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There's Something in the Way He Moves

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on November 12, 2011 in Eyes on the Brain
Some small children may be fooled into thinking that Pleo, a toy, robot dinosaur is alive. Why is this the case?

A Broken Nation?

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on November 12, 2011 in The Fair Society
The senior British journalist Ed Vulliamy believes this is exactly what is happening in his own once great country. He sees the recent widespread riots there as a symptom of a cultural collapse. Is our country on a similar path?

The American Psychiatric Association's Trial Balloons

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 12, 2011 in Side Effects
DSM-5 is being touted as the most transparent DSM going, but recent developments make clear that the manual's approval process is rigged, not transparent at all.

Hugging Will Get You in Trouble

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 12, 2011 in Am I Right?
Strict adherence to rules requires no thought, a very bad lesson to teach to students

Friday Morning at Eleven—Lest We Forget

By Russell Friedman on November 11, 2011 in Broken Hearts
In its day, World War One was called "The War to End All Wars." Sadly, it wasn't.

Why Do Liberals Hate Smokeless Cigarettes?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Liberals tend to oppose e-cigarettes, but the reason is unclear.

Andy Rooney: Cognitive Scientist?

Andy Rooney was an intuitive cognitive scientist. He had an unfailing eye for product designs that facilitated information processing by the user, were aligned with mental representations of form and function, were free of constraints to usage, and provided the feedback necessary for a satisfying, error-free experience.

Why Victory Wouldn't Be Enough: Notes about the Occupy Movement, Nov 11th

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in Acquired Spontaneity
Prioritizing social transformation without attending to the ways in which all of us have internalized what we aim to transform runs the risk of re-creating these systems and habits. A commitment to inner work without a focus on social transformation runs the risk of being adaptive to the ways of the world. What are some aspects of inner work that are important?

Where Does the Buck Stop: Fire Tomalis, Impeach Corbett, and ______ Rendell?

By Stanton Peele on November 11, 2011 in Addiction in Society
When a grand jury charged several Penn State administrators with covering up reports of child rape by a university guest on a university facility, and that the rape had been reported to coach Joe Paterno, Penn State fired Paterno and president Graham Spanier. Does the buck stop there?

Art Therapy Transforms Warriors into Artists

BBC Two is premiering a film about art therapy and veterans, "Art for Heroes." Is there really evidence that art and imagination can ameliorate PTSD in returning military?

An Amazing Elephant Rescue That Will Make Your Day

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Sometimes interfering in the lives of wild animals overrides the usual hands-off approach and simply is the right thing to do. Witness and savor this dramatic rescue of a mother elephant and her baby when they got trapped in mud.

Your Revolution and Ours: Part One

By George Davis on November 11, 2011 in Modern Melting Pot
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is becoming exactly what I had hoped it would--a revolution.

11-11-11, Apophenia, and the Meaning of Life

By John W. Hoopes Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in Reality Check
Do you do a double-take when the time reads 11:11? Did writing 11-11-11 as the date either give you a chill or make you smile? If so, you've experienced apophenia.

We Are All Worthy

You are inherently worthy. Before you ever do, achieve, or acquire, you are worthy. In other words, you are born worthy.

How Structure Improves Your Child's Brain

How can we help our children learn more efficiently without becoming helicopter parents?

Do Dogs Feel Jealousy and Envy?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 11, 2011 in Canine Corner
In social situations dogs become jealous if they see other dogs being rewarded for behaviors, while they themselves are not.

The Mind of a Dictator

By James Fallon Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in The Psychopath Inside
For the past 18 years, I have studied the brain activity, psychology, and genetics of psychiatric patients and the brain scans of psychopathic serial killers.

Anatomy of a Scandal

By Eric G Wilson Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in Morbid Curiosities
How do we make sense of unspeakable scandals?

Emotional Healing Without Pathologizing or Drugging

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
A recent conference at Harvard's Kennedy School displayed profound caring and respect for those who suffer. The variety of approaches would have been astonishing to those who believe that help for suffering comes only in two varieties: Drugs and psychotherapy.