Politics Essential Reads

Did the GOP Unconventional Convention Change Your Vote?

In politics, the impact of an initial positive impression endures—even in the face of subsequent negative attacks. The GOP convention may particularly impact partisan voters.

How to Say What You Mean without Sounding Like You're Mean

In a time when opinions are key to almost any dialogue between people, you may wonder- what’s the best way to express yours? This simple approach will help you find your voice.

How to Make Political Conversations More Productive

Being able to talk together constructively is a small but mighty consolation in these troubling times.

Proactively Coping With Racism

For most people of color, it becomes increasingly impossible to escape the stress caused by the barrage of news coverage broadcasting the gruesome details of racial violence.

Why It Is So Easy to Hate Each Other

One of the oldest and most pernicious of human qualities is the ease with which we put people into categories.

Guns Really Are the Cause of Shootings

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in The Human Beast
Contrary to a well-worn slogan, it really is guns that shoot people. This principle is shockingly revealed by comparisons of police shootings between the US and other countries.

The Psychology of the Political Coup

One perhaps surprising yet key implication of this research is that elections have the potential to be a force for instability and change, rather than a tool of stabilization.

The American Race Problem

By Guy P. Harrison on July 12, 2016 in About Thinking
America is again focusing on its race problem and, once again, ignoring the past

Support, or Succumb to, the Presumptive Leader!

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Peace and War
As subordinate politicians mull whether or not to support their party's "presumptive nominee," they are acting out an ancient evolutionary script.

The City Environment and Happiness Across the Lifespan

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Millions of people migrate every year from rural to urban areas. Recent research helps us understand how city environments influence happiness and health across the lifespan.

Vetting the Veep: Image Enhancement or Instrument of Attack

Presidential running mate selection involves a courtship designed to facilitate a marriage of convenience—where the Vice President-to-be has several very important roles.

Evolved as One People

Right before our eyes, the world has seemed to all but unravel. Perhaps an evolutionary perspective can help us remember that we’re all in the same boat.

As a Society, We've Got Issues

By David Niose on July 09, 2016 in Our Humanity, Naturally
With widespread video, American society is seeing its ugliest side on a regular basis.

Do Female Presidents or Prime Ministers Make Any Difference?

...if the percentage of women in the legislature increases by 5 per cent, a state is nearly five times less likely to use violence internationally.
Patricia Waller

From the Venetian "Gheto" to Burma

500 years ago, Jews in Venice were forced to live in the "gheto" section. This gave birth to the modern conception of "ghettoization" and the forced concentration of peoples.

Why We’re Politically Stalled Out

It's not just that we disagree with one another. We have trouble putting ourselves in our political opponents' shoes. I explain why that's bad for everyone involved.

Justice or Just Us?

What's happened to our country? A few common denominators may help you understand that what is old is new again.

Not All Muslims? Not All Mental Illness Either.

Yes, moderate Muslims are too often painted with the same brush as jihadists, but people with mental illness are no more monochromatic than the Muslim world.

The Six Steps to Sacred Citizenship

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on July 05, 2016 in Finding Love
According to Stephen Dinan, author of the Sacred America, there are six steps each of us can take that create world-change and personal joy. Here are those six steps:

To Commemorate WWI, Silence Is the Best Symbol

On this weekend that commemorates war in different ways, it behooves us to observe a minute of silence to think about waging peace.

Voting With Our Eyes: Attractive Candidates Get More Votes

Less informed voters tend to vote with their eyes instead of their minds. Yet when it comes to casting an intelligent vote, knowledge is power. Information overrides appearance.

Why Do People Buy Guns? A Behavioral Economics Perspective

Emphasizing the prevalence of guns in America (as gun control advocates often do) might lead people to buy more guns. I use behavioral economics to explain why.

Did Brexit Voters Make Decision Based on Head or “Gut?"

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on June 27, 2016 in Without Prejudice
The UK just voted to leave the European Union (EU). Such momentous votes are extremely important, yet we often decide at the last minute, and often based on emotion and intuition.

Ideological Extremism, Emotion, and Attitudes to Immigration

By Gregory R. Maio Ph.D. on June 27, 2016 in Attitude Check
Did Brexit happen because of ideology and attitudes to immigration?
R. Douglas Fields

A Neuroscience Perspective on Brexit

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on June 26, 2016 in The New Brain
The “T” trigger in the LIFEMORTS mnemonic of the nine neural circuits of rage in the human brain accounts for the momentous decision of the United Kingdom to exit the EU.

Comparing Morality: Clinton and Trump Tweets Head to Head

Clinton and Trump both season their Twitter rhetoric with morality-laced words. But they do it very differently.

The Political Gender Gap: Do Women Care More About Fairness?

One reason women tend to prefer candidates who seem more committed to economic equality and a strong social safety net may be that women are less overconfident about the future.

The Psychology of Brexit

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on June 24, 2016 in Statistical Life
Few people are stupid in any meaningful sense. The British certainly aren't. So what drives a vote that throws the negotiating table at the EU and walks off into no-man's land?

A Psychological Approach to Making America Great

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
What a Psychology Party's platform might look like.

Why Do Individuals Oppose Affirmative Action?

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in Diverse and Competitive
Are they racist, denying their own privilege, or simply preferring meritocracy?