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Investigating the Accuracy of Abstracts: An Introduction

An African physician changed an effective perinatal HIV prevention program into an ineffective one based on misleading abstracts obtained from the Internet.

How to Stop Your Noisy Brain

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on May 04, 2012 in Wander Woman
Don’t you wish you had a way to clear out the clutter—the worries about work and the family, concerns about your health and aging, nagging thoughts about having enough money, the rehashing of unresolved arguments and relationship complications, and the incessant planning of real and only-imagined events? Here are four tips for helping you regain control of your mind.

Teachers: Believe It or Not

By APA Division 15 on May 04, 2012 in PsychEd
With education reform finding itself ever-more in the spotlight, there has been some great debate about why some teachers are more effective at generating student achievement than others. Some researchers are now looking to the varying beliefs instructors hold in education and how they impact classroom performance.

Moral Blindness and Courage

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 04, 2012 in Am I Right?
More astounding than cruelty is the courage of a blind man and those who over the span of two centuries and continents have helped oppressed people to find freedom.

You've Been Framed!

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on May 04, 2012 in Consumed
Some communications are framed more persuasively than others. Effects may vary.

The Greek Miracle: How Plato Can Save Your Life

Most of us have heard that Plato was a pretty smart and groovy toga-wearing ancient Greek with some pretty trippy ideas, but what life-saving tips can such and old-school philosopher possibly offer the ipod generation?

Email Him but See Her in Person

Are men or women more persuaded online?

Murder Inc: Wildlife Services Brutally Kills Milli

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 03, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Wildlife Services heartlessly maims and kills millions of animals using horrific methods and your money and tries to stay out of the public eye. They can no longer do so. A three-part exposé based on irrefutable facts in the Sacramento Bee should motivate everyone to publicly decry their killing ways. It's time to put Wildlife Services out of business.

I'll Have What She's Having: Dogs Do It Too

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 03, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Dogs look to humans to learn what's good. We now know that dogs will base their decision on what food is the most desirable by watching what we eat.

New Love

You've gotten divorced, and now you're finally in a place to begin dating again. You both share custody, so when something affects your children, your ex is involved. How do you introduce your new love to your children? How much does he or she need to know? Do you need to prepare for an explosion?

Will a New Bed Cure My Insomnia?

How to tell whether changes to your environment may or may not help you sleep better.

On Helping People

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on May 03, 2012 in Pura Vida
Is it worth the risk to help one other person, who may very well betray you?

Emotion Is Reversed in Left-Handers' Brains

The way we use our hands may determine how emotions are organized in our brains. Discovery that approach motivation reverses hemispheres between right-and left-handers may lead to safer neural therapies for depression.

Eric Kandel: Nobel-Prize Winner and Regular Guy

Every once in a while life throws you a pleasant surprise. I got several today when I attended a luncheon for neuroscientist Eric Kandel. Kandel's approach to life and science is inspiring on at least 3 levels.

Baboons Distinguish Real Words From Nonsense Words

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 03, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Non-reading baboons can learn to distinguish written real words from nonsense words. Recognizing visual word forms is a key component of literacy and these data provide the first animal model. Once again, we learn that we are not alone in demonstrating some fascinating and sophisticated cognitive skills.

Creativity, Happiness and Your Own Two Hands

In this fast-paced technological age, why make when you can buy? Because making, creating, finding solutions or sifting through materials demands mind/body/hand engagement, and this fosters wellbeing.

The Cove Redecorated: "Living Together With Dolphins"

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 03, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Taiji, the site of horrific and bloody dolphin killings exposed in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove," plans to open a dolphin park. But there are no plans to stop the slaughter.

8 Gifts to Give Yourself This Mother’s Day

It may not easy for moms to indulge, but it’s essential.

Are You a Comparison Junkie?

As a psychiatrist, I realize that comparing is a natural tendency and can be absolutely neutral, as when you merely evaluate similarities and differences. However, it becomes dysfunctional when it stirs envy and jealousy. Learn how to stop being a comparison junkie.

Sexual Murder

New research may help us catch serial killers before they kill again.

Would You Handcuff a 6-Year Old?

Recently, two 6-year-old students were removed from their elementary classrooms by police. In both cases something had to be done, but the questions remain: Should six-year-old kids really ever be taken away by police? Is using handcuffs crossing the line?

8 Ways to Express Love in May

We have learned from gratitude researchers that “thank you” may be the secret to good health, a long life, and lots of love. Even if you express gratitude when you don't feel like doing so, "eventually you will feel the gratitude you express."

Love and Redemption in the Face of Loss

For years, I had been helping people reclaim the authorship rights of their life stories. But after a series of family deaths, my ideas were put to the test. Could I turn a family tragedy into a story of love and redemption?

To Toss or Not to Toss (John Irving Across the Room)

I wanted to like Irving's new novel, In One Person, about a bi-sexual man and the consequences of "having crushes on the wrong people." Yet, and in spite of all the glowing blurbs it got, the book tried my patience.

Talking to Yourself As Opposed to Hearing Voices

Anxiety is a mishmash of physiological reactions, catastrophic thoughts and behaviors. Like salivation, it prepares us to do something. Fear persists as long as we try to escape from the fear physically or otherwise. Only by truly giving up and relinquishing control does the fear decrease.

The Body Problem

"Don't ask, don't tell" seems to be the dominant ideology when it comes to bodily functions, which are all too often a source of shame and disgust. What exactly are we so afraid of?