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French Women Do Eat Mindlessly

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 11, 2009 in Comfort Cravings
Who didn't envy French women just a little when the book, French Women Don't Get Fat was released? French women seemed to know some secret about eating that we didn't. The book inspired many women to take a new look at their diet. A new survey suggests that French women may not be as stellar at eating as we once thought.

The Tragic Consequences of Depression Stigma

By Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D. on November 11, 2009 in Charting the Depths

Money for Nothing

By William Poundstone on November 11, 2009 in Priceless
Americans spend a billion dollars a year on "virtual" merchandise existing only in cyberspace — everything from avatar tattoos to imaginary private islands. Social network sites like Facebook have mainstreamed the virtual marketplace, selling trinkets and gag gifts to post on friends' pages. The business says a lot about the real-world purchase decisions we all make. 

Some Lessons Taught by Informal Sports, Not by Formal Sports

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 11, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
Imagine an old-fashioned sandlot game of baseball. A bunch of kids of various ages show up at the vacant lot. They've come on foot or by bicycle. Someone brought a bat and ball (which may or may not be an actual baseball), and several came with fielders' gloves. They decide to play a game.  ...
The Need to Belong
Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature
Murder and Mayhem at Fort Hood
The Ft. Hood Killer - Guilty But Not Evil

Hope, Rage and Fort Hood

By Anthony Scioli Ph.D. on November 10, 2009 in Hope Today
Welcome to my blog. My name is Tony Scioli (pronounced "showli"). I am a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology who has been studying hope for several decades. For the past 10 years I have been working on a new theory of hope. Along the way, I've written two books on the topic as well as conducting a number of related experiments and developing tests to measure hope and hopelessness. Starting today, I will be blogging on hope for Psychology Today (Hence the title for this post, "Hope for Today").

National Adoption Month: Bittersweet

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on November 10, 2009 in Adoption Stories
I didn't expect the launch of my children to be more of a challenge than their arrival.

Ribbons, Bracelets, and Disease

By Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D. on November 09, 2009 in 21st Century Aging
Why do some diseases attract communities of support, celebrity spokespeople, and ample funding for those inflicted by specific illnesses--while others aren't so lucky?
Ward Off the Flu
How to Survive in a Hospital

Massacre at Fort Hood

By Ilene A. Serlin Ph.D. on November 09, 2009 in Make Your Life a Blessing
The shocking massacre at Fort Hood has been discussed from many angles, and the questions it raises will hopefully guide us for the future.

Sports: Introduction to Confidence

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 09, 2009 in The Power of Prime
My next four blog posts related to sports will be devoted to confidence. The reason it will take so long to address confidence is because it is the single most important mental factor in sports. Confidence is also a mental area that is ripe for change and I will not only be offering you insights into how confidence impacts your sports performance, but also many practical tools for developing confidence.

Want to keep your job? Get more education

Turns out education can also be the key to keeping your job in an economic downturn. Recent employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that not only do people with more education earn more, but in tough times like these, education provides a buffer against unemployment.  Communicaton technologies can make education available to all ages, levels,and locations through distance learning programs.

Sometimes Leave 'Em Laughing

By Frank Pittman M.D. on November 09, 2009 in Reel Life

Drug Makers Still Breaking the Law in "Off-Label" Promotion

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 09, 2009 in Side Effects
Pfizer just earned the dubious distinction of paying the largest criminal fine in U.S. history.

The Passing of Brother Blue

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on November 09, 2009 in Grand Rounds
Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill, aka Brother Blue, held a PhD in Storytelling. That's about the coolest form of doctoring I can imagine.

The Very First Crystal Collection

By Jane Bosveld on November 09, 2009 in Marvelous Times
The evolution of the human mind: First, fire, then crystals.

When God Is Watching, People Are More Generous.

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 08, 2009 in Homo Consumericus
Individuals who are primed about God are more generous when playing the dictator game (a two-person economic game). It would seem that the threat of having a cosmic omnipotent enforcer hanging over one's head and conscience increases one's likelihood of engaging in prosocial behavior.
Are You Dating An Abuser?
Crazy Love
Don't Be the Victim

Why Do People Vote? I

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 08, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Why millions of people turn out to vote in every national election in the United States and other large democracies is one of the persistent mysteries in the rational choice theory of politics. Why do people vote?
Why Getting Revenge Isn't Worth It

Why Getting Revenge Isn't Worth It

By Guest Blogger on November 08, 2009 in Brainstorm
Kill Bill, Revenge of the Nerds (I-IV), and Fatal Attraction... all make revenge look oh-so sinfully sweet, but does it really satisfy?