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Sometimes Truth Is Comedy

As I approach five years of www.TalkPsych.com commentary—which has settled into a weekly Thursday essay—I am tempted (given our now larger audience) to replay an occasional favorite. Here is my second focused essay, which still puts a smile on my…

Science Marches On

This week I interrupt our weekly focus on psychology’s big ideas and new findings to update three prior essays.   Loss aversion in sports. A recent essay described how, in sports (as in other realms of life), our fear of…

Psychological Science and Political Discourse

In this time of political passion, those of us who are instructors and/or text authors may agonize over whether to engage contentious public issues, such as the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, fears of immigrant crime, or the possible social toxicity…

Aspiring to a Life—and a Culture—Encircled by Conviction, Humility, and Love

Hate-fueled pipe bombs target Democrats. Two African Americans are gunned down in a grocery story. An anti-Semite slaughters synagogue worshippers. Political leaders denigrate and despise their opponents. In National Election Studies surveys, the percentage of Republicans and Democrats who “hate”…

How To Be Persuasive: Frame Messages for Your Audience

As I finished a recent presentation, “Thinking Smart in a Post-Truth Age,” a questioner’s hand shot up: “I understand the need to think with our heads as well as our hearts, by considering the evidence. But how can I persuade…

The Amazing Power of Attention

I’m often asked: “What is your favorite introductory psych chapter?” I reply that, when starting to write my text, I presumed that Sensation-Perception would be the dullest topic. Instead, I’ve found it to be the most fascinating. I’m awestruck by…