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No More Mr. Nice Mom

By Gigi Vorgan on May 03, 2010 in The Simple Life

The Dangers of Self Diagnosis

Self diagnosis can lead to misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, underdiagnosis, overdiagnosis or a disrupted doctor-patient relationship.  Here we look briefly into how this could be the case.

Homeschooling to Escape Bullies: What's Wrong with That?

By Laura Brodie Ph.D. on May 03, 2010 in Love in a Time of Homeschooling
 Is short-term homeschooling a bad response to bullying?

On a rollercoaster, sweating, wearing red: The perfect date!

By Richard J. Crisp Ph.D. on May 03, 2010 in Living in a Box
When it comes to dating, social psychologists have an unfair advantage. There’s a wealth of research out there showing what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to attracting members of the opposite sex. In the interests of leveling the playing field, here’s five signs to look out for - any of which might indicate that your potential paramour has been reading up on social psychology in their attempts to ensnare you in their sticky web of love…

Feeling Bored at Work? Three Reasons Why and What Can Free You

Three reasons why you become bored at work, and how to liberate yourself 

Really Bad Good Advice

By Jen Kim on May 03, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
There's no such thing as good advice, but that's okay. They weren't going to listen to it anyway.

Top Ten Secrets of Effective Liars

By Jeff Wise on May 03, 2010 in Extreme Fear
One of the reasons most people make bad liars is that they find lying a deeply unpleasant activity...

IQ and the Values of Nations

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 03, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The Hypothesis about the effect of general intelligence on individual preferences and values may also have implications for national differences in their characters, institutions, and laws. 
You, Me and Porn Make Three
Down And Dirty
Learning From Porn
So Bad It's Good

Education: Five Unconscionable Public Education Practices

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 02, 2010 in The Power of Prime
It is a scenario that I just don't want to believe because it affirms my (our!) worst impressions of public education for the poor in America. This post has everything you would expect from a massively flawed and inertial monolith: a system failed, a bureaucracy corrupted, teachers subverted, and young people disserved. It has all the makings of a tragedy for students, teachers, and the public education system as a whole.

Find Infinite Pleasure in The Infinities

There's nothing like the joy of discovering a great writer, and then learning that he's written many other novels. The Infinities is Dublin-based John Banville's fifteenth novel, and I don't pretend to be a serious critic, so I'll merely offer an impression or two. First, the language is stunning...

When Cultures Collide

By Pete Shanks on May 02, 2010 in Genetic Crossroads
The recently settled lawsuit between Havasupai Indians and Arizona State University has implications that go far beyond questions of informed consent, and should lead scientists to recognize that their worldview may not be shared by other people. 

Ordering More Food Than You Need: Network Effects

By Shankar Vedantam on May 01, 2010 in The Hidden Brain
Do overweight waiters make you order more food?

New Ideas About the Origin of Language

By Steven Kotler on May 01, 2010 in The Playing Field
There's some new research coming out of the University of Rochester that sheds a bit of light on the origin of language in humans. What these researchers were looking into was if there's one certain area of the brain that gives humans advanced language capabilities over other animals.What they found was a whole lot more...
Dog in The Fight
Cooperation and Competition
Humility in Victory
Mental Practice

The Psychological Value and Relief of Swearing/Curse Words

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on April 30, 2010 in Insight Is 20/20
Profanity isn't great but it's harmless in the grand scheme of things (unless you're doing it in front of children).

The Worst Advice I Ever Received: Why Deep Throat Had It All Wrong

Is following your passion more important than following the money when deciding on a career?

You Must Kiss More Than The Lips

By Maryanne Fisher Ph.D. on April 30, 2010 in Love's Evolver
Think of Casablanca, where we see the romance, not the sex, between Ilsa and Rick (aka Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart). Their final kiss is pure romance, the kind that grabs you in your gut and squeezes. It isn’t a kiss that is meeting some sexual need – it’s so very much deeper, and I think you all know the kind of kiss I’m talking about.

Suffer Before You Die (Part 1)

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on April 30, 2010 in Look At It This Way

Suffer Before You Die (Part 2)

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on April 30, 2010 in Look At It This Way

Needless Death on a New York Street

By Adam Alter on April 30, 2010 in Alternative Truths
For ninety minutes, Tale-Yax lay in a growing pool of his own blood as dozens of passers-by ignored him, took photos, or stared briefly before continuing on their way. By the time firefighters arrived to help, the sun had risen and Tale-Yax had died. Tale-Yax's death inspires a predictable stream of responses, beginning with contempt for human nature and ending with questions about how and when humans lost their humanity. Were we better citizens 50 years ago? Or 10 years ago? Does New York attract particularly callous residents, or are good people turned vile after spending too long in the city?
Lies to Survive
The Thief of Individuality
Defying Cliches
Mascot Madness

Some Truths About Lying

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on April 29, 2010 in Hidden Motives
A Skill in Great DemandFew of us would doubt that lying can be a useful skill. Still it was surprising to see this month's Harvard Business Review report on a study that offered some tips to executives on the subject.