When We Got It Wrong
Jul19

When We Got It Wrong

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes. — Jawaharlal Nehru For the last week and a half, I have been at summer camp for social psychologists. No, that isn’t a made-up thing. And yes, I am an adult. (Well, kind of.) From 9:00am – 5:00pm every day, I have been taking classes with two of the foremost professors on psychological interventions: programs that implement social psychology to improve the world...

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Goal Achievement is One Easy Step Away
Dec28

Goal Achievement is One Easy Step Away

A goal without a plan is just a wish. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Whether it’s the New Year or you own self-recognized faults that are motivating you to make changes in your life, today’s post will equip with you with one of the most powerful psychological insights to accomplish this: implementation intentions. An implementation intention—also known as an if-then statement—is a declaration that you will perform a specific...

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The History of Intelligence
Nov24

The History of Intelligence

Intelligence is what intelligence tests measure — E. G. Boring Have you ever wondered what is intelligence? When we call someone intelligent, what do we mean? Are you intelligent? Am I? Would you even want to be? Numerous studies report that greater intelligence is associated with greater success in life. Yet at the same time, greater intelligence is also associated with a greater likelihood for mental illness as well as overall...

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The Secret to Mortality
May25

The Secret to Mortality

Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. – Maurice Chevalier Have you ever wanted to live forever? Okay, maybe not that long, but have you ever wanted to grow old? Of course you do! That’s why you don’t smoke cigarettes (or at least feel a little guilty when you do). That’s why you exercise (or at least feel a little guilty when you don’t). And that’s why you’ve cut all gluten from your diet (because, you know, your...

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Psychological History of Marijuana: Part 3
Feb03

Psychological History of Marijuana: Part 3

Fortunately for serious minds, a bias recognized is a bias sterilized. — Benjamin Haydon As an astute reader, you may have noticed I missed a post last week. And although I pride myself on my consistency of sharing psychophilosophical knowledge, I also pride myself on enjoying a good vacation. Or excuse me: a “psychology conference.” While in San Diego to attend the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s annual...

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