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Reflections on the interface of science and ideology
Robert D. Mather Ph.D.
Targeted political marketing can lead to group polarization and echo chambers.
Confirmation biases and failure of source monitoring play a role in intentional and unintentional "fake news."
Analysis of President Trump's 2020 speech at the Republican National Convention using Moral Foundations Theory.
Political inclusivity is not a strength of the mental health profession, and ideological biases have implications for clinical practice.
The CIA's mind control program used LSD and hypnosis to brainwash people in the 1950s and '60s. The Unabomber was a participant in a study on interrogations at Harvard.
A look into the mind control strategies of Huxley's "Brave New World."
Democrats’ beliefs about Republicans' professed preferences are likely inaccurate, but knowing actual Republicans seems to change that.
Oklahoma's methamphetamine problem is an opportunity for researchers to create a model to be customized to local communities across the country.
Correcting bias is difficult. Even impeachment trials are not immune.
A discussion of dissociative reference groups.
New research examines the relationship between economic inequality and the desire for a strong leader.
Reflections on the impact of suicide on a social network.
Reflections on lessons learned teaching psychology in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Part 3: Examples of various psychological principles in the autobiography of George W. Bush.
Part 2: Examples of psychological principles in the autobiography of George W. Bush.
Part 1: Examples of various psychological principles in the autobiography of George W. Bush.
People who unselfishly give to others ascend social hierarchies. George H. W. Bush is an excellent example.
Psychological science can combat poverty in the United States by identifying those most at risk and examining what makes some individuals mobile across income categories.
Behavioral observations of doves interpreted through the framework of evolutionary psychology.
Recent research challenges the stereotypes of the rigid, grumpy conservative and the open-minded, happy liberal.
Political bias against Republicans is common in the field of social psychology.
An examination of President Trump's campaign slogan reveals roots with Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and a chance to define our own future with equality.
Dismissing people's "thoughts and prayers" will backfire as a persuasion tactic.
A conservative social psychologist's analysis of the President's State of the Union address.
Willie O'Ree broke the color barrier of the National Hockey League in 1958.
A local school board suspends educators and a community bands together.
Proposed budget cuts for mental health programs conflict with the need for preventative treatment for high rates of suicide among farmers.
Baseball pitcher Rick Ankiel developed a case of the pitching yips. The concept of social facilitation helps explain it.
An upcoming study on a computer program that categorizes sexual preference from photos has come under fire.
The cognitive effects of withholding urination are discussed in the context of athletic performance.
Robert D. Mather, Ph.D., is an experimental social psychology researcher and management consultant.