Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 04/03/2017 - 15:03
By Kurt Gray
We all know Kurt Lewin’s aphorism “there is nothing so practical as a good theory.” Unfortunately there is a divide between knowing theory’s importance and knowing exactly how to do it. How should one represent the structure of science—the nomological net of ideas? This post explores a new and simple way to depict theory: theory mapping.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 16:26
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Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 18:03
By Cynthia Levine
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:23
By Jordan Axt
We all have prejudices we're not even aware of—but they don't have to govern our behavior
Submitted by BlogEditor on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:35
By Randy Stein
When news breaks about wrongdoings of our favorite politician, the other side inevitably argues that we have a scandal on our hands. We like to think that our superior grasp of logic is what enables us to reason through and reject the other side’s concerns.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:43
By Brian Chin
Research shows that married people tend to be healthier than both people who have never been married and people who were previously married (i.e., divorced, widowed, or separated). But it’s less clear how or why married people are in better health. Are there biological and psychological advantages of marriage?
Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 15:27
You may be thinking: yes—living under crowded conditions surely drives people crazy. And the reason why may be traced back to some unfortunate rats.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:27
By Joel E. Martinez, Lauren A. Feldman, and Mina Cikara
A social-media campaign to counter negative stereotypes shows enormous promise—but it’s still a work in progress
Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 15:11
“Black people don’t go to therapy, Joan; we go to church.” So says one woman to her struggling friend on the TV sitcom Girlfriends after her friend admits that she wants to find a therapist. This moment captures an important insight: Identities, like race, gender, and socioecomonic status, are linked to health behaviors. The behaviors that people choose to engage in to promote their health are shaped by what identities come to mind and the strategies for improving health that are linked to those identities.