Aug 28, 2013 — In the early 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a controversial study in which participants were led to believe they were administering painful, high-voltage shocks to other subjects. Gina Perry, author of Behind the Shock Machine, says the study has "taken on a life of its own."
Aug 2, 2012 — Psychologist Ellen Langer has spent 30 years researching mindfulness, which she describes as the process of letting go of preconceived notions and acting on new observations. Her ideas revolutionized the field of social psychology, and her work is now used from battlefields to schools to hospitals.
Mar 1, 2012 — The seemingly intractable differences between liberals and conservatives may have an evolutionary basis, argues Jonathan Haidt in his new book, The Righteous Mind.
Jul 14, 2010 — You don't need a background in science to enjoy these research-fueled reads. From the mysteries of the male brain to the logistics of having a clone to the problem of mortality, these books straightforwardly tackle present and future scientific puzzles.
Jun 12, 2009 — In the early '60s psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted his "obedience" experiments, showing that most people will do what an authority figure tells them to do. Psychology professor Thomas Blass details Milgram's life and work in his book The Man Who Shocked the World.
Mar 4, 2008 — In her new critique of contemporary culture, Susan Jacoby lambastes America's increasing preoccupation with "anti-intellectualism" and "junk thought." The Age of American Unreason is her eighth book.
Feb 19, 2007 — Brothers Chip and Dan Heath examine why some ideas spread around the globe, while others are forgettable, in their book, Made to Stick. They say most people don't know how to frame their ideas in a clear and compelling way.