I'm a regular blogger for Psychology Today (PT) and also for the slightly geekier Language Log (LL). 

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Recent Post: On the graphic and orthographic properties of Saskatchewan (LL)
Saskatchewan's unofficial motto is: "Hard to spell. Easy to draw." But what exactly does it meanRead More

Recent Post: Authorize your dealer to be 100% informative (LL) 
An ad in rural Ontario offers two language quirks for the price of a moment's attention.  Read More

Recent Post: Are you a voter? How the language of identity can boost voter turnout (PT)
Do you think of yourself as a voter or do you merely vote in elections? Far from linguistic hair-splitting, it seems that tweaking language to emphasize personal identity can nudge people to the polling booths. Read More

Recent Post: Not so gullible after all (LL)
Does knowing that advertising is fundamentally persuasive render us less susceptive to its effects? And if so, how would this work?  Read More

Recent Post: Please don't offend this post (LL)
On a recent train commute, the following announcement caught my ear: "Please stand clear of the doors as this train is trying to depart." Was the over-extension of animacy features a crafty maneuver to increase rush-hour compliance? Read More

Recent Post: Presupposition and boasting instructions for politicians (LL)
It's not easy to boast, when you're a politician. Take for example Bill Clinton, who'd had a pretty good first term. But when it came time to campaign for his second term on the strength of his record, assertions about his accomplishments didn't get much tractionRead More

Recent Post: Think you can't be persuaded by ads you ignore? Think again (PT)
It’s no surprise to advertisers that people rarely devote their full brainpower to the ads that are lobbed at them. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the ads have no impact on consumers. Sometimes, it can mean the opposite. Read More

Recent Post: Can nostalgic advertising re-write your childhood memories? (PT)
Our unreliable trips down memory lane suggest that advertisers have much to gain from tweaking our reminiscences.  Read More

Recent Post: Fiction as stealth persuasion (PT)
The fictional words and actions of entirely made-up characters can persuade us more readily than the pleas and arguments of real flesh-and-blood people talking about real things in the real world. Why might this be? Read More

Recent Post: Your best defense against advertising may be your unconscious mind (PT)
Commercial messages affect us in many ways that we're not aware of. But it seems we have a defensive system—one that can be turned on by our unconscious mind. Read More

Recent Post: Politically correct animal language (PT)
The editors of the Journal of Animal Ethics have called for re-vamping language about animals. Snarky media comments aside: Could changing the language change attitudes towards animals? Read More

Recent post: Do Obama/Osama slips of the tongue reveal racist attitudes? (PT)
The politics and psychology of "Freudian" speech errors. Read More

Recent Post: Avant-garde ads: A secret weapon of the right wing? (PT)
When befuddled by what seem like nonsensical messages, people launch in hot pursuit of meaning elsewhere—including traditional social structures. Read More

We profess to hate negative attack ads in politics. But when it comes to negative campaigning, genteel social norms get some push-back from psychological mechanisms that give dirty politics an edge over keeping it clean.  Read More

We expect broadcasters to have a little bit of linguistic class, and this includes not dropping g's and turning ing into in', pronouncing nuclear asnucular, or seasoning their speech with generous dashes of double negatives. But Presidents, it seems, are an entirely different matter.  Read More

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