Free Speech and Thought on Campus

Whatever one's views are concerning politics, ethics, and religion, we should engage in discussion, dialogue, and debate about these issues.

Humor Sometimes Makes Stressful Situations Better

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Jokes and witty conversation can make you feel closer to the people around you. Is this how humor helps with stress?

The Badass Personalities of People Who Like Being Alone

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Living Single
What are the personality characteristics of people who like spending time alone? What about people who are unafraid to be single? Four studies offer an affirming profile.

Caution, Moms: Your Daughters Are Listening

It’s summer. For millions of women, wearing a bathing suit in public is agonizing. Do we keep beating ourselves up or try something new this year for the sake of our daughters?

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Feeling Powerful Changes How We Respond To Being Stared At

Perceiving ourselves to be higher in status can buffer us from feeling intimidated.

Do You Need Drugs for Your "Chemical Imbalance"?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Research reveals some surprising news about the role of serotonin in depression—and suggests millions of Americans taking drugs for depression would do just as well on placebo.

Seven Steps to Money Success

By Michael F. Kay on June 22, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
We all desire a self-defined level of financial comfort. For some, this might mean having the ability to pay the bills and have no debt. For others, it's elaborate mansions.

The Loneliness Epidemic and What We Can Do About It

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Feeling It
Our need to feel special is creating a loneliness crisis. Here's what we can do!
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Why We Share Our Private Stories

By Barb Cohen on June 22, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
How do we find our place in the world? By standing up and telling the stories in which we play the starring role.
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How to Win at Sports

Can changing internal temperature make muscles stronger? Can biological clocks make you more fit?

Four Reasons Why People Become Empaths: Trauma to Genetics

Why do people become empaths? As a psychiatrist and an empath, I’ve seen that there are four main factors that can contribute to heightening one's sensitivities.

Are You Working for the Right Reasons?

In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.

In Pursuit of Happiness: Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Other Side
Is happiness just about the good times? Do painful experiences only make us unhappy? Here is new research on why our painful experiences are in fact necessary for happiness.

Some Resources for People Interested in Sleep and Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Big data initiatives in sleep and dreams will revolutionize sleep and dream research.
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Why Flowers Make us Happy

Flowers trigger the dopamine of excitement and the oxytocin of social trust. A wildflower hike triggers all the happy brain chemicals at once!

Why Are Toddlers So Stubborn and Teens So Aloof?

You can spend a lot of time, nearly all of your time, raising children and still not be given the opportunity to reflect on how odd some of the stages are.

How to Keep Disagreements from Becoming Fights

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Supreening: posturing or preening like you're the supreme judge deciding who's right—you or your opposition.
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Involuntary Celibacy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
There's a growing subculture of men who identify themselves as "incels" (i.e. involuntary celibates) and they are expressing their frustrations online...

Media Framing Effects

In light of a recent wave of acts of mass violence, it is timely to revisit scholarly work identifying when the media uses the term 'terrorism' and its potential effects.
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Hypnotherapy and Its Benefits for Autoimmune Disease

How you too can manage pain without medication and use hypnotherapy to manage many Autoimmune Disease symptoms.

Aggression and Fear Can Be Reduced in Specific Dog Breeds

New data provides a possible alternative to breed-specific legislation to control aggression and fearfulness in dogs.

The Art of Choosing a Romantic Partner (Part Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Why do we choose the romantic partners that we do? And what shapes the choices we make? New research provides some interesting insights into partner selection.

ADHD and Opioid Addiction

ADHD and substance abuse are commonly co-occurring disorders. Let's look into the correlation vs. causation.

Exercise After Cancer

Research is clear that exercising and maintaining a healthy weight are good for you as a cancer survivor. So why aren't people committing to a healthy lifestyle?

Relaxing the Over-Controller

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
How do we shift from the identity of a controlling, wanting, fearing self into a compassionate witness that can see what is going on and knows how to rest and just be?

Must We Delay Gratification? Maybe Not

By Lydia Denworth on June 21, 2017 in Brain Waves
Intuition tells us to work first so we'll enjoy playing more later. But new research says we don't have to wait to savor some fun and give ourselves a break.

Pride in Mental Health: Education

An interview with GLSEN (creating safe schools for all, regardless of orientation or identity) and The Hetrick-Martin Institute (a safe space for LGBT youth and families).

What’s “Emotional Reasoning”—And Why Is It Such a Problem?

One of the most baffling psychological problems is to acutely feel the reality of something without its having any basis in fact. Here are some examples...

The Full Moon Effect Takes Another Hit

Additional evidence that the full moon does not influence criminal behavior.

The Para-professional–Student Relationship

Para-professionals wield tremendous power over their charges. After reading “My Paraprofessional Was Supposed to Help me; instead, she Bullied me” I went looking for an interview.

Defining Success for Yourself

In the first of three posts, I discuss the importance of determining what success means for you, whatever your field of endeavor is (or what you want it to be).

Seven Ways to Uplift a Friend (And Yourself) in Crisis

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Feeling It
How many times do we find ourselves with a friend who is going through a breakup, a loss, or another difficult life transition and find ourselves at a loss for what to do?