Essential Reads

Black Comedians Poke Fun at Racial Stereotypes

The comedian’s goal is to get us to laugh with him while laughing at him

A Great Time for Women in STEM

Sure would have been sexist if the results went in the other direction.

Evolutionary Psychology Is Not About "Bettering the Species"

Or why men don't want their wives to have too much fun with the pool boy.

Recent Posts on Race and Ethnicity

How Do Our Clients Feel About Therapy?

Did you know that therapy is not openly supported within every culture? There are a number of questions that might be beneficial to weave into the early stages of treatment if a client admits that he or she could be judged or ridiculed for getting such support.

Do You Have the Personality to Drive an Indy Car?

Driving at over 200 miles per hour around an oval track requires not only a well-tuned engine, but also a driver with the right personality.

Are Umpires Racist?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on May 21, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Umpires call more strikes for pitchers of their own race. Fact or fiction?

A Tipping Point Where Bigotry Awakens With A Roar

As individuals, we have been too passive in our encounters with bigotry in our everyday lives. We have failed to understand that letting others speak in the language of bigotry against any group allows hostility to live, grow, and hibernate all around us.

The Black Criminal, the Sexy Latin, and the Invisible Native

By Marc Halusic on May 19, 2015 in We Can Get Along
A range of new findings all converge on the idea that media depictions of ethnicity affects how we think about race, and that those depictions still have a lot of room for improvement.

Baltimore Riots

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on May 17, 2015 in Minority Report
In the wake of the recent violent Baltimore protests, many people removed from the situation will see this once again as another issue between African-Americans and the White establishment (judicial and law enforcement). But lost amidst this devastation is the impact on many Asian-American immigrant families caught in the crosshairs of racism and economic frustrations.

Seeing Is Believing

Are gender, race and sexual orientation discoveries or inventions of the human mind and the human eyes. Come with me to the territory of the blind and of the sighted to see what we discover.

Speed: Scientific Self-Correction versus Plate Tectonics

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on May 15, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
If psychological science is self-correcting, it is very very very hard to detect.

K-Rage

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on May 13, 2015 in Minority Report
Is Korean anger a myth, stereotype, or a psychological coping mechanism through generations of repeated attempts to obliterate a nation and culture? When looked at from a historical and cultural lens, the anger or culture-bound symptoms known as haan or hwa-byung begins to resonate with today's Korean culture.

Black Comedians Poke Fun at Racial Stereotypes

Black Comedians Poke Fun at Racial Stereotypes. The comedian’s goal is to get us to laugh with him while laughing at him. By Michelle Stephens, PhD

Mother's Day Blues: Adoptive and Birth Mothers

Most of us have only one mother, but adult adoptees often have two. When adoptions are open, or after a reunion, either the adoptive or the birth mother may feel excluded on Mother’s Day.

What Is Your Problem, Baltimore?

By Kathryn Seifert on May 04, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
What Is Your Problem, Baltimore? Racism, Lack of Economic Opportunity, Community Engagement, or Something Else?

Baltimore Isn't About Race, But It Is About Racism

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on May 03, 2015 in Love, Inc
Some of the officers charged in Freddy Gray's murder are black.What does this mean? It means that we are all shaped- and misshapen- by the ideology of racism. Black and white Americans are stuck in a system that marks white bodies as safe and marks black bodies as dangerous.

In Baltimore, an Empty Stadium and a Lack of oise

Quiet baseball symbolizes a potential for hope as protests rack the city

Does Reading Harry Potter Books Reduce Prejudice?

According to a recent study, young people who identify with Harry Potter are less likely to be prejudiced against minority groups.

Gods, Machines, & Monsters: Feminist Zeitgeist in Ex Machina

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on May 01, 2015 in Intersections
What Ex Machina says about society's view of who passes for "human."

My, We're Doing Well!

By Stanton Peele on May 01, 2015 in Addiction in Society
We have been targeting rebuilding inner-city communities, integrating minority youth into society, improving education and life prospects for deprived populations, creating better community policing, etc., for more than a half century. And we're exactly where we started out.

9-Man Doc Showcases Chinese-American Male Identity in Sports

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on April 30, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
A talk with the creator of "9-Man," an award-winning documentary about a version of volleyball played in Chinese American communities for a century.

Couldn't Have Said It Better: Baltimore Riots 2015

A short piece that explains why some of the responses in the media to the Baltimore riots feel particularly damning to Black Americans, especially when considered in context.

The Death of Freddie Gray

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on April 22, 2015 in Buddy System
Freddie Gray - Rest in Peace

Check Your Weapons at the Door

Forget nukes - our words can be the most dangerous of all.

3 Simple Steps to Control Anger and Frustration with Others

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on April 19, 2015 in Living Forward
The majority of anger and frustration in life, no matter what the situation, has at it’s basis one simple thought….It shouldn’t be this way. Learn what to do when other people don't play by our rules.

Motor Activity Improves Working Memory in Children with ADHD

A new study suggests that a majority of students with ADHD could perform better on classroom work, tests, and homework if they were allowed to sit on activity balls or exercise bikes while learning.

Why Do Rich Kids Have Higher Standardized Test Scores?

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University recently reported that the academic “achievement gap” on standardized tests between lower-income and higher-income children is reflected in brain anatomy.

Bethlehem: A Subjective Travelogue

My love of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend all odds soared as I munched on a traditional oven-baked lamb dish. Across from me sat one of Holy Land Trust’s core team members, telling me bits of his story of opening up to the vision that fuels the organization. As hard as it was to be there, it was also a tiny slice of what’s humanly possible.

Putting the Happiness Back in “Young and Happy”

By Ran Zilca on April 17, 2015 in Confessions of a Techie
Happiness is a by-product of the pursuit of success, rather than successful accomplishments. Individuals who are actively engaged in the pursuit of goals that are meaningful to them, experience a range of positive emotions and become happier.

Empathy

How do we come by what's morally right or wrong?

Outing My Inner Racist

Me: Otis, it’s been two days and I can’t stand how the deck is stacked against us and justice. I’ll bet you’ve felt that before. Otis: I’ve never felt any different. Me: It’s awful. Why didn’t you tell me it was so bad? Otis (looking me directly in the eye): Because YOU didn’t want to know!

A Great Time for Women in STEM

By Jesse Marczyk on April 15, 2015 in Pop Psych
Women seem to be advantaged when it comes to getting hired in STEM fields. They need only apply.

Evolutionary Psychology Is Not About "Bettering the Species"

People often think that since "evolution" has a lot to do with speciation, then "evolutionary psychology" must be about "bettering the human species" in some way. It's not. At all. Read this if you want to know what evolutionary psychology is really about.