Category: Cognitive Psychology

How could the French Open have handled Osaka's situation differently?

A Quickie: Osaka, Mental Health, and Accommodation


Reading Time: 2 minutes
As awareness and acceptance of mental health issues increases in our thoroughly modern world, organizations and people should be more prepared to accommodate those whose needs are not being met. Naomi Osaka is a great example of how the arc of history needs to bend towards accommodation.

What factors influence whether a police officer shoots or not?

To Shoot or Not to Shoot: What is a Police Officer to Do?


Reading time: 5 minutes
What factors determine whether a police officer shoots or not? Our brains are complex, but we can narrow it down to several factors: (1) race of the suspect, (2) priming of the officer to shoot, and (3) the possibility that the suspect is armed. With so many guns in society, police have to assume everyone is armed. It all adds up to ensuring that PoC are hurt first and worst by our violence prone policing.

What is Biden's Super Power?

Being a Likeable Old White Guy is Biden’s Super Power


Reading time: 5 minutes
Two things drive American politics: likeability and hate voting. If you like a politician, you’re likely to adopt her policy positions. If you identify with a political party, you’re likely to vote against a politician of the other party more than for one of your party. Which will win when pitted in the mind’s of the 74 million Trump voters?

Why do we feel so bad after the impeachment acquittal?

The Peak-End Theory Explains Our Experience of the Impeachment Acquittal


Reading time: 4 minutes
We had the most successful impeachment trial in our history! We had SEVEN Republican Senators vote for conviction! The Impeachment Managers demonstrated Trump’s guilt in no uncertain terms. MqQonnell said he was guilty even though he voted for acquittal. Most of the American people think he was guilty. Then, why do we feel so bad about it? The peak-end experience explains it all.

How can I help save our democracy?

Call Your Members of Congress: The Save Our Democracy, edition


Reading time: 5 minutes
As the Trump insurrection riot and TOO response makes clear, our democracy is under direct attack. The GOP really is actively trying to destroy our democracy. It is now all hands on deck. We all have to fight against the conservative authoritarian power grab. One way to do that is to be an engaged, informed, and organized voter. It means keeping up with what your MoM is doing and contacting them frequently. Luckily Indivisible has just the guide to show us how.

Will the 6 January Insurrection be easily forgotten?

Don’t Let Them Gaslight You: The Implications of Trump’s 6 January Insurrection Riot as a Flashbulb Memory


Reading time: 5 minutes
It’s only been three weeks since Trump’s Insurrection Riot stormed the Capitol building threatening to hang Mike Pence, assassinate Nancy Pelosi, and wreck mayhem upon us all. Now we have another few weeks for the impeachment trial and the GOP is doing all it can to gaslight us into believing the whole thing was little more than some bad gas in a stuffy car amongst friends. Don’t let ’em gaslight you! And, in this case it being a flashbulb memory will help, especially if you follow these helpful hints.

What do Trump Supporters need to do to be Forgiven

The Four Parts of an Apology that ALL Trump Supporter needs to Fulfill to be Forgiven


Reading time: 4 minutes
Can we ever forgive Trump supporters for the needless deaths of 340,000+ deaths, the needless suffering of the #COVID19 pandemic, assaulting our democracy, damaging our national security, and putting us through such hell for four years all for the sake of Trump’s ego? We should forgive anyone who can fulfill the four-parts of an effective apology.

Defund the Police Activates the Racial Angst of White America

A Quickie: How “Defund the Police” Played into Republican Hands and White America’s Psyche


Reading time: 3 minutes
The circular firing squad is back on as progressive and moderate Dems argue over who snatched a squeaker from the jaws of a landslide in 2020. Of course, we can’t just celebrate having won one, right? Much of the debate turns on the role of “Defund the Police.” Unfortunately, the cognitive psychology of it points the finger squarely at it.

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