Essential Reads

Predicting the Unpredictable: Hurricane Irma Media Coverage

Lessons from Hurricane Irma's terribly inaccurate, and ever-changing forecast.

Why Are So Many More Teens Depressed?

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Why are so many teens depressed and lonely? The technology meant to connect us may have instead depressed us.

18 Common Logical Fallacies and Persuasion Techniques

The information bombardment on social media is loaded with fallacious arguments.

On Coping with Political Strife On Social Media and Beyond

A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.

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Can AI Detect Sexual Orientation from Photos?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
A new study from Stanford claims it can detect sexual orientation from photos people post on a dating site. The truth is more complicated.

Watching Porn in Public: Is It Ever Okay?

Seriously, kid? Do you watch porn in class and then watch the professor’s lectures at home by yourself?

Social Media is the End Result Not the Cause

Garage door openers took away the last vestiges of neighborly contact.
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Emotional Contagions

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A science journalist finds himself personally impacted by his comprehensive exploration of social contagions.

This Is What Happens When Science Is Rejected

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in The First Impression
What are the connections between the recent weather catastrophes across the globe and the Trump administration's policies regarding science and climate change?

Why Luann de Lesseps is Now Luann de Divorce

Why she should have seen her divorce coming from a mile away.

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.

When Should Journalists Put Down the Mic and Lend Aid?

When is it a moral imperative for journalists covering hurricanes and other disasters to intervene to help victims, and when is it mere grandstanding?

Facebook Unfriended: A Wake Up Call for Whom?

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 05, 2017 in Intersections
Being unfriended presents an opportunity to explore concepts like white fragility, misplaced nostalgia, courage, and authenticity in the FaceBook universe.
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Did Trump Create A Moral Panic To Get Elected?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Is it possible for influential individuals or groups to achieve their goals by either creating or exploiting widespread public fear?
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Breakfast with Vampires

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some research in psychology benefits from a more hands-on – or hands-in – approach.

Making iGen's Mental Health Issues Disappear

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Do we really need to worry about iGen's mental health? Yes, we do.

Why Labelling President Trump as Mentally Ill Is Wrong

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Talking About Men
Four reasons why the petition calling President Trump mentally ill is deeply troubling.

How the Media Influences Us...Perhaps Without Our Awareness

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in How To Do Life
We explore using an example: the play, The Book of Mormon.

Understanding Why Bachelorette Rachel Chose Bryan

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Millennial Media
Since the Bachelorette finale weeks ago, speculation and rumors are still flying regarding whether or not Rachel made the right choice. Read on for one psychologist's take.

The Civil War Continues in Charlottesville

The science of social connection explains the allure of racist supremacist movements, and what we can do to reverse bias and discrimination.

Buyer Beware: Two New Apps Your Tweens Should Avoid

Two apps that have developed popularity among teens and tweens are raising red flags with law enforcement and others.
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The Pleasures of the Apocalypse

Don't worry. The end is near.

Is Your Teen Addicted to Dieting? Try a Social Media Fast

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in One More Bite
Why a social media fast might be an essential tool for eating disorder recovery.

Superhero Therapy: A Book to Help Your Inner Hero

In her book Superhero Therapy, Janina Scarlet shows that a fear or weakness does not make a hero any less heroic, and that we all can be heroes both for ourselves and for others.

How to Get Elected as a Democrat: Three Winning Memes

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Each party rejects the other's key themes. But there are three ideas that cannot be defeated in contemporary America. Support these three "memes" and, sure as shooting, you're in.

Three Things I Know for Sure

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on August 14, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Oprah says Weight Watchers is mindful eating and weight loss is the only path to health. Here are three things I know for sure about health, weight, dieting, and mindful eating.

Humor Is Social Media’s Antidote for Fire and Fury News

In the midst of fire and fury political rhetoric, we should be grateful for the jokes and parodies across Twitter. They can make us less anxious.

Why We Tune into the Bachelorette: Romance & Lessons Learned

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
In the finale of The Bachelorette, Rachel finally says goodbye to the guy who wouldn't commit and says yes to Bryan, the bold romantic. What can we learn from her arduous journey?

Highlights of the 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

The 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival offered insight and history. An Inconvenient Sequel, The Young Karl Marx, Citizen Schein, 1945 and Paradise were highlights.
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Relieve Your Daily Stress with a To-don't List

Are you bogged down in a huge flood of data? Reclaim your life today by starting a to-don't list.

Your Marriage and Social Media: The Grass Isn't Greener

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Clear Communication
Do you compare your spouse with others' pictures when you're on social media? You may be inadvertently damaging your marriage. Here's why you need to stop the comparison game.

Less Labeling, More Understanding

He's probably not a narcissist, and you probably aren't being gaslighted. When can we start dealing with human behavior on its own terms?

No, Smartphones are Not Destroying a Generation

A recent article in the Atlantic claims that smartphones and social media have ruined a generation. It is wrong.