Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton


Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-editor of the Greater Good book, Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. He is a former director of the Greater Good Science Center.


Stories by Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

Articles: Underwear Models, “Dumb Blondes,” and Stereotype Threat

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | May 30, 2013

What a recent TED talk teaches us about our hidden stereotypes--and their pernicious effects.

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is coeditor of the Greater Good anthology Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology

Articles: Racism: Bad for Everyone’s Health

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | September 19, 2012

New studies reveal how racism hurts health. But they also show how having the right attitude can mitigate bad effects.


Articles: How to Pass the Marshmallow Test

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | August 3, 2012

Research explains why it's wrong to discriminate against overweight people—and also why it's important to help build mindfulness and self-control.


Articles: Why People Are Not Feet

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | June 4, 2012

What's the best way to help build the resilience of loved ones? Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton says care, not tough love, is the key.


Articles: Does White Pride Lead to Prejudice?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | April 26, 2012

Does identifying as "White" predict negative attitudes towards diversity? That depends on how conscious you are of power, says new research.


Articles: How to Spot an Abuser

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | April 12, 2012

Do you sometimes mistake psychological abuse for compatibility? Look to friends for help.


Articles: How to Idealize Your Spouse (Without Being a Fool)

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | March 26, 2012

A new study says that there's a right way and a wrong way to put your partner on a pedestal.


Articles: Is It Best to Be Greedy in Tough Economic Times?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | February 23, 2012

New research suggests that evolution selects for altruism, not greed.


Articles: Is it Racism or Politics as Usual?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | February 3, 2012

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains what a new study on racial bias means for the presidential election.


Articles: A New Year’s Resolution: Find Yourself Some Trouble

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | January 3, 2012

What socks can teach us about intelligence and overcoming challenges.


Articles: What Would You Do if You Witnessed Child Abuse?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | November 29, 2011

How fair is it to vilify Penn State's Mike McQueary for not going to the police?


Articles: Why I Skipped This “Diversity” Bake Sale

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | September 29, 2011

What UC Berkley's College Republicans get wrong about racism and colorblindness.


Articles: Does Empathy Reduce Prejudice—or Promote It?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | August 29, 2011

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how to make sense of conflicting scientific evidence.


Articles: How to Deal with Prejudice

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | June 30, 2011

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how to confront negative experiences without letting our emotions overwhelm us.

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Articles: Why Rap Gets a Bad Rap

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | May 31, 2011

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains the science behind a recent White House controversy.


Articles: Should We Talk to Young Children about Race?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | May 5, 2011

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains why colorblindness doesn't work.


Articles: Why Do We Sabotage Our Success?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | April 26, 2011

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how a research-proven teaching technique can actually backfire.


Articles: Drawing from Experience

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | March 31, 2011

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how our cultural backgrounds can skew our opinions and judgments--but realizing this can help overcome tensions between groups.


Articles: Is Hollywood Racist?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | February 28, 2011

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton considers why the top movies seem "whitewashed."


Articles: The Top 10 Strategies for Reducing Prejudice

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | January 3, 2011

To greet the new year, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton provides the best research-based tips for overcoming our differences.


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