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Good News For Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits: L.A. May Ban Sale of Commercially Bred Animals

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 22, 2012 in Animal Emotions
If an ordinance in Los Angeles is passed dogs, cats, and rabbits will have to be obtained from shelters or humane societies. There really is no reason to buy a commercially-bred animal.

Figuring Out Who Is a Homosexual

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on August 22, 2012 in Fighting Fear
The changing way the U.S. Army defines and handles homosexuality.

Competition Based on Quality of Healthcare

In comparing two systems in healthcare—we should expect both amenities and quality of care to be far higher when prices are freely competitive compared with a system without free pricing and governments impose rationing by waiting.

Don't Call Me Baby!

The issue of women’s rights has once again been thrust into the mainstream in the North American media because of the absurd comments made by Republican Senatorial Candidate Todd Akin....One person’s individual sexist beliefs won’t affect how women are viewed and treated in our society, even if that person is running for a political office. Or will they?

Why It’s Always High School In Your Brain

The traits linked to “popularity” in high school are eerily similar to the traits that promote reproductive success in mammals. Life often feels like a high school cafeteria because the brain builds its mental model of the world in adolescence.

People Do What They're Gonna Do

In every relationship there’s some give and take. When that give and take is out of balance, the relationship is typically more codependent than interdependent. Informing this is the all-too-familiar element of enabling, and the less talked about—but in some ways considerably more dysfunctional—element of agency.

Would You Be a Good FBI Interviewer?

By Mary Ellen O'Toole Ph.D. on August 22, 2012 in Criminal Minds
Would you be a good FBI interviewer? Are you a good listener?

On Taking Risks, and Making Mistakes: Essential Experiences for Kids

It's not okay to prevent your child from doing something to save yourself from your own worry.

Trivializing the Trauma of Rape

Thoughtless remarks like Todd Akin’s exacerbate the horrible shame that victims of rape often already feel. Shame on you, Mr. Akin!

How to Grow Part 2

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 22, 2012 in Innovation You
There are four basic stages to putting the first principles and structure and dynamics of growth into motion in our own lives:

1. Set high quality targets
2. Enlist deep and diverse domain expertise
3. Run a wide array of experiments
4. Review what works and doesn’t and make revisions

Treatment of PTSD

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on August 22, 2012 in Let's Connect
Since suicide rates among on-duty military and veterans keep increasing, a better treatment for PTSD may be needed.

Chronic Illness and Suicide Risk

Long before I worked in a hospital, I thought about the links between chronic illness and suicide risk. But, spending each day surrounded by people struggling to move forward with life as illness takes away many aspects of the lives they once knew has made me much more aware of the delicate balance they are holding.

From Comfort Zone to Courage Zone

If we let our actions speak for themselves, they tell us that we much prefer to stay in the comfort zone of sameness rather than press forward into the courage zone of change.

Q&A with Kurt Andersen

By Jennifer Haupt on August 22, 2012 in One True Thing
"I think we tend to romanticize our adolescence and young adulthoods, and youth is when most of us are most susceptible to being self-righteously convinced that we know The Truth."

Switch Your Brain Into Sleep Mode: On Demand

You have the ability to switch your brain into Sleep Mode on demand.

You Know That Sex Sells—Do You Know Why?

You may not realize this, but activation in the nucleus accumbens will make you take more financial risks. This is the part our brain that is "turned on" when we experience positive emotions. So, how do we know that this region of the brain will make you take more financial risks?

Why the Opposition to the Religious Right Failed

By David Niose on August 22, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The opposition to the religious right has been a dismal failure for thirty years, but the modern secular movement provides another viable strategy.

The Adolescent Brain: (Awkward) Window of Opportunity

By Daniel R. Hawes Ph.D. on August 22, 2012 in Quilted Science
Recent developments in cognitive neuroscience are changing how we think about the developing adolescent brain.

Addiction as Self-Medication

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on August 22, 2012 in Addicted Brains
If drugs, booze, binging or gambling soothe an overactive amygdala, then addiction is neither a disease nor a "free" choice. It's a form of emotion-regulation that speaks directly to the brain.

Do Pets Help or Hurt Our Health?: A Look at the Research

Research shows people who own pets exercise more, have lower triglycerides, and are less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. This author reviews some of the research literature and concludes that while not all studies support a pet effect, the best-designed studies show the strongest relationship between pets and health.

Why You Don't Always Have to Forgive

By Deborah Schurman-Kauflin Ph.D. on August 21, 2012 in Disturbed
Sometimes you cannot forgive and must focus on surviving and self healing in order to have a better life.

Why I’m a Registered “None”

I lived in a liberal bubble where the only Republicans were played by liberal comedians on Saturday Night Live. But when my kids were damaged by "non-judgemental" low expectations, I transcended partisan orthodoxies. Surviving without a herd is hard for a mammal, but I think it's worth it.

Bedtime On Da Nile

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 21, 2012 in A Swim in Denial
Denial is a tool for managing your morale.

Back to School Anxiety Solutions

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D on August 21, 2012 in Worry Wise
Anxiety is about what is unknown or new, so children of all ages are worried about things that are unfamiliar or that they haven’t mastered yet.

The Newsroom: Portrait of a Psychiatrist

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on August 21, 2012 in Reel Therapy
"The Newsroom" features a positive and accurate portrayal of a psychiatrist. Meet Dr. Jack...

Dogs: Looking At the Way We Look At Our Best Friends

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 21, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Humans have implicit preferences about the physical features of dogs and these preferences can be systematically investigated. Find out what we prefer about our best friends and how these preferences differ among "animal people" and "non-animal people".

Getting Lucky: The Uncertainty of Sexual Pursuit

By Isadora Alman MFT on August 21, 2012 in Sex & Sociability
No matter how we try to assure the result, seduction is fraught with ambiguity.

Aging Gracefully

The decline of the body in aging often brings depression and grief over loss of function, expression, and sense of self. In this keynote talk, given at the Poetics of Aging Conference (Nov 16—19, 2011), I share basic principles of a movement group for elderly, using movement in the expression of feelings to address the existential issues of mortality and meaning.

What Motivates People to Buy Compulsively?

While psychologists are becoming better at developing surveys people can take to learn if their buying behavior is too impulsive, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to determine what motivates people to buy impulsively. Specifically, what values that encourage people to buy compulsively and impulsively?

Stress and the City

By Colin Ellard Ph.D. on August 21, 2012 in Mind Wandering
Living in the city produces stresses that can influence brain function. Protecting yourself by regulating stress means first understanding how place influences feeling.