Bias Essential Reads

Toward a More Self-Correcting Psychological Science

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
How to make psychology the true science it has always aspired to be.
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Multiple Personality or Malingering?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Human Equation
What happens when a person with multiple personalities kills? Pamela Moss claimed her alters were linked to two murders committed years apart but insisted she, the host, was not.

The Science of Toy Giving

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Overwhelmed by holiday shopping? Science can help provide some helpful recommendations about toys that might promote exploration and learning in your children.
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10 Factors That Influence Your Purchase Decisions

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Science of Choice
Consumers are powerfully influenced by their emotions, environmental cues, as well as by how options are presented to them.

The Many Mini Ways to Show You Care

It doesn't take a grand gesture to show someone that you care. With a "micro" act of kindness, according to new research, the payoff can be surprisingly high for both of you.

5 Tips for Being a Good Ally

By Jennifer O’Brien Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in All Things LGBTQ
Want to know how to be as supportive as possible for people in the LGBTQ community?

Borderline Personality Disorder and Ability to Read Emotions

Being unable to decode emotions seems to be an inherent feature of borderline personality disorder but new research shows it’s not as inevitable as you might think.

Digital Goods Valued Less Than Their Physical Counterparts

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Consumed
New research shows how much consumers value digital vs physical media.

How to Spot Fake News

By Sander van der Linden Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Social Dilemmas
Most people aren't able to distinguish fake from real news, can you? Here's five key tips to help spot fake news.

Are Racial Microaggressions on College Campuses Harmful?

A new study of college students finds that psychological harm due to racial microaggressions are real and not explained by the personality trait called neuroticism.

5 Tips for Critical Thinking

5 critical thinking "rules" that are useful in everyday settings and among those most frequently broken.

Six Horror Films That Will Intrigue Psychiatrists

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on October 30, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Horror films don't always mix well with psychiatry. They can be stigmatizing and off-putting, but some films get it right. Here are six of those films for Halloween.

Halloween Candy, Poison, and Razor Blades: Why Worry?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 27, 2017 in Psych Unseen
5 reasons that we're spooked by extremely unlikely risks.

Examining the Link Between Racism and Health

There is a growing body of evidence that racial discrimination triggers a chronic stress response, leading to a variety of health problems.

The Reality of Whiteness

Why are some white people so reluctant to acknowledge racism and white privilege? Opening minds and hearts to the need for more progress.

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.

The Amazing Link Between Our Appearance and Our 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?

By Samuel Veissière Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in Culture, Mind, and Brain
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.