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Canine Dominance: Is the Concept of the Alpha Dog Valid?

The idea that dog training and problem solving requires the establishing of dominance, with the human taking the role as pack leader (such as suggested by Cesar Millan and others) is challenged by scientific data that suggests that canines do not naturally have rigid dominance hierarchies

Can You Be Too Good-Looking For Your Own Good? Yes.

Most of us assume that the beautiful people have it made - that being attractive gives you advantages across the board. But recent research has shown how the advantages of being beautiful don't always translate into greater successes. In fact, being good-looking can cost you opportunities - jobs, scholarships, promotions - depending on the gender and attractiveness of your evaluator.
What Your Stuff Says About You
Home Improvements?
You're The Style Setter
What Is Style?

The Painfully Misunderstood Distinction between Ultimate and Proximate Explanations

Reiss criticizes our reconceptualization of Maslow’s hierarchy for failure to cite decades of research on psychological needs. True, but that work is mostly irrelevant. To understand why, one needs to appreciate a critical distinction between explanations at different levels of analysis. 

Teen Singing Sensation Gets Botox

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on July 19, 2010 in The New Teen Age

Self-actualization Dethroned: Did We Murder Maslow’s Sacred Cow?

Recently the New York Times picked a paper of mine as their “idea of the day.” Good news, right? Not entirely.  The article unleashed a flood of vitriolic outrage at the idea that self-actualization does not in fact deserve it’s sacred status above and outside of biology.  

Why Romantic-Sexual Relationship Failures Are Good For You

Why failures and loss in your romantic and sexual relationships can be a good development for your life.

How to Seem Smarter

By Jeff Wise on July 19, 2010 in Extreme Fear
Smart people have it good. Sure, they might get beat up in high school, but once they reach adulthood, it's the brainiacs who get the hottest girls, the biggest paychecks, the Nobel prizes and the whatnot.

Is President Obama Hung Up Around His Daughters' Sexuality?

By Stanton Peele on July 19, 2010 in Addiction in Society
President Barack Obama has recently been making sexual jests - and warnings - about his pre-teen daughters.  Does he have sexual hang-ups we will get to witness regularly throughout his presidency?
Addiction: A Whole New View
The Digital Dilemma
Coffee Clutch
Remote Control?

Why Do Some Men Beat Up Their Wives And Girlfriends?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on July 18, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
In a previous post, I address the question of why so many battered women stay in their abusive relationships.

Is the Future of Religion Belonging or Believing (or Neither One)?

By Andrew Park on July 18, 2010 in Between a Church and a Hard Place
A number of readers took issue with my post last month, in which I argued that reports of the coming death of religion have been greatly exaggerated and that our discourse about matters of faith vs. reason ought to reflect that. So here's a bit more data that I think support it, or at least support my first point.

Misdiagnosed, Misplaced, and Mistreated

 Do you dare look through the keyhole and see behind the locked doors of a Massachusetts state school for the mentally retarded? Learn what living there was like through the eyes of a resident. 
Secondhand Blues
The Phantom Phallus
The Autism "Epidemic"
Narcissism Goes Big Time

How do you imagine yourself beyond your 70th birthday?

Think of the last time you went to buy a funny birthday card for a friend. Can you remember what some of the cards said, what their punchlines were? Chances are many of them joked about old age leading to memory loss, senility, loss of sexuality, or physical disabilities. 

Meet the Hebephiles

The sexual orientation of males (at least) isn't just composed of the sex of their partners, it's also composed of the age of their partners.

Jealousy in New Relationships

By Terri Orbuch Ph.D. on July 16, 2010 in The Love Doctor

The God Apps

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on July 16, 2010 in Hidden Motives
Intriguing new Apps for the iPhone help people debate the existence of God. What's that about? 

When Enough Is Enough

By Jane Isay on July 16, 2010 in Complicated Families
Richard Friedman, a psychiatrist who writes in the New York Times, has written a piece that faces a truth we would prefer to deny: Some kids are just difficult, and they grow up to be adults who aren't nice at all...

Vengeance in Disneyland?!

 There is a psychology of revenge and a psychology of forgiveness.  Which one do you expect Junior to see when you take him to see a Disney-Pixar film?  

After the Avandia Debacle, Big Pharma Gets a New Watchdog

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on July 15, 2010 in Side Effects
A new Internet service could help reform Big Pharma. The idea is to empower patients with information that drug companies have withheld from the public.

Here’s To Arts at the Center: Final Reflections on the UNESCO 2nd World Conference on Arts Education

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on July 15, 2010 in Imagine That!
What do origami, talking points and champagne toasts have to do with resolving the tradition/innovation conundrum? All suggest that the cutting edge of modern culture lies in dialogue between diverse arts and sciences from around the world and their integrated role in creative education. 

Dating, Mating and Olfaction

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on July 15, 2010 in Sensoria
How we choose our mates and why many of us wake up one morning to find we're no longer attracted to them.

B.F. Skinner and the Hopelessness of It All

B.F. Skinner is not nearly as famous as Freud, and if you Google his name you won't find nearly as many hits as you will even for Jean Piaget. And yet it could be argued that his influence on childrearing, management, education, and self-help goes well beyond both of those fellow 20th century greats. (For example, how many people realize that when they use "time-out" with a child, this is based on Skinner's work?) I often wonder why Skinner is not more famous -- I still meet people who have never heard of him -- and I can probably come up with many reasons. But the case can be made that his view of human behavior, even though it fell short in certain very important areas, can better explain the world and its problems than any other, and offer some of the best solutions for solving these problems as well.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder: No, this is NOT All About Mel "Mad Max" Gibson!

Intermittent Explosive Disorder: No, this is NOT All About Mel "Mad Max" Gibson!

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 15, 2010 in Evil Deeds
Do domestic batterers and other violent offenders (and their victims) suffer from some type of anger disorder? This posting is not about talented movie actor and gifted director Mel Gibson, the alleged notorious telephone tapes and lurid (as yet unproven) charges leveled against him by former girlfriend and mother of their eight-month-old daughter Oksana Grigorieva. Nor is it about the curious connection between creativity and evil. (See my previous post regarding Roman Polanski.) It is really about our runaway rage epidemic ( a subject I've been writing on for thirty years) and what we can do to manage this menacing mental health crisis.