Essential Reads

Why Do So Many Superstars Self-Destruct Like Supernovas?

Why has superstardom caused so many musical icons of the 1980s to die prematurely? This blog post explores the underbelly of fame and the quest for "Holy Grail" peak experiences.

Are Men and Women Portrayed Differently in TV Ads

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 23, 2016 in A Sideways View
Does television mirror or mould attitudes to gender differences? Why are males portrayed more often as professional authorities and women as naïve consumers all around the world

How Not to Respond to Campus Suicides

By calling a young woman's death an accident, Penn missed an important learning opportunity.

When It Comes to Weddings, Does Cost Really Matter?

Many believe that the more expensive a wedding, the better the marriage. But Hollywood suggests the opposite may be true. What is the truth about wedding cost and marital success?

More Posts on Media

Hamilton: Making History

The beauty of "Hamilton," in its casting and musical styles, is that it manifests—and makes real—the inclusive potential that was there in the early moments of the United States.

3 Reasons Why America Is Starting to Lose God

Both personal religiousness and spirituality are showing signs of decline in the United States. Here’s why.

Killing the American Hero, Killing the Fair Trial

When defense claims "not criminally responsible," courts must adopt a holistic view of insanity.

Why I Didn’t Want Prince’s Death to Be Suicide

Whenever a public figure dies by suicide—truly, whenever anyone dies by suicide—the first question is “Why?” And that’s the least important question to answer.

Are 'Deadpool' & 'Daredevil' Dangers to Kids?

'Daredevil' and 'Deadpool' have been touted as superhero stories for grown-ups. These entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be good, but they aren't good for kids.

Why Donald Trump Inspires the Confidence of His Supporters

Trump supporters don’t care how insensitive, obnoxious, or inaccurate Trump is, because honesty and sensitivity are not major criteria for judging their reality TV star.

The Internet Suicide Minefield

What makes some young people vulnerable to pro-suicide messages online? A new research study provides answers.

Who Can Win the Game of Thrones?

PBS BrainCraft segment looks at psychological issues in HBO's Game of Thrones, particularly the role that self-control might play in determining which character can "win" the game.

Doctor Who Therapy: Can TV's Time Lord Teach Compassion?

Superhero Therapy author describes an empirical study testing whether Doctor Who could teach children learn about compassion or help them with depression and socializing.

The Whole Foods Cake Case: Why Do People Fake Victimhood?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 Friendship 2.0
What would motivate a person to create a hoax and claim victimhood, like what's assumed in the Whole Foods cake case? Several factors are likely at play.

Personality Traits of Grammar and Spelling Sticklers

New research suggests that introverted people tend to judge others negatively based on grammar and spelling errors.

Bones, Blood and Bodies

Podcasts from experts in forensic science and law enforcement assist crime writers to learn details of the disciplines.

David Webb on Activist Websites and Social Media

The future of mental health interview series continues with David Webb on activist websites and social media.

"I Can't Give You a Brain, But I Can Give You a Diploma"

Some projects — like acquiring a genuine education — are not best if you DIY. Sometimes you need a professional. Sometimes you need a professor.

What Screen Time Really Does to Kids' Brains

A number of troubling studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media

Jackie Robinson Day And Diversity in Major League Baseball

It's important to reflect on the importance of honoring and celebrating Jackie Robinson's efforts and career but also to pause and consider how far things have truly progressed.

Dawn of Justice Batman is the Worst Batman Ever

Batman at his best can serve as an inspirational figure. But not this Batman. This Batman is a gun-slinging killer. This is Batman at his worst.

Trillin v. Twitter: Have They Run Out of Ordnance Yet?

Calvin Trillin drew online ire for a satiric poem about Chinese food. What does this tell us about the psychology of anger, racism and social media?

Murder: The Prosecutor's Tale

Prosecutors of high-profile cases who then write books offer insightful details about how they formed their strategies.

Violent Video Games Can Trigger Emotional Desensitization

A new study has identified that playing violent video games repeatedly can desensitize players to emotional feelings of guilt.

Keeping Children Safe

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 Raising Parents
Children are talking to strangers online and, worse yet, meeting them face-to-face. What is a parent to do?

When "Posting" Our Life Is More Important Than Living It

What's more important, a social media life or a good life?

The Panama Papers: Investigative Reporting at Its Best

Corporate media is ratings driven, which conflicts with the ambitions of high quality journalism. The recent Panama Papers spotlights the significance of investigative reporting.

Does Technology Make Bullying Easier?

A new research study published in the journal Psychology of Violence examines different forms of harassment, both online and offline, and the impact it can have on young people.

The Uneasiness of a Memoir Writer

By Barry Yourgrau on April 04, 2016 Mess
A little fiction to show the anxiety of writing non-fiction

Why Trump Would Be the Worst Choice to Deal with ISIS

ISIS recruits who are radicalized and then sent back to their home countries to wage terror are not the same as fighting them in a foreign country. Trump doesn't get this.

Sense and Sensibility - and Sexting? A Wake-Up Call

Teen girls are at risk from social media, pornography and sexual pressures. What are the dangers and what can we do? Here are the stories, as told by Nancy Jo Sales.

Who Does What on Facebook?

Ever wonder what other people are actually doing when they look at your Facebook page? Here are some glimpses into who does what on Facebook.

The Psychology of Mansplaining

Mansplaining has become a cultural trope, along with other male-bashing portmanteaus. But what exactly is mansplaining and why has it captured the popular imagination?

The 30-Day (Facebook) Diet

What are the perils of being constantly connected in a digital culture? Can we take a step back as consumers and decide to digitally unplug?