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See the Good In Others

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in Your Wise Brain
See the good in others—it's a simple but very powerful way to feel happier and more confident, and become more loving and more productive in the world.

Knowledge and Trust in a Gigabyte World

Isn’t it ironic that in an age of immeasurable information, there is little that we can assume to be credible? As technology changed the way information is communicated, it challenged our ability to know what is valid and what is not. Without reliable ways of distinguishing fact from fiction we might conclude that no one is above suspicion and nothing is believable.

Mussel Up Your Brain!

By Drew Ramsey M.D. on May 01, 2012 in The Farmacy
Mussels are a perfect brain food. Packed with DHA and vitamin B-12, two key nutrients that are vital to protecting your brain health and preserving your memory as you age, they also offer up a dose rare brain essential trace nutrients like iodine and selenium.

Condoms Were in My Teen's Goody Bag

I know that you are going to think that I am teasing you with this letter but I kid you not when I tell you that my teenager went to a sweet sixteen and colored condoms were in all of the kids' goody bags. I have heard of sweatshirts, balloons, candy, and maybe even other sorts of fun items but condoms?

My Gender is Tender

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on May 01, 2012 in Meaningful You
From Warhol model Jackie Curtis to modern filmmaker Jonathan Caouette, transgender culture has gone from hiding in plain sight to plainly seen.

First Flight

By Tony Angell on May 01, 2012 in Avian Einsteins
Ravens, crows, magpies, and jays share not only the wilderness, suburban, and urban environments with us, but also have in common many human characteristics.

Fifty Shades of Porn

The book, Fifty Shades of Grey, has been at the top of the New York Times Bestseller. And Internet porn is ubiquitous. Do the differences teach anything about how to have a sexually fulfilling relationship?

Control the World or Control Yourself?

You may think the world is flawed, so the world should change, not you. But if you focus your efforts on controlling the world, you get bad results. It's easy to control yourself instead when you know how the brain works.

Ego: The Evil Twin to Our Beloved Inner Child

By Donna Flagg on May 01, 2012 in Office Diaries
There has long been plenty of discussion about ego on one hand, and the inner child on the other. Rarely though, if at all, do we ever look at the sibling rivalry between the two.

Erection Changes After 50: The Facts

Based on junk email and ads for erection drugs, you'd think that every man over 50 has erectile dysfunction (ED). No way.

A Bullying Dilemma

Children attempting to exert power and control over other children is nothing new. In fact, bullying is not even unique to children.

Ohmidog! Tanner and Blair Rescue One Another

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in Animal Emotions
This heartwarming tale of two dogs will surely make you smile. Read about and watch two dogs, Tanner, who is blind and suffering from seizures, and Blair, who was abused and very timid, rescue one another and have happy lives as close friends. Blair even leads Tanner around by his leash.

What About Alien Abductions?

By Erich Goode Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in The Paranormal
Thousands of people claim to have been abducted by aliens. Is this testimony that extraterrestrials are here, on Earth?

He's Got A Way About Him

By Maureen Seaberg on May 01, 2012 in Sensorium
Ballads are blues and greens and rock anthems are blazing reds, oranges and golds in the magnificent synesthetic palette of songwriter Billy Joel.

Thirty-Three Rounds of Radiation

By Anita Allen on May 01, 2012 in Unpopular Privacy
About six weeks ago I finished 33 rounds of radiation for stage one invasive breast cancer. Some of my academic friends urged me to write a book about my experiences.

Bowerbirds: Do They Have Green Thumbs?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Male bowerbirds appear to grow a garden to attract females. What they do seems to be cultivation, the result of which is increased mating success. The more we learn the more blurred is the border between "us" and "them."

Mobbing May Day

The Occupy movement is celebrating May Day to emphasize the importance of workers’ rights by starting a general strike across the US. The strike is meant to show that “the 99 percent,” by sheer weight of numbers, are a force to be reckoned with.

The Key to Effective Communication—Shut Up

Communication is not a skill to be learned, but an art to be cultivated. Effective communication compasses Miles Davis’ famous sentiment that ‘music is the space between the notes.’ It’s not so much the sound that matters, but the silence.

Changing Your Pillow Could Make Those Wrinkles Go Away

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on May 01, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
Having smoother skin just by using a different pillow.

May Day: What Is Fair?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 01, 2012 in Am I Right?
Society has the right to insure that you do the right thing.

It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in Innovation You
The American Environmental Movement has had many names, and though it has been with us always, reappears in its more potent form with some regularity.

What We Can Learn from Carnie Wilson

Carnie Wilson, who had her first Roux en Y gastric bypass surgery broadcast live on the internet in 1999 and produced two books about her experiences, recently announced that she’s now had a lap-band procedure because she regained weight.

5 Things Your Colleagues Want You To Know (But Are Afraid to Tell You)

Just because you couldn’t sleep one night and made a list at 2 a.m. which includes every idea that floated snowflake-like on to the flat, burning landscape of your brain does not mean we have to do it.

Accidentally On Purpose

Imagine that Bob cleans his gun while plotting to kill his uncle. Suddenly, the gun accidentally goes off and the bullet hits a pedestrian walking down the street, killing the pedestrian instantly. Bob runs over and discovers that the pedestrian is his uncle. How responsible is Bob?

Does Your Brain Care About Which Protein You Eat? Yes

The source of ones dietary protein can have profound effects upon brain chemistry.

“I Wouldn’t Have Seen It if I Hadn’t Believed It”

When thinking about human nature do our “reality goggles” get in the way of seeing reality?

Anxiety Problems, Part II: 3 Habits That Help

While people may label anxious feelings stress, fears, worries, tension or "my nerves," the feeling of anxiety is an unpleasant one. To escape anxious feelings, it can be tempting to
try to distract yourself. In fact, directly addressing the situation that's stirring up anxiety problems is usually the fastest route to ending the icky feelings.