The Modern Savage: A New Book Questions Why We Eat Animals

James McWilliams' new book is a very thoughtful book about our meal plans

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.

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Life's a Bitch - Or is it?

Life's a Bitch - Or is it?

When things appear to be going wrong, it pays to review our hopes and expectations; alternatively to find consolation in an adorable pet - like Dilly!

The Attractiveness of Personality Traits

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in A Sideways View
Some traits are more attractive than others. But there are downsides to all extreme scorers. Is there a downside to being a sociable extravert or a highly agreeable person?

What I Most and Least Trust

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
Whom and what can you trust?

4 Allies and Too Anxious Beat 1 Shade of Gray

After being bullied all his life by anxiety and depression, one man found a new way to relate to them. This freed up energy and changed his life.

10 Essential Humor Lessons

The amusing, creative and witty person in a group is among the most powerful of its members.

Top Pacific Heart Stories of 2014-2015

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on April 01, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
The Pacific Heart celebrated some milestones this year, including a viral Op Ed in The New York Daily News last weekend! Here are my top blog posts of the last year.

Equality Under the Law ≠ Equality of Outcomes

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Homo Consumericus
I describe the equality bias, a form of faulty reasoning wherein equality under the law is confused with equality of outcomes. Legal equality does not translate into equal potentiality or equal life trajectories.
Germanwings Talk Is Worsening the Stigma of Mental Illness

Germanwings Talk Is Worsening the Stigma of Mental Illness

The problem is that labeling a person as “crazy” or “mentally ill” does not in any way explain why the plane was crashed and those on board murdered.

What Kind of Angry Are You? (Part 2)

In order to get the important message that anger is trying to deliver, you need to steer clear of your old, unhealthy avoidance habits and let your inner communication come through.

Is Technology Disempowering Us?

How to live (sanely) with technology should be mindfully chosen by human grownups, not left up to our children, or worse, our devices to decide.

How Honest Are Individuals About Their Sexual Histories?

Disclosing one's previous number of sexual partners is important for sexual safety...but how often does this actually happen? My latest study explores these conversations.

Selfie Stick Mania

What's the deal with the Selfie stick "phenomenon"?

Madness in Civilization

Madness as a perennial problem, and the problems of contemporary biological reductionism.

What "Fifty Shades of Grey" Got Wrong About BDSM

By Michael Castleman M.A. on April 01, 2015 in All About Sex
Contrary to the portrayal of Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey," BDSM aficionados are psychologically normal and healthy.
How to Change Your Partner in 5 Easy Steps

How to Change Your Partner in 5 Easy Steps

By Kira Asatryan on April 01, 2015 in The Art of Closeness
Throw away those destructive ways of trying to change your partner. Learn a new method that inspires change and brings you two closer.

The Modern Savage: A New Book Questions Why We Eat Animals

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Animal Emotions
James McWilliams' book "The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals" is a very thoughtful work about our meal plans where he covers the ecological and ethical reasons for not eating other animals and shows that labels such as "cage free," "free range," and "humanely raised" are not necessarily sound and ethical. There's a good life beyond beef and after meat.

The Flynn Effect as Adaptive Change

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in The Human Beast
All living creatures can change to fit in with their environment. Some of that flexibility is due to gene selection but a lot is developmental. The Flynn effect of rising IQ in developed countries is an enrichment effect of modern life. It arises due to the adaptive response of our brain to the increased challenges it faces.

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.