Category Archives: Social Psych

The Secret to Happiness Revealed (No, seriously)

Being happy makes you not only live longer, but it makes you more successful in life. Philosophers have been writing about happiness for ages, and it is today one of the most popular topics in psychology research. Luckily, the science is gradually becoming … Continue reading

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Third Culture Kids and Hybrid Cultures

Where are you from? If you’re like most people, the question seems easy enough to answer. But if you hate getting asked that question in the first place, then you might be a third-culture kid. This is a phenomenon not … Continue reading

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Implicit vs. Overt Racism – Are We All a Little Racist?

I hesitate to say “there are two types of racists out there,” but there are two types of racism. One is the blatant racism that you hear from people who just have a misguided sense of superiority with their own … Continue reading

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Scientific Consensus and the Obvious Truth about Global Climate Change

I often ask questions in my article titles, but the question “are we responsible for climate change?” is simply unnecessary. From the overwhelming evidence, we know the answer to this question; and the answer is “YES!” This is good news … Continue reading

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The Psychological Science of Storytelling

It hit me about two years ago, sometime after I started this blog. Somewhere between the comedy shows and alarming amount of documentaries I began watching, and the seemingly endless number of people I have met in the last few … Continue reading

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Are Vocal Homophobes Really Just Homosexuals in the Closet?

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr. Seuss What is it about homophobes that make them so gay? If this questions sounds controversial to you, … Continue reading

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Should You Let Your Kid Date in Middle/High School? Science Gives a Surprising Answer

Young love can show you things about yourself you’ve never known. It can bring you to happiness and leave you in despair. It can take away the trust you thought you had with others, and make you want to give up … Continue reading

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Study: Close Relationships Aren’t Necessarily Better

It makes sense, doesn’t it? The closer you are to someone, the better your relationship is. Intuitively, this makes perfect sense. But new research out of Columbia University suggests that this is not necessarily the case. David Frost, the lead … Continue reading

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Are Religious People More Charitable, Generous, and Altruistic than Atheists?

According to a Canadian study from 2008, religious people are “more helpful, honest and generous;” and an American study from last year found that “religious states give more to charity than non-religious states.” As I explained in a previous article, the … Continue reading

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Cooperating Online Gives Students Better Grades

Do you work well alone? Do other people get in your way or distract you from your studies? Are you more productive without the interaction with your peers? If so, you may be in the minority. At least, that’s according … Continue reading

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