Politics Essential Reads

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Shrinks Define Dangers of Trump Presidency

By Hara Estroff Marano on April 20, 2017 in Brainstorm
At a conference at Yale, psychiatrists and psychologists begin carving out a new role to combat the gaslighting of America by Donald Trump.

Does Legalized Marijuana Result in More Teen Use?

Dueling data about whether or not legal marijuana increases teen use has led to a lot of confusion and scientific cherry picking.

The New 'Religious Freedom' Is a Boon for Churches

By David Niose on April 19, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
As courts and politicians continuously redefine religious liberty, hang on to your checkbook.

Why Hitler Did Not Use Chemical Weapons on the Battlefield

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Without Prejudice
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently stated (incorrectly) that Hitler did not use chemical weapons on his own people. How can psychology inform this discussion?

Coincidence in Politics: All the President’s Men

A series of similar, low-probability events involving the Trump presidential campaign demonstrate how coincidences can be analyzed objectively.

The Brain's Fixation on the Short Term Is Hurting Politics

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in Supersurvivors
When the Senate used the nuclear option, changing how it confirms Supreme Court nominees, some who voted for it said it was a bad idea. A cognitive bias explains why they did it.

How to Get Tenure in a Psychology Department

Obtaining tenure in academia is famously stressful, difficult, and fraught with politics. It need not be.

Presidents and the Pursuit of Happiness

Presidential systems are not good at promoting human happiness. A Trump Presidency doubly so.

5 BIG Ideas on Who We Are

To truly understand what it means to be human, an understanding of evolution is essential. Here are five eye-opening reasons why.

Let’s Face It: Medicaid Is the Healthcare We All Want

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Believe it or not, if you have commercial health insurance, you're the unlucky one. Medicaid provides people in poverty healthcare that you only wish you could afford.

Facts, Truths, Beliefs, Opinions, and "Alternative Facts"

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Think Well
In this time of "alternative facts," it's helpful to understand that a "fact" is a fact precisely because the "alternatives" have been disproven!

Beef Down, Atmosphere Up

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in The Green Mind
You can feel the benefits of eating less meat, but you should also be aware that it’s a boon to the planet.

The Psychology Behind London's Terrorist Attacker

A recent study found that much tactical planning goes into lone-actor terrorist events.

Science Is Not Political

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Nonetheless, science is embroiled in politics. Why is science so controversial, and why are the scientists planning a big march?

Intellectual Humility Augments Nonpartisan Open-Mindedness

Regardless of your party or religious beliefs, new research from Duke shows that intellectual humility may be the key to breaking down barriers that divide us.

Silencing Is Golden: The Chilling Dogma of AntiNormalization

Many college students are unable to debate bad ideas because they aren't learning the difference between a firmly held opinion and a self-evident truth.

How Would Trumpcare Affect Mental Health Care?

People addicted to opioids and rural Americans would lose "big league"

How to Talk About Politics in a Post-Truth World

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Political discussions are increasingly devolving into accusations of “lying" and "fake news.” How do we have real conversations in this world of “alternative facts"?

From Post-Truth to Post-Lies

Worried about the dominance of "alternative facts" and "post-truth politics?" Behavioral science points the way to solving this problem!

Body, Soul, Survival

On the history and politics of health care in the United States.
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Should the Government Assess Sexual Orientation?

We need a large-scale survey based on our best science that focuses specifically on sexual-minority youth and young adults.

Can We Overcome Our Tribalistic Nature?

Why can't Americans just get along? A few psychological principles explain a lot.

Disaster at Middlebury College

Middlebury College joins the list of academic institutions that are shouting down conservative voices. Along the way, the liberals are simply handing free speech to conservatives.

The Elephant in the Room

Concern over Donald Trump's mental health has 26,000 mental health professionals stating that he is unfit to serve as president of the United States. We agree and here's why.

The Predatory Presidency

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Dangerous Ideas
The White House is using sky-is-falling mind games to disguise its predatory executive orders, falsely warning us these steps are necessary to protect the public from dire threats.

Uncivil Rights

Violent protests aimed at preventing “hate speech” at Berkeley show how dangerous we become when we can’t tell the difference between vile words and real violence.

Why Liberals and Conservatives Think So Differently

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on February 27, 2017 in Head Games
Research helps explain the divide between the political left and right.

Good People, Evil Actions

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Can anyone become a monster? We like to think that only unusual and horrible people do evil things. But what if anyone, even a basically good person, will perform evil actions?

“The End Is Nigh,” Want to Know Why?

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Caveman Politics
We’re a month into a new presidency, and the partisan rhetoric is blazing hot. Why do we put up with this?

Why Progressive Humanist Values Will Ultimately Prevail

Increasing geopolitical instability may threaten progressive, Humanist values in the short-term. But here's why I'm optimistic that these values will ultimately prevail.