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Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on May 27, 2023
Personal Perspective: Here are three suggestions to make foreign travel more delightful and less stressful.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on February 7, 2023
John Alcock inspired a generation of researchers interested in evolution and behavior.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on November 29, 2022
David Myers is perhaps the wisest living psychologist. In his new book, he shares some of his wisdom. Here are three tidbits from his extensive tasting menu.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on November 15, 2022
Can the principles of evolutionary psychology help us understand why some movies are terrible, and some are wonderful? Let's consider the highest-grossing film of all time.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on November 8, 2022
There are four good reasons you should give a large tip next time you have the chance.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on October 6, 2022
A Personal Perspective: You don't need an expensive trip to the Caribbean to find joy. There are ways to get the same thrill when walking around your neighborhood.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on October 3, 2022
Breeder, incel, or ace, there’s an argument for forgetting about your mating status altogether. Here are 7 alternative ways to live a fulfilling life.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on September 22, 2022
Some infer that an evolutionary perspective prescribes a life pursuing self-interest in the service of selfish genes, but that’s a misconception at multiple levels. Here's why.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on September 17, 2022
Most psychologists don't consult evangelists for life lessons, but there's a lot to learn from the fellow who was the head evangelist for the original MacIntosh computer.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on September 11, 2022
Developing habits to make you healthy and happy in the long run requires a clever combination of personally-tailored techniques.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on September 8, 2022
Building and maintaining healthy habits is not a one-time fix, but a lifetime endeavor.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on June 24, 2022
A now classic paper by Robert Cialdini and his colleagues explored the topic of basking in reflected glory; which is described (and illustrated) here.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on May 19, 2022
Are teenagers' brains being parasitized by electronic technology? Here I count a few of the ways, and ask: Is there anything we can do about it?
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on May 18, 2022
A hunter-gatherer transported to the modern urban world would think they’d landed in paradise. Why isn't modern technology making us happy?
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on March 29, 2022
Classic studies found men and women differ in preference for youth, attractiveness, and finances. A recent study asks how replicable those findings are.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on March 27, 2022
In 1909, a 70-year-old man walked from New York to San Francisco. His story touches on several critical aspects of modern psychology.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on March 21, 2022
Psychologists often study the negative aspects of eating, but food is intrinsically linked to positive psychology in at least five central ways.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on December 31, 2021
What is the common thread connecting you, me, a Swedish physician, and a poor woman in Africa?
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on December 21, 2021
Hard data show we are too pessimistic about the state of the world, and Hans Rosling suggests 10 pessimistic biases we could all do without.
Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on November 29, 2021
Humans are commonly compared to chimpanzees, rats, and dogs, but Hans Rocha IJzerman argues we are really a lot like penguins. And he's talking psychology, not just appearance.