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Are Animals Conscious?

Are animals conscious? The implications are important.

Why Do We Judge Others So Harshly for One Negative Event?

Psychological research suggests three reasons why one negative event, such as Ryan Lochte’s false report of a robbery in Rio, can change our perceptions so strongly.

Blame It on Rio Part 1

The US swimming debacle in Rio, spearheaded by all-star Ryan Lochte, is a timeless story of Young Male Syndrome.

Alison Gopnik’s Advice to Parents: Stop Parenting!

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Everything Professor Gopnik says in The Gardener and the Carpenter indicates that our schooling system is very very wrong. So why does she point her finger at parents, not schools?

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News From the 2016 Annual Dreams Conference

This year's IASD conference included talks on jihadi dreams, emotional processing, gender differences, social cognition, and existential dreams of "sublime disquietude."

Weird Beliefs

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
You have some weird beliefs, beliefs that do not fit well with all your other everyday beliefs. To you, though, these beliefs are not weird at all. What explains this?

Siena’s Sublimation of Neighborhood Rivalries

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in The Me in We
The palio horserace shows the social significance of sacrifice and the sublimation of group rivalries.

Why It Can Be So Hard to Stay Happy

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Out of the Ooze
Can being too content actually be bad for you?

Blame It on Rio Part 2

Ryan Lochte’s false reporting about a minor incident in Rio has put a blemish on the otherwise awesome 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Should he be forgiven?

Damn Foreigners!

By Hank Davis on August 19, 2016 in Caveman Logic
Take off your caveman costume and stop blaming the other tribe for everything that goes wrong in your life.

An Era of Incivility

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 18, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
Living with constant incivility breeds unrest, unhappiness and discord between people. This is an incremental step towards animosity and enmity, leading to aggression and violence.

Is Donald Trump an Alpha Male?

Do we need to be more precise in applying terms such as “personality disorder” and “alpha male” to political candidates?

I Don’t Want to Fade Away

Recent research suggests that the average grip strength of men in America has decreased in the past 30 years.

The Psychological Roots of Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go scratches some basic psychological itches

3 Rules of Change We Too Often Forget

By Nick Tasler on August 10, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
Sudden change can disorient and confuse us. Fortunately, our brains are insanely well-equipped to handle it.

Does Trump Suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in The Human Beast
Narcissism is a personality dimension as well as a clinical diagnosis.

Are There Any Geniuses in the Field of Psychology?

Does psychology have any geniuses comparable to the geniuses of computer science (such as Alan Turing or Jack Kilby - who won a Nobel prize for inventing the silicon chip)?

Have You Got Permission to Flourish?

By Atalanta Beaumont on August 05, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
Is a legacy of past beliefs and behaviours holding you back. Give yourself permission to flourish!

Must...Try...Harder

By Robert J King Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Hive Mind
Women are not Rubik's cubes, and their orgasms haven't been "solved."

Is the English Bulldog a Doomed Breed?

New data suggests that the gene pool for the English bulldog is too small to maintain a healthy population.

Addicted to Gossip?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in In Excess
It's often said that everyone loves to gossip. But are there people who gossip a bit to much? Are there individuals that are actually addicted gossip?

A Link Between a Prostitute's Age and Her Income

A new study links a prostitute's age with her income. Although a seemingly narrow salacious topic, these findings address a broader scientific question that concerns us all.

Do Women Prefer Men With Beards?

Does a beard help a guy get noticed? Is a little stubble really sexy? Should he skip a shave or two? Research has the answers.

Bad Listening Skills II: Responding to Grief and Loss

By Hank Davis on July 27, 2016 in Caveman Logic
What is it about death and loss that triggers the worst listening skills in most of us? No matter how deep your convictions are, you can't preach and listen at the same time.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the "Virtues" of Tit for Tat

You’d probably agree that in an ideal universe you’d do best living your life in accord with the golden rule. But in the real world attempting such an existence is precarious....

Border Psychology

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Me in We
Border psychology and the diffusion of U.S. identity.

The Counterintuitive Case for Cougars

Conservationists believe increasing the cougar population will actually save human lives. Will logic trump our ingrained fear of large predators?

Skepticism Surrounding Sex

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Pop Psych
The information that men and women distrust isn't always the same

Is the World More Dangerous Now Than Ever?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Fear of violence seems to be governing our lives these days. But should it? Could the world actually be safer now than it has ever been?
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Did Neandertals Like the Taste of other Neandertals?

Did Neandertals have a tradition of eating other Neandertals?

Life Is Too Short to Wear Bad Lipstick

By Kevin Bennett on July 15, 2016 in Modern Minds
Economy got you down? Try some new lipstick - it's good for two reasons.

Does Jealousy Help or Hurt Your Relationship?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Talking Apes
An expression of jealousy can either increase or decrease your partner’s relationship satisfaction, depending on the circumstances.

Bad Listening Skills: Unwanted "Empathy"

By Hank Davis on July 09, 2016 in Caveman Logic
There are lots of ways to be a bad listener. Many are well-intentioned and no different from what you learned from dear old mom and dad. It's time to upgrade your listening skills.