The Winner's Curse

Some Behavioural Economics of Bidding and Information

Striving To Maximize Both Charm and Chutzpah

How to become a thoroughly postmodern gentleperson

When Music Becomes Language

Neuroimaging Reveals How the Jazz Masters See Music Differently

What Narcissists REALLY Want, and Can Never Get

What narcissists long for is worlds apart from what they actually pursue.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Taken Out of Context

What goes on when the abuse is NOT happening is often just as important

Putting Humanity and the Humanities Back Into Medicine

Treat the patient, not the lab test.

The Latest

You May Not Persist Long Enough in Creative Tasks

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
I have the opportunity to work with groups who are trying to develop creative solutions to problems. One thing I have noticed is that groups often try to end the task of generating new potential solutions fairly quickly. After they have generated a couple of good ideas, they want to move on to evaluating those ideas and planning a way to execute those ideas.

Is Ghosting the New Norm?

By Jen Kim on July 29, 2015 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Ghosting occurs when the person you are dating suddenly disappears off the face of the planet. This can take the form of ignoring you, not responding to any attempts at communication and even pretending they legitimately don’t know you, even when you see them face-to-face. As the term suggests, they've vanished without a trace.

The ADHD Advantage

By The Book Brigade on July 29, 2015 in The Author Speaks
Medicine should be the last resort, not the first, when a child is diagnosed with ADHD. There are many other ways to help a child function better—even in the classroom. ADHD
How Do You Feel About Gifts?

How Do You Feel About Gifts?

By Gretchen Rubin on July 29, 2015 in The Happiness Project
How about you? How do you feel about gifts?

Can Artificial Intelligence Make us Stupid?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in The Human Beast
Changing technology stimulates the brain and increases intelligence. But that may only be true if the technology challenges us. In a world run by intelligent machines, our lives could get a lot simpler. Would that make us less intelligent?

Want to Lose Weight? Spend More Time in the Kitchen!

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Food Junkie
Find out the benefits of cooking and learn some simple tips to get you started!
Butter Scraped Over Too Much Bread

Butter Scraped Over Too Much Bread

By Gretchen Rubin on July 29, 2015 in The Happiness Project
What do you do, when you need to restore yourself?

48 Days on the Road

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Happy Trails
Travel can be a catalyst for positive change.

Post-Baby Mental Health, For Dads

If you’re about to become a father, there’s little likelihood anyone will talk with you about how these experiences will change your life.

5 Strategies to Reduce Gender Bias Against Girls As Leaders

These 5 stategies for reducing gender bias were recently developed by researchers at Harvard University. These 5 easy tips have the potential to close the gender gap in leadership for teenage girls in the future.

Brain Organoids Show Predicted Epigenetic Effects in Autism

New evidence from cultured brain cells of autistics shows that over-expression of a brain growth gene is critical, just as predicted by the imprinted brain theory.

The Fun Assumption

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 29, 2015 in On Having Fun
Suppose you supposed that the only reason you laugh is because it’s fun to laugh. Not because of the endorphins or the health benefits. But only because of the fun. Only because it’s more fun than you can contain.
Over Ego

Over Ego

To say that one is better than average is a famous bias from the social psychology textbook. In this better-than-average post, I show that it is not irrational to do so.

The Winner's Curse

By Daniel Read Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in The Choices We Make
Why are our best estimates of value can be wrong when they lead to a successful purchase (or sale).

Addressing the Fear of Becoming Irrelevant

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
A worry that's common among older people.
What's Your Joy?

What's Your Joy?

We might be happier if we spend more time thinking of our joys rather than our miseries. Writing about our joy is one way to bring about healing and establishing a sense of harmony in our lives. It can be a way to tap into our subconscious mind. In addition to writing, sometimes trying to do something different as a way to break routine.

Let's Talk About Mental Health

It is time to break the silence about mental illness and start the conversation about mental health. It is time to be #StrongerTogether.

How to Boost Your Self-Esteem? Try Hitting the Weight Room

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on July 28, 2015 in The Sports Mind
New research shows that physically stronger men have higher self-esteem.

Why Do We Love Humble Leaders But Promote Narcissistic Ones?

By Ray Williams on July 28, 2015 in Wired for Success
Americans are obsessed with narcissistic leaders, or at least they have an ambivalence between the ones they like and the ones they promote.

Stars, Bars, and Embryos

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on July 28, 2015 in Genetic Crossroads
The ideas of "choice" and "intent" have arisen in debates about both the confederate flag and prenatal genetic testing. But are these concepts insufficiently nuanced for these tough topics?


Ann Rule: The Last Interview

By Cathy Scott on July 28, 2015 in Crime, She Writes
Fact-based crime writer, dead at 83, told it like it was.

Steps to Take Today for Better Brain Health Tomorrow

You may be taking proactive steps to support your body’s health, but are you taking similar steps to sustain your brain? When it comes to supporting brain health, the old adage is true: it’s better than never. There’s no time like the present to start supporting your brain.

Striving To Maximize Both Charm and Chutzpah

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 28, 2015 in Ambigamy
Etiquette is no longer enough to make a gentleman or gentlewoman, and actually never was. Aspiring gents must strive to maximize etiquette and character, humility and boldness, always seeking for better ways to speak their minds and be heard.

Can You Visit the Deceased in Your Dreams?

By Michelle Carr on July 28, 2015 in Dream Factory
Does human consciousness remain somewhere after the body has died? Is it possible for any one of us to interact with the deceased? Could we visit those who have died long ago?

When Music Becomes Language

By Eliezer J. Sternberg M.D. on July 28, 2015 in NeuroLogic
When jazz musicians achieve the highest levels of mastery, their brain processing undergoes a fundamental change, and they begin to perceive music in a way no one else can.

Why I Tossed the Gummy Vitamins

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on July 28, 2015 in A Million Meals
Parents make most, if not all, food and health choices for our young children: the pressure of that constant decision-making, plus our primal drive to ensure they survive and thrive, creates a potent stew of emotions that makes us particularly vulnerable both to magical thinking about food and to those who exploit it.

13 Steps to Better Relationships...And Peace of Mind

By Meg Selig on July 28, 2015 in Changepower
You can use mindfulness techniques to create a more peaceful mind. But good social relationships may be just as important.

Best Practices in the Diagnosis of ADHD

Although there is no medical test for the diagnosis of AD/HD, the diagnosis should not be given without multiple diagnostic steps, which we explore here.

4 Healthy Mind Games to Play With Yourself

Our minds are incredibly malleable, and are influenced by the world around us. We can also choose to consciously influence our minds through thoughtful “mind-games” that ultimately can change our lives for the better.

Should You Take a Gap Year Before Grad School?

The Data Doctor answers a question about the pros and cons of a "gap" year between undergrad and grad school.