Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart There are people who believe that the political polarization now afflicting the United States might finally start to subside if Americans of both parties could somehow become more empathetic. If you’re one of these people, … Continue reading Polarization vs. empathy
Debate Psychology: 5 Science-Backed Tips to Avoid Getting Your Brain Hacked The first-ever televised presidential debate in 1960 changed the direction of that election and how Americans conduct politics. Prior to that debate, Richard Nixon was leading the polls. Afterward, … Continue reading Tips for presidential candidates
Act Now to Head Off Looming ‘Deepfakes’ Disasters Parody and satire are a legitimate part of public debate. Doctored videos are all over the place. Some are funny. Some are meant to make a point. Arguments of this kind are … Continue reading DeepFakes
How Trump’s Hateful Speech Raises the Risks of Violence Is President Donald Trump responsible, in some sense, for the mailing of bombs to Hillary Clinton and other Democratic leaders? Is he responsible, in some sense, for the slaughter at the … Continue reading The rhetoric of hate
The Decline and Fall of Diet Coke and the Power Generation That Loved It “Leaking” no longer seems an apt term for what’s coming from the Trump Administration—we will soon require aqueducts to manage these flows—but certain new bits of … Continue reading Is Diet Coke bad for you?
How to Increase (and Sustain) Political Engagement With the 2018 midterm elections looming, the stakes are high in American politics. Republicans aim to maintain control of Congress, and Democrats seek to win key elections to flip both chambers. Several new … Continue reading The politics of emotions
Why Words Matter: What Cognitive Science Says about Prohibiting Certain Terms The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is typically tasked with conducting critical science, and its myriad jobs include trying to prevent Zika-related birth defects and the spread … Continue reading Language and perception