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 more clear on what factors do and don’t contribute to happiness. However, this article is not about a list of things that will increase your happiness; it is instead about the single most important thing about being and staying happy. It’s the reason why some people who you would expect to be absolutely miserable are in fact exceptionally happy. So what’s the secret?

Posted in Culture, Featured, Legal Issues, Medicine & Health, Psychology, Science, Social Psych, TED | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Third Culture Kids and Hybrid Cultures

World on the face

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 well-known to most people. Knowing about it, however, can be very helpful in understanding culture in general, the world in its togetherness, and our own identity. So what exactly is a Third Culture Kid (TCK)?

Posted in Culture, Psychology, Science, Social Psych | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

black kid shining white man's shoes

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 race; another is the implicit bias people have when making perceptions of people based on race.

Posted in Culture, Japan, Media, Psychology, Science, Social Psych | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Scientific Consensus and the Obvious Truth about Global Climate Change

You-control-climate-changeI 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 because we may have the power to change things, but bad news because we aren’t doing nearly enough, and we may pass the point of no return within the next few decades. Furthermore, with so many people fighting to argue against what almost all climatologists are saying, most people aren’t even trying to do something about it.

Posted in Biology & Evolution, Culture, Media, Psychology, Science, Skepticism, Social Psych, Technology | Tagged , , , , , | 18 Comments

The Psychological Science of Storytelling

Microphone with blurry audience BG

ResearchBlogging.orgIt 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 years, I realized that the social world spins on the axis of stories. It’s hard to believe this fact unless you’re actually in a position where you exploit it. For me, it has become a hard fact of life – if you’re a good storyteller, good things come to you, and people want to be around you. It seems like the most popular people are often the best storytellers, and if you’re a good storyteller, you’re probably good at other things too. But just how do stories have such amazing effects on our lives?

Posted in Culture, Neuroscience, Psychology, Science, Social Psych, TED | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Are Vocal Homophobes Really Just Homosexuals in the Closet?

Homo sex is SIN sign covered by GREAT

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

ResearchBlogging.orgWhat is it about homophobes that make them so gay? If this questions sounds controversial to you, then you may need to hear the science behind the answer. New research is showing that there actually is a link between homophobic rhetoric and homosexual tendencies. This article is about the notion that if you’re homophobic, you might just be compensating.

Posted in Culture, Legal Issues, Psychology, Science, Sex and Sexuality, Social Psych | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Teens holding hands in school

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 on the world. It can teach you what it means to be human, and make you feel more real than ever before. Young love can be all of these things and more, but we never see it coming. The only thing we can really expect is that it will probably change us, for better or worse. Luckily, new research has just looked into some of the effects of dating on academic performance, drug usage, and school drop-out rates, so we know now more than ever before. The results of the research are stunning.

Posted in Culture, Psychology, Science, Sex and Sexuality, Social Psych | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Study: Close Relationships Aren’t Necessarily Better

shamy_by_xxdrmad-d3hdmof

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.

Posted in Psychology, Science, Social Psych | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

and God said Adam 'keep the change'

ResearchBlogging.orgAccording 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 stereotype that religious people are more likely to be Good Samaritans than nonreligious people is highly suspect. In fact, a new study has thrown the idea of religious people being more charitable into question too. This might just be the nail in the coffin for stereotypes about religiosity and altruism.

Posted in Culture, Psychology, Science, Social Psych | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Cooperating Online Gives Students Better Grades

Closeup of business people standing with hands together

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 to new research from the University of California at San Diego, published last week.

Computer scientist and co-author Manuel Cebrian analyzed 80,000 interactions among 290 students in a “collaborative learning environment for college courses.” As Science Daily reports:

Posted in Psychology, Science, Social Psych | Tagged | Leave a comment