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Sex in the Old Testament: God is a Darwinist.

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on March 07, 2010 in Homo Consumericus
In the Old Testament, men of high-status (patriarchs, kings, judges) had a lot more sex than their lower ranked counterparts, as evidenced by the fact that they had more wives, more concubines, and they took the liberty to have sex with greater frequency with the men of other women, as well as having a lot more sex with their slaves and servants. It pays to be a King!

Rich People Are Greedy

Rich people are greedy and shallow. They get rich by taking advantage of others. They are miserly and selfish.

How Did General Intelligence Evolve?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 07, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
If the contents of the human brain are domain-specific, as evolutionary psychologists contend, how can evolutionary psychology explain general intelligence, which is seemingly domain-general?

What Does Your Work Space Say About You?

My office is pretty big, and sits right next to the vending machines. It's pretty close to the ladies' room. (My grad assistant Karen says "It's situated like the worst table in a restaurant.")

How to Save Your Sanity (and Money) This Tax Season

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on March 07, 2010 in The Why Behind the Buy
No matter what, tax preparation isn't likely to be on anybody's list of favorite ways to spend their spare time. Here are six tips to lessen the psychological strain and get the job done more efficiently.

Are You Holding Onto Your Spouse with a "Marriage Death Grip?"

When you step out of the equation, you stop being the "nag" or the "bully" and your spouse is left alone with his or her actions.

How Psychologists Can Help Correct DSM-V: A Response

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on March 06, 2010 in Evil Deeds
Simply throwing the baby out with the proverbial bathwater is really not an option as regards DSM-V. What the DSM-V and psychiatry need to re-integrate into their neurobiological paradigm is the dynamic power of psychology to both cause mental disorders and to heal them.

How Psychologists Can Help Correct DSM5

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 06, 2010 in DSM5 in Distress
The options being considered for DSM5 have finally been posted. Unfortunately, only a two month period has been allotted for comments from the field. The first draft of DSM5 contains many suggestions that will cause serious unintended consequences for mental health practice, research, and forensics.

Female Violence in Sport: Maybe It Isn't Just the Testosterone

This past week, nineteen year old freshman basketball player Brittney Griner, of Baylor University, connected on a right cross that would make anyone say, “Damn!”

So Should We Live Together? Part I

By Diana Kirschner Ph.D. on March 05, 2010 in Finding True Love
Once upon a time, all the way back in the 50s, there was only marriage and sin. And then came the 60s and 70s and alternative lifestyles popped up all over the place. Most especially couples simply living together. Since then marriage rates have declined while couples living together has gone up tenfold. Cohabitating has morphed into a virtue in the eyes of most Americans. In fact, for the first time in U.S. history more couples are living together compared to those who are married and this trend is continuing.So is cohabitating a good thing or is it bad for your relationship?

We Need to Have Empathy for Tea Partiers

The parnoid conspiracy theories found in the Tea-Party movement can be understood as an attempt to find meaning and agency in a world in which they feel helpless and devalued.  This sense of meaning and agency currently is provided by the right-wing media machine that blames government and Obama.  In order to defeat the Right, progressives need to better understand the psychological sources of right wing paranoia and try to speak to their legitimate components with a different, more humane narrative.

Dance? I'd rather have my fingernails pulled out!

By Peter Lovatt on March 05, 2010 in Dance Psychology
Hundreds of people have told me why they don't, or wont dance. Here are the top two reasons why people don't dance.

Just as I Expected

By Sam Sommers on March 05, 2010 in Science Of Small Talk
The experts approached the teachers at the Oak School with an offer that seemed too good to be true: our new diagnostic test will identify the hidden gems in each of your classrooms. The name of their diagnostic test was no less impressive than the results it promised: "The Harvard Test of Inflected Acquisition." And it seemed to work wonders...
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No Heterosexual Partner? It's called "social factor infertility"

By Connie Shapiro PhD on March 04, 2010 in When You're Not Expecting
 One rarely thinks of same sex couples as "infertile," but the absence of a heterosexual partner means that they must give careful and deliberate consideration to how to enlarge their families. "Social factor infertility" differs in some ways from a diagnosis of medical infertility, and couples facing either will share some familiar emotional territory.

Hidden Brain Puzzle (And Answer): Sexism in the Workplace -- Some Paradoxical Evidence

By Shankar Vedantam on March 04, 2010 in The Hidden Brain
How does overtly sexist decor in offices affect prospective job-seekers?

Are Two Kid Air Traffic Controllers Worse Than One?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 04, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Today it was revealed that there have been two, not just one, child air traffic controllers.

When Life Imitates a Made-For-TV Movie

Michael Oher was a poor black kid taken into the home of a wealthy white family. They fed him, clothed him, and tutored him, and helped him turn his life around.  Michael’s tested IQ went up 20 or 30 points, he went to college, and went on to become a highly payed NFL football player. The story is a celebration of positive psychology – of astounding acts of kindness, courage, and overcoming adversity. So what’s not to love about a movie that tells this wonderful story?--Coauthored by Douglas T. Kenrick

Love & Lies on The Bachelor

By Janine Driver on March 04, 2010 in You Say More Than You Think
With the ceaseless scheming, conflict, and competition, reality shows attract and often encourage master manipulators. If a season of reality TV is nothing more than a semester-long object lesson in lying, Rozlyn Papa from this season of ABC's The Bachelor could teach a master class.

Ten Common Myths About Happiness.

By Gretchen Rubin on March 04, 2010 in The Happiness Project
Lately, I’ve found myself frequently discussing several of ten common myths about happiness, so I decided to post the complete list here. No. 1:  Happy people are annoying and stupid. This is an automatic assumption that many people make.