David Myers on Animosity Between Similar Groups

On Sunday, Politico published an enlightening article by Hope College psychology professor David Myers on the divide between Shia and Sunni Muslims. In the article Myers provides four points to help explain why people who share so many things in common are such enemies.Myers also briefly illustrated his point with the historic Northern Ireland conflict between Protestants and Catholics. It occurred to me that on a lesser level, we see these conflicts arise all of time within Christianity. … [Read more...]

New Psychology Blog From David Myers & Nathan DeWall

Myers & DeWall Talk Psych is a new psychology blog that I will visit regularly. In my view, David Myers is the premier social psychology educator in the nation and Dewall has done important work in the field as well. ¬†Anything Myers touches is of high quality and I suspect this will become a popular site for students and professors alike.The first post by Nathan DeWall examines the concept of wealth addiction. It is not really an addiction but pretty important to people when they want … [Read more...]

Social psychologist David Myers opines on APA report in Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal invited Hope College social psychologist David Myers to write a column regarding the APA task force report on appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation. Dr. Myers is the author of several books, including the text I use in teaching the social psychology class at GCC. I highly recommend the text, as well as his book on Happiness.Here is a taste of the article:Applause for the APA's sensitivity to religious diversity has come from previously opposing … [Read more...]

Psychology concept of the day: Confirmation bias

Confirmation bias - A tendency to search for information that confirms one's preconceptions.- David Myers, Social Psychology, 8th Ed., pg. 112.Confirmation bias - connotes the seeking or interpreting of evidence in ways that are partial to existing beliefs, expectations, or a hypothesis in hand.- Raymond Nickerson, Review of General Psychology, 1998No doubt all sides of recent political and public policy issues will accuse each other of engaging in confirmation bias. … [Read more...]


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