Music, Math and Sex

The cognitive capabilities involved in music and mathematics are closely linked

Does It Really Matter Where You Go To College?

Frank Bruni may be wrong about elite schools

Custodians of the Neighborhood

The evolutionary psychology of keeping things straight and secure

Pilot Suicide: A Likely Scenario

Not simple, but explainable, by putting aside biases against manic-depression

Creativity Hiding in the Headlines

“Ancient Remedy Cures Modern Infection” says a lot about creative practice.

The Adjustment of Adoptees

Studying the behavior and adjustment of adopted children

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Mindfulness Practices in 5 Minutes or Less

7 simple mindfulness exercises you can do every day.

The Fastest Way To Get Over It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Ambigamy
Grief, mourning, grudges--necessary but man, can they suck away the years and we don't get that many years anyway you cut it. Here are a few fast-acting poems that can keep the sucking to a minimum.

6 Traits of Successful People

Embracing and enacting these six traits will lead you along the same path to success as the notable individuals throughout history.

Music, Math and Sex

Could runaway sexual selection really be responsible for the evolution of music? What would that tell us about human nature?

Does It Really Matter Where You Go To College?

If you want to be a leader in society, where you go to school probably matters. A good college, after all, might increase the likelihood of your success. When parents worry about which school their kids go to, they may be acting quite rationally.

The Emotional Lives of Rats: Rats Read Pain in Others' Faces

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A new study shows that rats are able to read the pain that other rats are suffering. When are those people who are responsible for writing legislation to protect animals from invasive and abusive research going to use the scientific information that is readily available to protect them from unnecessary harm, pain, and death? The federal Animal Welfare Act is lame.

Study Folly?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in In Excess
One of the more interesting types of Culture Bound Syndromes is Brain Fag Syndrome (BFS). The symptoms are such as to prevent students from carrying on with their work and include various unpleasant head symptoms, memory loss, visual difficulties, inability to concentrate, and inability to write. But is this real and what does the psychological literature say?
Suicide's Undertow

Suicide's Undertow

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
Kathryn Craft experienced an intense suicide standoff; she has processed the trauma through a tense and well-paced novel.

Jealousy Hurts Love, or Does It?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Insight Therapy
Jealousy in relationships is common and universal, with deep evolutionary origins. Research shows it can affect relationships in complicated and surprising ways.

Custodians of the Neighborhood

We like to keep our neighborhoods in good condition—free of graffiti, broken streetlights, litter, and potholes. Who are the custodians of our neighborhoods? And are they wasting their time?

How Young is Too Young?

Do you remember feeling pressure as a child to do better at school, fit in socially, or behave more appropriately? Making the right decision was not always as easy as adults and cheerful children's books sometimes painted it. Luckily, stumbling slow motion through a decade or so of dysfunctional days (aka natural childhood development) was an expected and accepted part...

Transcendence with The Boys in the Boat

By William Irwin Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Plato on Pop
Being part of something greater than ourselves not only displaces suffering but lifts us up, giving an exultant sense of purpose.

One Person–One Language and Bilingual Children

A well-known approach used with children who are acquiring two languages simultaneously is for each parent to use his or her own language with their child. It is an appealing strategy with advantages but also some inconveniences. Researching into its modern onset a bit more than 100 years ago has revealed a surprising finding.

Make a Present of the Present

There is a lot of talk about living for the moment. Maurice Ravel had a practical way to achieve it.

Social Challenges of Children With ADHD (Part 2)

“Parental friendship coaching” may be an important key to helping children with ADHD address their social challenges.

Success Secrets: How to Get Your Toughest Questions Answered

By Brad Waters on April 01, 2015 in Design Your Path
Unable to move ahead in your career because you can't find the advice you need? Five intriguing new websites put answers to your toughest questions right at your fingertips.
12 Things That Make Bosses Want to Get Rid of an Employee

12 Things That Make Bosses Want to Get Rid of an Employee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
Do you do something likely to put you on your employer's chopping block?

Loves Lost: One Troubled Pilot Brings Grieving to Many

One wonders how many words were left unspoken by those who boarded the plane? Will those left behind expressed gratitude because their last moments together were a blessing? Or did they part with an unkind word or look that can never be repaired?

Is the Earth a Sentient Being?

The planet senses threats and changes its behavior to reduce those threats. Is it alive?

Announcing a New Journal in Psychology

By Jesse Marczyk on March 31, 2015 in Pop Psych
It's time to fix the false positive problem in psychology.

Boyhood

By Elaine Reese Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Tell Me a Story
Richard Linklater's film Boyhood beautifully illustrates milestones in child and adolescent development. The film is required watching for all students of child development, as well as for all parents.

Social Challenges of Children With ADHD

For children, the most difficult part of having Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often the social challenges it causes.

Rock On: Getting Your Teen to Talk

By Elaine Reese Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Tell Me a Story
Teens need to be able to disclose their thoughts, struggles, and dreams with their parents. Learn ways to communicate with your teen that help build your relationship, and that will make it more likely that your teen will keep talking to you.

Pilot Suicide: A Likely Scenario

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on March 31, 2015 in
Suicide is unpredictable. It was depression. The antidepressants caused it. Why all these views are questionable, and why there is a more probable psychiatric scenario to explain the recent German pilot suicide.

5 Signs That Seeking Help May Benefit You

People often get stressed, have problems with others, or have problems coping with life. Yet many don't seek professional help. Here are some ideas about when therapy may benefit you or your family.

Six Ways to Stop Feeling Annoyed with Your Mate

When annoyances get in the way of you enjoying your relationships, it’s time to take stock of what is going on.

Loving Eye Contact: How Mutual Staring Can Create Passion

Research suggests that a mutual gaze or stare can help to create feelings of passion and attraction, even between total strangers. Read on for more...

14 Prompts to Help You Start Communicating About Sex

Most people know that communication is a healthy and necessary part of any sexual relationship. But let’s face it—sex is tough to talk about! Many people have never talked about sex openly in their relationship, so they don’t even know where to start.
My favorite way to teach couples to start communicating about sex is by using prompts.

What Kind of Justice at Guantánamo?

What does justice mean at Guantánamo? And for whom?

Creativity Hiding in the Headlines

“Anglo Saxon Eye Remedy Kills Deadly Superbug.” It’s the kind of headline that is sure to attract anyone interested in ancient, complementary and alternative medicines, but why post it in a creativity blog? Well, if you haven’t guessed by now, creativity can hide anywhere, manifest itself in any field, and impart its lessons through any medium. So read on!