Values

Calling Miss Congeniality – Do Attractive People Have Attractive Traits and Values?

We’ve all been warned not to “judge a book by its cover,” but inevitably we do it anyway. It’s difficult to resist the temptation of assuming that a person’s outward appearance reflects something meaningful about his or her inner personality. Indeed, research shows that people tend to perceive attractive adults More

Much Ado About Francis Galton

Galton Dissed? I was mystified by Douglas Medin’s aversion to Sir Francis Galton in his April Presidential Column (Medin, 2012). Medin said that Galton’s method of superimposing multiple headshots to study facial beauty “is not one of psychology’s success stories.” On the contrary, Galton’s method has inspired over 300 papers More

Compassion Made Easy

The New York Times: ALL the major religions place great importance on compassion. Whether it’s the parable of the good Samaritan in Christianity, Judaism’s “13 attributes of compassion” or the Buddha’s statement that “loving kindness and compassion is all of our practice,” empathy with the suffering of others is seen More