The Dark Side of That Personality Quiz You Just Took I am the Danube River. My spirit is sparkling and swift. I yearn for new experiences and deep connections with people. I’m adaptable, but to a fault; I rarely see … Continue reading Are personality tests dangerous?
The Surprising Impact of Seeing Red During the 2004 Olympics, when athletes in four combat sports were randomly assigned red or blue outfits, those in red won more frequently. Where are we going? To how red affects us. The Impact … Continue reading Are red stocks better?
The Rise and Fall of Cognitive Control Reasoning, problem solving, symbolic language, planning—these faculties are fundamental to virtually all of our individual and societal accomplishments. At the heart of them all lies cognitive control. Psychologists and neuroscientists refer to cognitive … Continue reading The downsides of controlled processing
This is Your Brain on Patriotism If you want to understand how patriotism works in the United States, a good place to start is a swim meet in southern California, near the University of California, Irvine campus. It’s hot, and … Continue reading The psychology of patriotism
Why Your Brain Hates Other People As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote about its filming: At lunchtime, the people playing … Continue reading Us Versus Them
Replication is impossible, falsification unnecessary and truth lies in published articles (?) I recently peer reviewed a partly shocking piece called “Reproducibility in Psychological Science: When Do Psychological Phenomena Exist?“ (Iso-Ahola, 2017). In the article, the author makes some very … Continue reading Do psychological phenomena exist?
Overcoming the Biases That Come Between Us Elvis counsels, “Before you abuse, criticize, and accuse … walk a mile in my shoes.” Dylan wishes, “For just one time, you could stand inside my shoes.” Paul McCartney asks us once again … Continue reading Predicting flaws in our thinking