Ho! Ho! Who? How Kids Understand Live Santa Clauses

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
In December, Santa is everywhere--malls, parades, and parties. But how do kids understand this live magical man? Experiences, more than age, seem to matter for understanding.

Psychiatrists, Sorcerers, and Transmissible Brain Disease

By David Rettew M.D. on December 06, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Fear and stigma about mental illness keeps our society from facing up to its transmissibility; this paradox resonates with the history of Kuru, a transmissible brain disease.

Is Mild Love the New Exciting Romance?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Ideal love is depicted as a very passionate experience. Yet mild love seems a better indicator of enduring love. Can we admit our mild love without insulting our partners?

Race as a Social Construction

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Without Prejudice
With the release of an autobiography by the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, a biracial South African man, there are renewed questions about how we categorize people into racial groups.

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"I Wish I Stopped Trying to 'Fix' Myself 20 Years Ago"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
Reclusive Jaime Baird candidly describes himself and his life.

Deadlines and the Pacing of Creative Projects

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
What pacing best gives your creative process the space and freedom it needs?

The Effects of Digital Technology on Learning

Is it wise to let students have open laptops in class? Read on to see what the data shows.

How To Really Be There When Your Partner Is Hurting

When the person you love most has experienced something deeply painful and traumatic, it can be difficult to know how to respond.

To Groom or Not to Groom?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on December 06, 2016 in Cravings
If you trim or shave down there, a new study says there may be health risks.

Why Did Hillary Lose the Election?

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
Too many commentaries on the 2016 election offer single-cause explanations. A Causal Landscape may help us maintain perspective and draw the right lessons for the future.

Empathy Can Lead To Profound Insights

As empathy wanes, so does critical thinking, and both concepts are essential to a democracy.

Single Moms and Holiday Stress

Are you a single mom who dreads the holidays? You have the power to enjoy the season.

Fear and Anger Over the Ohio State Knife Attack

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Anger and fear dominate our responses to acts of terror. How do we channel these feelings to maximize our safety and security?

How Important Is It to Build a Positive Disability Identity?

How can we encourage a positive disability identity? Here are some suggestions.

9 Holiday Resolutions for Sanity, Safety, and Joy

By Meg Selig on December 06, 2016 in Changepower
Why wait for the New Year to make a vow to change? To give yourself the gifts of comfort, joy, and sanity, try these 9 Holiday Resolutions on for size.
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A Holiday Miracle to Try at Home

At this time of year, there is magic in the air, as well as stress and worries. Here are five ways to let your heart be light.
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When Introversion Is Just the Easy Answer

By Sophia Dembling on December 06, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Introversion can be an easy scapegoat for relationship problems, but claiming introversion is only the beginning of the discussion.

Kids and Technology, When and How

In the last decade or so, the media has itself become obsessed with the condemnation of technology and social media.
Can People Overcome Their Implicit Biases?
Overcoming Implicit Bias
Why So Many Bisexuals Are Victimized
Why So Many Bisexuals Are Victimized
Are Racial Stereotypes NOT Really About Race?
The Science of Stereotypes
Race as a Social Construction
Race as a Social Construction

What Makes Your Introversion Unique? 5 Ways to Tell

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
There are several ways to distinguish one introvert from another. All the same, this personality trait can be extremely tricky to define, for it embodies multiple dimensions.

Studying Anxiety, Our Toughest Challenger

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in All about Anxiety
What a poker champion can teach us about managing and overcoming anxiety

Not All Marriages Are Equal at Protecting Longevity

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 06, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Arguments for the health and survival benefits of being married have their limitations. The quality of the marriage and the impact of its loss are critical.

Gray & White Matter MRI Opposite in Autistics vs. Psychotics

Brain-imaging reveals white and gray matter in autistic brains vary oppositely to schizophrenic brains, suggesting a new diagnostic tool only explained by the diametric model.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

Snapchat: The Jekyll & Hyde of Social Media?

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Happy Trails
What research has to say about millennials’ favorite app.

Caring for Others

5 steps you can use to move away from negative frustration into more positive actions and attention. Walk away and reject negativity to become kinder and more empathetic naturally.

3 Things Most People Get Wrong About OCD

By Linda Esposito LCSW on December 06, 2016 in From Anxiety to Zen
The bizarre, random and irrational thoughts and behaviors are not that important when treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Here's what is.

Are You, or Have You Ever Been, Anxious?

By Elizabeth Wagele on December 06, 2016 in The Career Within You
Most adults who knew me thought I’d become a concert pianist, but I didn’t have the steel nerves required.

How to Deal With PTSD–Post Trump Stress Disorder

By Judy Carter on December 06, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Are you having the post-election flare ups? Ready to snap at anyone who voted differently? A personal story about how a Hillary supporter dealt with Post Trump Stress Disorder

Why So Many People Get Fired After a Promotion

By Donna Flagg on December 06, 2016 in Office Diaries
What happens when employees “wow” their employers, get promoted, and then fired shortly thereafter for “not getting it?”

A Simple Trick to Turn Holiday Pain Into Pleasure

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
It is free, fast and doesn’t involve medication

Why Transgender People Experience More Mental Health Issues

The high cost of shame and stigma manifests itself in the mental health of transgender people.

Two of the Most Dangerous Words of the Season: “Hosted Bar”

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
At your holiday party, keep the focus on your host instead of the hosted bar.