Considering that Williams is the alma mater of  G. Stanley Hall, the founder of the American Psychological Association, it should come as no surprise that a number of Eph alums and professors have recently been engaged in newsworthy psychological research:

  • Professor Nate Kornell was quoted in a NYTimes article on how test-taking is the most effective way to learn.  Professor Susan Engel had a different take on testing published in the NYTimes back in September.
  • Professor Saul Levmore published an article on CNN discussing the psychology of a Jared Loughner type individual.
  • Professors Kenneth Savitsky and Nicholas Epley received a lot of media attention for a study conducted in part at Williams, in which they demonstrated the “closeness communication bias” in action.
  • HBS professor Mike Norton ’97 continues to publish interesting research.  Among his most recent publications, he demonstrates in the Harvard Business Review that eloquence is a more effective rhetorical strategy than honesty.  (And no, there is no truth to the rumor that Fox News subsequently provided a lifetime grant to Professor Norton to further explore these findings …).
  • Legendary Cornell professor James Maas ’60, whose Psych 101 class has achieved “near-mythical status”, was interviewed by the CBN regarding his research on the benefits of sleep (now THERE is a finding I can get behind!).
  • Sam Sommers ’97, as always, has interesting things to say on his Psychology Today blog, this time about our susceptibility to fraudsters (I will refrain from comment as to the applicability of this blog post to recent happenings at Williams), as well as about the egomanical nature of daily life.
  • More locally, Eph alum Jeff Johnson ’74 writes an advice column for the North Adams Transcript.
  • This isn’t quite as recent, but also worth watching is Professor Fein’s talk on racial prejudice, delivered at the 2010 Reunion Weekend.
  • Another slightly dated link of interest is this NYTimes Op-Ed on bullying by Professors Susan Engel and Marlene Sandstrom, also from the summer of 2010.
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