You're Not Really Friends With That Internet Celebrity

The psychology of why you feel an illusion of closeness to your favorite internet personality

A Nation Advances on Its Stomach

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Human Beast
Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Now, economists conclude that how well fed a nation is drives the economy.

Stop the Presses! Dog Owners Are Happier

New data looks at the impact that dog or cat ownership has on the mental well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction of people.

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Connecting Spelling Books to Reading Scores

Do you know why so many American school children can't read proficiently? Guess what we aren't teaching.

Personality and Income

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in A Sideways View
Many things determine your salary: education, the job sector, the state of the economy. But also your personality: your motivation, how hard you work and your work relationships.

4 Simple Steps to Conquer Your Fears

Tired of being dominated by your fears? Here are four tips to help you overcome them.

Ping Lian Yeak, Artist

Ping Lian Yeak makes the leap from "autistic artist" to "artist" with his exhibition at a prominent New York gallery.
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How Self-Control Can Help You Live a Healthier Life

Self-control is a vital strength and key determinant of success in everyday life.

How Does a Lung Cancer Diagnosis Change a Life?

Does a lung cancer diagnosis lead to new ideas about lifestyle, stress relief and disease? Yes it does.

Good News in the Fight Against Ocean Noise

A small victory is scored against the forces that fill the oceans with noise.

Why I Don’t Call the Dalai Lama “Your Holiness”

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in Face It!
To the world, he's referred to as "His Holiness the Dalai Lama".

Why We Read WebMD

Research explains the impulse to look for medical information online.

Election by Association: Showcasing Successful Surrogates

Clinton cashes in on convention psychology. From endorsements to the selection of convention speakers, indirect image management is a significant part of a political campaign.

Mental Healthcare Lacking for Small Business Owners

Small business owners also face the risk of experiencing mental illness.
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Are You Showing Signs of Stress?

We’re stressed out, and that negatively affects our health, which contributes to even more stress. This spiral is not headed in a good direction. What does stress do to us?

Behave!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A series about the ethical standards of different fictional biographies and factual biographies of famous psychologists and scientists.The first is on John Watson & Rosalie Rayner

A Different Approach to Political Divisiveness

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
Confusing ourselves to diffuse our political tensions.
Is It Solitude or Loneliness?: 4 Questions to Help You Tell
Is It Solitude or Loneliness?
5 Reasons to Stop Worrying About Being Single
Stop Worrying About Being Single
You’re Not Alone!
You’re Not Alone!
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Competing for Love

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Life After 50
Is competition for your adult children's love making you miserable? Managing competitive feelings without acting on them can be a major challenge.

The International OCD Conference: A Focus on Compassion

By Dennis Tirch Ph.D on July 27, 2016 in Practice Compassion
We look at the many reasons why compassion can enhance the treatment of OCD and anxiety.

A Student Veteran’s Guide to College Moral Tribes

By Rob Henderson on July 27, 2016 in After Service
What challenges do military veterans face when adapting to college social norms?

Bad Listening Skills II: Responding to Grief and Loss

By Hank Davis on July 27, 2016 in Caveman Logic
What is it about death and loss that triggers the worst listening skills in most of us? No matter how deep your convictions are, you can't preach and listen at the same time.

Sage Relationship Advice From the Movie Swingers

It’s been twenty years and I still think one of my favorite relationship movies is Swingers. It is a veritable storehouse of relationship advice, particularly about self-esteem.

Our Emotional Reactions to Terrorism

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Face It!
Here's how to untangle the confusing array of emotions we feel in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

Why Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery?

After fifteen plus years of suffering from this illness with little relief from symptoms, I often feel forgotten by the medical community.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the "Virtues" of Tit for Tat

You’d probably agree that in an ideal universe you’d do best living your life in accord with the golden rule. But in the real world attempting such an existence is precarious....
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Hot Flashes Forever? Maybe

What's the deal with hot flashes?

Better Treatment for People With Addictions

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 27, 2016 in Open Gently
New science is leading to better medication for addiction.

Creating eBooks for Children - Let's Do It Together!

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Story books for children have a long history and are universally valued by children and parents. Digital stories for children offer new ways to share stories and advance literacy.

The Tyranny of Film

You'd be surprised just how well filmmakers can control our attention.

Noticing Random Acts of Kindness

How our best hope for healing the world may start with a cup of coffee.

Border Psychology

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Me in We
Border psychology and the diffusion of U.S. identity.

Ambivalent About Taking a Trip With Friends

Camping with friends (or taking any other type of trip, for that matter) can be a wonderful bonding experience if you are with the "right" friends under the "right" circumstances.