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This weeks highlights include a challenge to the idea of generational differences, a route to finding real meaning in life and how self-fulfilling prophecies get the better of us.
Quite simply, cognition refers to thinking. There are the obvious applications of conscious reasoning—doing taxes, playing chess, deconstructing Macbeth—but thought takes many subtler forms, such as interpreting sensory input, guiding physical actions, and empathizing with others. The old metaphor for human cognition was the computer—a logical information-processing machine.
At least for humans, this most basic act is anything but simple. As the pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey put it, the only universal in human sexuality is variability itself. Within the universe of intimacy and pleasure that sex affords, however, there's a lot of room for error. From the behavior itself to our orientations, sex never fails to be a provacative topic.
1The Real Reason Children (and Adults) Hate their Stepmothersby Wednesday Martin, Ph.D.
2Commitment and Members of the Opposite Sexby Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D.
3Intelligence, Creativity and Maniaby Dr. Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D.
4Breathless: When Everything Is Just a Blurby Dr. Julie J. Exline, Ph.D.
5Making Terrible Mistakes at Work.by Fredric Neuman, M.D.