Mindlessly Mapping the Brain

By Mark D. Humphries Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Neural Processing
Do we need to know the wiring of the brain to understand the brain?

3 Mistakes We Make as Gift Givers and How to Correct Them

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Between You and Me
All of us have given and received hundreds, if not thousands, of gifts. So why, as gift givers, do we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again?

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 can prepare us to cope with it when it arrives—and improve our mood while we're waiting.

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Helping Kids Who Grieve During the Holidays

By David Rettew M.D. on December 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
For many kids, the joys of the season are mixed with feelings of loss. Here are a few thoughts aimed to help those dealing with grief during the holiday.

Good Mood – Bad Mood? Blame the Bacteria You Eat

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on December 15, 2017 in The Fallible Mind
The bacteria in our gut—one’s so-called microbiome—play a huge role in shaping our emotions. The brain in our head is in constant contact with the one in our guts.

What Fraction of Men Develop Erectile Dysfunction, Really?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on December 15, 2017 in All About Sex
Sexologists still don't know the true prevalence of ED. But as time passes, the proportion of men who admit it keeps growing.

Letting Go

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
Why do some people become more 'spiritual,' and happier, as they get older? Aging can be a process of letting go that leads to acceptance and inner well-being.

How to Let Go of Unhealthy Grudges

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Think Well
Hanging onto grudges and past grievances only contributes to unhappiness and corrodes relationships. Here's how you can defuse these psychological time bombs.
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Enhance Memory with the "Production" Effect

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Memory Medic
Here's how to optimize new memories.

Five Steps to Convince Science Deniers Over Holidays

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on December 15, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Want to convince science deniers without arguing? A five-step research-based strategy can help.

A Body Image Holiday Wish List

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Beauty Sick
During the time of year when we take special care to show love to others, don’t forget to show your body that same kindness.

Why There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Home can be a slippery concept. But psychologists have long understood that it plays a huge role in self-identity and emotional well-being.

Break the Chain of Frustration

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Frustration is typically defined an emotional reaction that arises when the path toward a goal is blocked and can’t be readily cleared.

Better Recognizing Vocal Emotions Can Improve Relationships

A sound way to learn more about your partner and yourself.

Personality Disorders: Symptoms and Signs

Most of us know if we're feeling anxious or depressed; individuals with personality disorders, however, may not even realize that their behaviors are a problem.

Stop Giving People More Stuff This Holiday—Do This Instead

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Feeling It
This is how to make others (and yourself) truly happy this holiday season.

Depression: A Symptom, Not a Disorder

By David M. Allen M.D. on December 15, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
In the popular press and even in articles meant for professionals, the term "depression" is used as if it were a scientific word, when it is a symptom of many different diagnoses.
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Love Is Easy

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
But relationships are hard. These six commitment behaviors can help.

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? Five Reasons Group Is Your Best Choice

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

The Mystery of Love and Attraction

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Who are we attracted to? Who do we love? And why? And who loves us? And why? Attraction and love are a mystery.

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 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?

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 and 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.