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

How to Foster More Adaptive Thinking

Are your cognitions working for you or against you?

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

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Moneygrams: Recalled childhood memories about money

A surprising number of people are "money troubled". Because money is a taboo topic people often get surprised by the money beliefs and habits of their partners who they have known for a long time. But where do these money attitudes and habits come from? Do we have moneygrams from our childhood?

Kids & TV

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in Screen Time
Why do you think people tend to be so fearful about the effects on TV?

As Mental Health Awareness Month Winds Down...

Each of us can think about our own mental wellness--for the month of May and beyond.

How to Talk to a Single Person

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in Living Single
Some people seem to have a hard time conversing with single people. All they can think of to ask is whether the single person is seeing someone. Even worse, researchers can be just as flummoxed. A survey claiming to be "the most comprehensive" about single life asked only about 1 question of 128 that was not about becoming unsingle. Here's how to talk to a single person.

3 Reasons We Disclose Too Much Information to Strangers

Have you ever told intimate details of your life to a stranger on a plane? Does your hair stylist know your whole life story? Why do we disclose so much personal information to complete strangers? Here are 3 surprising psychological reasons.
10 Secrets Every Parent Needs to Know about Saying No

10 Secrets Every Parent Needs to Know about Saying No

How can I say "no" if I don't resort to threats? This is, of course, the million dollar question. All parents wish their children would just comply when we ask them to do something. Luckily, it is indeed possible to help children WANT to cooperate, without resorting to yelling, threats or harshness. Read on to learn how.

Play, Primates, Jealousy, Work, and Losing Deliberately

By Peter Toohey on May 27, 2015 in Annals of the Emotions
Gorillas like to play games and when they do they sometimes lose deliberately. Why? “Self-handicapping” encourages their playmate to keep on with the game. Jealousy can be very like play – there are triangles, winners and losers, and feelings run high. This is very true of workplace jealousy. Does self-handicapping have a role to play in mitigating workplace jealous?

Infatuation, Temptation? Stop Thinking about that Person

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in Mental Mishaps
You meet someone new and attractive. Temptation strikes. Perhaps you’re a little infatuated. The eye looks and the mind wanders. You find your thoughts keep returning to the encounter and the possibility for romance, sex, or relationship. But if you’re already in a committed and happy relationship, you may not want those thoughts. How can you stop those thoughts?

Sounding Off About High-Volume Friends

How to reclaim our personal quiet zones and restore peace. High-volume blusterers are often chronic – even if unknowing – offenders, and they are generally among our least favorite folks to encounter. Otherwise pleasant personalities become ones we avoid. The psychology of behavioral shaping offers a polite way to turn down the volume.

Jordan Dog: Dismembered, Abandoned, and Rehabilitated

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A video of the rescue and rehabilitation of an abused and abandoned dog named Jordan will force you to question our conflicting relationships with other animals. I hate to say it, but you must watch this video and share it widely. The scientific field of anthrozoology is concerned with the study of human-animal relationships and this video is a must-see for all.

Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk for Depression in Men

Not only can OSA raise your risk for heart problems, excessive daytime fatigue, and liver issues, but a new study finds that it also doubles the risk for depression in men between the ages of 35 and 83.

Five Ways to Deal with Anger

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in All the Rage
Once we understand why we get mad, we can start to understand how to use our anger in the best possible way.

Un-Churched Chimps

Research on monkeys and chimpanzees suggests that moral sensibilities evolved long before religious sensibilities.
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.