Deeper change: using behavioural insights to tackle family violence Behavioural economics is proving to be a highly valuable tool for convincing people to pay fines and taxes on time. Seemingly small changes like the wording of a letter can drive … Continue reading Understanding the grounds of conflict
How Science Makes “Rick and Morty” Great The season finale of “Rick and Morty,” the Internet Movie Database’s fourth most-popular TV show of all-time, runs tonight. What started as a graphic parody of Back to the Future (minus the headache … Continue reading How does science change us?
The Follower Factory The real Jessica Rychly is a Minnesota teenager with a broad smile and wavy hair. She likes reading and the rapper Post Malone. When she goes on Facebook or Twitter, she sometimes muses about being bored or … Continue reading Everyone wants to be popular online
What Britain’s “Minister of Loneliness” Says About Brexit and the Legacy of Jo Cox When it was reported, last week, that the British government had appointed a “Minister for Loneliness,” the news was greeted by observers on the opposite side … Continue reading The Minister for Loneliness
What Is “Social Priming”? “Social priming” has recently been one of the most controversial topics in psychological science. With failures to replicate proliferating, the field has been called a train-wreck. But what exactly is it? Here’s how I defined social … Continue reading Priming a stereotype
A Psychologist Explains How to Conquer Your Fear of Trying New Things The new year is the perfect time to finally take up ceramics, learn Mandarin, start a book club, start rock-climbing, or plant a garden. In 2018, the Cut … Continue reading Doing what you set out to do
Something we could use a little more of – studies link intellectual humility with openness to other viewpoints Early in 2018, the default reaction to encountering someone who disagrees with you is to place your fingers in your ears. The … Continue reading A little more humility