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Ten-Plus Years of Studying Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Ad

By Abbie Goldberg Ph.D. on July 13, 2012 in Beyond Blood
In my lengthy interview with "It's Conceivable," we cover a range of topics, including lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples' experiences of adoption, choosing a gay-friendly adoption agency, and the experiences of children of gay parents.

Men's Nonverbals Increase Women’s Attractiveness

Research has shown that the way a man behaves toward a woman can actually cause her to behave in a more sexually attractive manner. Simply put, if a man believes a woman is attractive, her body language will become more attractive.

Cross-Dressing: Cuttlefish Do It Too

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 13, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Male cuttlefish fool rival males into thinking they're females, but only when there's one other male around.

Trying to Reach a Goal? You're Doing It Wrong

One of the strategies we frequently use to break bad habits can backfire — leaving you doing more of whatever you were trying to avoid doing in the first place.

My TEDxNew Haven Talk: Five Half-Truths About Happiness.

By Gretchen Rubin on July 13, 2012 in The Happiness Project
A few months ago, I gave a talk at the TEDxNewHaven on “Five Half-Truths About Happiness.”

What's in a Name?

By Sam Sommers on July 13, 2012 in Science Of Small Talk
Names matter. Whether we admit it or not, whenever we hear one, we draw a wide range of assumptions about the characteristics of the individual person (or item) in question...

The Era of the “Megaclass?”

By APA Division 15 on July 13, 2012 in PsychEd
It’s almost a dream: providing free, accessible, high-quality education to people around the world. And yet, Sebastian Thrun—Google vice president and Stanford lecturer—may be on his way to making the dream a reality.

Is Healthcare like Broccoli?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on July 13, 2012 in Hot Thought
Some critics of U.S. President Obama’s healthcare plan have argued that requiring people to buy health insurance is as illegitimate as requiring them to eat broccoli. A psychological theory of analogy clarifies where this reasoning goes wrong.

Coaching Targeted Parents

What targeted parents may be forgetting.

Five Steps to Better Ethical Decision Making

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 13, 2012 in Am I Right?
Are you willing to let others know what you've done?

Why Is Dessert the Last Meal of the Day?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on July 12, 2012 in The Decision Tree
No one can tell me why we eat dessert last. Why not first?

Brain Scans Show Vegetarians and Vegans Are More Empathic than Omnivores

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 12, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Recent fRMI brain scans show vegetarians and vegans appear to have more of an empathetic response to both human and nonhuman animal suffering. Compassion begets compassion and crosses species lines. I welcome more research in this area from both social scientists and neuroscientists.

Stand and Deliver: What Motivates Us to Do Our Best

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on July 12, 2012 in The Dolphin Divide
How to turn the daily grind into an easy jog toward the finish line. With a little bit of self-knowledge, we can custom-design our days to bring out our personal best.

Eureka, Epiphany, and Enlightenment

The differences in enlightenment from one field to another pale in comparison with the deep similarities common to enlightenment in every realm—a sense of blinders removed, of clear sightedness, of ecstatic revelation.

Minding Animals: Some Good News and Some Bad News

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 12, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Animals in the news brings joy and sadness. A recent meeting called "Minding Animals Conference 2", a movie called "Chimpanzee", and the closing of a beach for seals are good news for animals, whereas the Navy's plans to kill numerous whales and dolphins and Ringling Brothers repeated abuse of elephants is not.

Growing Ideas is a Process, Not a Lightning Bolt

One of the biggest myths about creativity is that ideas explode fully formed from the unconscious like a bolt of lightning. But that’s a long way from the truth. Learn about the multi-stage process most writers use when they create.

Cigarette Smoke Increases Teeth Grinding In Sleeping Kids

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on July 12, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
A group of Italian researchers reported that children exposed to cigarette smoke in the home had a higher incidence of teeth grinding during sleep.

Rethinking Everything We Thought About Addiction

Activation of the brain’s pleasure center is the primary starting point of addiction. But once a person takes drugs habitually, their use affects other brain regions.

Treating Mid-Life Eating Disorders

In many cases, older women struggled with eating disorders in adolescence and a stressful event precipitated a relapse or made their condition worse.

Difficult People 101, Part 5: Road Rage to Road Sage

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on July 12, 2012 in The Pacific Heart
Dealing with Road Rage! Part 5 of my Dealing with Difficult People series.

Difficult People 101, Part 4: Coping with Difficult People

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on July 12, 2012 in The Pacific Heart
Part 4 of my series on Dealing with Difficult People.

How to Become a Procrastinator

There are a stubborn 5% of people who say they procrastinate very rarely or not at all. If you find yourself aberrantly efficient, don’t feel left out. Here is a top ten list to help you put off until tomorrow what you should be doing today.

Interview with Legendary Editor Carole DeSanti

By Jennifer Haupt on July 12, 2012 in One True Thing
Carole DeSanti, currently Vice President, Editor at Large, at Viking Penguin, has championed and edited some of the most prolific writers of our time: Melissa Banks, Dorothy Alison, and Terry McMillan to name a few. Now, she reveals her own secret life as a writer, and the fascinating story of how The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. came to life during the past thirty years.

The Dangers of Self-Forgiveness—And How to Avoid Them

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on July 12, 2012 in In Love and War
The ability to forgive oneself for mistakes, large and small, is critical to psychological well-being. But self-forgiveness has a dark side.

Why Is OCD So Hard To Treat?

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on July 12, 2012 in Fighting Fear
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that expresses itself to a greatly varying degree in different individuals. The response to treatment of patients with OCD is also varied and, I think, unpredictable.