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Do Musicians Have Different Brains?
The Mystery of Perfect Pitch
Seeking a Sound Mind
What's Up with the Mozart Effect?

The Futures That Don't Need Us

By Jesse Reynolds on August 25, 2010 in The Age of Biotech
Two similar recent publications echo Bill Joy's "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us."

Black gold, tainted gold, and rare earth

In the aftermath of the deadly BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the public mind has been appropriately concentrated on the hazards of natural resources extraction. A recent Journal of the American Medical Association online commentary by my colleague Dr. Gina Solomon highlights the potential physical and mental health dangers arising from oil spills, as well as the chemicals used to clean them up This includes the residual risks that might come up through the food chain and on to the dinner table of seafood consumers.

Look Who's Reviewing Your Meds

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on August 25, 2010 in Side Effects
How for-profit review boards became an $11.4 billion global market.

The Book I've Been Hoping to Find for Parents of Teenage Girls

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on August 25, 2010 in As You Like It
Ms. Resh's book for parents of teenage girls offers us more effective ways to deal with our daughters' sexuality.
Going to Extremes
A Toxic Brew
Drunkorexia
The Ravages of Alcoholism

Don’t Judge a Scientific Idea by the Press Release!

In light of ideas from evolutionary life history, a paper renovating Maslow's pyramid suggested that “parenting” should replace “self-actualization” at the top. People who read only the press release are getting their blood pressure up over this. But here’s why they shouldn’t. 

Media Violence Revisited

By Ross Buck Ph.D. on August 24, 2010 in Spontaneous Emotion
The fact that viewing media violence increases aggressive behavior and decreases empathy is not news. The fact that this well-established relationship is being challenged is news.
Why Do People Choose Polyamory?

Why Do People Choose Polyamory?

By Deborah Anapol Ph.D. on August 24, 2010 in Love Without Limits
Just as there are many different forms a polyamorous relationship can take, there are many different reasons people choose polyamory. We’re not always conscious of the reasons we do things, and sometimes we even make up reasons which have little to do with our real motivations. I’m not saying that we intentionally lie to ourselves, or to others. Rather, we find ourselves doing something and then make up a story to explain it. So it's not surprising that people are sometimes in dark about why they're choosing polyamory.

In Bed With Society

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 23, 2010 in Insight Therapy
Your most personal decisions, such as with whom, how, where, and when to have sex are in fact made largely by your culture.   

Do Dogs Commit Suicide?

There are reports of depressed dogs, left behind when families went off on holidays, who leapt to their death from balconies. Some claim that these are deliberate suicides similar just like those attempted by depressed and lonely humans. 
The Impossible Illness
Is Bitterness a Mental Disorder?
Conditions Without a Cause
Hidden Disabilities

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Weaker

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 21, 2010 in Insight Therapy
It is commonly said that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. But psychological research has shown that a history of chaos and trauma actually hinders our ability to thrive.
Do Animals Think?
The Pet Whisperer
Bad Dog!
The Quest for Canine Companionship

Forgive and Remember

By Robert I. Sutton on August 21, 2010 in Work Matters
How a Good Boss Responds to Mistakes

"I'm Much Happier If I Can Achive a Flow State for Part of Each Day. But This Requires Shutting Off My Email."

By Gretchen Rubin on August 20, 2010 in The Happiness Project
Happiness interview: Paul Bloom. I recently read Paul Bloom's new book, How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. It's an absolutely fascinating look at pleasure and why we feel it. The relationship between pleasure and happiness -- what it ought to be, and what it actually is -- is one of the most complex issues within the larger subject of happiness. So I was very eager to hear what Paul had to say.

Altruistic Dogs and Other Questions on Cooperation

By Steven Kotler on August 20, 2010 in The Playing Field
There's a really, really interesting war brewing these days between the evolutionary psychologists and the ecological psychologists. In very basic terms, the war is about competition and cooperation...

Should You Tell Your Friend That His or Her Partner Is Cheating?

What do we do if we find out a friend's partner is cheating on him or her? Should we tell our friend or not? And why is this question so hard to answer? Let's find out...
Dopamine: Why It's So Hard to "Just Say No"

Dopamine: Why It's So Hard to "Just Say No"

Research indicates that to "just stop" is not so easy.
The Expectations Trap
I Think Therefore I Am
Surprise!
You 2.0

Transformative Possibilities

By Betsy Seifter Ph.D. on August 19, 2010 in After the Diagnosis

Big Pharma's Role in Promoting DSM Disorders

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on August 19, 2010 in Side Effects
Big Pharma has played an outsize role in promoting DSM disorders.