I completely agree that we need good science for psychotherapy and neuroscience. In truth, we need good science for psychiatry as a whole. We need good science. But ‘Evidence-based’ psychiatry is evidence in name only, no substance. Read More
Temperament testing in litters of puppies is quite common, however many of the tests used today have not been scientifically tested to see if they actually predict the behaviors of adult dogs. Some new data looks at how valid these tests are in determining the ultimate personality of dogs. Read More
Research on impression formation and dialect shows that there may be something to the idea of “Southern comfort.” For Americans, speaking with a Southern accent signals that you're a nice person, and a Northern accent signals you're smart. If it's niceness you seek, these 5 tips can help you find the right tone of voice. Read More
What do we know about sex differences in the brain? In this post, I will focus on findings from more recent data, relying on selected neuroimaging research pertaining to sex differences in lateralization.
The Causal Landscape is a method for highlighting the causes worth addressing, avoiding simplistic single-cause explanations as well as overly complicated and exhaustive explanations. This expansion of the Causal Landscape should make it a more useful tool for diagnosing problems and for turning those diagnoses into action. Read More
The inclination is to believe that people who spend more time alone such as single people and possibly only children might be better able to sit quietly with only their own thoughts—no distractions. What’s your guess? Read More
Soul murder, the term coined by Leonard Shengold to describe the intentional attempt to stamp out or compromise the separate identity of another person.That is what destructive cults do. I have met so many intelligent people who have been victims of cults. Having high intelligence is no protection from becoming victimized by a cult., Read More
There's never been a perfect way to detect deception, but this 9-item questionnaire will give you a set of research-tested guides. Whether in your love life or your work life, using this simple scale will give you the tools you need to become your own personal lie detector. Read More
The are dozens of smart people who offer advice on PsychologyToday.com. A recent experience teaches me, and all of us, that it's sometimes easier to offer advice, than heed it. And in some cases, failing to heed it can be really dangerous. Read More
Fear-driven inference occurs when people acquire beliefs with little evidence because the beliefs scare them. David Nussbaum and I propose that the mechanism underlying fear-driven inference is gut overreaction, which involves an ongoing feedback loop between judgment and emotional response.
One of the biggest misconceptions in neuroscience is that we only use 10 percent of our brains. As ludicrous as the claim is, however, two thirds of the public and half of science teachers still believe it to be true. How did this misconception come about, anyway? Read More
There are lots of claims out there about how to become more intelligent, but which ones are bogus and which ones are based on evidence? Here I work through the top ten most reliable ways to reach your full intellectual potential and improve your brain health. Read More
Casualties go beyond death and physical destruction, but reflect psychological, emotional, and spiritual trauma. Our heroic "charge" is to pool resources for those who have become a cheap commodity in an apathetic society. Read More