydia Denworth
New research says fun is fun, even if there's work to be done.
Why People Sometimes Care More About Dogs Than Humans

Why We Sometimes Care More About Dogs Than Humans

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC
The mistreatment of dogs can be as distressing as the mistreatment of infants.
When Does Conflict Move in a Good or Bad Direction?

When Does Conflict Move in a Good or Bad Direction?

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D.
Conflict as mutually shared problem.
Gulliver’s Travels: Another Classic Portrayal of Autism

A Classic Portrayal of Autism

By Christopher Badcock Ph.D.
Seeing society from an autistic perspective.
Transgender, Genderqueer, and Mental Health

Transgender, Genderqueer, and Mental Health

By Ritch C Savin-Williams Ph.D.
Our transgender youth.
On Accepting the Truth About Our Own Species

The Truth About Our Own Species

By David P. Barash Ph.D.
Our best scientific revolutions offer humbling revelations.
Do Vegetarians Smell Sexier?

Do Vegetarians Smell Sexier?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D.
New research shows the surprising effects of foods on body odor and skin color.
New Study Underscores Why Fewer Toys Is the Better Option

Why Fewer Toys Is the Better Option

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
When it comes to toys, in terms of development and creativity, less is more.
Imposter Syndrome and Fear of Failure

Imposter Syndrome and Fear of Failure

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D.
The solution to imposter syndrome doesn't always lie within the sufferer.