Essential Reads

Is Alex Jones a Conspiracy Theorist or a Performance Artist?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 23, 2017 in Psych Unseen
If Jones isn't delusional, what about his followers?

Of March and Myth: The Politicizing of Science

What differentiates science from other disciplines is a focus on testing of hypotheses. Is science now struggling with a 'crisis of confidence'? Is a March for Science the answer?
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United Airlines and the Short Fuse of Social Media

By John Nosta on April 11, 2017 in The Digital Self
The temptation to throw companies and people off the cliff is a real problem.

Pepsi’s Self-Inflicted Wound: Trivializing Social Action

Trying to push the pop culture envelope again, Pepsi’s ad with Kendall Jenner backfires.

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How and Why Societal Elites Manipulate Public Fear

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Public fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials—that is, politicians, law enforcement authorities and the news media.

Unfriendly Skies: United Airlines and Police Violence

Education and status do not protect people of color from police brutality. United Airlines' proposed remedies are too little and too late.

Bret Stephens: Out Of The Bubble

Pulitzer Prize winning Bret Stephens makes some readers of the New York Times uncomfortable, and some, angry. He says that's his job. But many readers want him fired for his views.

How Much Does a Blog Title Matter?

By Emily T. Troscianko on April 29, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Lately I’ve begun to wonder whether A Hunger Artist is an awful name for this blog. How do you interpret it? How do I worry you do? How would I like you to?

A Psychology of Conspiracy Theory

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Conspiracy theories used to be kooky inventions homemade in somebody’s mental garage. Now they’re tools in mainstream contests for power.

13 Reasons Why "13 Reasons Why" Isn’t Getting It Right

The Netflix show is hitting the cultural mainstream at just the right moment to push an important issue into the spotlight.

#MarchForScience, Social Media, Diversity and Identity

UCSF showcased a panel of scientific leaders at their Stand Up For Science day. What does this tell us about diversity in science, and about social media?
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Is Trazodone the New Brain Wonder Drug?

Will an old, cheap drug end Alzheimer's?

LeBron James Goes Dark

LeBron James is a trail blazer. Is he on to something with #zerodark23?

Consciously Consuming Media and Narratives

By Barnet Bain on April 20, 2017 in Doing and Being
Are messages and media wearing you down? Here are some ways to approach it.

Do I Look Hot? Building Self Confidence With Selfies

With self confidence built on selfies, what kind of women will our daughters become?

Don’t Call Stephens the "Facebook Killer"

It may be catchy, but it’s irresponsible to call Stephens the Facebook killer. It's not about Facebook.

Sports Are Games Played by Humans

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Sports are played basically everywhere--but they aren't played at crime scenes. Time to push back on instant replay and slow-motion dissection of every event.
K. Ramsland

Killer's Remorse

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A recent interview with Steven Dean Gordon raises the issue of whether a serial killer can feel genuine remorse.

Interview: Star Trek Psychology and the Hero Coalition

Pop Culture Heroism Coalition discuss why their focus shifted from opposing bullying to promoting heroism and how examples from popular culture can make a difference in real life.

Hiding in the Basement? Life's Scary But Fear Shouldn't Win

Do you want to be measured by what you avoided in life or by what you embraced?

Why Elite White-Collar Criminals Are Rarely Punished

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 09, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
White-collar criminals benefit from institutionalized non-enforcement practices, regulatory policies and legal representation not available to street criminals.

Can Videogames Prevent Elderly Falls?

By Toby Ellmers on April 08, 2017 in Aging Brain, Aging Body
Are videogames the key for preventing falls in the elderly? Research reveals the hidden benefits of gaming.

Big Little Truth: When Women Get Along On Screen We All Win

HBO's "Big Little Lies" showed women being compassionate toward one another, even as their world conspired to make them enemies.

So You Want to Write/Edit an Art Therapy Book

It's not as difficult to get a publisher as you imagine—really. But is that a good thing for the field of art therapy?

Why Banning Social Media Is Not the Best Answer for Kids

A head-in-the-sand approach ill prepares kids to deal with the world in which they live and creates a fervor to use social media in sneaky, risky ways.

"Cries from Syria" and Vicarious Trauma and Secondary PTSD

Interview with "Cries from Syria" director Evgeny Afineevsky about the Syrian crisis and the vicarious trauma involved in viewing hundreds of hours of carnage.

Working While Black

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 06, 2017 in Minority Report
We've heard of African-Americans being racially targeted while driving, a.k.a. "driving while black," but few are aware of another kind of bias.

The Psychology of Watching April the Giraffe

By Peg Streep on April 05, 2017 in Tech Support
What has so many people totally obsessed with a pregnant giraffe? Why can't they look away from April?

Superhero Psychology Resources

Students and journalists keep requesting info on superhero psychology. These sources use psychology to look at superhero fiction and use the fiction to explain real psychology.

Pop Music Shows That Our Attention Spans Are Getting Shorter

Do you fast forward if a song's intro doesn't grab your attention quickly? Since the 1980s, musical intros are much shorter due to a competitive "attention economy," study finds.
Krystine I. Batcho

Are Your Conversations Becoming More Difficult?

Is winning an argument worth losing a friend or ruining a relationship? More productive conversations preserve and enrich relationships.

Bias isn't Bad

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 01, 2017 in Minority Report
Having candid conversations about race is very difficult as Caucasians may equate bias as being racist. As an Asian-American I can admit to having bias but the difference is....

Where Beauty Reigns and Belle Is Still Reined In...

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D. on March 31, 2017 in Mirror, Mirror
No amount of subtle feminist tweaking can rescue Disney's new Beauty and the Beast from the troubled tale it has always been.

The Dumbing Down of America, Part 2

A stranger said a PhD didn’t mean one was knowledgeable in one’s field. It just meant a person was able to “pass some tests.”