• Showerthoughts

    Part of my text-writing pleasure is interjecting playful thoughts and tongue-in-cheek one-liners that students seem to enjoy: “Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?” (If I don’t enjoy writing—assum...
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  • Availability heuristic: A Nextdoor example

    When Seattle residents were surveyed concerning their fear of crime, many reported a fear that outpaced the actual level of crime. Two neighborhoods, for example, “are seemingly safe places to live, and rank amo...
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  • Examples: Comic strips that illustrate psychological concepts

    Cartoonists have pretty good insight into the workings of the human mind. How many of them took Intro Psych?   These comics will jazz up your next research methods, cognition, personality, learning, and social p...
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  • Global Warming? It’s Freezing! (The Availability Heuristic Rides Again)

    Climate change has arrived. Greenhouse gases are accumulating. The planet and its oceans are warming. Glaciers and Arctic ice are retreating. The seas are rising. Extreme weather is becoming ever costlier—in mon...
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  • Our Stunning Ignorance of Our Ignorance—and Why It Matters

    Democracy presumes civic wisdom. When voters grasp truth, when facts prevail over misinformation, prudence prevails. When the electorate understands what actually advances (and threatens) human flourishing, it can ina...
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  • When Should We Trust Our Gut?

    “I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me,” explained President Trump in stating why he believed Federal Reserve interest rate hikes were a mistake....
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  • The intelligence of crows: A short writing assignment 

    Crows are smart. Never underestimate a crow.   Comparative psychology is “the study of nonhuman animal behavior with the dual objective of understanding the behavior for its own sake and furthering the und...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Have You Been Phubbed? Do You Phub?

    Some years ago an NBC Television producer invited me, while in New York City, to meet in her office to brainstorm possible psychology-related segments. But a focused conversation proved difficult, because every three ...
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  • Might Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford Both Be Telling the Truth They Remember?

    Psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford vividly recalls being sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when both were teens. Kavanaugh remembers no such event and vigorously denies Ford’s a...
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  • When Excessive Fear of Losing Steals Our Chances to Win: Irrational Loss Aversion in Business, Sports, and Everyday Life

    Imagine that you’re about to buy a $5000 used car. To pay for it, you’ll need to sell some of your stocks. Which of the following would you rather sell? $5000 of Stock X shares, which you originally purcha...
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  • The Powers and Perils of Intuition

    “The heart has its reasons which reason does not know." ~Pascal, Pensees, 1670   “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool.” ~Proverbs 28:26   “Buried deep within each and every o...
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  • Do you cover drug abuse in Intro Psych? If not, it might be time to

    I never used to cover sleep, but once it became clear that so many students weren’t getting enough sleep, I started talking about it – at length. I had the same experience with stress. The stress and copin...
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  • The Malleability of Mind

    How many of us have felt dismay over a friend or family member’s stubborn resistance to our arguments or evidence showing (we believe) that Donald Trump is (or isn’t) making America great again, or that im...
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  • Why, and When, Are We Bad at Predicting Risk?

    Would you risk riding to the airport in a self-driving car?   If you said no, you aren’t alone. In a 2017 Pew survey, 56 percent of Americans said they would not risk it. That proportion likely has increas...
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  • The New Psychological Science of Humility

    [A growing body of research suggests that true humility helps us grow intellectually and to learn from and connect with each other.]   In his recent essay, “You’re Wrong! I’m Right!,” Nic...
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  • The Highline College Non-Shooting

    Just two days after the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, a colleague appeared at my office door on the Highline College campus and said, “I just heard 6 to 8 shots and people screaming.”   We ...
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  • Killer Immigrants?

    Credit President Trump with consistency in cultivating public fears of immigrants: “When Mexico sends its people . . . they’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” (...
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  • Why We Feel Older on Our Birthday

    Category labels matter. On the color spectrum, blue transitions gradually into green. But at some point we place a dividing line between the blue wavelengths (to the left) and the greens (to the right). Once we do so,...
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  • Economic Hindsight: Me, Wrong? Never!

    One of psychology’s most reliable phenomena is “the overconfidence phenomenon”—the tendency, when making judgments and forecasts, to be more confident than correct. Stockbrokers market their ad...
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