The House of Cards Characters Have Terrible Sleep Hygiene

If Frank Underwood has trouble sleeping, it's not because of his conscience.

Tomas Tranströmer’s Avocational Polymathy

Tomas Tranströmer, Nobel laureate in Literature, specializes in breadth.

Lower Your Stress by Thinking About the Distant Future

Thinking about the distant future can lower your stress.

Overcoming Fear of Looking for a Job

Practical ways to get past your fear of putting yourself out there.

Do Our Physical Actions Influence Our Opinions?

Nodding, bending your arm, and swaying can affect our attitudes.

Psychosis Sucks!

Antipsychiatry and the romanticization of mental illness

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Mental Telepathy is Real

Telepathy moves into the scientific mainstream

Oscar Surprises

The 2015 Oscars was filled with poignant messages of hope.

When Compassion is the Best Medicine

What a brain disease strikes, friends and family need support for the patient and themselves.
Is Someone You Know Slowly Driving You Crazy?

Is Someone You Know Slowly Driving You Crazy?

Have you been emotionally ambushed by a coercive friend, coworker, or family member?

Mindfulness and Cultivating Creativity

Creativity relies, in part, on the brain being in a state of unfocused, resting wakefulness, similar to that found in certain types of mediation and mindfulness practice. So, when you're at rest, are you actually working?

Facebook Introduces Suicide Prevention Support

People talk about sadness, depression, and even suicide on Facebook. This week, the social media giant rolled out new tools to offer help to those at risk.

Background Checks: Better Safe Than Sorry

Background checks are not always popular, but they can provide employers with critical insight as they make hiring decisions.

How to Parent

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Parenting, then and now.

Culture Matters! How Cultural Knowledge Influences Language

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in Language in the Mind
Culture, along with language and mind, form a golden triangle; their symbiotic interleaving enables the prodigious meaning-making capacity of our species.

Why Many Rich People Are Frugal

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in How To Do Life
The unusual mindset of many rich people...and why you might want to adopt it.

Changing the Onus of Responsibility

While it is important to give our children strategies for standing strong, we must give them alternate means by which to do so---means by which they, as bystanders, will find their voice, and begin to use it soft ways.

Tips for Sharing Bad News

By Kerry Patterson on March 06, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
Giving bad news to others can be troublesome—particularly when the person you’re giving the bad news to holds you responsible—and you’re not. Here's how to share bad news the right way.
5 Key Tips for Finding Happiness at Work

5 Key Tips for Finding Happiness at Work

Five key findings from the VIA Institute about bringing character strengths to work, including grow more from using your strengths rather than improving your weaknesses; connect character strengths with your everyday work tasks; and more!

To Kiss Or To Hug

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 06, 2015 in Spycatcher
Traveling to Paris? Here is a little insight into social greetings.

The House of Cards Characters Have Terrible Sleep Hygiene

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on March 06, 2015 in Brain Babble
If Frank Underwood has trouble sleeping, it's not because of his conscience. Here's why the House of Cards characters have terrible sleep hygiene.

When We Are I, And I Am We

By Eyal Winter on March 06, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Teamwork, Solidarity, Bonus, Peers

Campus Rape Skepticism

Emily Yoffe's journalism about campus rape is an attempt to replace the expertise of those doing research. I can see this being appropriate in a blog post, which is about an author’s “journey," but where else is this type of usurping of attention to experts or actual research helpful?

Tomas Tranströmer’s Avocational Polymathy

Scratch beneath the surface of just about any successful career in science, art, or human affairs and you’re sure to find wide-ranging interests. We’ve been scratching through the memoirs and biographies of Nobel Prize winners. No surprise, avocational polmathy, aka the several-hats tactic, turns up time and again. Tomas Tranströmer provides a case in point.

A Social Psychology Lesson from 'The Dress'

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 06, 2015 in Between You and Me
Last Saturday, my sister asked if I’d heard about the dress that was making its way across the internet like wildfire. Apparently people saw it as one of two different sets of colors, and scientists were weighing in on why people would see the same dress differently. I realized that this dress is not only entertaining, it is a lesson in social psychology.
Cameron Diaz: Is Sex The Answer?

Cameron Diaz: Is Sex The Answer?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in Shrink Wrap
How important is sex?

Dreams and Narrative

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in Dream Catcher
Why are dreams like stories? Because they are made to be interpreted.

Feeling No Pain in America

Emotions are meant to be felt and expressed, not viewed as signs of disease.

Cracking the Code

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in Talking Apes
When people talk, they often say one thing but mean something else, and somehow you’re expected to figure it out.

Lower Your Stress by Thinking About the Distant Future

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Stress is one of the biggest complaints people have about their lives. People worry about money, work, and family. They are also dragged down by events that have happened in the recent past. A bad test grade can throw a student into a funk. A fight with a partner in the morning can affect the rest of the day. A missed sale at work can ruin a weekend.

Bull Durham, Mindfulness and Providers of Care

Choosing to break the self-perpetuating cycle of stress by paying attention to what it feels like to breathe allows the brain to settle. Since most of us don’t know a Crash Davis, we have to break ourselves out. Taking a moment to attend carries great benefit and does not require anything as extreme as eyelid breathing.
The Lost Art of Not Ordering a CAT Scan

The Lost Art of Not Ordering a CAT Scan

By Peter A. Ubel on March 06, 2015 in Critical Decisions
We can’t leave well-enough alone. What we know to be true – “this patient does not have an acute neurological problem” – isn’t fully true until we have imaged the heck out of patients and can see – fully and tangibly see – that their brains look just as normal as we knew them to be.

What Girls Can Say and Do to Stand Up to Bullying

When the simplicity of forming a friendship just by climbing the same jungle gym is replaced by the intricacy of scaling middle-school social ladders, how can you teach your daughter the skills she needs to stay strong in the face of friendship drama and bullying?

All About You - Quiz

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in In Practice
A little positive self-reflection can be a very nurturing thing to do. Here are some questions to stimulate your thinking. There are no right or wrong answers here. Take a little "me" time to think about what's important to you.

Time for Sex? Or Time to Focus on Survival?

By John Launer M.D. on March 06, 2015 in Sex versus Survival
Everything we do – everything – is aimed directly or indirectly at reproduction. How on earth could it be otherwise?

The Workplace Revolution Women Are Leading

By Megan Dalla-Camina on March 06, 2015 in Real Women
Workplace revolution being lead by women, who are leading the way in using their strengths at work - and thriving for it