We seemed to have done a decent job of convincing society that psychological science is important, but this has only increased the demand for us to show how what we have discovered can be used outside the laboratory to help improve lives. Although most of us have this goal in the abstract, at times we also need to be more concrete.
For example, economists routinely inform public policy in ways psychological scientists have not, even though our insights may be equally, or even more, valuable.
Looking Beyond the Neuro Revolution in Psychological Science - By NYU’s Elizabeth A. Phelps, H/T @vaughnbell
If she’s not saying the next big thing is for scientists to inform public policy, then I will.
Psychopaths don’t think, should I do this or shouldn’t I do this? They just go ahead and do stuff.
There is a very important distinction to be made between somebody who is psychotic, which means they have something like schizophrenia, and people who are psychopathic, which means they are a psychopath and don’t care about other people (…) no empathy and no guilt.