Evolutionary Psychology 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.

Why We Forget Names (But Not Faces)

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in Talking Apes
Humans are quite good at recognizing familiar faces, but we often fail to remember even familiar names.

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 2

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in Insight Therapy
We fancy ourselves rational and independent, eager to learn and adapt. But are we?

Neurodiversity and Autism in College

Another way to look at autism, neurodiversity, and how we face diversity as a society and as individuals.

Wealthy Is as Wealthy Feels

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Human Beast
How satisfied people are with their lifestyle has almost nothing to do with objective realities and everything to do with where they see themselves in the pecking order.

Discovering Infidelity on Facebook

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
How do men and women react when then discover their partner is cheating on them on Facebook?

Human-Like Consciousness and Human-Like Intelligence

The relationship between human-like qualities and the capacity for consciousness, the H-C plane, gets more complicated with the consciousness and attention dissociation.

War, Intelligence Collectors, and Inevitable Mortality

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Caveman Politics
Your job is to go into a dangerous place and talk with people who may want to kill you. Your job constantly reminds you of your own mortality. How do you do this job effectively?

Does Testosterone Contribute to Men's Postpartum Depression?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Home Base
Postpartum depression can affect dads as well as moms. Testosterone might play a role—and has some surprising consequences for the well-being of fathers and their partners.

The Look of a Leader

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Talking Apes
Research shows that we select our leaders—whether in politics, business, or informal groups—based on the features of their faces, even when other information may be more relevant.

Can Woodpeckers Save Football?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in The Human Beast
Woodpeckers hurl their heads at massive trees a hundred times a minute. Yet, they evidently experience no brain damage. How do they do it?

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.

How Social Contagion Helps Explain Our Pet Choices

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Animals and Us
The craze for flat-faced dogs may have been produced by the same mob mentality that caused a wave of pet euthanasia in 1939.

Animals R Us, or Are They?

What is your cat really thinking about?

Fated to Fear

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
Is there evidence that our fear of insects is rooted in evolution? Studies of human genetics and results of controlled experiments support the inheritance of the infested mind.

How Awful is Work, Really?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Human Beast
People talk about work as though it were before the Industrial Revolution. In reality work today is much better but our perceptions have not kept track.

Is There a "Superior” Sex?

Whether we are talking about academic, emotional, or social success, young males these days are struggling. Let’s acknowledge and address this problem.

Diversity Includes Intellectual Diversity

James Damore, an engineer with Google, was fired for sending out a memo suggesting that our understanding of human nature should inform corporate policy. We have a long way to go.

The Psychology of First Impressions

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Talking Apes
Researchers identify four facial features that drive our first impressions of others.

On That Google Memo About Sex Differences

Are sex differences in personality real? A response to the Google memo.

Evolved for Activism

Political activism has deep ancestral roots - going back to foundational features of what it means to be human. Understanding this fact can help make this world a better place.

What Keeps Partners From Cheating?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 04, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Infidelity generally leads to pain and suffering for all involved, and is the most common factor in divorce. How do we resist temptation, making it more likely we'll stay together?

What Does Self-Actualization Really Mean?

Self-actualization, rather than being a mystical pursuit of personal grown and realization, is grounded in basic functional motives. Clear understanding helps us find ourselves.

Twins and More: Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in How We Do It
Multiple pregnancies bring more bundles of joy, but premature birth is more common. Delayed motherhood and fertility treatments are boosting the frequency of multiple births.

How To Explain How Genes Affect Politics

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

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Make Up or Break Up? 5 Ways Couples Reconcile After a Fight

New research has identified what men and women think are the most effective tactics used by couples to reconcile after a conflict.