About Amy Alkon

Amy Alkon

Amy Alkon

Amy Alkon is a "science-help" columnist, author, speaker, and podcast host.


Alkon's award-winning science-based syndicated advice column, "The Science Advice Goddess," runs in about 100 papers across North America.


Alkon's most recent book is the science-based and funny "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck," about how we can all live less counterproductively (St. Martin's Press, 2014). Library Journal's starred review: "Verdict: Solid psychology and a wealth of helpful knowledge and rapier wit fill these pages."


Reviewing Alkon's science writing in the journal The Evolutionary Review (March 2011), Dr. Barbara Oakley writes: "Alkon may be, as the LA Weekly put it, 'Miss Manners With Fangs,' but she is perhaps better characterized as the offspring of Charles Darwin and Dorothy Parker. We academics can all take a lesson from her ability to redefine academic turf in terms 'the ordinary person' can both understand and enjoy."


Alkon is the president of the Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society, which seeks to encourage use of evolutionary theory in public policy, business, law, education, medicine, and mental health. 


Alkon hosts an award-winning weekly podcast, "HumanLab," featuring the luminaries of behavioral science. Some of her researcher guests include Robert Trivers, Carol Tavris, Adam Grant, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Scott Barry Kaufman, Edward Deci, Nina Teicholz, Michael Eades, M.D., and Mary Dan Eades, M.D., and Roy Baumeister. 


Alkon gives talks on applied science -- how to use science to solve your problems and improve your life -- and has written for, among others, Psychology Today, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the New York Daily News, and the New York Observer. 


Alkon has been on numerous national TV and radio shows in the U.S. and Canada, including appearances on the "Today" show, "Anderson," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," "The Adam Carolla Show," "Politically Incorrect," "Dennis Miller," CNN, and MTV.


Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email [email protected] http://www.advicegoddess.com Follow her on Twitter: @amyalkon
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