Essential Reads

Our Emotional Reactions to Terrorism

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Face It!
Here's how to untangle the confusing array of emotions we feel in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

Inside the Mind of the Munich Mass Killer

This kind of conundrum has led some psychiatrists to suggest mass or spree killers suffer from a rare disorder so far unclassified and unknown in the textbooks.

Juries, Lawyers, and Race Bias

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Juries are a central part of the legal system. Racial bias can cause significant problems in juries. Are lawyers sensitive to the biases of jurors?

Difficult Conversations

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
Alan Dershowitz talks about race, rape, and other third-rail issues.

More Posts on Law and Crime

Should We Torture Suspected Terrorists?

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in Face It!
Weighing in on the use of torture as an interrogation tactic for suspected terrorists.

I Like Them, But Do They Like Me?

Observing a few nonverbal cues will instantly let you know if people like you or not.

Anomic Homicide

How can a profound disconnection from others foster the rationale for homicide? And what can we do to change this?

Don’t Blame Trump: Heal Thyself, America

It is always easier to understand, celebrate or attack single individuals than it is to comprehend and address the context that gives rise to them.

What Is the Best Path Forward After Terrorism?

Our mind makes intuitive mistakes about how to deal with terrorism in the best manner. This article uses insights from neuroscience to show the best path to deal with terrorism.

The Stanford Rape Case

By Guest Blogger on July 19, 2016 in The Guest Room
Let’s shift the conversation toward understanding the needs of survivors in their healing journey.

The Paradox of "Tasteful" Gold Digging

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on July 18, 2016 in So Sue Me
Find out why the most unethical forms of gold digging are also the most likely to evade penalty.

Public and Police on Edge After Cop Killings

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 18, 2016 in Am I Right?
Can the website communtiesandpolicetalk.org help make for better policing?

How to Prevent Violence

Identify powerlessness, rejection, humiliation, injustice, unimportance, insignificance and nothing to lose by dying before they combine together in violence.
L. Pettler

Staging Murder

Investigative consultant describes how homicides get staged as other types of death incidents, and urges law enforcement to pay attention.

#What Lives Matter?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 16, 2016 in Minority Report
By now you've seen the war of words between #Black Lives Matter and #All Lives Matter. So what's wrong with saying, "All lives matter"?

The Missing Word Is Panic.

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on July 16, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
When aggression triggers a moral reflex, it can be blinding. We use it routinely to pump up heroic violence.
C. Davis

When Good Guys Turn Bad

Even the most ordinary people can find themselves in circumstances that bring out their worst.
iclipart.com, used with permission

Why Is Someone Burning Homeless Men in San Diego?

A serial killer in San Diego is setting fire to homeless men. Why?

Social Justice and Theater at a Time of Crisis

At the Theatre of the Oppressed last week a group of 36 of us from across many social divides and several countries grappled together with our experiences.

Scientists, Police, and the New Civil Rights Revolution

As the US desperately searches for answers to police-community tensions, do social scientists have an obligation to dive into the national conversation? History says yes.

After Dallas, Why Aren't Whites Rushing to Enact Gun Reform?

Guns are mythologized in our culture. And when something is sacred, regulating it becomes much more difficult.

How to Fight Fairly on Facebook and Other Social Media

Is your Facebook aflame with hateful discussions? How can you stand up, say your piece, and shed some light without getting burned or adding to the chaos? Here are some guidelines.

The Conversation About Race and Racism in America

By Marty Babits on July 13, 2016 in The Middle Ground
The conversation on race that we must encourage and participate in must be built on empathy that is laced with compassion.

What’s (Legally) Inside of a Dog?

New legal rulings are clarifying that animals are not the same as inanimate property such as a suitcase and that owners have strong obligations of proper care.

Study Demonstrates Racial Disparity in Police Force

The science supports the arguments in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.

An Officer’s Worst Day

The police will be there for you on your worst day. Will you be there for them on theirs?

Bias on Both Sides

Shootings: confirmation bias is a two-way street

Mental Illness, Violence, and Family Homicides

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 11, 2016 in Saving Normal
Mental illness is not responsible for most violent crimes, but is a much bigger factor in the 4000 family homicides that occur each year.

The Panama Papers Reveal the Solution to Global Suffering

How can we address global poverty quickly and effectively? Tax havens as revealed by the Panama Papers hold the key!

As We Wonder: A Heroine's Wisdom for Violent Times

A superheroine gives wisdom: "Don't kill if you can wound, don't wound if you can subdue, don't subdue if you can pacify, and don't raise your hand until you've first extended it."
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What I Wish the Police Knew About REBT

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in Fearless You
Could healthier thinking have prevented Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas?

Understanding Airport Screening’s 95% Failure Rate

The TSA’s airport screening failure rate in detecting fake explosives and weapons is 95%. Given the magnitude of the task, we should be surprised that it isn’t even higher.

Second Language Speakers and Police Interviews

Misunderstanding is an inevitable part of communicating in a second language. After all, how else can we learn? Sometimes, however, the price of misunderstanding is too high.
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Advise and Consent

Protection of human subjects involved in clinical research has become an important guiding principle only in recent years.