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Train Your Brain to Fight For (Not Against) You

By Jamie Turndorf Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in We Can Work It Out
If you've followed my previous blogs, you know that heated fighting creates a biochemical imbalance in men—called ANS arousal, or the Fight-Flight response.

When Professional Wrestling Meets Presidential Debate

By Sam Sommers on January 17, 2012 in Science Of Small Talk
There's an old tongue-in-cheek line about going to see a fight and a hockey game broke out. Well, last night TV viewers tuned in to see a Republican presidential debate and an episode of Maury broke out. What impact does this have on those of us watching from home?

No More Senior Moments

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
As you get older, you may start to worry that your memory is getting worse. Chances are, that worry is having a bigger impact on your memory than any actual changes to your brain are having.

The Introvert in the Workplace: How to Maximize Your Productivity

How is personality related to creativity? Neuroscience research tells us that extroverts, not introverts, have greater "alpha power," allowing them to produce more original ideas. However, we're all a little introverted and all a little extroverted. Learn to achieve an optimal balance and you can maximize your own alpha power.

Personal Growth: Four Obstacles to Positive Life Change

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in The Power of Prime
On the face of it, change doesn’t seem like it should be that difficult. If there is something that you don’t like about yourself, just change it. But the reality is that meaningful change can be slow, frustrating, and painful, filled with struggles, setbacks, and disappointment.

An Epiphany and a Handwriting Summit in Washington, DC

Why do school-age children need handwriting instruction in the 21st century? That question will be addressed on January 23rd, 2012, National Handwriting Day when hundreds of educators, researchers, and citizens concerned about the demise of handwriting convene in Washington, DC.

Food Porn

By Pamela Madsen on January 17, 2012 in Shameless Woman
When we eat consciously, slowly and with great intention —using the same intentions that we can use when having mind blowing, gourmet sex, eating can bring us the same kind of pleasure when done right.

5 Intriguing Facts About Intuitive Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on January 17, 2012 in Comfort Cravings
Learn 5 interesting facts about the classic book, Intuitive Eating. This includes information on the new edition, how intuitive eating relates to mindful eating and the history behind the book.

Three Theories of Depression, Love Addiction, and Obesity

By Stanton Peele on January 17, 2012 in Addiction in Society
As scientists search for modern medical miracles to cure depression, addiction (love and otherwise) and obesity, we are confronted with our age-old enemy -- us.

Is Sex Dead?

By George Michelsen Foy on January 17, 2012 in Shut Up and Listen!
As we learn to "service ourselves," we grow less tolerant of human partners.

What’s the Most Beautiful Explanation?

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in Explananda
Every year John Brockman and the other folks behind Edge.org pose a question to dozens of scientists, writers, artists, inventors, and thinkers of various stripes. The question for 2012: What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? Nearly 200 thinkers weighed in. I share a few of my favorite replies from the psychological and cognitive sciences.

Dr. King and Inner Healing

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in Making Change
As Dr. King said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” This is just as true when that enemy is harbored within.

Are You Really as Far Along as You Think You Are?

For the New Year, in the month of January, we have been discussing recovery and finding your path to emotional wellness from pathological love relationships in 2012. When women get mild relief from the unrelenting symptoms of the aftermath with a pathological, it can be palatable to them.

No Social Life in High School: My Part-Time Friends

I'm a senior in high school and have no social life whatsoever. It's not that I have no friends--I have a group of people that I'm really close with in school. We're always together, talking, laughing, whatever. However, come Friday afternoon, that's it. You wouldn't know we even knew each other over the weekend.

A Therapist Suggests "Getting Closure"

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
A married man wanted "closure" from his lost love obsessions and went to a therapist for help. He was not interested in renewing a relationship, just in trying to get over it. Was his therapist right to tell him to contact her?

Kahneman in Quotes and Questions

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in One Among Many
In this post, I’m having a postmodern conversation with Danny Kahneman. What he says is from his book Thinking, fast and slow. What I say was made to fit after the fact. So it’s probably not fair, but perhaps it will get you to read the book and make up your own mind, fastly or slowly.

It's All Your Fault!

Children are often caught in the middle of nasty divorces. But it is our job to ensure them that it is not their fault you're getting a divorce.