Essential Reads

The Syrian Refugee Issue: Why Does Fear Turn Us Into Bigots?

When we're afraid, we turn to our tribes for a sense of safety and protection.

The Ethics of Recent Protests on College Campuses

Can campus protest movements embrace important ethical principles?

Introducing Heterodox Academy

Organizing to Liberate Campuses and Scholarship From (Mostly Leftist) Dogma

A Warmer Embrace of Muslims Could Stop Homegrown Terrorism

The more their self-worth was threatened, the more they supported terrorism

Recent Posts on Race and Ethnicity

Ignoring Science Is Killing Us

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Excellent Beauty
Racism plagues our lives. We'd do well to take its evolutionary roots seriously.

What If Your Mom Wore a Bone in Her Nose?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 Creating in Flow
When an anthropologist goes native and marries a woman from the Amazonian Rainforest, their son's story of growing up makes for fascinating reading.

Critical Thinking 101: Why Lies Travel Faster than Truth

Mark Twain said it best: "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

The Syrian Refugee Issue: Why Does Fear Turn Us Into Bigots?

By David Ropeik on November 25, 2015 How Risky Is It, Really?
Humans have historically become tribal and bigoted towards others during times of peril. As much as we lament how ugly we behaved in hindsight, we are doing it again toward Syrian refugees. The psychology of risk perception explains why this behavior is so instinctive.

The Ethics of Recent Protests on College Campuses

Excellent models of protest movements exist such as those conducted by Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps our current college students might take a page from their playbooks and model them in their efforts to assist in righting previous and current wrongs and to do so ethically so that their desire for change is consistent with ethical behavior.

Introducing Heterodox Academy

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Rabble Rouser
Fighting "Mirror Image McCarthyism" and Advancing Political Diversity on Campuses

Mostly Leftist Threats to Mostly Campus Speech

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Rabble Rouser
Social justice, trigger warnings, microagressions -- mounting threats to freedom of speech on campuses and elsewhere

An Alternative Approach to ISIS

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 How To Do Life
Should a psychological approach to ISIS be added to the military one?

Stop Making Sense

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 Social Studies
Some historical moments are more contradictory than other. The US has entered into a state of so many competing and contradictory forces that it has stopped making sense.

A Warmer Embrace of Muslims Could Stop Homegrown Terrorism

When people experience a loss to their sense of personal significance—for example, through humiliation or disrespect—they seek out other outlets for creating meaning. Extremists know and exploit these vulnerabilities, targeting Muslims whose sense of significance is low or threatened.

Paris!: No Man or Woman Is an Island

Soon after the attacks on Paris, I received this question: "Dr. Nacoste, I have read/heard black students and professionals say that ‘I can't stand with France because there are issues impacting black students in America that people aren't talking about.’ Dr. Nacoste, help me unpack this..." Oh my...was only the beginning of my response.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Our country has constantly been on alert of terror threats and many families have to find the best way to talk with their children about potential crisis.

How to Use Social Affinity Groups to Engage Customers

A simple, cheap and effective method to use current social memberships of customers to influence their long-term behaviors.

The Curious Grit of Loni Love

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 Brick by Brick
Loni Love shares her inspirational story of overcoming barriers to reach success.

The Assault on the American Mind

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on November 15, 2015 The Pacific Heart
A response to recent Atlantic articles about campus unrest and the supposed "coddling" of the American mind. We can't tell students they're "too sensitive" and that they should "lighten up and get over it." The moment calls for more than just free speech or intellectualizing. We need empathic inclusion.

Advice for the Animal Rights Movement Part 2

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on November 13, 2015 Without Prejudice
In a previous column I gave some advice, from a psychological point of view, on how animal rights advocates can more effectively communicate their message. Here I follow up with some additional comments.

Our Immigration Imperative

Immigration is a provocative subject, a red flag to many, an opportunity for humankind to many others. We are or were all immigrants, and our forebears have benefited from doors open to them. Large numbers of destitute immigrants can obviously create a financial and social challenge in the short run, but will inevitably enhance and enrich our society and culture.

Can Diversity Training Help?

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 Team Spirit
The racial tension currently raging on college campuses has triggered a national debate. But is universal diversity training the solution, as officials at Missouri and elsewhere suggest? Our research shows that many diversity training initiatives (not all) are misplaced in terms of their goals and how they go about trying to change attitudes.

It Wants to Happen

Feminism is stepping out of the shadows as many celebrities, intellectuals and politicians heartily and intelligently endorse full human rights for girls and women.It is everywhere on the planted it is happening.

Pauline Black and the Art of Confrontation

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Brick by Brick
Pauline Black, considered by many as the "Queen of Ska," shares her story of discrimination and advises young people to challenge and confront the world that they see.

Ideology Matters (Too Much)

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Without Prejudice
Historically, theorists argued that political ideology is not meaningful in our day-to-day lives. But the psychological record now demonstrates that ideology matters a great deal to our personal and social lives. In fact, some might argue that it now matters too much, influencing our basic perception and decision-making.

Want to Raise a Diversity-Savvy Kid? 3 Traps, 2 Solutions

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on November 06, 2015 Full Living
Contrary to popular belief, kids are born with questions about difference. Over-emphasizing sameness only makes them think we are racist.

Why We Must Listen to Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 03, 2015 Brick by Brick
By sharing his story, Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown shows that if you stand up for your convictions, you can fight racism and make real change happen in the world

The Psychology of Policing

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on November 02, 2015 The Violent Mind
An interview with Seattle University professor Dr. Ed Reed about the intersection of race, psychology, and policing in America today.

How U.S. Education System is failing our Youth

What can we learn from the latest incident of brutality against a black student in South Carolina? What larger risks are our youth being subjected to within the U.S. educational system?

Why CEOs Are Committed to Diversity Management

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on October 30, 2015 Diverse and Competitive
Is there more to it than a business case?

Journal of Social Issues Explores Collective Social Change

How and when do low-status group members move from experiences of individual versus collective disadvantage to social change?

Born to Lose

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 28, 2015 Minority Report
Asian-American gambling is a very taboo subject yet Bill Lee courageously shares his life of addiction, relapse, and recovery with readers in this memoir. Not only will it give readers an understanding of gambling addiction, but other addictions as well since many addicts can learn to mask their behaviors by switching addictions. I found this memoir heart-wrenching yet..

Giving Psychology Away

Proposals are expected to come from a diverse set of interest areas, including but not limited to: social justice; intergroup relations, prejudice, discrimination, and privilege; self and identity; political psychology and public policy; social cognition; pedagogy; nature and the environment.

Chocolate: Food of the Gods

Read about some of the lesser-known facts about the benefits of chocolate and about its traditional use in this region.