The Psychology of Giving Human Names to Your Stuff According to a 2013 poll from the insurance company Nationwide, around 25 percent of car owners have named their ride. Granted, the survey isn’t exactly scientific, but while the statistic may … Continue reading Treating nonhumans as humans
We are witnessing a renaissance in psychology There’s been a lot of talk of the crisis in psychology. For decades, and often with the best of intentions, researchers have engaged in practices that have made it likely their results are … Continue reading Psychology is not in crisis?
Study shows how easy and effective it is for Facebook ads to target your personality Last week, Facebook’s founding president Sean Parker admitted his concerns that by focusing on social validation, Facebook was designed to exploit “a vulnerability in human … Continue reading Psychological mass persuasion
How Stable Is the Personal Past? Have you ever wondered what your life story would look like if you told it several times, at different moments in your life? Which life events would you keep in or leave out? And … Continue reading Narrative identity
Encouraging empathy, sharing science, or raising awareness of rights? Physical punishment — from hitting children with sticks to making them kneel to slapping them — occurs every day in classrooms throughout the world. Yet we know experiences of violence at school are linked to … Continue reading Corporal punishment in schools
Let’s Open Up About Addiction and Recovery Fay Zenoff recently met a friend for dinner at a sushi restaurant in Sausalito, Calif. After they were seated, a waitress asked if they’d like wine with dinner. Her friend ordered sake. Ms. … Continue reading Active addiction
Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them Consider the yeti. Reputed to live in the mountainous regions of Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal. Also known by the alias Abominable Snowman. Overgrown, in both senses: eight or ten or twelve feet tall; … Continue reading The plausibility of impossible