Environment Essential Reads

Why Are Crowded City Dwellers Living the Slow Life?

The big city means the fast life, unrestricted sexuality, street gangs, and hordes of uncaring people. Right? Maybe not, according to a recently published series of studies.

Heat Wave Temperatures Make It Tougher to Do the Right Thing

As millions of people endure record-breaking heat waves, a new study reminds us of the psychological impact high temperatures can have on prosocial behaviors.

Pope Francis, Conservation Psychology, Science, and Earth

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Animal Emotions
The Pope's encyclical letter on care for our common home has many very important ideas that are closely related to conservation psychology, anthrozoology, and the role of science.

The Law of Attraction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Boundless
Is the Law of Attraction nonsense? Perhaps it holds a grain of truth.

Why Are We So Obsessed with What's 'Natural'?

Wondering what people are talking about when they say they fear 'toxins'? Turns out an obsession with the "natural" is a fundamental feature of our psychologies.

Why Do School Districts Suspend Black Students for Hair?

When even your hairstyle will get you suspended from school

A Periodic Table of Behavior for Psychology

The Tree of Knowledge System provides psychologists (and scientists in general) with a new Periodic Table of Behavior.

Psychology of the Greater Good and the Paris Acccord

Fortunately for us humans, our cognitive capacities allow us to take the greater good deeply into account. When it comes to the environment, we probably should do just that.

Let Them Eat Mushrooms

The President’s trashing of the Paris Accord on climate change as a “job killer” was fittingly simultaneous with the CDC report of a outbreak of mushroom poisoning.

Breakfast, Brains, and Entropy

What Waffle House hash browns can teach us about the origins of human consciousness.
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Remembering the West End

Are cities good for mental health?

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.
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Survival of the Scaredest

Why are we more afraid of insects than guns? Our emotions and perceptions are evolutionary products, and we can blame genetics for our infested minds.

“Only You” or “I've Two Lovers, and I Love Them Both"?

Emotional partiality and diversity are essential to romantic love. However, they appear to conflict with each other. Which one has a greater romantic value?

5 Reasons to Streamline Your Life

These 5 research-based reasons for living a streamlined life will convince you that it’s time to take a new look at your home, and your calendar.

How to Master Your Emotions

As architects of our experiences, we need not be at the mercy of our emotions — rather, we can learn to master them.

Hundreds of Psychology Studies are Wrong

By neglecting genetic influences on behaviour, numerous psychologists have confounded their own research.

Pollution and Psychology

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in One Among Many
Humans pollute the planet that has produced them. Here is a quick look at four barriers to a cleaner world and what might be done to lower them.

The Ambience of a Restaurant Controls What We Eat and Drink

Serving tasty food doesn’t do a restaurant much good if customers don’t stay long enough – or never even walk through the door in the first place. How do restaurants entice us?

Brains Have Owners

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Memory Medic
Is there an avatar in your brain called "I"? Neuroscience suggests this is the case.
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Mental Health in the Workplace

Think employee recognition doesn't matter? Think again.

When Effects Are Invisible: From Comfort to Freedom

What is it that makes the existing global system continue to function with our ongoing participation, when so many of us know how close to the edge of catastrophe we are?

We Can Lead the Way to a Nuclear Renaissance

By The Research Lab on April 10, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Reinventing nuclear power to be clean, safe, reliable. By Robert Hebner, Ph.D.

Psychological Consequences of Having Tree-Dwelling Ancestors

Renowned evolutionist Gordon Gallup has extensively studied the psychological correlates of handgrip strength. To understand why, we need to look to our arboreal past.

Rising Seas

There are four steps we must take today.

The Psychology of Queuing

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 04, 2017 in A Sideways View
Why is waiting in line so miserable?

The Head-in-the-Sand President

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in The Green Mind
Ignorance may be bliss, but only for a moment. When Trump ignores or deletes climate data, he imperils the planet and all of us.

Beef Down, Atmosphere Up

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in The Green Mind
You can feel the benefits of eating less meat, but you should also be aware that it’s a boon to the planet.

Anxiety Is a Part of Human Nature

Is there a right way to be anxious? Kierkegaard thought so.

Interpersonal Attraction

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in A Sideways View
What has evolutionary science to say about physical attractiveness?