Politics Essential Reads

What To Do When Someone You Love Votes For Someone You Hate

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on July 25, 2017 in I Hear You
America's political landscape is deeply divided, and sometimes our families and friendships are, too. Here's how to talk to people whose political opinions you can't understand.

Why Black and Latinx Health Matters During an ACA Repeal

By Mariel Buque M.A. on July 25, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Why Black and Latinx health matters during an ACA repeal.

Beyond the Bystander Effect

By Cameron Brick, Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Grasping Risk
Are you more likely to recycle if someone is watching? It may depend on your identity

How To Explain How Genes Affect Politics

How do genes affect political attitudes and behavior? At least one guy knows how to explain it.

Unpacking David Lynch's Twin Peaks, The Return

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Peace and War
David Lynch's extraordinary TV series carries a serious message. It may also be the most ingenious and creative video of all time.

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
If there are bona fide gender differences in preferences and interests, equal opportunities may never translate into equal outcomes.

Stand Up For Civility

If we all do our part to reinforce civil behavior and provide corrective feedback for uncivil behavior we may help to turn our increasingly uncivil community into a more civil one.

The Invisible Crisis that Threatens the Auto Industry

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Innovation You
China’s expenditures for research and development, and the patents awarded for innovations, have significantly outpaced our own.

Marijuana Legalization and Answers to Our "Drug Problems"

Drugs & drug policy evoke strong opinions. At stake are issues of personal freedom, public health, racial equality, public safety, costs, & large financial profits.

Rallying the Troops Versus Quieting the Indignation

By Gregory R. Maio Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Attitude Check
Is open-mindedness enough to make us more tolerant of other groups?
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Why What I Hate in You Also Says Something about Me

It can be very easy to decide who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in the world around us. But the concept of negative projection teaches us the answer is not so simple.

Does Your Name Fit Your Face?

New research by psychologists from New Zealand suggests that there are negative social consequences if our name doesn't match our face.

Minority Growth Makes Other Minorities More Conservative

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in Without Prejudice
When majority groups (e.g., Whites in the US) perceive growth of minority groups they endorse more conservative positions. Is this also true for minorities?

Hating the Elite

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Human Beast
Many deride the wealthy elite as symbols of inequality in democratic societies supposedly founded on equality. Why do people hate them so much?

Free Speech and Thought on Campus

Whatever one's views are concerning politics, ethics, and religion, we should engage in discussion, dialogue, and debate about these issues.
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Globalization and Work: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

Free trade raises GDP but has its losers as well as its winners. It’s time to exchange the “winners could compensate losers” slogan for a “winners must compensate losers” policy.

Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great

Looking backwards won't make us great. We need innovation to tackle big problems like energy outages and their impact on the elderly. Our collective resilience depends on it.

Study Shows a Bias for Evidence of What We Want to Be True

New experimental findings suggest that we seek and stress corroborating evidence based on what we desire.

Two Very Different Ways to 'Man Up' in American Politics

By Ryan P. Brown Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Honor Bound
How a concern with honor nearly derailed a candidate for Congress and empowered a Southern mayor.

How Terrorism Changes Us

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in Supersurvivors
The London Bridge attack is the latest terror incident to rock the UK in the past 10 weeks. How are acts of terror changing us?
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Stress Is Not Trauma

If you experienced a stressful event, is that the same as a traumatic event? The distinction is important, and one's beliefs about it may depend on one's motivations.
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Sacrifices, Sacrificial Lambs, and Scapegoats

Mythic origins and contemporary examples of human sacrifice both real and symbolic.

At Last the Government Is Recognizing Who Owns Your Health

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on June 06, 2017 in Patient Power
What's more personal than your own individual genetic identification? A recent FDA decision on genetic tests represents a major shift in who truly owns your health: You.

5 Ways to Cope Better with Political Stress Now

To avoid the destructive trajectory of post-election stress disorder, we need to have an active coping plan that highlights best practices.

The Child Psychiatrist Will Not See You Now

By Jack Turban MD MHS on June 02, 2017 in Political Minds
Parents are struggling to find psychiatrists for their children. Why is there a shortage?

Psychology of the Greater Good and the Paris Acccord

Fortunately for us humans, our cognitive capacities allow us to take the greater good deeply into account. When it comes to the environment, we probably should do just that.

Free Health Insurance Makes Kids Resilient

In the debate over health insurance, we’re forgetting that research proves that children with access to health care out-perform children with none.

Autism, Guardianship, Self Determination, and Housing

There's a controversy brewing over supported housing for autistic people. Are autistic communities supportive or oppressive? Who decides - autistics or parents?

A Proposal to Provide Hope For Middle-Aged Men Left Behind

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Listen Up!
Men's pain today has to do with relationships, not just employment
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An Australian Psychologist in Chicago

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on May 11, 2017 in Post Clinical
Community psychology offers an alternative form of psychological practice.