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Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D.
Government oversight and regulation played a pivotal role in increasing life expectancy.
What a new social contract related to childhood, education, work, healthcare, and aging should look like.
Can Americans adopt a new way to address conflict that is more satisfying than fighting, running away or staying silent?
We need to decide how we can fight self-deception and when (and how much) we should embrace it.
Rooting around in memory closets, real and metaphorical, can provide an outsider’s perspective and enable us to hear our own voices in different ways.
When we dream, our brain entertains possibilities we might reject in the light of day.
What has—and hasn’t—changed in adoption policies that have left so many feeling lost and unloved.
Mental illness diagnoses should supplement neurology with social, cultural, and environmental factors.
Instead of a binary of “normal” and “abnormal” children, the concept of neurodiversity helps ensure a fit of individuals (including autistic people) with their environments.
What the founding fathers learned from classical Greece and Rome about politics, the public good, and self-interest — and how those lessons apply now.
How and why scientists confine themselves to empirical facts and ignore aesthetic, religious, psychological, and philosophical arguments.
The many and varied ways in which far-right ideologies have entered the mainstream of American culture.
Affirming the rights of children and enhancing the role to improve their communities is vitally important—but the challenges are daunting.
Traditional youth mentoring programs yield meager results. But mentoring programs that take into account risk factors, set goals, and assign homework can have a substantial impact.
How to forge friendships that provide a secure base, a safe harbor, adapt to changing circumstances, avoid racism’s trapdoor, and address conflicts that arise in all relationships.
How poker teaches us about first impressions, the internal locus of control, hot hands, bad beats, skill, and luck.
How a culture of feeling that everything can—and must—be sorted, accounted for, validated, and gratified rubs off on us psychically and often lets us down.
What single people say to themselves about genetics, childhood memories, family expectations, chance, and their longing for human connection.
An analysis of the enduring contributions of William James to philosophy and psychology, including pragmatism, the will to believe, stream of consciousness, and habit formation.
A prescient portrait of a pandemic, "The End of October" leaves us with a message: We did it to ourselves.
Most ideas about an afterlife do not come from the Old Testament or Jesus—and the New Testament is neither clear nor consistent on the subject.
Shakespeare’s plays remain common cultural property and are used and misused in controversies involving race, class conflict, immigration, marriage, and same-sex love.
Research by social scientists, neurobiologists, geneticists, and evolutionary biologists demonstrates the positive impact of social connections on well-being and longevity.
Rather than relying on a fixed chronological age, aging should take into account remaining life expectancy, functional ability, and variations across time, space, and subgroups.
A takedown of David Rosenhan, the author of "On Being Sane in Insane Places," prompts us to revisit his conclusion that psychiatry is unreliable.
A guided tour of the dark corners inhabited by online extremists helps us understand how memes go viral and bring fringe ideas to the mainstream of American politics.
Increasing connections between populations enabled shared beliefs and belief systems to emerge in a cultural niche featuring social, economic, and political infrastructures.
Bioethics helps us assess dozens of "hot button" issues, including abortion, the right to die, buying transplantable organs, designer babies, cloning, and synthetic biology.
Has "feverish egalitarianism" discredited a "natural aristocracy" that can serve as a counterweight to groupthink? A new book argues that the answer is yes.
Genes dispose us to be social animals. Evolution favors this development. The circuitry supporting social norms begets conscience.
Glenn C. Altschuler, Ph.D., is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University.