Essential Reads

On Coping with Political Strife On Social Media and Beyond

A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.

Are You Ready to Be Your Own Doctor?

By Haider Warraich M.D. on August 14, 2017 in On Modern Medicine
Shared decision making is all the rage in medicine, with several recent studies espousing its benefits. But how ready, willing and able are patients to take on that role?

The Psychology of the New McCarthyism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
On the rising threat to science and basic human rights in America.
Alones/Shutterstock

The Psychoanalytic Mind: Alive and Well

By Paul Siegel Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Freud Lives
Freud may be dead, but science is giving his ideas new life.

More Posts on Bias

Where Do You Really Stand in the Wake of Charlottesville?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism and why "white pride" isn't a solution.

Taking Care of Yourself and Others During Racial Trauma

By Mariel Buque M.A. on August 16, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Taking care of yourself and others during racial trauma: a guide for healing in the face of race-based turmoil.

What My Gym Membership Taught Me About Mental Accounting

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in Consumed
When you think about money, think it through.

After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?

In what ways might racism be considered a mental illness? How might this understanding help us treat those who suffer from pathological bias?

Five Steps in Forming Irrational Beliefs

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Science of Choice
Most of our core beliefs about the world are not based on rational and conscious choices.

What Makes Conspiracy Theories so Appealing?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Media Spotlight
What motivates people to believe in different conspiracy theories and what makes these beliefs so hard to change?

Beyond Charlottesville

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Head of the Class
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, were disturbing. Enclosed are some anti-Hate resources for teachers and interested others to use in their classrooms in the coming weeks.

Race in America: Tips on Talking With Children About Racism

Current events depicting racism often spark the race conversation. How can you have the talk with your kid?

Responding to Hate: Should We Just “Love One Another”?

Is "just love one other" a solution to rise of hate in the United States? Or do we need to take a deeper look at issues of social justice and human rights?

Charlottesville and Self-Segregation

No, Trump,"hatred, bigotry violence" steming from conflict that's become chronic due to self-segregation by straight white Chrisitans is not from "many sides, on many sides."

An In-depth Analysis of the Crisis at Google

The crisis at Google in the wake of the Damore memo controversy is an unfortunate symptom of our hyperpolarized society. This post explains how to understand it and move forward.

Who's More Emotionally Intelligent, and Does Gender Matter?

Are women really poorly suited for careers in tech? One Google engineer’s claims got him fired. The facts based on personality research prove that Google made the right decision.

Health Care and Equality in India

By Marc Nemiroff Ph. D. on August 10, 2017 in Where the Heart Is
Indian health care: Is America listening?
stokpic at pexels

Why Should I Pay For Anyone Else's Health Care?

Ignoring the power of chance is poor, painful policy.

It's Not My Fault. The Millennial Answer to Everything!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in Motivate!
When things go awry, parents and leaders often cast blame, yet fail to take accountability for their decisions. Knowing why we shirk responsibility can lead to better outcomes.

Trying to Help People Help Themselves Can Be Challenging

Never underestimate the degree to which our emotions influence our processing of information related to decision making.

Failure to Listen

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about suppression and commitment bias.

Sizeism Is Harming Too Many of Us: Fat Shaming Must Stop

By Christopher Bergland on August 03, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Much needed efforts are being made to reduce sizeism, weight bias, and medical fat shaming by health care providers.

A White Man and a Black Woman Talk About Race

Do you find yourself avoiding conversations about race for fear of saying the wrong thing? Follow one man's example of how to do the race conversation right.

Back-to-school Homophobia

What are your LGBT children learning in sex ed?

Why Do Your Facebook Friends Have So Much Political Bias?

Myside bias makes us notice, search for, and favor evidence that supports what we already believe. Why do we do this? And is it worse on social media?

Codifying Discrimination: Trump’s Anti-Transgender Policy

Why President Trump’s policy banning transgender Americans from military service promotes a culture of intolerance and is fundamentally flawed.

Learning About Privilege

Privilege is usually completely invisible to those that benefit from it. By virtue of being born into certain groups, we find ourselves receiving unearned rewards.

"I-knew-it-all-along": 3 Steps to Avoid Living in the Past

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Clear Communication
Does your hindsight 20/20 need a vision test?

What's With the Emerging Gender Gap in Social Psychology?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Are you concerned about the gender gap in scientific fields, because such gaps reflect discrimination? Then you might want to consider this.

Gender Bias in Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Where is the biggest, baddest, bias in social science on politicized topics?
By star5112 (JOH_0364) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Do We Love to Chase?

Unpredictable rewards produce much larger pleasure than expected ones.

What’s in It for Women? Vs. What’s in It for My Husband?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Living Single
A new study suggests that single women think differently than married women in a way that helps explain why they vote reliably for Democrats and married women do not.

Polyphobia

This blog explores discrimination and prejudice against polyamorous people in loss of social ties, housing, child custody, job loss, and selective enforcement of rules or laws.