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To Spank or Not to Spank? Is that Really Still a Question?

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on September 12, 2011 in Peaceful Parenting
One mother wondered at what age it was okay to spank her child on his bare bottom
Smoking and Supportive Texts

Smoking and Supportive Texts

Smokers intent on quitting responded well to supportive text messages.

Think Before You Post

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in The First Impression
Is Facebook and other digital mediums usurping or even replacing socialization in your real flesh-and-blood life? What is the potential fallout that could come from revealing too much information about yourself online?
How Do Sex and Power Abuses Lead to Terrorism and War?

How Do Sex and Power Abuses Lead to Terrorism and War?

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Resolution, Not Conflict
What are the deeper motives underlying some jihadists' attraction to terrorism? It turns out that sex and power, used abusively, lie at the heart of Islamic terrorism.

Myths about Circumcision You Likely Believe

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
With my first child, I just thought that circumcision was what you did, no big deal, and every man was circumcised. Then one day I saw a picture of a baby being circumcised, and everything changed.

Being There for Each Other: A Meditation on 9/11

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in People Skills
Meditation on 9/11: helping our friends is what life's really about.

Pregnancy at 40: How Realistic Is It?

By Connie Shapiro PhD on September 10, 2011 in When You're Not Expecting
Why is it that some women wait until they are 40 to begin trying to conceive? Is it finally that their lives have settled down enough to contemplate children as the next step? Or, as a recent NYTimes article posed, do women who physically look much younger than their age actually believe their 40-year-old eggs are up to the challenge of conceiving a healthy baby?

Myths of Regulation

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Conservatives have embraced the truism that businesses are hurt by government regulation. Ideologically, they argue, rules infringe on individual freedom, but they have also persuaded themselves that they are actually bad for the bottom line.

Depression Dis-ables: Learn to Be Able Again

Many of the smartest, most talented people I have treated in my career were not feeling smart or talented when we met. Gifted, successful people do not see their abilities when they are depressed.

September 11 and Remembrance

By Julie Jaffee Nagel Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in Music to My Ears
A Letter to My Fifteen Year Old Self

A Letter to My Fifteen Year Old Self

By Priscilla Warner on September 10, 2011 in Learning to Breathe
One Woman's Journey From Panic to Peace
Forgetting September 11
The Folly of Terrorism
Silenced Victims: Islamophobia
The Cost of Fear

The Psychology of U.S. Reaction to 9/11

By Clark McCauley Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Friction

Manology: The Art and Science

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Rethinking Men
"Men are all the same. They only want one thing!" This was a mantra I heard in my youth. Maybe it is true, but according to Cosmo (April 1999), which I found in my files recently. Maybe it is not, which may be a relief to all of us, or not.

What I Learned from Reading My Alumni Magazine – About College, the World, and Psychology

By Stanton Peele on September 09, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Reading my Penn Alumni magazine causes me to reflect on how the world has changed -- what students see the key to success as being, how topics of interest have shifted and, especially, where psychology has gone and with what result.

Infants Don’t See Fast Changes

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Adults have to survive in a world where they have to notice things that change quickly. What about infants?

Grieving 9/11, Online

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on September 08, 2011 in Compulsive Acts
if grieving feels simple, easy or more efficient online, then maybe we are diminishing the process somehow.

What Do You Do When You Have a Toxic Boss Part 2

By Srikumar Rao Ph.D. on September 08, 2011 in Creativity and Personal Mastery
Your boss is making your life a living hell. You think of him as the devil incarnate. Bad strategy. Think of him as the Fed Ex guy instead.