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Human Psychology

How Stereotypes Take Shape

Pacific Standard | Tom Jacobs | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

Unfair and offensive as they may be, stereotypes are ubiquitous. Logic tells us it’s ludicrous to label all, or most, members of a particular ethnic...

The Biggest Thing in the Way of Progress

Brian R. Weinberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Brian R. Weinberg

At the Clinton Global Initiative this year, we were reminded that although people are multiplying, resources are not. Local African elephants populati...

WATCH: Chatroulette Psychic Will Blow Your Mind

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.24.2013 | Weird News

A online psychology researcher is reading minds online and we're not LION. Nick Kolenda, has taken his skills to the online chat website, Chatroul...

The Social Media Borg: A Culture of Likes

Sam Fiorella | Posted 06.29.2013 | Technology
Sam Fiorella

As social media moves goes from infancy in to its toddler years, maybe we need to teach it how to handle disagreements in a positive and constructive way. Maybe we should go so far as to encourage it.

The Power of Sexual Selection: How Psychology Influences Evolution and Vice Versa

Allen Frances | Posted 04.28.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Our psychology has been shaped by a sometimes uneasy balance of natural and sexual selection -- the practical need to acquire our daily bread and the romantic need to find love and produce offspring.

Easing Sustainability "In-" and "Out-Group" Conflict

Andrea Learned | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrea Learned

What if a sustainability-minded person is in the in-group, and a less convinced citizen/consumer is in the out-group? It can seem that ne'er the twain shall meet. What could they possibly have in common?

Human Psychology: The Paradox of Idleness

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Make-work may be pointless and demeaning, but at least it's work; it's an activity. And people prefer activity--even when they're forced into it--to sitting around with nothing to do.

Why We Talk (Or Don't Talk) So Much

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

My initial hypothesis was that talkers are socially conditioned. The 'talking gene' must be related to other traits like aggressiveness, openness, and friendliness; and that this is contingent upon a child's behavior.