Peter McGraw’s research featured in the NY Times

Peter McGraw and his Humor Research Lab were referenced in the essay, “Is Nothing Funny, Mr. President?” Whether in public or in private, politicians use humor to identify, and ultimately to uphold, unwritten norms. This is best explained using what the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Peter McGraw, founder of the Humor Research Lab, has called… Read more »

Read the latest op-eds from Carol Anderson

On the heels of Carol Anderson’s NY Times piece, “The Policies of White Resentment,” she has written for The Guardian about the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. The United States is in a tailspin. White supremacists are on the march – and have left a trail of blood and destruction in their wake. A march in… Read more »

Sandeep Jauhar on “Empathy Gadgets”

Sandeep Jauhar’s latest NY Times piece is about empathy gadgets, how tech and healthcare are using machines to foster understanding and compassion. The demonstration took place this year at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The device, a new technology called the SymPulse, was feeding a signal into my arm that simulated the tremors of a… Read more »

Read the NY Times review of T.R. Reid’s latest book

T.R. Reid’s new book A Fine Mess shows “What a World Tour of Tax Codes Can Teach the U.S. About How to Reform Its Own.” Tax ranks high among global economic activities. Federal taxes alone constitute more than a quarter of the American economy. Including state and local levies brings the total tax burden to… Read more »

Daniel McGinn in the Sunday New York Times

New speaker Daniel McGinn, author of Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed, has penned a new piece for the NY Times, “Why I Wrote This Article on Malcolm Gladwell’s Keyboard.” Do lucky objects actually help us perform better? If we believe in their special power, research suggests that they… Read more »

Read Marc Dunkelman at the NY Times

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Marc Dunkelman published “Invite Your Neighbors Over for a Barbecue This Weekend.” Imagine if someone challenged you to sort your acquaintances into categories. You’d place your most intimate ties — your spouse, children, parents, siblings, best friends — in one bucket, and your least intimate contacts — people with whom… Read more »

NY Times: “How to Get the Wealthy to Donate”

Elizabeth Dunn has co-authored a new piece for the Sunday Times. Wealthy people are selfish jerks. So are their children. That is the implication, at least, of a batch of recent psychological studies. In a 2015 study, for example, preschoolers were told that they had earned enough tokens for “a really great prize.” They could… Read more »