Why "Science Benefits When We Think More and Do Less"

A foundation director reflects on the need for leisure in scientific lives

This Trait Costs Men Money, But Makes Them Marriage Material

Would you rather have a broke partner or a broken heart?

Waving Sadly and Yet Joyfully Goodbye

First Day of School Reflections from a Recovering Mr. Mom Newbie

Are You in Love With a Narcissist and Still Hopeful?

Research-based reflections on the possibility of the tiger changing its stripes

What If the Diagnosis of Autism Is Wrong?

There are several reasons why children may be misdiagnosed as autistic.

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art therapy is and always has been a resilience-building approach.

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Yes, You Can Improve All Your Relationships

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 02, 2015 in Open Gently
Better listening saves relationships.

Genitally Does It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in In Excess
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a distressing, handicapping, and/or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in body appearance. One particular body part that has been the focus of some research in the BDD field is that of genitalia. Many men obsessively worry about the size of their penis. But what does the psychological literature tell us?

Is Consciousness a Stream? An Update

By Evan Thompson Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in Waking, Dreaming, Being
Neuroscience and Indian Buddhist philosophy agree that perceptual consciousness seems continuous but is really discrete.

How Much Brain Tissue Do You Need to Function Normally?

Brain injuries typically lead to a loss of function. But sometimes people manage to recover fully, and some even develop new skills and personality traits. This raises the question: How much brain tissue do we really need to function normally?

Young, Confident, Bisexual

By Nick Luxmoore on September 02, 2015 in Young People Up Close
More and more young people are slowly gaining the confidence to resist being defined as one thing or another. More and more say that they 'might be bisexual'.

The Positive Side to the Personality of Procrastinators

By Garth Sundem on September 02, 2015 in Brain Candy
Research is showing that procras­tination isn’t a defect in ability or personality but rather a disconnect between the demands of a task and what motivates the procrastinator.

Political Correctness Is Bad, When Applied Incorrectly

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in Insight Therapy
Trigger Warning: This Piece May Deeply Frustrate Those who Feast on Political Correctness Hysteria
Much Ado about Something

Much Ado about Something

Backed by Scripture, by reference to other spiritual writers and psychologists, and with many engaging anecdotes, ‘Much Ado about Something’ offers a rewarding, authentic, up-to-date, ‘holistic’ new vision of the timeless message of Christ.

Workover: A Tilesetter Would Like to Own His Own Business

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Steve Jobs - The Visionary in the Man (in the Machine)

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 02, 2015 in Just Listen
It seems we can't let go of Steve Jobs until we figure our the secret to his genius, so that we can all think like one. Use this 4 step formula to come darn close.

Why "Science Benefits When We Think More and Do Less"

Does the productivity of scientific careers come at the cost of creativity? One foundation director worries that it does.

How to Spot When Someone is Lying to You

But before we are too quick to judge those in the headlines who find themselves accused of lying, the psychological research indicates that ordinary people tell an average of 1.5 lies a day, but this rate can climb dramatically because how likely you are to deceive depends a lot on the situation you find yourself in.

Life is Short… and so Could Be Your Marriage

By Stan Tatkin Psy.D. on September 01, 2015 in The Puzzle of Love
There is no such thing as “safe” infidelity. Couples who want to stay together need to appreciate the importance of establishing safety and security within their relationship.

10 Health Tips from Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 01, 2015 in Prescriptions for Life
Ten top health and lifestyle tips for better sleep, weight loss, exercise and more, from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Lessons From Kenyan Consumers About Technology & Marketing

By Utpal Dholakia on September 01, 2015 in The Science Behind Behavior
Kenya is the global leader in mobile financial services innovation. I describe the lessons from M-Pesa's success story for technology marketers and consumers.

The GPS Approach to Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 01, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
It would seem that chronic pain that is experienced as a noxious physical stimulant, and is often hand-in-hand with symptoms whose origin lie in the emotional and cognitive parts of the human being, is fueled by neural links between the somatosensory part of the brain and those parts that process and express emotional and cognitive brain outputs.

How To Enjoy Back-to-School Reading Time With Your Kids

By Jamie Zibulsky Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Book Smart
Carving out time each day for a shared reading routine sounds wonderful in the abstract, but it can be challenging to do, for many reasons. So what’s a parent to do? Here are some tips that may help you!

Basics of Getting Beyond Trauma

By Kimberly Key on September 01, 2015 in Counseling Keys
Three debilitating things that can happen in a traumatic event. With any complex issue, there are a host of solutions that equal in complexity. This article is going to focus on one, and often missed, solution.

Insight Into Bias

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in One Among Many
Psychologists (and you) love a tale of two minds. Here’s one about how people self-enhance (or efface) and how they know that they do.

This Trait Costs Men Money, But Makes Them Marriage Material

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in The Shrink Tank
Would you rather have a broke partner or a broken heart?

Which Hair Color Induces Strongest Physical Attraction?

Startling new psychological research challenges previous thinking that hair color is merely about personal preference. Instead a massive consensus appears to exist on which hair color is preferred, and there also appears to be such severe prejudice associated with the tint of your locks, this is possibly as harsh as racial discrimination.

Remembering Blackouts: Interview with Sarah Hepola: Part 2

By Anna David on September 01, 2015 in After Party Chat
In part two of our interview, the author discusses “futon alcoholics,” AA bashers and a child-friendly version of her book (three pages about her cat).

Bounce Back From ADHD

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in The Gift of ADHD
People with ADHD may fail more than inhibited people because inhibition is in the service of avoiding failure

One Psychologist's Two Cents on Guns

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
Will owning a gun sometimes protect good people from bad people? Yes, of course. Will owning a gun also make a person more likely to be murdered or to die of suicide? Yes, of course. The politics swirling around the touchy issue of gun ownership often ignore the complexity of the problem.

Sex and Singing

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
If you want more grandchildren, give your kids music lessons

Your Over-Parenting Can Damage Your Child's Education

Teachers have gone from mentoring students to monitoring students. They're urged to report accounts of unblemished success to the parents. That's not an education.

3 Steps to Decode Your Fight

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 01, 2015 in Mindful Anger
Are you tired of having the exact same argument with your partner? These three steps can shed a lot of light of your situation.

The Essence of Confidence

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Thicken Your Skin
Here's a perspective that can help you build confidence in yourself.

What Extracurriculars Will Help Me Get into Grad School?

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in The Web of Violence
What are the best ways to spend your time outside of class to beef up your grad school applications? The Data Doctor responds.