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The GOP, Convention Turn Taking, and the Primacy Effect

When voters watch competing messages during both conventions, political turn-taking can benefit the party who goes first. This is true even when controlling for partisan bias.

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.

More Posts on Politics

What Explains Demographic Gaps? Simpson's Paradox

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial, gender, and other gaps do not always reflect discrimination

Real Men Don’t Type

In the computer age, the available jobs look to real men like training to be a girl.

Trump, Stress Reactivity, Trance, and Ethics

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Donald Trump paints pervasive threat, triggering the brain’s survival systems and attracting submission to his vision of dominance.

5 Steps to Great Leadership

You might be surprised by which qualities the truly great leaders possess.

Don’t Blame Trump: Heal Thyself, America

It is always easier to understand, celebrate or attack single individuals than it is to comprehend and address the context that gives rise to them.

Sick and Tired of Politics?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in Time Out
Take control of your life by paying it forward.

The GOP Convention: Captured in an Innocent Trance

As we move into next week, with the Democratic National Convention coming up, let us equally hope that Democrats take the high road and do not respond in kind...

The Rules of Engagement in Controversial Discourse

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
How to engage in civll discourse on controversial topics without really having to try all that hard.

Who Supports Donald Trump?

By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in The Situation Lab
What makes Donald Trump supporters tick? Evidence from the science of personality can tell us.

What Is the Best Path Forward After Terrorism?

Our mind makes intuitive mistakes about how to deal with terrorism in the best manner. This article uses insights from neuroscience to show the best path to deal with terrorism.

Melania’s Alleged Plagiarism: Concordance Model Does Not Fit

Concordance may be a viable theory for some coincidences, but does not apply to the Melania-Michelle parallel.

We Psychologists Ignore Our Responsibility to the Public

The challenges, tumult and interdependence marking today's world calls for a new understanding of what psychological health looks like for individuals and society.

The Dangers of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programs

The New Cointel-pro? Although well intended, countering violent extremism programs violate basic rights and threaten to disrupt communities and turn care providers into spies

Think Before You React to Mrs. Trump's Speech

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Screen Time
Quick to judge others on character rather than situational factors? Social psychology and media processing is used to process the recent events surrounding Mrs. Trump's RNC speech.

Melania's Words Parallel Michelle's: A Coincidence?

Coincidences can have a range of explanations. Concordance is one of them.

The Psychological Hero

By Pythia Peay on July 19, 2016 in America On The Couch
"The Hero-myth is the central myth of Jungian psychoanalysis, because for Jung the hero’s 'grand opus' concerns the relations with the unconscious." Jungian analyst Erel Shalit

Atrocity in the City of Nice: An Act of Clinical Insanity?

In Europe, ‘lone wolf’ attacks quadrupled between the 1970s and the 2000s.

Trump's Republic

A look at what Trump's candidacy tells us about our country, and ourselves.

The Walking Traumatized: Is This Life in the 21st Century?

Is the 21st century the era of the Walking Traumatized. Ongoing acts of terrorism with 24/7 news and social media coverage would indicate that the answer is yes.

People, You're Praying Wrong

By Stanton Peele on July 17, 2016 in Addiction in Society
We are failing miserably in the prayers we are offering up to prevent Americans from killing one another. Why is our skill level so miserable in this area and how can we raise it?

#What Lives Matter?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 16, 2016 in Minority Report
By now you've seen the war of words between #Black Lives Matter and #All Lives Matter. So what's wrong with saying, "All lives matter"?

We're Splitting Up!

By Nick Luxmoore on July 16, 2016 in Young People Up Close
If adults can't contain their own tendencies to split, then what hope is there for young people?

D.W. Sue: Microaggressions Are NOT Always Racism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Promoter of the term "microaggression" regrets its weaponization and chilling effect on campus free speech.

Psychological and Political Polarization Are Toxic

Humans are divided by political sentiments based more on psychological perceptions and feelings than with policies. To survive, we must address our communication and community.

After Dallas, Why Aren't Whites Rushing to Enact Gun Reform?

Guns have become mythologized in our culture. And when something is sacred, regulating it becomes much more difficult.

For People Who Are Angry With “The Other Side”

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Freedom to Grieve
There is one thing we have in common: We are afraid. What have we become? And what can we do?

How to Fight Fairly on Facebook and Other Social Media

Is your Facebook aflame with hateful discussions? How can you stand up, say your piece, and shed some light without getting burned or adding to the chaos? Here are some guidelines.

An Officer’s Worst Day

The police will be there for you on your worst day. Will you be there for them on theirs?

GOP Declares War on Modern Sexuality

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Women Who Stray
The 2016 GOP convention is contemplating strident stances that express opposition to our society's sweeping changes to sexual values and behaviors.

You Aren't Hating Enough

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on July 10, 2016 in Social Lights
The outrage over not enough outrage.