Essential Reads

Mend the Gap Between Rich and Poor in School Achievement

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
The more rigid and authoritarian the school program is, the greater is the achievement gap between rich and poor. The more trusting and empowering it is, the smaller is the gap.

Why Do We Love the View From High Above?

By Andrea Bartz on September 19, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
The weird psychological reason you'll take an elevator to the 102nd floor.

Gaydar Goes AI and Populism Comes to Science

An upcoming study on a computer program that categorizes sexual preference from photos has come under fire.

Why Do Humans Make Art?

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
Understanding the the many aspects of art reveals its possible functions and origins in our past.

More Posts on Evolutionary Psychology

Our Civiliation is Doomed!

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in The Human Beast
If one studies ancient complex civilizations, the prognosis is bleak. All failed, generally quite spectacularly and with remarkable speed. Can ours be any different?
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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Digital Pandemic
Do our observations of gender differences hold up to scientific inquiry?

The Voice of a Cheater

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
New research suggests we can tell whether someone has a history of infidelity just by listening to their voice.

The Shrinking Breast Fashion

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Human Beast
Women seeking breast augmentation are opting for smaller sizes than previously. Why the change?

Reasons Not to Date an Attractive, Masculine Man

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Dating and Mating
The benefits of dating an attractive man are clear, but have you considered the drawbacks?

Psychodynamic Running

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in The Me in We
A new running meditation and how it works holistically, engaging both mind and body.

The Evolution of True Friendship

By Gus Cooney on September 12, 2017 in Real Talk
The Evolution of True Friendship

When 'Speak Out' Culture Becomes 'Callout' Culture

College callout culture has breached the campus gate, and Google is the first high-profile company to join the post-rational world. What allowed it to happen; can it happen again?

Taking Risks to Move the Culture Forward

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in More Than Mortal
Chatting with the founder of a new online magazine dedicated to publishing diverse views in politics, science, culture, and the arts.

Why Is My Phone So Addictive?

Your phone triggers dopamine and oxytocin and relieves cortisol.

Just How Happy Is Your Dog? It May Take a Quick Eye to Know

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 06, 2017 in Canine Corner
Data indicates that quick, subtle, micro-expressions on a dog's face can indicate its emotional state

Revisiting the Google Manifesto

Were there gender difference in the past? It is extremely likely. Do we know if they were like gender differences we see today? No.

Neither Ghost Nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Us

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in Ambigamy
The biggest gap in psychology finally filled, an explanation for why things matter to you but not to your computer, bed or car.

One Simple Question for Modern Humans Who Want to Be Happy

Our minds must operate in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Yet their underlying hardware was molded in a tribal context on the African Savanna. How can we make this work?

Evolutionary Logic

Some people are confused on the basic reasoning of evolutionary psychology. Once you understand “evolutionary logic,” it all falls into place.

The Twilight Saga and Immortality Striving

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Hero in You
If we accept our human condition and the many emotions that accompany mortality such as pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, death, we can begin to move beyond it.

The Empty Seat Problem

This common error known to pilots reveals one our mind's most dangerous flaws. Find out what it takes to avoid it.

US Open: Do Tennis Players Who Grunt Have an Advantage?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Researchers have found that tennis professionals grunt differently when they win and lose. So, can we predict the winners at the 2017 US open by their grunts alone?

Do Adult Dogs Still Recognize Their Mothers?

Does the emotional link between a canine mother and her puppies carry over into their adulthood?

Projection in Race Relations

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in The Me in We
Considering projective mechanisms in U.S. race relations.

What Hunter-Gatherers Tell Us About Natural Sleep Patterns

By Dan Pardi MS on August 21, 2017 in Personal Health Mastery
Many of us live with less than desirable daily alertness. Can this be explained by a natural phenomenon evolved to protect hunter-gatherer groups from predators?

A Simpler Way to Get Along Without Asking About Feelings

By Kimberly Key on August 18, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Some people, and lots of men, have been raised not to feel and are at a loss when they are asked to identify a feeling. Or worse, they have been abused for their feelings.
By Lizbeth Jacobs, with permission

The Virtues of Science-Based Thinking

By Mona S Weissmark Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Justice Matters
Did science-based thinking help pave the way for the Gates Foundation motto, “All lives have equal value"?

The Secret Life of Procrastinators and the Stigma of Delay

Rather than shame procrastinators for the way they get things done, let's understand motivational style differences.

Mourning a Legacy of Racial Violence

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Me in We
How narrative can help us understand racial terror and heal intergenerational trauma.

The Bandwagon Effect

The bandwagon effect is a psychological phenomenon whereby people do something primarily because others are doing it, regardless of their own beliefs.

Why Too Many Sperms Spoil the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How We Do It
Men can produce too many sperms as well as too few. Excessive sperm numbers around an egg can result in multiple fertilization, abnormal chromosome numbers, and miscarriage.

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.

Preventing Hangovers

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Human Beast
They can have adverse effects on productivity, health, and well being. Is there an effective remedy?

What Makes a Dog Notice a Person

Is it the sight of you, the sounds you make, or your scent that is most likely to make a dog aware that you are nearby?