Who hasn’t clicked through an online quiz that promises to use your favorite songs or your reactions to various colors to tell you something about who you really are, deep, deep down? Surprise: They’re not really that insightful. Personality psychologists do know how to build assessments that actually measure something real. But new research suggests that human intuitions are all wrong about what kinds of questions are going to get us those tantalizing insights into what we imagine are our innermost, true selves.
Congress passed a bill rolling back some of the Wall Street regulations meant to prevent a repeat of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. The president, who favors less regulation, is expected to sign the bill next week. But the usual debate about adding or removing financial regulations misses the point, argue Jena Martin and Karen Kunz of West Virginia University. The only way to really prepare for the next crisis is to start from scratch, they explain.
In the aftermath of school shootings, the perpetrators are often portrayed as social outcasts who went off the deep end after being isolated from their peers. But Jennifer Watling Neal, associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University, takes a closer look at the evidence and finds it does not support the notion that peer rejection leads to school massacres.
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A quirky quiz probably isn’t going to tell you much about your innermost essence. StunningArt/Shutterstock.com
With controversial Christian educators like Paige Patterson who believe that the Bible teaches women to submit to men, it matters to know today that evangelicals encouraged women's education in the past.