Dr. Elizabeth Loftus for the People

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

Multivariate Analyses of Dr. Peter Bentler

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

The Intellectual Wonderland of Dr. Alison Gopnik

Dr. Alison Gopnik is inspired by the scientific vision of young children. Without the preconceptions, the extensive set of cognitive heuristics, and the rigid approaches to problem-solving we adopt in adulthood, children see the world with a sense of exploration. Dr. Gopnik and her colleagues have shown young children to be incredible problem-solvers, creative theoreticians, … Continue reading The Intellectual Wonderland of Dr. Alison Gopnik

Side note: Journeys into the Real, the Unreal, and the Surreal

Over the past two weeks this Journey2Psychology has been in Southern California: moving from Santa Barbara into various parts of Los Angeles (the inland empire, the OC, Long Beach, Hollywood, Santa Monica), and onwards into San Diego.  It would be easy to spend months here, chronicling the tremendous and influential psychologists/behavioral scientists who were lured … Continue reading Side note: Journeys into the Real, the Unreal, and the Surreal

The Empowered Dr. Brenda Major

Themes from the personal to the political permeate the research of Dr. Brenda Major: from her groundbreaking work on issues of mental health and emotional responses to abortion, to her early research on gender and the psychology of non-reciprocal touch between people, to her more recent studies on stigma relating to ethnicity, culture, and body-weight. … Continue reading The Empowered Dr. Brenda Major

Running Down a Dream with Dr. Allison Harvey

Scalable, accessible, affordable interventions define the aims of Dr. Allison Harvey's research with mental illness.  She is a professor at the University of California -- Berkeley, the Director of the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic, and an award-winning scholar who is partnering with community clinics across northern California to work towards the realization … Continue reading Running Down a Dream with Dr. Allison Harvey

Insomnia and the Vicious Psychological Cycle

I very recently spoke with Dr. Allison Harvey (University of California -- Berkeley) and will soon be posting on that conversation. As ever, in advance of that conversation I endeavored to complete a deep dive on her background, and, in this case, that included many articles relating to her major scholarly topic: sleep disorders. At … Continue reading Insomnia and the Vicious Psychological Cycle