The APA Relied on the CIA for Ethical Guidance

New revelations cast further doubt on APA denials.

Are You A Status Seeker? The Chances Are Good that You Are

Exploring how status motivates all of us

Why The Germanwings Tragedy Couldn't Happen In The U.S.

The Two-Person Rule keeps a pilot from acting alone.

Unbroken by Divorce: 5 Rules of Resilience

What's different about the people who are least likely to be undone by divorce

How Rules and Bureaucracy Breed Innovation

Most of the matter in the known universe is stuff that we have no way of seeing.

Adolescence and Honoring Agreements

Why adolescents can make more agreements with a parent than they tend to keep

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What your dog wants

Living with a pet provides humans with many physical and psychological benefits. Research shows that the health and well-being of pet owners is greater than that of non-pet-owners. But what about our pets? Sure, we buy them treats and care for them. But do they get deeper, more important rewards from their human relationships? And how might this come about?

Bad Temper and the Internet

Does posting angry words on the internet and the social media console or inflame us?

Who Wants to Grow Up To Be A Spy?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in Time Out
Although the actor playing James Bond changes, audiences remain loyal to the brand. The spy fantasy is a classic, from John Le Carre’s spy who came in from the cold, to today’s favorite undercover Soviet family hiding in plain sight on TV's The Americans, the idea of leading a secret life grips our imagination. You can talk with a real spy tonight!

The APA Relied on the CIA for Ethical Guidance

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
Last week’s release of previously undisclosed emails provides further evidence of the American Psychological Association’s extensive and secret involvement with the CIA and White House in crafting ethics policies that permitted psychologists to participate in abusive “war on terror” detention and interrogation operations.

What's the Difference Between Procrastination and Laziness?

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 05, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Are you a procrastinator or just a lazybones?

Lose The Booze

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in In Excess
There is a general rule of thumb that where the opportunities and access to potentially addictive behaviours are increased, more people engage in that behaviour. One such behaviour is the drinking of alcohol. Given the wide accessibility of alcohol, what are the best ways to minimize alcohol intake? Here are some practical tips.

Are You A Status Seeker? The Chances Are Good that You Are

By Peg Streep on May 05, 2015 in Tech Support
Are we hardwired to crave status and to respond to people in programmed ways depending on their status? Is status about what money can buy or something else? A close look at what the research shows...

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm

By Peter Gray on May 05, 2015 in Freedom to Learn
Many preschool and kindergarten teachers are extremely upset by the increased pressure to teach literary and numerical skills to little children and test them regularly. They can see firsthand the unhappiness generated, and they suspect that the children would be learning much more useful lessons by playing. Their suspicions are well validated by research studies.

Two Workovers: Back to School? Start a Simple Biz?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to two callers to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.
Geography of Aging and the Illusion of Self

Geography of Aging and the Illusion of Self

By Mario D Garrett PhD on May 04, 2015 in iAge
There is no "me". My body is a fusion of the outside world and an internal reality. The distinction between me and them is purely a creation of my mind. The separation comes as an afterthought. My mind creates this dualism, but in reality my body is fused with the geography and behavior of others around. The sense of self is how the body placates me.

Should We Expect Cross-Cultural Perceptual Errors?

By Jesse Marczyk on May 04, 2015 in Pop Psych
Previous research has suggested men might over-perceive women's sexual intent. Is that the case in non-American samples?

25 Websites To Help You Make More Money In Between Gigs

Need to make extra money? Here are 25 websites where you can make over $100K in extra cash per year by cashing in on the sharing economy. All with keeping your clothes on...

What Triggers Cravings?

What is the most effective way to eliminate cravings and stop the cycle of addictive behavior? This post offers new advice based on the latest cutting-edge scientific research.
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Connect Act Evolve

What is today's non-religious approach to community?

The Mother's Day Post

A simple guide for enjoying this holiday regardless of whether you have children or not.

If You Tend to Get Scattered, Check for Adult ADD/ADHD

Children with attention deficits tend to be recognized by parents, pediatricians and teachers. Adult ADD sufferers by contrast often go undiagnosed. Yet adult ADD can destroy relationships at home and at work.

Why The Germanwings Tragedy Couldn't Happen In The U.S.

Can a flight attendant in the cockpit keep a deranged pilot from intentionally crashing a plane?

What Is Your Problem, Baltimore?

By Kathryn Seifert on May 04, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
What Is Your Problem, Baltimore? Racism, Lack of Economic Opportunity, Community Engagement, or Something Else?

Thriving Under Stressful Work

Although employees often focus on the negative effects of stress at work, when approached in the right way work demands can provide employees with opportunities for growth and development. In this post we discuss what determines whether employees can thrive rather than falter under stress, including how work demands can be perceived and attacked before they become severe.

The Beneficial Effects Of Animals On Children With Autism

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Animals and Us
Temple Grandin told me that some (but not all) people with autism have a special way with animals. This new study examined the biological mechanisms behind the soothing effects Guinea pigs can have on children with autism spectrum disorders. .

Unbroken by Divorce: 5 Rules of Resilience

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Living Single
There are big differences among people in how well they do after getting divorced. A recent review article suggested 5 ways that resilient people differ from those who have the hardest time.

Neurofeedback as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

April was Parkinson’s Awareness Month, which prompted me to share this story and an effective, yet little-known treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Does Eating Your Carrots Make You More Creative?

In a new study, people’s daily fruit and vegetable consumption predicted how engaged and inspired they felt that day.

Adopted Kids Do Not Come With a Warranty

By Tina Traster on May 04, 2015 in Against All Odds
Long Island case involving two adopted Russian children is one to watch

How Rules and Bureaucracy Breed Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Innovation You
Here's the thing that innovators tend to forget: bureaucracy is our friend. The rules and regulations of any organization are also the forces that unwittingly create whitespaces, the opportunities to break new boundaries.
Four Steps to Making Change an Opportunity Not a Threat

Four Steps to Making Change an Opportunity Not a Threat

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in The Power of Prime
In general, people don’t like change. During primitive times, change was perceived as a threat to survival which triggered our ‘fight or flight’ response. Unfortunately, though we like to think that we have evolved far beyond our ancestors, the reality is that we are still quite primitive in some basic ways including our response to change.
Adolescence and Honoring Agreements

Adolescence and Honoring Agreements

Keeping agreements is a teenage habit worth the parental effort to teach.

The Culture Wars and Parental Guilt

A massive cultural change that has taken place in a fairly brief period of time has led to the infamous culture wars between the forces of individualism and those of conformity. Gender role expectations have dramaticly transformed. This has led to a massive explosion of parental guilt, which has resulted in problematic parenting practices that lead to impairment in kids.

Bipolar Disorder and Failure to Launch Syndrome

How does bipolar disorder present as failure to launch syndrome in a young adult? Read on...