Author Archive

Shortstop Psychology: The Mystery of the Yips

Henry Skrimshander is a shortstop and the star of Chad Harbach’s lyrical novel The Art of Fielding. Henry plays for the fictional Westish College, and his flawless defensive play is […]... More>


Observer Article

The Addict’s Perilous Bargain

Why is it so hard for addicts to trade short-term pleasure for long-term rewards? Wray Herbert explores how addiction affects reasoning capabilities. ... More>


The Future Of The (Scared, White) GOP

When President Obama defeated Mitt Romney in 2012, handily winning a second term, he did so with only 39 percent of white voters. White men made up only a quarter […]... More>


Now! Later. No, right now! Maybe in a bit.

Procrastination and impulsivity are both bad habits. They cause problems in school, at work, in life. But psychologically, they would seem to have little in common. Impulsivity, after all, is […]... More>


The Meat Paradox: How Carnivores Think About Dinner

Temple Grandin is widely known as an advocate for animal welfare. She is also a slaughterhouse designer and meat eater. She has spent much of her professional life promoting humane […]... More>