Feeling powerful may be an attractive short-term benefit, but there are long-term consequences

Why It’s So Hard to Admit You’re Wrong By KRISTIN WONGMAY 22, 2017 Paul Rogers Despite your best intentions and efforts, it is inevitable: At some point in your life, you will be wrong. Mistakes can be hard to digest, so sometimes we double down rather than face them. Our confirmation bias kicks in, causing … Continue reading Feeling powerful may be an attractive short-term benefit, but there are long-term consequences

Britain youth have more power over their leaders than they might think.

Britain's young people are getting back into politics at last James Hart, Nottingham Trent University Every time a British election rolls around, it elicits a wave of hand-wringing editorials about young voters’ poor turnout at the polls relative to older people. But this year, there are signs things could be different. The 2016 EU referendum … Continue reading Britain youth have more power over their leaders than they might think.

The Joys of Human Choice. How Scientific Explanations Undermines Libertarian Arguments

Ivar Hannikainen was kind enough to approach me regarding his newly published paper  on JESP (congratulations!). In it he shows how: [...] exposure to scientific explanations for patterns in human behaviour challenges the notion of personal autonomy and, in turn, undermines libertarian arguments against state paternalism appealing to autonomy and personal choice. Abstract: The proper limit … Continue reading The Joys of Human Choice. How Scientific Explanations Undermines Libertarian Arguments

The science of political advertising

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/04/advertising.aspx Tired of political ads? The positive ones with unfurling flags and smiling children? The negative ones with grainy images of opponents? Well, gird yourself. Campaigns will spend upward of $3 billion on broadcast television ads for the 2012 presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections, a record-breaking amount, according to Moody’s Investment Services. With this much … Continue reading The science of political advertising

The Interplay of Domination. System Justification or oppressed beating the oppressed

System Justification: Why People Buy Into Social Inequality Why do we support social systems that can work against our interests? Theorists and laypeople often assume that voting behaviour is “rational”, whereby people direct their vote toward the candidate that helps (vs. hinders) their own self or group interests. Jost and colleagues (2003) suggested that this … Continue reading The Interplay of Domination. System Justification or oppressed beating the oppressed