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
Changing behaviors may be easier when people see norms changing, Stanford research finds Whether it be for the environment, one’s health or other important causes, convincing people to adopt new or uncommon behaviors can be difficult. One reason is that … Continue reading Nudging social norms
People Don’t Actually Want Equality. They Want Fairness Bernie Sanders talks about economic inequality all the time, and it’s a message that resonates. You don’t need to be a socialist to worry about the divide between rich and poor in … Continue reading A wish for fairness
Status Check: What Does It Mean to Be Popular? What does it mean to be popular?” In 2015 The Atlantic posed that question to a group of middles schoolers in its “Ask a Tween” video series. “It doesn’t necessarily mean … Continue reading Are you status-obsessed?
Skin-whitening creams reveal the dark side of the beauty industry Skin-whitening cosmetics are a multi-billion dollar industry pushing the idea that beauty equates with white skin and that lightening dark skin is both achievable and preferable. The cosmetics industry has … Continue reading The skin colour bias
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