Essential Reads

Learning to Speak Up When You're From a Culture of Deference

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Adaptation
Many people come from highly deferential cultures where it's very hard to speak up.

Helping Your Neighbor

We often help others with expectations of help in return at a future point. Turns out, this is a basic feature of what it means to be human.

Disorganized Attachment: Fears That Go Unanswered

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Me in We
How disorganized attachment in infancy impacts emotional and social development.

Are Humans Adapted to Modern Environments?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in The Human Beast
Our two main theories of human behavior do a poor job of explaining how humans change to meet the demands of varied environments – but we do.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Single People

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Living Single
Happiness, relationships, money, sex, solitude, children, singlism, workplace issues, sickness and health, and more: If you have questions about single life, here are some answers

Report from NYC Satellite March for Science

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
The Satellite March for Science was 99% about Science, Not "Social Justice"

Didgeridoo Dilemma

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in One Among Many
Are you ready to accept the risks of haggling?

What Are the Proper Purposes of a System of Schooling?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Our compulsory school system was designed, long ago, for very specific purposes. Those purposes may now be outdated. What should be the purposes of a system of schooling today?

4 Ways to Not Beat Yourself Up Over Your Breakup

Instead of self-criticism, use an agonizing breakup or divorce to grow and to better know what to look for (and look out for) the next time around. Here are four ways.

Barry Goldwater’s Moral Foundations of Conservatism

In 1960, Barry Goldwater made observations about the differences between Liberals and Conservatives that were later supported by Jonathan Haidt's work on moral foundations.

Friends as Allies

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in One Among Many
Friends are allies, but not all allies are friends.
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An Open Letter to People Who Talk Too Much

By Sophia Dembling on April 20, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Introverts are often sitting ducks for chatterboxes. This is what we're thinking as we sit and listen and listen and listen.

7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Life This Summer

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in Feeling It
After a long winter, here's some serious inspiration for the summer months to boost your happiness and success!
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Divide and Conquer

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in One Among Many
Acts of mental division or subtraction are critical for our understanding of thinking. How much new light do they shed?

Glass Man

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about lookism, loneliness, and reclusiveness.

Why Speaking Less is the Secret to Powerful Communication

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Feeling It
In our quest to become powerful communicators, we forget about the powerful impact of shutting up and listening.

What Gifts Do the Sexes Buy for Each Other? It Depends!

What types of gifts to men and women give each other? Well, it depends on who is doing the giving!

Are Romantic Relationships Good for Your Self-Esteem?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Living Single
What is the link between self-esteem and romantic relationships? A 3-year study of more than 9,000 people offers some surprising answers as well as some obvious ones.

Rabble Rouser Goes Twitter

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific psychology, social psychology, scientific dysfunction, the psychology of scientific integrity, science reform, in a nutshell, on a daily basis.

10 Best Tech Devices to Prevent Rape

By Susan Harrow on April 15, 2017 in The Body Blog
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has estimated that one in five women will be raped at some time in their lives. This is terrifying statistic that should have women ...

The Happy Healthy Pornosexual

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Apparently, some can watch porn without it getting out of hand.

How Universal Is Body Language?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Are emotional signals shaped by different cultures or are they universal to all humans? An ambitious new research project seeks to answer that question,

On Belonging

A sense of belonging can play a crucial role in our wellbeing.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Avoid "Daring" Behavior

Unlike the innocent childhood game, playing "Truth or Dare" with sexual predators is a lose-lose proposition. Read this before accepting a challenge you will later regret.

Toward a Quantum Model of Humor

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in Mindbloggling
The bisociation of incongruous frames or word meanings in jokes is modelled as a linear superposition of basis states, or possible interpretations, in a complex Hilbert space.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Don't Play Truth or Dare

Playing "Truth or Dare," you either disclose personal information, or engage in reckless behavior you usually regret. Sexual predators target individuals who are willing to play.
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Have Better Conversations With Someone With Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on April 05, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Would you like to have better conversations with someone with hearing loss? These communication best practices can help.

When and What Do I Tell My New Boyfriend About My ADD?

“How do I explain my ADD to my new boyfriend?” the transfer student asks. Our conversation captures the tension of self-disclosure.
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Having a Religion Doesn't Help You, But Practicing One Does

Religious with a practice? Religious without a practice? No religion? Learn new research on these 3 groups and practical strategies for each.

A Common Language Doesn't Equal a Common Culture

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on April 01, 2017 in Adaptation
Just because the U.S. and UK share a common language (and even that could be debatable), we don’t necessarily share a common business communication style.

Refugees Make Great Neighbors

Over time, refugees outperform native-born citizens academically, use health services less, and are less likely to commit crime. Inviting them into our communities is a win-win.

How to Build a Rewarding Romantic Relationship

How can you make your love life more affectionate and satisfying? Research says that a bit of positive reinforcement and reward can help. Find out how.
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Surviving the Stress Tsunami in the Age of Trump

Are you stressed, worried, or anxious about the country's direction? There are protective actions you can take.

Wanting Less, So Long As Others Don't Get More

If others get more, would we prefer to get nothing?