Politics Essential Reads

Breaking the S Barrier in New Hampshire

The Great Depression brought FDR and the New Deal. Now, the Great Recession seems to have allowed the word "socialism" to come in from the cold in American politics.

Bullies With a Cause

How do schools deal with nonconformists, and what happens when "excellent sheep" go to college?

A Humbling, Helpful Adage to Live By

This blog offers a useful maxim for reflecting on one's beliefs.

It's the Negative Campaigning, Stupid

Do negative campaigns risk alienating voters? Opinion polls have long suggested that they do. But new experimental research tells a different story.

These U.S. Presidents Suffered from Mental Illness

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
How many presidents would you guess had mental illness?

Do You Share Political Preferences With Your Parents?

It seems intuitive that our parents should have an influence on our political leanings, but just how this occurs might surprise you.

How to Change Minds About Vaccine Safety

If there is only one thing you could say about vaccine safety, what should it be? The answer might be surprisingly simple.

Obama's Tears

By Erika Rosenberg Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 About Face
Amidst controversy over the authenticity of President Obama's emotional behavior during a press conference on gun control, a facial expression expert offers a scientific analysis.

Congressmen Shape Laws to Favor Their Daughters

Children influence their parents' values in ways that parents might not be aware.

Fighting Radical Islam—A Virus of the Mind

The ideology of ISIS is a mental parasite that self-replicates, evolves, and spreads best through destruction. Stopping this viral replicator from infecting more brains is a must.

What the Most Creative Countries in the World Do

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Innovation You
It's time that we loosen our ideology and tighten our strategy for making innovation happen.

Extremists Less Influenced by Psychological Anchoring

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on January 08, 2016 Scientocracy
Our political divisions are not simply a result of political differences. They also result from variations in the way we form our judgments.

If You Want to Reduce National Healthcare Costs Get a Dog

Pet owners make fewer visits to doctors, resulting in a massive reduction of healthcare costs when researchers do the math.

Does Marijuana Cause Psychosis?

The possible link between cannabis and psychosis is a hotly debated topic as states consider legalizing marijuana. What does the scientific evidence to date say?

Do You Have the Face of a Leader?

Can we predict the outcome of the presidential elections based on facial cues? Face research suggests that we make snapshot judgments about the leadership abilities of individuals.

The Politics of Loneliness

The verdict is in: Loneliness is on the rise in America today. We all suffer from it. The Right speaks to it through jingoism and scapegoating. Progressives need to address it too

More Guns, Safer Schools?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on December 21, 2015 Am I Right?
Volatile situations produce panic and you need rigorous training to know how to react properly. Putting more guns in the hands of more people isn’t the way to safety.

Promoting Police-Citizen Harmony

Part of the disconnect between law enforcement and citizens may stem from a lack of agreement on what "reasonable" behavior is.

How Research Can Help Counter ISIS's Success, Part 1

By Scott Atran Ph.D. on December 17, 2015 In Gods We Trust
My most recent recommendations to the UN Security Council on how psychological research can help deal with ISIS. This is part 1 in a series.

Is the Kid Next Door a Terrorist? 12 Questions to Consider

It’s impossible to predict who will become a terrorist, though there are patterns to young people’s experiences that make acts of violence more likely.

The Sexism of Donald Trump

The sexism of Donald Trump should disqualify him as a viable candidate for President of the United States.

Islamophobia Up Close

Our community has been witness to striking examples of Islamophobia in the past few days.

Are You Shocked by the Political Parties?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on December 13, 2015 Caveman Politics
Politics matters to many people, and the electrical responses from their skin shows that.

Do Progressive or Conservative Policies Promote Happiness?

Academic research suggests that happiness increases as government's role in managing the economy increases.

Pyramids: Amazing Accomplishment or Narcissistic Lunacy?

When you include the costs of civilization, it stops looking like such a great deal.

Moral Intelligence 101

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 11, 2015 Ambigamy
Moral dilemmas are much more fundamental than moral principles.

The Appeal of Donald Trump

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on December 10, 2015 Mental Mishaps
Why is Donald Trump still leading the polls in the republican presidential race? The pundits keep expecting him to crash and burn. Try a high risk gamble at the Trump casino.

Political Polarization on Climate Change

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 Without Prejudice
Some call environmentalists “watermelons”: green on the outside, but red (Communist/Socialist) on the inside. Does pushback against environmentalists explain the left-right divide?

When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo’s Abuses

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 Dangerous Ideas
Disgruntled factions are pursuing a deceptive and self-protective campaign aimed at discrediting the recent Hoffman Report, which documented extensive and compelling evidence of collusion between leaders of the American Psychological Association and Department of Defense officials. The latest entry comes from the leadership of the APA's military psychology division.

Forgiveness May Harm Society

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 30, 2015 Am I Right?
After the shooting in Charleston and terrorist attacks elsewhere, a question arises: is there anything that cannot be forgiven?