Does culture influence how we think? Dr. Daphna Oyserman has been researching culture, identity and the interaction of these constructs as they impact social and psychological development of children and families across three continents during her career. While she is currently the Dean’s Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Dornsife Center for Mind and … Continue reading The Possible Selves of Dr. Daphna Oyserman
Psychology has but a few superstars whose research is widely known across all of our sub-disciplines, and whose findings, books, and talks are influential for people not involved in Psychology. This level of renown is rare because to be known in the public requires an influence that directly affects our social mores and activities; because Psychology … Continue reading Dr. Elizabeth Loftus for the People
Happy May the 4th, aka Star Wars day! Our journey now has reached a distance of 0.000000002086 parsecs and we are celebrating the combination of bank holiday weekend, May Day, Free Comic Book Day, and Star Wars Day on the outskirts of London! I can only assume that Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars … Continue reading Side note: May the fourth be with you!
Dr. Peter Bentler of UCLA has investigated drug addiction, personality theory, and a host of other behavioral and clinical paradigms. He is also one of the most cited scholars in Psychology for his innovations with Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and the related quantitative concepts. In working with SEM, Dr. Bentler and colleagues created and facilitated a … Continue reading Multivariate Analyses of Dr. Peter Bentler
We made the 4800 mi/7600 km journey from Dallas, Texas to London, England. The differences in language patterns, social interactions, and centres of cultural interest feel quite vast. After a few days in London, we continued up to Cambridge (60 mi/100 km) where I spoke with some amazing neuropsychologists/psychopharmacologists for the Journey, and then made … Continue reading Side note: The ethics of better living through chemistry (and road updates)
With increasing frequency I've been speaking with amazing scholars about their lives, their journey's to Psychology, and the contributions that they've made to this discipline. I've now traveled 27,000 mi/43,000 km from New Jersey to Boston, from Boston to Montreal, from Montreal to Toronto, from Toronto to Ohio, from Ohio to Wisconsin and Iowa, through … Continue reading Psychology now and then
I've had a chance to speak with more than 35 influential psychologists so far on this Journey and there are some themes that seem to be emerging. One idea that has intrigued me, and is echoed time and time again, is the emphasis on being wrong. I can't put this bluntly enough: almost all of … Continue reading The Beauty of Being Wrong