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Can a Memory Etched in Stone Be Wrong?

I vividly remember my mother telling me when my father died. I thought my memories were accurate—until I interviewed her about that day.

"Malia and Sasha Have Friends"

By Stanton Peele on May 10, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Barack Obama now believes gay people are regular human beings who can love and form families because, well, he knows people like that. Oh, and his daughters made him.

Why Fifty Shades Leaves Women Wanting . . . More

If Twilight's Edward was the Cream Cheese Sushi of the female sexual soul, then Fifty Shades' Christian Grey is its Chili's Texas Cheese Fries.

Difficult Mothers in Old Age

"You’ll be old someday, too."

What Does It Mean to Be Single at Heart?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 10, 2012 in Living Single
Here’s how people who are single-at-heart differ from those who are not in matters such as valuing solitude, feelings of personal mastery, preferences for socializing, feelings after a romantic relationship ends, and much more.

Time to Cover Your Clocks

Plain old linear time has its usefulness, but reinventing time can help you find the endless time of a flow state.

On Marriage and Pair Bonds

Cultural concepts of “marriage” are not part of human nature, pair bonds most assuredly are.

Staying Sane While Admitted to an Intensive Care Unit

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on May 09, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
An old-new way of reducing confusion and improving sleep perception in intensive care patients.

Living Together: A Good Idea?

There has been a good deal of interest lately about the pro and cons of cohabitation—the living together as a couple before marriage. Studies from both Rutgers and University of Virginia have looked at this issue and had some conclusions.

Your Mind at Rest

When you close your eyes and let your mind wander, where does it go? Could depression be a disorder of excessive mind-wandering?

How Can David Beat Goliath, Again?

What happens when a pip squeak wrestles with a giant? It loses. So how can a small organization take on Goliath and succeed?


Being a Mom is precious, and it has its price. We all know that it's worth it.

Every Child Needs Nature: 12 Questions About Equity and Capacity

By Richard Louv on May 09, 2012 in People in Nature
Psychologically, physically, spiritually, human beings, particularly children in poor communities, suffer from the absence of nature’s intrinsic benefits. "Natural cultural capacity" is a key to providing families with what they need. Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature.

The Problem With Gay Marriage

By Jennifer Hamady on May 09, 2012 in Finding Your Voice
Let the anti-gay marriage movement claim that religion declares marriage to be between a man and a woman. Thanks to freedom of speech, that is certainly their right. Just as it is the right, and the responsibility, of all American citizens to demand a legal institution that honors equality for all couples and families.

Knowledge of Science and Beliefs About Evolution

Data indicate a moderate correlation between scientific knowledge and belief about evolution both between countries and within the US.

Looking at "Girls"

Sometimes I wonder whether I have an exaggerated sense of how dysfunctional people’s relationship with food has become. Two recent experiences with younger people have confirmed my sinking feeling that we are really letting food gatecrash its way out of its rightful place in our lives.

Summer School

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 09, 2012 in Head of the Class
My spring semester ended two weeks ago. I gave and then graded my finals a week later. So, now my endless summer begins, right?

Debating Deepak Chopra

When I debated with 'spiritual guru' Deepak Chopra, I was shocked by some of his 'spiritual' claims.

Nullifying the Law vs. Nullifying the Jury

A federal judge in New York recently dismissed charges against Julian P. Heicklen, who had been charged with jury tampering. Jury tampering?

Psychotherapy With a Budding Serial Killer

Is it possible to treat a budding serial killer before s/he acts?

A Suicide in the Family

Every 15 minutes, there is another devastated family faced with the challenge of how to make sense of a tragic loss by suicide. In most cases, there are multiple causes that drive a young man like Junior Seau to shoot himself tragically in the chest.

It Takes a Village—or a Buddy, Coach, or Team: Using Others to Get Slim

We take for granted that other people influence our health, for better and for worse.

Flashmob Robins

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on May 09, 2012 in Sensoria
‘How do robin flock members communicate with each other in order to coordinate their behavior and orchestrate their flash-mobbing?’

In Search of the "Good Enough" Mother

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time for us to go off to the Hallmark store and pick out a card for the mothers in our lives. Most of us dread it. We know how hard it is to express how we really feel about our mothers.

Why Is There Shame in Talking About Shame?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot about shame. I’ve been keeping most of my thoughts about shame to myself—it’s not the kind of thing that you usually talk about with people.

Why People Choose Coke Over Pepsi

By Leonard Mlodinow on May 09, 2012 in Subliminal
Our judgments of people, our experience of products, and even our assessment of financial and business data, are never purely objective reflections of our social reality, but rather constructions created in large part by our unconscious minds.

When You're Not a Mother on Mother's Day

By Melanie Notkin on May 09, 2012 in Savvy Auntie
Babies are born from the womb. Maternity is born from the soul. There are many ways to mother.

Interview with Dr. Ari Tuckman on Adult ADHD

Ari Tuckman PsyD MBA, psychologist and author, discusses how ADHD changes over the lifespan, how to bring up the possibility of ADHD with someone you love, and much more.