What’s the history behind New Year’s resolutions? Simon Bronner is an expert in folklore who can speak about rituals and holidays, including New Year’s resolutions. He can talk about the social psychology behind making these resolutions. Bronner can also talk about other traditions and symbols associated with the holiday around the world. Bronner is the dean of the College of General Studies and a professor of social sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of The Practice of Folklore, from the University Press of Mississippi.