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Understanding Sex in Advertising

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Pop Psych
Sex doesn't sell all types of products equally well, new research shows.

Nobody Does It Better

Humor, which clashes with the intensity of romantic love, can be valuable in romance. Is humor always good in love? Is it useful for seduction? Should we tell jokes during sex?

The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and the Canine Soul

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book by Andrew Root called The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul ponders the deep meaning and mystery of dog-human relationships.
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Dealing with Disappointment

By Tara Well Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Clarity
Disappointment can be an opportunity to get clarity on what you really want—get it!

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The Arts as an Opportunity for Psychological Research

All children, all over the world, engage in dance, music, dramatic pretend play, and art. How can psychologists use this opportunity to study child development in the real world?

Don't Lecture Me!

By Alfie Kohn on June 26, 2017 in The Homework Myth
Why do college (and high school) instructors still spend so much time talking at students when research shows that isn't a particularly effective way to learn?

Times of Change in College Athletics

By Brian Tompkins on June 26, 2017 in View From The Dugout
When a veteran college coach becomes an administrator, the change in perspective bears similarities to that of a freshman athlete.

Why We Think We Are Invincible

By Jen Kim on June 26, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Why do people knowingly put themselves in dangerous situations? Science has an answer.

Animals Need More Freedom and Clearly Let Us Know This is So

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Animals have rich inner lives, but their treatment doesn't reflect this. In an interview about, and excerpt from, The Animals' Agenda, Jessica Pierce and I discuss why this is so.

Does Chess Instruction Improve Math Ability?

Chess instruction seems to have promise as an educational intervention. Can playing chess transfer to something like math problem-solving ability?

The Connection Between Migraines and Psychological Trauma

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 26, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Migraines may have a neurobiological connection to the same systemic pathways that affect trauma and mood, and can occur more frequently in people with a history of abuse.

Change Management and Transformational Leadership Synergy

How to use transformational leadership to manage change.

Five Common Factors Influencing Our Feelings of Time

The perception of time as lasting too long is associated with too high of a cost, which leads to the selection of alternatives with more immediate outcomes.

Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Hooks You

By Nir Eyal on June 26, 2017 in Automatic You
Voice interfaces like Amazon's Alexa are very engaging. A four-step model explains the psychology behind what makes the technology so habit-forming.

Wonder Woman and Wondering

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Ambigamy
Everyone is motivated by inspirational movies. This should cause us to wonder more about their lessons, like believing in yourself or that love is the answer.

How the News Media Make Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The news media frequently refer to murderers in nonhuman and supernatural terms, using inflammatory words like evil, vampire, and monster.

Who Controls the Purse Strings?

Power and control can be an issue in all kinds of relationships. There are some relationships in which the two parties are equals and some in which there is an imbalance.

We Live in a Zoo!

Is our current living environment creating physical and emotional problems for us?
The Anxiety Epidemic
The Anxiety Epidemic
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Innovation Handmaids
How Accurate Are You at Judging Personality?
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The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility
The Waist-to-Hip Ratio

How Do Psychotherapists Think?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Hot Thought
Psychotherapists need complex reasoning to determine how to help the people they treat. Such assessment is not simply matching features, but requires building a causal account.

The Wound is Where the Light Enters You

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on June 26, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
Dr. Colleen Long has worked with thousands of weight loss surgery patients. Instead of "getting over" the feelings, start by going through them, and stop the yo-yo for good.

How to Give to Others Without Burning Out

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Feeling It
Many of us feel burned out. Taking care of others seems like one more burden. Here are science-backed ways you can give to others, reap the benefits, and feel nourished too!

Are You Getting Rope Burn?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
As you cling less, it becomes natural for one to lighten up, stay out of quarrels, have more compassion, and forgive. You'll feel more fed by the richness inherent in the present.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Telling the Start of Adolescence by How Parents Can Change

When the child starts changing in adolescence, to some degree parents can start changing in response, as the relationship
between them alters as well.
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Survive Your Difficult Family by Being Smart

Much of what is labeled as individual pathology in adults and children is really the playing out of family stresses and conflicts. Learn what you can do in this eight part series.

How to Stop Being Such a Micromanager (Yes, You!)

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Adaptation
Unleash the true potential of your team.

Can Our Anger Be Explained by Global Brain Vulnerabilities?

Is it possible that our angry world reflects changing anger thresholds in our brains?

Understanding Children’s Best Interests in Divorce

“Shared parenting now has enough evidence...[that] the burden of proof should now fall to those who oppose it rather than those who promote it.”

Driving Me Wild

I'd like to remain detached when cheaters cut in and just let aggressive drivers have their way. Instead, I go wild. I get agitated and yell expletives.

At Home in Your Vehicle

The “house” in “household hazards” depends on where you spend your time. And, as the venue changes, so too can its potential hazards.

“Girls Rule!”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in How To Do Life
What your boy is seeing about his sex

Do You Mate Like a Cavewoman?

By Donna Barstow on June 26, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
If you've never used Darwin in your dating practices before, you're missing out. Cavewomen had multiple orgasms without even trying.
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Sitting with Suffering

Mastering our environment is something that can feel impossible when the odds of anything getting better are slim.

Dogs: Do "Calming Signals" Always Work or Are They a Myth?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in Animal Emotions
An essay by Dr. Karen London called "Should we call these canine behaviors calming signals?" about the effects of various actions cautions how much we still have to learn.