The Surprising Things You’ve Never Wanted to Know about Love

We think of love as an entirely positive emotion, but there are some surprising downsides to being in love.

Juries, Lawyers, and Race Bias

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Juries are a central part of the legal system. Racial bias can cause significant problems in juries. Are lawyers sensitive to the biases of jurors?

We Worry About the Wrong Things

Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.

Why Your Brain Hates the Job Search

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on July 22, 2016 in Career Transitions
The job search process is fraught with psychological landmines— fears of rejection, bouts of procrastination, self-esteem challenges, and attacks of perfectionism.

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The GOP Convention: Captured in an Innocent Trance

As we move into next week, with the Democratic National Convention coming up, let us equally hope that Democrats take the high road and do not respond in kind...

Who is That Big, Green Judging Machine?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 23, 2016 in Wander Woman
Judging and criticizing can be exhausting. So why does your brain thrive on hurling insults? Learn why and what you can do to gain peace of mind and better relationships.

Did the GOP Unconventional Convention Change Your Vote?

In politics, the impact of an initial positive impression endures—even in the face of subsequent negative attacks. The GOP convention may particularly impact partisan voters.
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Is the Brain Like Muscle?

Grow your legs, grow your brain.
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Packing Heat: Writing about Sex

Writing a sex scene is like playing jazz: you shut down lose self-censorship.

In Praise of My FlipNote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
My favorite possession is overpriced at $8.00 yet to me is priceless.
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Juan: A Bisexual Young Man?

Bisexuality among youth takes many different forms.

What's Wrong in America?

If you are frustrated or angry with what you see wrong in America, you could be part of the solution by simply changing your frame of mind. Learn how.
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Is Your School Helping or Hurting Your Child’s Literacy?

Reading is key to success. Five common teaching practices that don't work; and six ways to support kids in acquiring a love of reading that encourages learning across the lifespan.

The Dance of Relationship

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on July 22, 2016 in In Flux
Relationships are often compared to dancing. When partners are on the same page the dance looks easy and effortless. But what about a partner who constantly steps on your toes?
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Reasons to Reconsider Using Opioid Prescription Medications

Your healing process will have its own ups and downs that only you will know how to handle, and deciding on a treatment plan that will get you up and running again.

Do You Get Just What You Deserve?

How to sweet-talk yourself into getting what you need and want.

Teach Your Brain to Like the Job Search

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on July 22, 2016 in Career Transitions
If we can help our brains tap into our natural curiosity and desire to learn, we can find ways to quiet the lizard.

10 Cues to Deal with Summertime Blues

Here are a few ideas to make the summer go smoothly, but like most good things in life, they require taking some action.

The Question of Choice

By Alfie Kohn on July 22, 2016 in The Homework Myth
Claims that too much choice isn't good are based on a trivial kind of choosing. Also, beware attempts to hijack the word to legitimize other agendas, such as privatization.

One Eating Habit You Can Easily Change Right Now

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 22, 2016 in Comfort Cravings
Find out one easy thing you can do today to change your eating habits. This new study in the journal Appetite, makes you think twice about how you serve food.

What's the "Best" Style of Yoga?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 22, 2016 in Urban Survival
New study compares different styles of yoga to answer the question is one yoga style better than another. The answer will surprise you.

Who Supports Donald Trump?

By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in The Situation Lab
What makes Donald Trump supporters tick? Evidence from the science of personality can tell us.

Why Do Run-Down Schools Trigger Lower Test Scores?

A new study from Cornell University identifies a chain reaction that occurs in run-down schools which results in lower test scores for students from all walks of life.
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How to Talk About Sex

Having trouble talking about sex with your partner? Some tips for starting the conversation.

Can You Teach Someone to Love Their Job?

Confucius advised: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Steve Jobs agreed, counseling: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

The Balancing Act of Living with Chronic Pain

By Dan Mager MSW on July 21, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
If you have chronic pain, you can learn how to go beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone, and through practice find the sweet spot between not doing enough and doing too much.

How Much Can We Borrow from One Another?

By Sheila Kohler on July 21, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Isaac Newton reportedly said back in 1676: "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

What Is the Best Path Forward After Terrorism?

Our mind makes intuitive mistakes about how to deal with terrorism in the best manner. This article uses insights from neuroscience to show the best path to deal with terrorism.

What College Graduates Need to Do First—and Other Lessons

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Superbosses
What do college kids need to do to get a great job? What do great leaders do that other leaders don't? Let's ask someone with answers: Muhlenberg College President John Williams.
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The Best Thing to Do Before Handling a Problem

What is one easy thing you can do before walking into a difficult situation?

International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Festival

Flip your lid, settle your glitter, stand on your head, use your red cape and green cape, use your soaring words, and be an orange frog! Every school should host a mini-festival!