Sometimes we think of children as sticky little disease vectors. And yet, despite all the runny noses and spit ups, parents have boosted immune systems relative to non-parents of the same age. In today's post I consider why this might be the case!
New fatherhood comes with many life changes. What surprised me (and still does quite frankly) is how much it changes your hormones and biology. In particular, testosterone decreases in new fathers. Find out why in today's post.
I have always loved the psychological drama that movies tackle in an intimate and provocative way. In this post I discuss psychological constructs in recent films like Looper, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, and the Queen of Versailles. Enjoy!
Researchers used to think oxytocin was the cuddle hormone. Oxytocin's relationship to sympathy and cooperation is more complicated than it's cute nickname suggests, but it's still critical for the survival of human beings and the passing on of their genes.
Last week I read Tal Yarkoni's excellent blog post on the things he learned during a failed academic job search last year. Reading that piece brought me back to my own memories of the two job searches I've attempted (one successful).
Attaining Status Can Be Like "A Game of Thrones." In this post I discuss how the popular television show and book series provides some unique insights into the achievement of status, power, and influence in face-to-face social groups.
This is the second installment in a three part series examining the pursuit of happiness. Last time we considered whether there is a potential dark side to happiness. In this post, we consider an important question: Does money buy happiness?
Presidential candidates often engage in impression management. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney has been unable to shake his perception as a member of the elite upper-class. Here I explore why this identity is hard for Romney to escape.
In an article published several years ago in The Economist, the pursuit of a Ph.D. degree was assessed as a waste of time. Whether or not you agree with this perspective, it is important to consider the points being made. If you are, or have been, a graduate student, you probably learned much of this during your time in grad school.
I admit it, I've lived a relatively charmed life. When you come from the type of privilege that I do, it is easy to forget that others aren't so fortunate. The truth about life in America is that things are much less equal than we realize. Today I review some of the evidence!
Recently politicians and media experts have questioned the validity and integrity of scientific discoveries. These opinions have real influence on the future of government funding of scientific research. Today, I take a look under the hood of science, to examine why it's okay to be skeptical, but also trusting of scientific research and its conclusions.