Kenny Luck

January 22, 2016

Me, Myself, and I: A Tour of Psychological Egoism

Are people innately selfish or not? On its face, this question appears easy and straigh1tforward. “Of course individuals act selfishly!” One may protest. But is that […]
December 19, 2015

The Fundamental Attribution Error: Who’s to Blame?

Often times, whether in work or family life—or even in politics—when things go wrong, someone usually, as it’s popularly said, “takes the blame.” In psychological terms, […]
December 2, 2015

Social Psychology, Syria and Prejudice

In the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack on western soil since September 11, 2001, a debate has been raging over whether or not western countries […]
November 16, 2015

What Would You Do? Investigating the ‘Bystander Effect’

In March 1964, a bar manager named Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death in the Kew Gardens district of New York City. Thirty-eight residents from a nearby apartment […]
November 11, 2015

Is Behaviorism Still Relevant?

Many people have heard of B.F. Skinner. His name has been referenced countless times in popular television shows and movies. And although the field of psychology, […]
October 30, 2015

Want to Attain Perfection? Practice: Exploring Ericsson’s 10,000-Hour Rule

Biological determinists argue that what you are born with is what you get. Sure, genetics don’t determine everything about your nature, but there is basically no escaping […]
October 20, 2015

Can a Good Person Turn Bad?

In the discipline of social psychology, there is probably not a bigger, more influential name than Phillip Zimbardo. Zimbardo (who actually attended James Monroe High School in […]
October 14, 2015

Highlighting the Positive: A Tour though “Positive Psychology”

From its inception, the field of psychology and almost all of its practitioners have focused on mental pathologies—that is, an individual’s psychological problems. For decades, many […]
October 6, 2015

How Reliable Are Your Memories? The Problem of False Memories

How Reliable Are Your Memories? The Problem of False Memories We often think of our memories as fixed: memories remain concrete and unchanging, at least that’s […]
September 28, 2015

When (and when not to) Listen to Authority: Lessons from Milgram

When (and when not to) Listen to Authority: Lessons from Milgram Most of us acknowledge the role of legitimate authority and authority figures. Society, put simply, […]
September 20, 2015

Following the Leader: What Would Psychology Say about the Primary Presidential Elections?

Following the Leader: What Would Psychology Say about the Primary Presidential Elections? Since mid-summer, Americans have been treated with a seemingly endless onslaught of political mudslinging […]
September 16, 2015

5 Pitfalls to Avoid in Decision Making

We are constantly making decisions, thousands per day by some counts. These decisions can be as small as deciding what kind of clothes to wear to […]