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August 20, 2014

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4:14 AM | Big Theory
"Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful." --George Box*I need to be honest with you, I'm not all that good at generating novel ideas: Some of my most well-cited papers involve theories that sociologists came up with decades ago; Reviewers frequently accuse me of running post-hoc analyses (asking the data for ideas, rather than generating apriori predictions); When media cover my research, the most common initial comment is something like: "This is so obvious....blah, blah....you […]

August 16, 2014

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7:08 PM | How human nature drives the success of #IceBucketChallenge
So apparently the “#IceBucketChallenge” is now a raging social phenomenon. But…why?? Psychological science offers us many insights to quell our collective annoyance and appreciate why this trend has become ubiquitous. Like many people, my Facebook newsfeed this week has been … Continue reading →

August 13, 2014

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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Paul Raeburn
Special thanks to Paul Raeburn for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked Paul is the author of the About Fathers blog at Psychology […]

August 11, 2014

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1:40 PM | Psychological Barriers in Economic Inequality Reduction
Today I wrote a blog for New Left Project on psychology research examining perceptions of, and responses to, economic inequality. The post features cutting-edge research by prominent social psychologists Mike Norton and Dan Ariely, as well as research from my own laboratory at the University of Illinois. An excerpt:"The United States is one of the most unequal and rigidly stratified societies in the industrialised world.  In the wake of the Great Recession, it has become […]

August 07, 2014

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4:39 AM | Psychology at the (Home) Movies: HBO’s The Wire
SourceAlthough I’m more than a decade late to the party, a recent fortunate Amazon.com prime membership has gifted me with access to HBO’s acclaimed series the Wire. For the last two months I’ve been watching the show weekly, digesting its contents in small consistent doses. My background as a middle class ivory tower academic makes the Wire foreign territory to me—I don’t have much personal experience with drug culture, or poverty, or oppression, or Baltimore (the […]

July 29, 2014

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4:02 PM | What percentage of bullying occurs today?
One of the major problems that children can live in early times is the school bullying, with the consequences this has on health.

July 23, 2014

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3:16 AM | Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 2 of 2
In part 1 of this post, I discussed the situationist analysis of the “banality” of evil and of heroism respectively. To recap, according to Phil Zimbardo and colleagues, both heroic acts and evil acts occur primarily in response to situational factors, rather than internal features of the person. However, on closer inspection, the situationist analysis provides inconsistent accounts of how each of these occurs. Evil actions are attributed to factors entirely outside the person, […]

Carnahan T & McFarland S (2007). Revisiting the Stanford prison experiment: could participant self-selection have led to the cruelty?, Personality & social psychology bulletin, 33 (5) 603-14. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17440210

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3:16 AM | Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 2 of 2
In part 1 of this post, I discussed the situationist analysis of the “banality” of evil and of heroism respectively. To recap, according to Phil Zimbardo and colleagues, both heroic acts and evil acts occur primarily in response to situational factors, rather than internal features of the person. However, on closer inspection, the situationist analysis provides inconsistent accounts of how each of these occurs. Evil actions are attributed to factors entirely outside the person, […]

Carnahan T & McFarland S (2007). Revisiting the Stanford prison experiment: could participant self-selection have led to the cruelty?, Personality & social psychology bulletin, 33 (5) 603-14. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17440210

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