What Explains Our Fascination with Celebrities?

August 18, 2018

We are social beings who need close supportive contact with others for both psychological and physical health. Interest in celebrities, as part of a broader preoccupation with the culture of entertainment, has infiltrated almost every aspect of life in modern society. Although interest in...

Can Google Search Data Help Solve Islamophobia?

July 15, 2017

Short of stealing people’s diaries or tapping their phone calls, what else can researchers do to gather the most objective data possible? For decades, social scientists have conducted research using some combination of surveys, census data, focus groups, interviews and observation techniques....

Here’s Why the Average Millionaire’s College GPA is 2.9

July 13, 2017

GPA may be a more accurate measure of how well students comply with rules. Almost everyone, at one point or another, has wondered what really successful people do differently from the rest of us. Perhaps surprisingly, on average, millionaires have a mean college GPA of 2.9, which is slightly...

What If a Poor Person Ran the US Economy?

June 27, 2017

Psychological studies tell us that someone from a disadvantaged background might in fact be much better at running a country's economy. One of the mysteries of the Trump presidency boils down to this question: Will he prove to be an economic populist and advance the economic well-being of the...