from The Great Debate:

The scientific explanation of why people kill each other over TVs on Black Friday

By Laurence Ashworth
November 23, 2014

Shoppers rush for televisions at a Target store in Chicago

What causes people to kick, shove and even stab each other on Black Friday?

Each year there are reports of violence during the Black Friday sales. Last year, in Philadelphia – the City of Brotherly Love, no less – two families fought until one of the women ended matters with a stun gun. In a New Jersey Walmart, a belligerent shopper had to be pepper sprayed by police. And in Virginia, one man slashed another with a knife in an argument over a parking spot. This year, there are sure to be similar cases.

from The Great Debate:

What CEOs can learn from Sherlock Holmes

By Maria Konnikova
January 3, 2013

This essay is excerpted from Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, published this week by Viking.

from Chrystia Freeland:

The Triumph of the Social Animal

By Chrystia Freeland
April 24, 2012

BERLIN — Does fairness matter? As France prepares to elect a president this spring and the United States gets ready to elect a president in the autumn, that old philosopher’s chestnut is gaining tremendous real-time political relevance.

from Breakingviews:

Review: Of parasites, trust and morality

April 5, 2012

By Martin Langfield
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

He’s making a list, and Czeching it twice…

December 7, 2011

Blog Guy, I need to tap your background in psychology. I can't get my husband to enjoy the Christmas holidays. When he sees festive decorations he just breaks down and sobs.

from FaithWorld:

Optimistic? Attending services may be reason

November 10, 2011

Regular attendance at religious services is associated with a more optimistic outlook and a lesser inclination to be depressed, compared to those who do not attend services at all, according to a recently published study.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

WARNING: avert your gaze!

October 22, 2011

Blog Guy, as the proprietor of a very visual blog, can you tell me the easiest way to get people to look at a photograph?

from The Great Debate UK:

We need risk-ready leaders

June 24, 2010

-Geoff Trickey is managing director of The Psychological Consultancy. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from The Great Debate UK:

Seeking the silver lining in a volcanic ash cloud

By Rachel Andrew
April 21, 2010

Rachel Andrew- Dr Rachel Andrew is a clinical psychologist working for the NHS in Lancashire. The opinions expressed are her own. -

from The Great Debate UK:

Travellers could feel long-lasting impact of volcano disruption

By Robert Bor
April 21, 2010

RobertBor- Professor Robert Bor is a clinical psychologist with a special interest in aviation and  travel psychology. He has published several books on this topic. The opinions expressed are his own. -