Essential Reads

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.

Time Alone Saps the Willpower of People Who Are Neurotic

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Living Single
For some people, time alone is rejuvenating. New research shows that for neurotic people, just thinking about spending time by themselves can instead undermine their motivation.

Is Honesty the Best Policy in the Bedroom?

Research on close relationships recommends that you be honest with your partner. Does this honesty extend to your sexual past as well?

The Disunited States of America and the Bystander Effect

By Sean Cort on July 18, 2016 in The Power of Perspective
Our nation is actually a 'nation-family' and we are suffering from an illness that could prove fatal.

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Why is Pokemon Mania Becoming Such a Pain in the Neck?

By Steve Sisgold on July 25, 2016 in Life in a Body
With millions of people distracted by something other then what is in front of them, problems can occur. Here’s some solutions to enjoy the game.

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.

Why Do Run-Down Schools Trigger Lower Test Scores?

A new study from Cornell University identifies a chain reaction that occurs in run-down schools which results in lower test scores for students from all walks of life.

Looking Serious

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 22, 2016 in On Having Fun
How seriously should you take your abilities to be taken seriously?

10 Models of Our Self

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Rethinking Men
“Know thyself” advised the oracle at Delphi. “Show thyself” is the motto of today. Do we truly know ourselves?

5 Reasons We Tell People More Than We Should

There are many reasons why oversharers insist on telling you more than you want to hear.

How Common Is Road Rage?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new research study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that road rage is far more common than you might think.

Aliens and Monsters

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Play in Mind
Science fiction authors always mean to open readers’ eyes wider, intending to broaden their perspective.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: The Poké-Demic of 2016

By Ryan Anderson on July 18, 2016 in The Mating Game
In 2016, the mobile gaming world has thus far been defined by one thing above all others: Pokemon Go. This article looks at some of the ingenious psychology behind the app

Are Facebook "Likes" a Barometer of Friendship?

The dark side of social media is when we use it to judge ourselves.

The One Big Secret of Social Media Success

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 15, 2016 in Hide and Seek
How to make your posts more popular.

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.

5 Pieces of Advice You Should Ignore After a Breakup

Coming to terms with the end of your romantic relationship or marriage? Here are five well-meaning pieces of advice you shouldn't take to heart.

Play Foul and Fair

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Play in Mind
Rule breakers come in three varieties: the cheater, the spoilsport, and the game changer. We despise the first, we puzzle over the second, and usually, we admire the third.

Scientists, Police, and the New Civil Rights Revolution

As the US desperately searches for answers to police-community tensions, do social scientists have an obligation to dive into the national conversation? History says yes.
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5 Surprising Tips for Taking the Sting out of Rejection

Your worse rejection story is probably not as terrible as you think.

The Revealing Questions No One Is Asking About Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Living Single
Single life isn’t marriage minus the spouse. It is a whole different experience, meaningful in ways that are rarely acknowledged.

This Daily Habit Will Make You 25 Percent Happier

Research shows how this little change can make a big difference in your quality of life.

Pokémon Go and the Power of Nostalgia

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Can nostalgia explain why people are obsessed with Pokémon Go?

'Pokemon Go' Fad Will Be Gone by Christmas

The short, spectacular life of Pokemon Go.

Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Shaped significantly by American traditions, interactions between neighbors, marked by reciprocity, speaking out, and live and let live, reflect the democracy of everyday life.

A Year With 1,170 Single People Embracing Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 09, 2016 in Living Single
We are single people who want to live our single lives fully, joyfully, and unapologetically. Here’s what our first year has been like.

Police Shootings, Racism, Brexit, Trump. What Is Going On?

What is going on in the world? Why do we allow fear, hate, racism and xenophobia to become a rampant mobilizing force in society?

License to Reject

We got a paper rejected. Big whoop. But the process, oh the process, was so royal, in a Monty-Python kind of way. What recourse is there but comedy?

The Most Important Step to Take After a Breakup

Research shows that women experience greater pain and heartache after a break up than men.

Creativity and the Importance of the Incubation Period

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in A Sideways View
Reports on creativity suggest that after working hard, the best advice is to stop. The "aha" experience often comes in the shower, while cycling to work, or walking the dog.

Understanding Airport Screening’s 95% Failure Rate

The TSA’s airport screening failure rate in detecting fake explosives and weapons is 95%. Given the magnitude of the task, we should be surprised that it isn’t even higher.

Why Do We Glorify Marriage When Record Numbers Are Single?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 03, 2016 in Living Single
Americans now spend more years of their adult lives unmarried than married. The number of singles is growing around the world. So why do we still glorify marriage?

The World at 7:00 PM

Psychologists know how to describe individuals, but can they describe situations? Volunteers in 20 nations used a new tool to describe what they did last night at 7:00.

Gunfight at the FB Corral: A Dialogue with Gun Enthusiasts

Thoughts and respect are better than insults and threats when debating contentious issues like guns.