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Our Electoral System Is Bad for Happiness

New research finds that the two-party system is not conducive to the "greatest happiness for the greatest number."

Powerful Biases Shape How Presidential Debates Are Viewed

Voters are most favorable toward those candidates who are the most optimistic and highest in positive emotion.

Scoring the Presidential Debates: How Do We Decide Who Wins?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on September 26, 2016 in Psych Unseen
What’s the point of debating, do the presidential debates influence voting, and how do we decide who wins?

"Power Ties" Are Actually Powerless

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
Donald Trump is hardly a sartorial icon, though he is known for one eye-catching style choice—his “power ties." But does his favored red tie really make him seem more powerful?

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Stressed Out by Presidential Politics?

Are you stressed out by presidential politics? How mindfulness can help bring you greater clarity and peace of mind

The Content of Our Character

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
We must think about how this election will reflect on our national character.

How to Communicate in a World of Spin

By Steve Sisgold on September 30, 2016 in Life in a Body
This virus of falseness is only getting worse and no one, it seems, is spared the plague of this spin.
courtesy Pew Research Center

A 28th Amendment, a New American Declaration of Independence

By David Ropeik on September 29, 2016 in How Risky Is It, Really?
The need for control over our own lives explains why Americans would probably support a 28th Amendment to limit money in politics and return control of government to the people.

Why Donald Trump Needs to Stop Fat-Shaming

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 29, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Over 80 million people watched as Trump used the presidential debate as platform for fat-shaming. Could his messages be increasing the rates of eating disorders in our children?

Why the Pundits Are Wrong About Clinton Winning the Debate

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Most pundits focus on content in determining the debate winner. This article helps reveal the surprising role of emotional expression and emotional intelligence in the debate.

Does Donald Trump Have Free Will?

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Neuroparent
What does neuroscience tell us about Trump's future choices?

Body Language Says it All: Hillary Hides, Donald Emotes

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 28, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Watch what the debaters do rather than listening to what they say. The best way to judge people trying to persuade you is with the volume turned off.

President Trump?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Donald Trump is easily the most unusual and risky presidential candidate I’ve seen in my life. And that may be a winning strategy in this year’s election.

The Cheap Shot Use of "You Don't Know That For Certain!"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
To feel right always, diagnose anyone who disagrees with you as suffering from bias and self-certainty. Perform an intervention and start treatment immediately.

Bringing Methods of "The Voice" to the Presidential Debates

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 27, 2016 in Just Listen
What if the Presidential debates could be cleansed of persona and personality and see what content shows through.

Did You Watch or Listen to the Presidential Debate?

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 27, 2016 in Between You and Me
We pay attention to different factors when watching versus listening to a presidential debate. Here's why.

The Prejudice That Infects Both the Alt-Right and Far Left

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in The Enquiry
Why do anti-Semitic conspiracy theories persist and why does this prejudice infect opposite ends of the political spectrum?

The U.S. Born on Third Base, Thinks It Hit a Triple

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Civilized to Death
The U.S. is like Donald Trump in the sense that we were born rich but insist that we're self-made.

Sex, Secrets, and Shame

By Marty Klein PhD on September 26, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
Should the government criminalize fantasies? Many people already feel ashamed of theirs.

A Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Leadership Test

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on September 26, 2016 in Science and Sensibility
Can you tell which US presidential candidate is destined for greatness?

Trump and Clinton Debate Public Speaking Strategies

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Trump and Clinton use research-based strategies to inform their debate and public speaking skills - and now you can use the same to be a better public speaker!

Game Day: Trump v. Clinton—Why You Will Watch the Debate

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
Whatever you are doing at 9:00 pm tomorrow night, you might be tempted by the political Big Game. Research shows that out of concern or curiosity, you will likely take a peek.

Debate Scorecard for the Presidency: Trust

The selection of our next president is fast approaching. What is the criteria you will use to make that selection? Here's a scorecard to help you really think, consider and decide.

Helping Clinton Become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2016 in Just Listen
Deborah Shames, author of "Out Front: How Women can Become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless Speakers" is a specialist in helping people put their best and most real foot forward.

Election2016 -Declaration of Independence v. US Constitution

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2016 in Just Listen
Trump is the Declaration of Independence, Clinton is the U.S. Constitution. Which one would you pick to trust your future to?

Deciding When to Demand Change

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Ambigamy
They say, "Stand strong. Don't lower your standards" and "Accept reality. Don't fight it." Just rarely in the same breath. The Serenity Prayer shows how to handle these opposites.

Changing Someone's Mind

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
Tips I'm only moderately confident in...but they're the best I can come up with.

The Formula!

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Ambigamy
Here's the real secret, passed down through generations of tyrants and self-proclaimed infallible know-it-alls.

The Gig Economy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Is that trend good psychologically? Economically? For society? A debate.

Donald Trump Removes Gag Order on Melania

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 20, 2016 in Just Listen
Trump's sarcastic and inflammatory comments have no place when spoken to fearful, angry and therefore uptiight people, who are more likely to take them literally.

Intellectual Integrity and the Birther Conspiracy

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Intellectual integrity and Trump's Orwellian campaign.

What Is Psychological Voter Suppression?

What motivates voter turnout and what keeps people away from the polls? A psychological analysis.
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Favoritism and Marginalization in the Workplace

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Beyond Bullying
As the economy continues to sputter, workplace abuse seems to increase. Is this happening where you work?

Debate Winner Is in the Eye (Not the Ear) of the Beholder

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
Watch! Next week´s presidential debate may be won or lost visually rather than verbally. Research shows perception is driven by nonverbal reaction more than verbal response.