PARBs Hiatus: Moving to Psychology Today

I was invited to start a new blog at the Psychology Today website, and I’ve posted there about once a month since March. My new blog is called Bias Fundamentals: Tools to Keep Our Biases in Check. I initially thought I could do both Bias Fundamentals and PARBs Anonymous. I thought there were enough differences between the two blogs that it made […]

Conformity and Bias in Sharing Fake News

If nearly everybody believes something, then it must be true. If most of us act the same way, then it must be okay to act that way. Right? No. These common-sense ways of drawing conclusions about the world are logical fallacies. They go by names such as the bandwagon fallacy, the naturalistic fallacy, or argumentum […]

Thinking We Can See Invisible Racism

Invisible or covert racism is a difficult issue. It refers to subtle or unconscious forms of racial bias, and many white people have difficulty believing it exists. Even people of color aren’t sure it’s there when they notice something in an everyday interaction that feels offensive. Makes sense. Invisible racism is invisible, which technically means […]

“It’s Not the End of the World”: Comforting but Illogical

After making a mistake or after something bad happens to you, have you ever become upset or afraid? Has anyone ever tried to comfort you by saying, “it’s not the end of the world” – perhaps even your therapist. Of course it’s not the end of the world. You can’t deny that. Solid logic, right? […]

Does the Film “Insurgent” Redeem the Character of Future Humans?

I haven’t read the books. I await the third movie. But so far the message appears good. Spoiler alert… Future humans are not as pea-brained or primitive or prejudiced as we thought. Future humans (the ones outside Chicago) did not de-evolve into the prejudice-filled faction-based system that we saw in Divergent. They only set up […]

Trigger Warnings in College: Do Individual Differences Matter?

I recently read some op-eds that strongly criticized the use of trigger warnings in college (Goldberg, 2014; Lukianoff & Haidt, 2015). Trigger warnings are basically brief oral or written warnings that certain course content may be emotionally disturbing to some students. The issue has become a heated debate. But because there is little to no […]