The Real Reason Religion Is Declining In America

Why the U.S. will eventually resemble Europe

A Beautiful Mind: What Did John Nash Really Have?

Are we sure it was schizophrenia?

How Evolutionary Psychology Illuminates Everyday Life

10 Cliches that all have an evolutionary basis

Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

Blending irony and sincerity is essential to an ethical vision.

What Do Children Know About Climate Change?

There are proven strategies to help children become eco-warriors

Smart, Successful, and Yet Not Happy?

Why aren't the smart-and-the-successful as happy as they could—or should—be?

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Give a Second Thought to First Impressions

Give a Second Thought to First Impressions

New ideas and information can change our first impressions and increase our opportunities.

New Trends Show “Real Progress” for Concussion Care

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on May 27, 2015 in Brain Trauma
Concussion safety isn't moving fast enough on most sports levels, so leagues, states -- even countries -- are stepping in to step up concussion education, baseline testing, and related recovery protocols. It's a new era of governing concussion safety.

Relaxing With Some Silly Research

By Jesse Marczyk on May 27, 2015 in Pop Psych
Some relatively new research claims that walking to the right can make you better at addition. Does that sound silly? Well, it only sounds that way because it probably is.

The Real Reason Religion Is Declining In America

Why Millennials are the least religious generation in American history

The Science of Predicting the Future

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Some people are surprisingly good at predicting the future. Are you one of them?

Vulnerability

Because we are limited, finite, mortal beings, vulnerability to trauma is a necessary and universal feature of our human condition. Suffering, injury, illness, death, heartbreak, loss--these are possibilities that define our existence and loom as constant threats. To be human is to be excruciatingly vulnerable.

Return of the King—LeBron James, That Is

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers' sweep of the Atlanta Hawks last night to capture the Eastern Conference title and earn themselves a trip to the NBA Championship Series is—certainly for Cavs fans—cause for considerable celebration. And what a vindication! . . .

How Does Yoga Relieve Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that yoga can have the opposite effect on the brain as chronic pain.

Marketing Tips From A Few "Mad Men"

Mad Men gave us more than a look inside the scandalous world of 1960's advertising-- it gave us valuable business lessons that are still just as relevant today. Here are three tips on how to make money and captivate your audience.

A Beautiful Mind: What Did John Nash Really Have?

Nash was certainly delusional and evidently hallucinated as well. He filled the blackboards of Fine Hall at Princeton with indecipherable scribblings, and wandered about the campus in an apparent daze. He became known as “The Phantom of Fine Hall.”

The Credit Lunch

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in Consumed
Using credit or debit cards is associated with more hedonic purchases. Are students more susceptible to this card payment effect?

Invading Privacy in the Name of Safety

Whether or not we allow parents and governments to invade our privacy depends on how the question is framed - is it a safety or moral concern or is simply an issue that concerns only ourselves.

Infidelity and the New Psychology of Shame

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
How would you respond if a friend or loved one decided to stay with a partner who had cheated?

How Evolutionary Psychology Illuminates Everyday Life

Evolutionary psychology has become famous as a powerful framework for understanding even the most mundane aspects of life. Read further to see how the evolutionary perspective provides insights into 10 common cliches.

How Long Will Your Dog Live?

New data shows that a dog's size has a greater influence on its life expectancy then we had previously believed.

How Good Are You at Flirting?

Flirting isn't easy but some styles are more effective than others.

Are You a Jerk or a Pushover?

Research shows we're really bad at identifying how other people perceive us.

How to Foster More Adaptive Thinking

By Gregg Henriques on May 27, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
A review of how to employ the cognitive approach to maintain an adaptive mindset during stressful conditions.

Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

The artist—and we all are artists, good, bad, or ugly—expands the ordinary into the extraordinary or condenses the extraordinary into the common. He, she, enchants the cosmos.

Watching a Play about Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on May 27, 2015 in A Hunger Artist
The benefits and dangers of creating art out of illness.

Elephants Rescue Baby Who Lies Down on a Busy Highway

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in Animal Emotions
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this video of a herd of elephants rescuing a young herd member who decides for some reason to lie down on a busy highway in Kruger National Park in South Africa is well worth numerous words and the two plus minutes it'll take to watch it. Other animals can teach us valuable lessons about caring, compassion, and empathy.

Anger Management Failures

Anger management fails for the same reason that diets don’t work.

Moving Beyond Science vs. Religion

Ignorance underlies most claims about the conflict between science and religion

GRAFTS: Variations on Our Irrelationship Song-and-Dance

Our specific song-and-dance routines—ways that we reverse caretaking role with our key caregiver(s)—become the basic blueprint the pattern of interaction we will develop to care for our key caregiver. These patterns can be called GRAFTS and the acronym describes—in a very basic broad stroke—some of the habits that can become part of our caregiving conditioning.

A Workover: A "Creative" Wants to Make a Living

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Facing Our Two-Facedness

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 26, 2015 in Ambigamy
We all want opposite things. Life goes better and gets more interesting when you admit that you do too.

Come Here-Go Away; the Dynamics of Fearful Attachment

Adults “fearful” attachment styles feel lonely and want closeness in relationships; at the same time, they are avoid close relationships because of possible rejection or emotional injury. Learn how understanding this style can free you of the tyranny of your emotions so that you can live with intent. You can also learn to love and help your loved ones with this style.

BPD and the Effective Therapist

What personal features predict better success in working with borderline patients?

Seven Lessons from the History of Adulthood

Lessons from the past that illuminate the present.

Sleepless in the Summer

How to improve your sleep when the mercury rises