Bias Essential Reads

The Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Help for PPD

The hit comedy Black-ish tackles postpartum depression in a mom of color. If you are struggling, here is how to break the "strong black woman" stereotype and get help now.

What David and Goliath Teach Entrepreneurs About Winning

By Chengwei Liu Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Decisions Defined
What the David and Goliath story teaches entrepreneurs about beating incumbents? Do not copy their "best practices." Instead, exploiting their predictable blind spots.

Our Amazing Ability to Quickly Judge People's Personality

Even when we only get a chance to look at a person for a few seconds, our judgment of personality is fairly reliable. What is the reason behind this almost "magic" ability?

What Narcissists Won’t Tell You About their Past

Although no one’s memory is perfect, memory in people high in narcissism is particularly flawed, especially when it comes to their flaws. New research shows why they're so biased.

How Many Americans Want to Be Single? Results of 5 Studies

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Living Single
How many unmarried Americans want to be married? 5 studies suggest answers, but it will take a revolution to know for sure.

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.
Chengwei Liu

The Winner Shouldn't Take It All

By Chengwei Liu Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Decisions Defined
The winner shouldn't take it all because many of them are simply the luckiest.

The Psychological Toll Facing Immigrants in Today's America

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Unseen and Unheard
The US Congress has the power to relieve 800,000 people and their families the burden of unnecessary stress. The US Congress has the power to stop oppression. Will they do it?

Pre-employment Psychological Screening for Cops

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
Can pre-employment psychological screening of police applicants reduce reduce racism, sexism and homophobia? Let's separate fact from fiction.

Biased Algorithms?

Algorithms govern most aspects of our lives with secret, biased methods. A data scientist turned activist gives us tips to uncover these biases and demand accountability.

TV Host's "Hot Take" on Body Acceptance Is Dangerous

By Sunny Sea Gold on August 31, 2017 in Weighty Truths
Could Bill Maher's and other media-makers' fat-jokes hurt people's health and boost hate? Research says yes.

The Psychology of Political Violence

Political violence has its roots in anger, contempt, and disgust; three emotions familiar to all of us. Maintaining our civic values requires avoiding the impulse to dehumanize.

Should You Go to the Counter-Protest?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
When the Nazis, KKK, and white supremacists march in your town, should you go to the counter-protest?

The Blame Game: We Love to Blame Others, But Why?

By Rob Henderson on August 29, 2017 in After Service
Why do we love blaming others? Research explains this quirk in our psychology.

Fight Hate

What do hate crimes have to do with public health? Learn why, and what you can do about them in your community.
Chris Chambers, "The 7 Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice," 2017, Princeton University Press

The Reign of Error

Driven by the imperative to publish in prestigious journals, psychologists, all too often, are producing studies with weak data, faulty methodologies, and questionable conclusions.

Male Risk of Autism: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Stigmatizing autism research as "sexist" for finding a gender difference in risk is not going to help us discover the truth about it.

Facing Your Depression

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Researchers are working on a new treatment for depression you can put on your mobile device—but a self-help version is already available.

Why Divorced People Are Key to Understanding Marriage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Living Single
A study of 10,000 Dutch adults looked at the health of married people to see if it had anything to do with who got divorced. Did it ever.

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.
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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.

Does Diversity Per Se Pay?

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Pop Psych
It's been found that diversity itself predicts business success. As it turns out, that finding was the result of some mistakes.

Seeing the Sky as a Copernican

We are not naturally inclined to perceive the world in conformity with even our most familiar and well-learned scientific commitments.

Anger, Anxiety, Resentment, Stress, and Basic Humanity

Your chances of consistently managing anger, anxiety, resentment, and stress, without becoming a better person, are practically zero.

How Do We “Choose” Our News?

Beat confirmation bias by actively seeking out alternative viewpoints in the news.

Why Black and Latinx Health Matters During an ACA Repeal

By Mariel Buque M.A. on July 25, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Why Black and Latinx health matters during an ACA repeal.

How To Explain How Genes Affect Politics

How do genes affect political attitudes and behavior? At least one guy knows how to explain it.

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
If there are bona fide gender differences in preferences and interests, equal opportunities may never translate into equal outcomes.