Politics Essential Reads

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.

A Snapshot of America in 2017

A new poll about Americans' attitudes about race suggests cause for concern and raises some tough questions.

Gaydar Goes AI and Populism Comes to Science

An upcoming study on a computer program that categorizes sexual preference from photos has come under fire.

Misremembering American History

Do you know your American history? Your reaction to current events may reveal some surprising blind spots.

Biased Algorithms?

Algorithms govern most aspects of our lives with secret, biased methods. A data scientist turned activist gives us tips to uncover these biases and demand accountability.

Five Things Transgender Kids Want Adults to Know

By Jack Turban MD MHS on September 03, 2017 in Political Minds
Adults on both sides on the aisle have argued passionately about how trans youth should be treated. Lost among these voices are those of the children themselves.

Lumping and Splitting: Balancing Connection and Safety

We live in an age of political splitting. From left to right, differences are highlighted, commonalities submerged. Individual and cultural health instead demands a balance.

Should You Donate to Disaster Relief?

Disasters capture our attention and emotions, but we may do more good by ditching empathy as a moral guide.

The Psychology of Political Violence

Political violence has its roots in anger, contempt, and disgust; three emotions familiar to all of us. Maintaining our civic values requires avoiding the impulse to dehumanize.

Should You Go to the Counter-Protest?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
When the Nazis, KKK, and white supremacists march in your town, should you go to the counter-protest?

Why Good Kids Become White Supremacists

By Alice LoCicero Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Paradigm Shift
Kids attracted to white supremacy violence are like other kids recruited to violence, and they all need strong, active, nonviolent mentors and communities committed to justice.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 3

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Embracing collective intelligence means embracing a new adventure along a new and uncertain path.

What's the Key to Winning Hearts and Minds?

You can’t change someone else’s mind or their habits. The harder you try, the more resistance you face, and frustrated you become. But, there is a better way.

Are Simple Behavioral Interventions Cost Effective?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Governments, nonprofits, and companies all try to influence people’s behavior. They do that in lots of ways. How should behavioral science play a role in this influence?
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Lincoln's Reading List for a Divided Nation

What were the key books and documents that guided Lincoln toward his unique Presidency?

Male Risk of Autism: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Stigmatizing autism research as "sexist" for finding a gender difference in risk is not going to help us discover the truth about it.

What Leads to Cooperation and Competition?

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Five Percent
What leads to cooperation or competition in the first place? Exploring 10 big ideas on peace and justice from Morton Deutsch.

A Moral Compass for Troubling Times

We need a clear moral compass during these complicated times.

Is There a "Superior” Sex?

Whether we are talking about academic, emotional, or social success, young males these days are struggling. Let’s acknowledge and address this problem.

11 Careers for Word People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in How To Do Life
The first in a series on interesting careers.

Diversity Includes Intellectual Diversity

James Damore, an engineer with Google, was fired for sending out a memo suggesting that our understanding of human nature should inform corporate policy. We have a long way to go.

The Psychology of the New McCarthyism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
On the rising threat to science and basic human rights in America.

13 Societal Trends

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in How To Do Life
Awareness of societal trends helps us make sense of our fast-changing world.

How Smart Should a Leader Be?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Is it possible for a leader to be too smart? New research suggests that the link between intelligence and perceived leadership may be more complicated than you might think.

Beware of the Power Elite in Society

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The late, visionary sociologist C. Wright Mills warned that acts of elite deviance that cause social or criminal harm are part of the “higher immorality of the power elite.”

Evolved for Activism

Political activism has deep ancestral roots - going back to foundational features of what it means to be human. Understanding this fact can help make this world a better place.
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When Is Speech Violence and What’s the Real Harm?

When protesters equate speech with violence, we aren't surprised. But now at least one academic is using science to validate the claim. Is it just harmless rhetoric?

Health and Happiness Are Connected Through Politics

The debate over healthcare is also about how happy we are and how long we live.

What Should We Do About Irrational Politicians?

Why do some government decisions seem so irrational? A look into the psychological processes that produce dysfunctional policy decisions.

Gulliver’s Travels: Another Classic Portrayal of Autism

Gulliver’s Travels can be read as an autistic’s satire on a society into which he does not fit: neither physically nor mentally.