New Study Underscores Why Fewer Toys Is the Better Option

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Singletons
Parents may be giving their young children too many toys. In terms of development and creativity, less is more. Here's why.

How Fear Is Being Used to Manipulate Cryptocurrency Markets

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mind In The Machine
The world of cryptocurrency is profitable and intellectually intriguing, but misinformation campaigns that use psychological manipulation are creating chaos for investors.
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How Do We Improve Sexual Harassment Training?

Sexual harassment training has been ubiquitous for many years, despite being ineffective. A scientifically-grounded alternative could help change this.

Will Robots Ever Have Emotions?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
To be emotional like human beings, robots would have to approximate our cognitive appraisals, physiological perceptions, and linguistic and cultural contexts. How could they?

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Love Is Easy

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
Read more on these 6 commitment behaviors.

Why Keaton's Viral Video Will Intensify the Bullying Problem

By Izzy Kalman on December 15, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
The intention of Keaton Jones' bullying video was to reduce bullying, but it will have the opposite effect: The bullying epidemic will likely intensify.

Writing Rough Drafts of Our Future

Imagining multiple versions of our future prepares us to cope with it when it arrives, and improves our mood while we're waiting.

Ask "What if?" to Boost Your Creativity

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Want to boost your creativity? Try a technique both scientists and writers use: Ask yourself, "What if...?"

The Science of Emotion from the Inside Out

By Rachael Bedford Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in If Babies Could Talk
How do we learn to recognize emotions, in real-life and in the movies?
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How to Have An Un-Perfect Holiday

If you are looking for some wisdom on how to approach not just the holiday season, but your life, read on.

Struggling Teenager? 5 Reasons Group Is Your Best Choice

Research shows 73% improvement in teens treated in group over other forms of therapy.

The Monistic Mistake about the Meaning of Life

Some people wrongly hold that in order to have a meaningful life they must commit to one source of meaningfulness throughout their whole life.

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Faith in the supernatural performing miracles shouldn’t be mistaken as a sign of mental illness. It diminishes giving meaning to life, particularly when life is threatened.

The Meaningful Conversation Most Couples Are Not Having

By Alexandra Solomon Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Loving Bravely
The news cycle is full of stories about abuses of power, yet we overlook the subtle and meaningful ways that power dynamics are an integral aspect of our intimate relationships.

Tired of Arguing About Politics, Race, or Social Policy?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Tired of arguing about politics? You may even be dreading family or social gatherings this holiday season. But you can build bridges, not walls, with compassion and warmth.

Coping With the Daily Barrage of Upsetting News

"Vicarious trauma" from watching too much news may cause changes in thoughts, difficulty concentrating, and inability to stop thinking about the events.

Sleep Schedule Hack

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Can you hack your sleep schedule?
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How to Tell if Your Child Has a Problem with Screens

By Anya Kamenetz on December 14, 2017 in The Art of Screen Time
These questions, from a study just released, can help you determine if your child has a problem.
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Stuck on Repeat in Alzheimer’s Disease

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, you’ve probably experienced conversational loops. A topic comes once. Within a few minutes, you're back to it again, stuck on repeat.

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Need Professional Responders

Sex-based harassment and discrimination makes trained Title IX GateKeepers essential. Here’s why.

The Psychology of Religion

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
What explains why some individuals are more religious than others? Scientists interested in the psychology of religion seek answers.

Investing More in Young People

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in The Human Beast
Parents invest more in their children than they receive in return, and such paying forward makes adaptive sense.
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The Brain Under (Sexual) Attack

Is the brain’s response to being attacked basically the same, whether it’s undergone sexual assault, physical assault, or enemy fire in military combat?

Would You Rather Be Heard or Get Even?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
When you’re really frustrated with someone (for whatever reason), you need to say something. But what? And how do you say it? And what if you remain silent?

Conversations with Narcissists

By Anneli Rufus on December 14, 2017 in Stuck
Sometimes our only option is to laugh.

Fake Sex Hormones: Chemicals Damage Health and Reproduction

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in How We Do It
DDT and DES were just the beginning of a series of environmental chemicals that act as fake hormones, seriously disrupting our health and reproduction.

My Adolescent Came Out as Transgender. What's Next?

Wondering if your support of a transgender or nonbinary teen matters? Research says it is lifesaving.

“Get Some Fresh Air” to Boost Your Creativity

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Want to boost your creativity? Go outside and let your mind (and feet) wander.

Can Money Buy You Happiness?

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Between You and Me
Money can buy happiness, if you spend it right. Research shows there are more benefits to spending money on experiences than material goods. Here are three reasons why.
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What's the Best Way to Watch TV?

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on December 14, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Are there healthier ways to watch TV?

Lessons Learned from the Year of Really Bad Behavior

Hopefully, we can learn how not to behave in 2018 after witnessing the really bad behavior of 2017. Observational learning can go both ways in helping us.

Compared to Humans, How Good Is a Dog's Visual Acuity?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on December 14, 2017 in Canine Corner
Recent data shows that the visual acuity of humans is several times better than that of dogs under most light conditions.


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