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Why we ignore the facts that will save us
Sara Gorman, Ph.D., MPH, and Jack M. Gorman, MD
What is the relationship between mental health and suicide? The media's reaction to a new CDC report on suicide may have confused things.
Does raising awareness actually change behavior? A fair amount of research suggests maybe not.
How does medicine decide what's "normal?" Some of the most recent debates on this topic, including in psychiatry, show the concept is more difficult than it may seem.
Can a college course truly teach happiness to young people? What we need to do to set teens up for happier lives.
With evidence piling up that football may cause serious brain damage, why do we let our children play?
How physician behaviors have contributed to the opioid and antibiotic resistance crises and what can be done about it.
Does scaring people about climate change lead them to freeze and do nothing in response? How to motivate action rather than inducing overwhelming fear.
The concept of contagion might not be the best way of understanding gun violence in the U.S. Here's why this matters.
Ever wonder how to change someone's mind about climate change or vaccines? An evidence-based technique from substance abuse treatment may be the answer.
The measles epidemic in Minnesota was recently declared over. But we can't afford to rest easy.
Confused and exasperated over recent events in Charlottesville? Here's a look into what neuroscience can and can't tell us about racism.
Why do some government decisions seem so irrational? A look into the psychological processes that produce dysfunctional policy decisions.
Empathy is one of the greatest triumphs of humanity. Or is it? Find out why empathy is both great and terrible.
Wondering what people are talking about when they say they fear 'toxins'? Turns out an obsession with the "natural" is a fundamental feature of our psychologies.
What should scientists do when they realize they've made a mistake?
What does cultural background have to do with risk perception and fear of vaccines?
Ever wonder if unconscious biases are affecting the way your doctor treats you? Here are a few ways to ensure that science and medicine get a handle on unconscious bias.
Are there conflicts of interest in science and medicine that don't involve money? Emotional conflicts of interest are less often considered but just as influential.
How do you know whether a conflict of interest is biasing your doctor? Why detecting conflicts of interest can be trickier than it may seem.
Here's how you can get to the bottom of heated debates about solutions to the global energy crisis.
Think Donald Trump's anti-science attitudes don't present a true threat to your health and security? Think again.
Why do we vilify some companies but not others? Why do we fear products that have been shown to be safe but not products that have killed people?
Does someone you love espouse unscientific views? Are you concerned for their health and security? Here are some ways to talk to them about your concerns.
Ever been troubled by a reversal in scientific opinion? Psychological biases may be part of the problem.
Why do people own guns despite abundant evidence that having a gun in the home is unsafe? Some basic psychological instincts help explain what makes us ignore scientific evidence.
Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH, is a public health specialist, and Jack M. Gorman, MD, is a psychiatrist.