Essential Reads

Bumper Stickers Can Facilitate Dynamic Social Interactions

By Christopher Bergland on August 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The tragic events in Charlottesville have left many of us speechless. The only cogent response I have for my 9-year-old daughter is from a "Hate Has No Home Here" bumper sticker.

The Psychology of the New McCarthyism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
On the rising threat to science and basic human rights in America.

Does Diversity Per Se Pay?

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Pop Psych
It's been found that diversity itself predicts business success. As it turns out, that finding was the result of some mistakes.

Empowering Students of Color (Part 2 of 8)

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.

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The Civil War Continues in Charlottesville

The science of social connection explains the allure of racist supremacist movements, and what we can do to reverse bias and discrimination.
By Lizbeth Jacobs, with permission

The Virtues of Science-Based Thinking

By Mona S Weissmark Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Justice Matters
Did science-based thinking help pave the way for the Gates Foundation motto, “All lives have equal value"?

Where Do You Really Stand in the Wake of Charlottesville?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism.

Taking Care of Yourself and Others During Racial Trauma

By Mariel Buque M.A. on August 16, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Taking care of yourself and others during racial trauma: a guide for healing in the face of race-based turmoil.

After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?

In what ways might racism be considered a mental illness? How might this understanding help us treat those who suffer from pathological bias?

Art, Not Hate, Has Many Sides

By The Research Lab on August 15, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Exploring friction without threat. By Lise Ragbir

Psychology Informs Us About Hate Groups

Decades of psychological research helps us better understand hate group behaviors. Learning from much of this research can make the incomprehensible more comprehensible.

Race in America: Tips on Talking With Children About Racism

Current events depicting racism often spark the race conversation. How can you have the talk with your kid?

Why Trump's Comments About Charlottesville Matter

Trump's choice not to immediately denounce white supremacists for their views and their violence was dangerous.

Mourning a Legacy of Racial Violence

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Me in We
How narrative can help us understand racial terror and heal intergenerational trauma.

Blood Spills Over a Statue of Lee

By David Niose on August 13, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Why would blood spill over a statue of a Civil War general? Because public displays validate ideas.

Health Care and Equality in India

By Marc Nemiroff Ph. D. on August 10, 2017 in Where the Heart Is
Indian health care: Is America listening?

They All Look Alike

Can we improve our ability to recognize the faces of people in groups other than our own? Experience with others can help.

Highlights of the 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

The 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival offered insight and history. An Inconvenient Sequel, The Young Karl Marx, Citizen Schein, 1945 and Paradise were highlights.

Sally Hemings

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in The Political Animal
This summer, Sally Hemings of Monticello is getting her own room. Just steps from where Thomas Jefferson slept.

A White Man and a Black Woman Talk About Race

Do you find yourself avoiding conversations about race for fear of saying the wrong thing? Follow one man's example of how to do the race conversation right.

Therapy is Now Trending

By Mariel Buque M.A. on July 31, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Popular culture is heading to “the couch” and proudly proclaiming it.

Fact and Fiction in Mixed-Race Marriages

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Talking Apes
Biracial partners face some special challenges, but mostly they struggle with the same problems as other couples.
By Lizbeth Jacobs with permission

Why Are Conversations on Race Often Futile?

Why are national conversations on race often futile?

Exploring Justice in the Classroom

Are you ready to join a community of educators exploring justice in our nation's schools?

Watch What You Say

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in How To Do Life
There are more minefields than ever.

The Big-hearted "Big Sick"

By Deborah King on July 24, 2017 in Mining the Headlines
A new way to view a Pakastani Muslim—as the lead in a romance with real heart.

Vernon Reid and the Power of Comic Book Complexity

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Brick by Brick
You can't have light without darkness.

Learning About Privilege

Privilege is usually completely invisible to those that benefit from it. By virtue of being born into certain groups, we find ourselves receiving unearned rewards.

What Can We Learn About Race From The Bachelorette?

With the first black bachelorette being cast on this season of The Bachelorette, how has the ABC franchise tackled the issue of race and dating?

Get the Science Right!

What popular books get wrong about human evolution.

Gender Bias in Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Where is the biggest, baddest, bias in social science on politicized topics?

What’s in It for Women? Vs. What’s in It for My Husband?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Living Single
A new study suggests that single women think differently than married women in a way that helps explain why they vote reliably for Democrats and married women do not.
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The "Lazy" Edge

Setting goals and striving as hard as you can is great—except when it backfires. A paradoxical story within a story illustrates the challenge and points to a solution.