Humor as a Route to Social Status

June 20, 2011 in Blog

Just looking at grade school, it’s easy to think that physical dominance is the only route to social status. It seems as though bullies who use physical intimidation, coercion, and fear inducing tactics are the ones who rise in the status hierarchy. Luckily, this isn’t the only path to social status, especially as one leaves grade school […]

How Renaissance People Think

June 11, 2011 in Blog

Do you think like a polymath? Here’s a quick test: Are you more of a rational or experiential/intuitive thinker?

If you cringed as you read the question and thought to yourself “I love constantly shifting between both modes of thought”, then you’re on the polymath path. Read More

Black Women Are Not (Rated) Less Attractive! Our Independent Analysis of the Add Health Dataset

May 21, 2011 in Blog

[This post was co-authored with Jelte Wicherts] In his well-read blog post, originally titled “Why Black Women Are Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women”, psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics (LSE) concluded that he had found that African American women were “objectively” less attractive than European American, Asian American, and Native American […]

Satoshi Kanazawa Does Not Speak for All of Evolutionary Psychology

May 17, 2011 in Blog

Satoshi Kanazawa’s latest controversy regarding his article (removed from the PT site)  “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” (see Mikhail Lyubanksy’s excellent response “Beauty May Be In Eye of Beholder But Eyes See What Culture Socializes“) has sparked me to make a point I’ve wanted to make for a very long […]

Why Scotty McCreery Will Win American Idol

May 15, 2011 in Blog

After watching the show for so long, I get the psychology behind American Idol (see “How to Win American Idol“). Last season, when it came down to the final two, I correctly predicted that Lee DeWyze would win in textbook fashion (See “Why Lee DeWyze Will Win American Idol“). This year, I’m going to go […]

The Future Project Launch Party

May 10, 2011 in Blog

This Friday, join the founding members of The Future Project for our Launch Party! The Future Project is a movement calling on young Americans to drive education reform by changing the life of one local high school student over the course of one year; we look to Teach for America and the Peace Corps for […]

Why Do People Resist the Temptation to Cheat?

May 4, 2011 in Blog

You’re an attractive person in a loving, committed, happy relationship. Still, there is temptation at every turn. At the grocery store, the cute person at check-out smiles at you with a raised eyebrow. Later, walking down the street you help an attractive person pick up something they dropped, and strike up a conversation. This person […]

How Power Influences Creativity

April 28, 2011 in Blog

Having, or at the very least perceiving that you have power and control over your environment is important. Those who feel as though they have little control over their status, aspirations, and wealth are prone to depression. On the other hand, those who feel they have too much control are at risk of grandiosity, delusion, […]