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Last Build Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:47:34 +0000

 



Scientific Reform and (Un)intended Victims

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:46:24 +0000

There is a captivating piece in the NY Times this week titled When The Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy about Amy Cuddy’s research agenda, and how a “star” of social psychology came crashing down. Amy’s research was shown to be partly a product of a practice known as “p-hacking” whereby researchers make choices between data […]



How Kids Learn Prejudice

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:30:44 +0000

In class this week, we were discussing observational learning (AKA social learning) and then moved into cognition and the formation of stereotypes. Children are constantly observing the behavior of adult models in their environment and learning behaviors from them. The NY Times has a good article written by a social psychologist on the ways children […]



We’re All a Little Biased, Even if We Don’t Know It

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:50:59 +0000

The NY Times has a good article that addresses a recent event in the Vice Presidential Debate. When Tim Kaine raised the issue of implicit bias in institutional racism, Mike Pence took serious offense to it as a condemnation of law enforcement officers. Many people hear “implicit bias” as academic jargon for “racist.” But the […]



Inside Venezuela’s Crumbling Mental Hospitals

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 00:21:05 +0000

The state-run El Pampero Hospital in Venezuela has almost no drugs left for its tormented patients, let alone food and clothing, amid the nation’s economic crisis. The New York Times has an excellent photo spread illustrating the horrific conditions in Venezuela’s mental “health” system. In the beginning of the semester, we talked about the horrible […]



Hillary Clinton’s ‘Angry’ Face – The New York Times

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:33:46 +0000

The NY Times has an interesting article applying social psychology to the present election, the first between a woman and man as President of the Unites States of America. It illustrates the strength of a bias we have to attribute emotional causes to women’s actions, but more situational causes to men’s. It is sort of a […]



Using behavioral science research to improve public policy

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:43:01 +0000

What use is psychology research? The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team has just released their second report. This is the result of the President’s executive order to direct federal agencies to use behavioral and social science research to improve operations. Here are a few results: SBST pilots led to a 53 percent increase in workplace savings […]



Depression Is Poorly Diagnosed and Often Goes Untreated – The New York Times

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:15:00 +0000

One of the topics discussed in our Abnormal Psychology class is the merits of general physicians (as opposed to psychiatrists) prescribing psychoactive drugs for psychological disorders. The NY Times has a good summary of results from a national survey that confirms the prevalence of depression in the general population, but also the low rates of […]



What Should You Choose: Time or Money? – The New York Times

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:47:27 +0000

even when we held constant the amount of leisure time and money respondents had (as well as their age, gender, marital status, parental status and the extent to which they valued material possessions), the people who chose time over money were still happier. This article in the NY Times is relevant to the Careers in […]



Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve – The New York Times

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:35:45 +0000

Takers believe in a zero-sum world, and they end up creating one where bosses, colleagues and clients don’t trust them. Givers build deeper and broader relationships — people are rooting for them instead of gunning for them. I am catching up on some reading from the New York Times, so I’ll be making some quick […]



Why we stress evidence and logic in the liberal arts

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:35:01 +0000

Students are sometimes skeptical about why they have to learn careful logic, writing skills, and careful citations of evidence in their writing. Well, I saw a very good example of what happens when you do not make these skills part of your intellectual toolbox. Donald Trump was interviewed by Lester Holt. Here is a transcript, […]