Can We Trust Psychological Studies?

Making sense of the replication crisis in psychology

Does Anticipating Temptation Help You Resist Temptation?

Sometimes, thinking about ethical temptations in advance helps.

7 New Books to Read This Fall

The best new titles on psychology

The One Thing to Remember to Beat Insomnia

To sleep better this year, forget about how you’re sleeping tonight.

Client-Centered Therapy

Client-centered therapy is about respecting the self-determination of the client

Prions, Memory and PTSD

A conversation with Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric R. Kandel

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Intimate Relationship Dynamics

They worst thing your partner says goes into long-term memory; the worst thing you say does not. Natural selection favored recording injury we suffer more than injury we inflict.

The Psychology of Self-Deception

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 28, 2015 in Hide and Seek
A short, sharp look into some of the most important ego defenses.

Can We Trust Psychological Studies?

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on August 28, 2015 in Naturally Selected
Failure to replicate many psychological experiments offers gloomy picture of our field. Yet it is not as bad as it looks and there are ways out of the replication "crisis."

Happiness Happens

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 28, 2015 in On Having Fun
With happiness it is like with truth: One does not have it, one is in it.

Tough-Love Advice

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
Unvarnished counsel on what works in the real world

Why high heels make women more attractive

In their recent study, entitled "High heels as supernormal stimuli: How wearing high heels affects judgements of female attractiveness", the psychologists compared ratings of women walking in flat shoes, with the same women walking in high heels, in order to establish whether or not walking in high heels enhances the attractiveness of gait.

We need a folksy free will

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in One Among Many
Andrew Monroe, who is an expert on moral psychology and folk beliefs about free will responds to an earlier post on 'Free Will Depletion.'

Attracting Millennial Job Applicants using Social Media

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Diverse and Competitive
How to Increase Applicant Reach and Reduce Recruiting Costs

Why Are We So Prone to Feeling Crazy?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on August 27, 2015 in The Dolphin Divide
How our nature nurtures feelings of insanity. If we’re not stressed out and feeling crazy right at this moment, we’ve probably paid a recent visit to that neighborhood – and are likely to return in the very near future. Our own thinking may twist us – but it can also uncrumple us again.

The Superhuman Athlete

Find out how Olga Kotelko stays fit physically and mentally at the age of 95.

Child Proofing versus Tool Using

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Benign Neglect
We may be “protecting” children from valuable experiences.

Frosh Week and Dangerous Drinking: What Can Parents Do?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Nurturing Resilience
While we know young people are likely to drink during frosh week, the real danger is that they could be dramatically under-estimating the amount of alcohol they're consuming. Here are some suggestions for parents who want to prevent their kids from developing a drinking problem.

Saving Lives from Suicide

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Compassion Matters
Making it more difficult for someone to access the means for suicide can provide them the time and space necessary, to awaken from the suicidal trance, to get to the help they need and, ultimately, save their lives. So, how can we get people to the help they need? What can we do on an individual level to help prevent suicide?

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Leader's Code
It may surprise you that we are all "on-call" and it is taking a toll.

Between the World and Me: Walk a Mile in Someone’s Shoes

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Mental Mishaps
To understand someone else, the advice is to walk a mile in that person’s shoes. Putting on shoes isn’t the way into another person’s existence. I need to get inside that person’s experiences. But how can I walk a mile inside someone else’s skin? I know one way to move inside someone’s experience – and it isn’t by putting on shoes.
How To Design Your Dream Job

How To Design Your Dream Job

By Aaron Hurst on August 27, 2015 in The Purpose Economy
No job is a perfect fit until you take ownership of it and make it your own.

4 Most Common Ways to Derail a Career

There are a variety of factors that can derail our careers, cause us to lose jobs or promotions, and lead to unending stress. Here are the most common career derailers.

Is the motivation behind the Virginia shootings contagious?

Paul Mullen, Christopher Cantor and colleagues have published an analysis of possible copy-cat mass slayings, where they argue the influence of one rampage on another may have occurred across continents, and even over many years.

20 Secrets of Successful Students

Some are common sense, some counterintuitive and all guaranteed to help you get the 'A'.

Virginia Shooting: When Tragedy Hits Social Media

Posting events on social media is normal. It is how we communicate. Senseless acts of violence, like the Smith Mountain Virginia shooting, are meant to be public. Social media becomes a vehicle for both the defiant statements of someone who feels powerless and the expression of empathy and sorrow for the senseless loss of life.

Can Science Tell us Anything about the Soul?

By Julien Musolino Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Soul Fallacy
Science gives us every reason to think that the soul, like the Emperor’s new clothes in Andersen’s famous tale, is a fiction.
Meaningless Things We Say in the Aftermath of a Gun Slaying

Meaningless Things We Say in the Aftermath of a Gun Slaying

By Stanton Peele on August 27, 2015 in Addiction in Society
What we must watch and listen to after every gun massacre. But does it do any good? And is it good for us?

The Sin of Being Perfect

Voltaire wrote perfect is the enemy of good. Perfect is also the enemy of the authentic.

Who Do You Find Attractive?

Take a look at your standards for a potential partner. Now look again: they might be less stable than you think.

Do Men and Women Experience Chronic Pain Differently?

Experts in the psychology field have long been working to better understand the differences between men and women. John Gray’s bestselling book, Men are from Mars Women are from Venus, remains popular more than 20 years after publication because new generations are still trying to answer questions about the different sexes.

Stereotypical Gender Differences in Sexuality Are Crumbling

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Human Beast
Marked differences between male and female sexuality used to be supported by solid evidence around the globe. The trouble is that such distinctions are getting blurred in developed countries.

Does Anticipating Temptation Help You Resist Temptation?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
In Smart Change, I talk about the importance of planning for temptations. The idea is that temptations are hard to deal with in the moment, because they suggest something that would feel good to do right now. Those temptations can capture your motivational system and drive you to do something that is not in your long-term best interests.

Algorithms Predict Schizophrenia with 100% Accuracy

New algorithms can predict future psychosis with 100% accuracy by detecting disjointed thoughts in speech.

7 New Books to Read This Fall

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Give and Take
The best new reads on psychology

Remembering Blackouts: An Interview with Sarah Hepola

By Anna David on August 27, 2015 in After Party Chat
In the first of a two-part interview, the author shares her thoughts on how alcoholism isn’t always a burning building but a "wrecking ball from inside."