Are You Hiding Behind Your Texts?

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Clear Communication
Could relying solely on texting with someone you're close with actually be driving you apart from them?

5 Paradoxical Ways to Capture the Elusive Art of Creativity

Have you ever wondered how you can change your brain and lifestyle to be more creative?

Why We Think We Are Invincible

By Jen Kim on June 26, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Why do people knowingly put themselves in dangerous situations? Science has an answer.
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Understanding Sex in Advertising

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Pop Psych
Sex doesn't sell all types of products equally well, new research shows.

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A Quick and Painless Way to Manage Social Anxiety

One of the most common forms of anxiety people experience involves an extreme fear of being judged by others. Find out how you can identify and cope with social anxiety’s symptoms.

When Do People Build Their Professional Networks?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
The phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know that matters” has become a cliché, because it is true. What affects people's tendency to build their network?

An App for Recovery from Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 27, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
A new idea for an app to provide a structure for recovery from anorexia – without total calorie counts or bodyweight targets.

Recognizing and Accepting Psychological Distress

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
It is very common for high-functioning individuals to brush-off symptoms of psychological distress, but addressing these difficulties can yield many positive benefits.

How Do We Handle Religion in Mental Health Settings?

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 27, 2017 in Culture Shrink
What is the best way to handle a client's religious views if they differ from your own?

Four Ways Psychodrama Creates Emotional Intimacy

By Marty Babits on June 27, 2017 in The Middle Ground
This visionary modality rewires the brain and renews communication

Three Surprising Ways Nature Leads to Success and Joy

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Feeling It
Green spaces boost happiness, make you smarter and more creative. So many science-backed reasons to go take a hike!

Sharks and Stoics

By John Sean Doyle on June 27, 2017 in Luminous Things
We have heard it so often it has become cliché. Our thoughts about things, really are different than the things themselves.

What We Know About Gratitude And Giving Back

There is no question that gratitude is good for you. But is it good for society too?

From Outer Space, Three Guideposts for the Resistance

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Dangerous Ideas
For the Trump resistance, chronicles of aliens from outer space offer some surprisingly valuable guideposts about key psychological challenges that lie ahead.

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.

Hunter-gatherer Ancestry May Be Why Our Brains Need Exercise

A radical new evolutionary neuroscience theory may explain how our hunter-gatherer ancestors inadvertently hardwired our modern day brains to thrive on everyday physical activity.

Desire for What? Not All Low Desire Is a Sexual Dysfunction

By Marty Klein PhD on June 27, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Low sexual desire is a troubling issue. When is it not a sexual dysfunction?

Acuphagia and Eating Metal

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in In Excess
There are many reports of pica (the eating of non-nutritive items such as coal, hair and wood). One sub-variant of pica is the eating of metal. But what do we know about it?

Unable to Bury a Dead Love

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Pretending to be happy is easier than actually being happy sometimes.

Helping a Mean Child Become Kinder

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
Tips for parents, teachers, and other caretakers.
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Cops and PTSD

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Cop Doc
It's National PTSD Awareness Day; do you know a cop with PTSD?

David and Goliath: When Sports Inspire National Pride

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
When a small country beats a massive country in sport, we can all take inspiration from that.
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Fake Knowledge, Ignorance, or Curiosity: Which Is Best?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on June 26, 2017 in Off the Couch
The question of knowledge, facts, and truth is a big one these days. What do we really know? What is the real truth? Who do we believe?

How is Meaning in Life Different from Self-Actualization?

Eudaimonic well-being is a fancy term for living a meaningful life. New research examines the different motives behind different kinds of self-fulfillment.

What Are We Missing in Today’s Conflicts?

The missing link in too many current conflicts--and what you can do about it.

My Mean Tween Made Me Cry

Seeking to affirm their individual opinions and identities kids start to argue back. These new responses may at first seem sweet, but sassy lacks luster when you're the target.

The Psychology of the Curated Closet

How cleaning out our closets can ease our minds and de-clutter our lives, while helping our wallets.

The Arts as an Opportunity for Psychological Research

All children, all over the world, engage in dance, music, dramatic pretend play, and art. How can psychologists use this opportunity to study child development in the real world?

Don't Lecture Me!

By Alfie Kohn on June 26, 2017 in The Homework Myth
Why do college (and high school) instructors still spend so much time talking at students when research shows that isn't a particularly effective way to learn?

Times of Change in College Athletics

By Brian Tompkins on June 26, 2017 in View From The Dugout
When a veteran college coach becomes an administrator, the change in perspective bears similarities to that of a freshman athlete.

Animals Need More Freedom and Clearly Let Us Know This is So

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Animals have rich inner lives, but their treatment doesn't reflect this. In an interview about, and excerpt from, The Animals' Agenda, Jessica Pierce and I discuss why this is so.

Does Chess Instruction Improve Math Ability?

Chess instruction seems to have promise as an educational intervention. Can playing chess transfer to something like math problem-solving ability?

The Connection Between Migraines and Psychological Trauma

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 26, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Migraines may have a neurobiological connection to the same systemic pathways that affect trauma and mood, and can occur more frequently in people with a history of abuse.