A healthy brain is a financial asset, with an impact on the bottom line, for both individuals and corporations. Follow these five scientifically-proven tips to make your brain smarter and help your brain thrive from 9 to 5. Read More
Arriving home after a long day at the office spent almost entirely in front of the computer, you take off your shoes, make yourself a drink and, ironically, sit in front of your computer again. It is incredible how many of us choose to communicate with others through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter rather than speaking directly with the people. Read More
Like Slender Man, viral views on a vaccine-autism link began in a single human's fiction. After Eric Knudsen created the Slender Man in a photo editing challenge, its myth spread as meme, a malleable open-source horror that eventually inspired a murder attempt. After Andrew Wakefield falsified a vaccine-autism link, it virally panicked many to campaign against vaccination. Read More
Increasingly I sense that there are two kinds of people, people who are skeptical about their own motives and people who aren't. The people who aren't are the kind who, when challenged always say in so many words, "Oh no, my motivations are pure." And you can tell that they really believe it. Which kind are you?
At this time of year in our clinical practice, we noted a slight uptick in folks–usually women–suffering from depression. Some are aware of the cause and some not so much. They have just sent their youngest or only child off to college and have fallen into the void of loss and sorrow known as the Empty Nest Syndrome. Read More
A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot a man with an Uzi, leading to media discussions of the gun culture in Arizona and other U.S. states. Here are some statistics comparing gun ownership, homicide and suicide rates, and each states’ gun-friendliness as judged by "Guns & Ammo" magazine. Warning: the numbers might not all fit your expectations. Read More
In a culture saturated with video games, some violent and some addictive, getting a realistic sense of how much and what types of video games youth play is important for understanding the influence of video games. Find these statistics in our latest infographic. Read More
Fallibility is nothing to fear. It is a source of power. As a life skill, it’s right up there with dressing well, networking, and keeping a good credit score. Here are a few reasons I love the phrase “I don’t know.” Read More
The psychology of crime prevention. “C’mon, punk, make my day” sounds just right when accompanied by a cold stare and a very large hand gun, but there’s little room for Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry on today’s college campuses, where police are turning to behavioral psychology to keep the peace. Read More
Loving care literally shapes the rapidly developing nervous system of infants, and its absence sets the stage for many behavioral and personality problems later on. But, says psychotherapist Sue Gerhardt, we don't take babyhood seriously enough to turn science into policies that support early parenthood.
Deep concentration is a pure form of pleasure but can be easily compromised by demands, distractions, daily life and lack of desire for the task. Developing the capacity to concentrate can alter one's life in a big way. Here are some tips and thoughts about the issue. Read More
Terrorism from abroad scares us, and yet the larger danger may be the terrorists we inadvertently are breeding within our own families and communities. Over 1000 research studies have clarified a frightening reality. Fortunately, there's lots you can do about it. Read More
This is a mother's passionate plea that puts a face on the plight of the severely mentally ill. Deprived of adequate treatment and decent housing, they are housed in jails or left homeless on the street. Read More
The operations of nature are not defined by genetically determined physiological brain mechanisms–genes, neurotransmitters, localized areas of cortex, etc.–as is commonly believed. Rather, they come from our genetically programmed temperaments. The role of temperament is to field and digest the impacts of "nurture" in the construction of consciousness. Read More
A recently identified bias, so-called “White Hat Bias” originally found in research studies on obesity, may be seen in the extraordinary hype given to mirror neurons, those cells, originally discovered in macaque monkeys, that fire when a monkey performs an action as well as when the monkey sees an action performed by the examiner. Read More