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Psychology of Politics

Donald Trump And America's State Of Confusion

Bryant Welch | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Bryant Welch

This election is not about the appropriate size of government, fiscal responsibility or taxation, whether to be a hawk or a dove. It is about the state of the American mind. The American mind has been assaulted from many directions for decades and the weakest among us have now turned away from reality.

How You React To This Photo Predicts Your Political Leanings

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.31.2014 | Science

What do maggots have to say about your political leanings? A lot more than you might think. A strange new study shows that the way your brain respo...

Why Liberals & Conservatives Aren't As Different As You Think

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 07.01.2014 | Science

Contrary to stereotype, conservatives are not more accepting of authority than are liberals. But they are less concerned that their opinions appear un...

Extremist Politics: Debating the Nuts and Bolts

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.26.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Philip Fernbach and his colleagues wondered if forcing people to explain complex policies in detail might force them to confront their ignorance and thus weaken their extremist stands on issues. They ran a series of lab experiments to test this idea.

From the Holidays to the Elections . . . What Do You See in the Mirror?

Judith Barr | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Judith Barr

One more week and the holidays are over for this year. Then come eleven plus months m-o-r-e of elections. What do the holidays and the elections have ...

At the Root of Hard-Hearted Politics

Judith Barr | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Judith Barr

If we are going to resolve the closed-heartedness of our politics and our politicians, we need to find the root. And we need to really understand it so we can do something truly constructive with it and about it.

State of Confusion: Tuesday's Two Wild Cards

Bryant Welch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bryant Welch

Samuel Johnson said, "Nothing so focuses a man's mind as the knowledge he is to hang at dawn." For the last six weeks the American voter's mind has been focused by and on the economy.