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Robert Epstein is an author, editor, radio talk-show host, and longtime psychology researcher and professor—a distinguished scientist who's passionate about communicating with the public about advances in mental health and the behavioral sciences. The former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine, Dr. Epstein is currently a contributing editor for Scientific American Mind and a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego. He is also the founder and Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts. For further information, visit

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Google's Hypocrisy

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 5:47 PM

The head of Google Search denies my claim that Google can control elections--well, sort of; if you read closely, you'll find that he denies nothing.

Google has spoken. Apparently shaken by my recent article in Politico-- "How Google Can Rig the 2016 Election" --Google's head of search, Dr....

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Google Critic Killed in "Ironic" Car Accident: Struck by Google Street View Vehicle

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:30 PM

By Camille Johnson, San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego, CA. Prominent research psychologist and author Dr. Robert Epstein, age 60, was killed yesterday afternoon by a Google Street View vehicle while crossing Front Street in San Diego, where he has long resided. Although foul play is not suspected, Epstein's friends are...

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What If Adam Lanza Was "Normal"? An Unthinkable Idea That's Not So Crazy

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Unthinkable. That's how most of us reacted to the news of Friday's tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. As the father of four children and stepfather of two beautiful little girls, ages 6 and 7, the tragedy is so horrendous that I literally can't bear to think about it. I start to...

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Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 4)

(6) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 8:34 AM

Part 1 of this story can be viewed here.
Part 2 of this story can be viewed here.
Part 3 of this story can be viewed here.

Smoke, Mirrors, and the Inevitability of Google's Regulation

Google today is roughly where telephone...

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Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 3)

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 12:26 PM

Part 1 of this story can be viewed here.
Part 2 of this story can be viewed here.

Google as Self-Appointed Internet Censor

Earlier this year my main professional website was hacked by someone in India and then blacklisted by Google. A...

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Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 2)

(20) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 5:54 PM

Part 1 of this story can be read here.

As good as Google is at providing information, it should not and must not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must and will eventually be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated....

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Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 1)

(15) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 5:26 PM

Regulatory agencies have been nipping at Google's heels, but they need to go straight for the throat.

Google reminds me of Adam, the cute, 100-foot-tall toddler in the 1992 Rick Moranis film, Honey I Blew Up the Kid. In case you missed it, Adam keeps stumbling over buildings, mistakes...

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Shut Up and Drive: A Long-Overdue Commentary on What's Inappropriate While Driving

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 10:04 PM

Thanks to the recent passage of laws restricting cell phone use in cars, I can finally start to breathe normally again while driving. A growing body of research shows that even hands-free cell phones are potentially dangerous and cause automobile accidents. No matter how practical or fashionable they may be,...

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Thanksgiving, Activism -- and Arianna Huffington!

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2009 | 12:06 AM

We all think of Thanksgiving as ever-present in America. Not so. In fact, it very likely would never have become a national holiday without the concerted efforts of a determined, charismatic female editor -- not unlike our own Arianna Huffington. For the details, read on....

Thank Goodness for Activists


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Why Hasan Did It: Are Shrinks Really Crazy?

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 6:01 PM

The tragedy at Ft. Hood reminded me of an extensive investigative piece I wrote for Psychology Today a few years ago. I'm reprinting it below. The whole article is relevant to the ongoing discussion about Maj. Hasan, but take an especially close look at the section entitled "Patients Can Really...

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Why Obama Got the Prize: A Psychologist Weighs In

(88) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 3:13 PM

This isn't what it seems. It's not really a Nobel Prize. It's a "Thank-God-You're-Not-Bush" Prize. We're witnessing what research psychologists call a "contrast" effect, occurring in a grand way in an unlikely place.

Yes, many of us at home have mixed feelings about Obama because our economy is still...

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Juvenile Injustice: The Scandal in Pennsylvania Is the Tip of an Ugly Iceberg

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2009 | 12:18 PM

March 10, 2009, The Citizen's Voice, Wilkes Barre, PA

The recent scandal involving Pennsylvania juvenile court judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan is the tip of an ugly iceberg.

Ciavarella and Conahan have pleaded guilty to charges that they took kickbacks totaling $2.6 million in return for...

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McCain, Obama, and Some Painful Truths About Aging

(123) Comments | Posted October 26, 2008 | 9:08 PM

When U.S. presidential candidate John McCain had a birthday recently, television talk-show host Jay Leno told McCain that he had planned to get him a birthday cake but that the local fire chief had objected, commenting, "That many candles?"

Indeed, 72-year-old McCain is the oldest person in U.S. history to...

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