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No Intelligent Life Here, Captain - Part 1

By Pat Shipman Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in The Animal Connection
Why is there only one human species alive in the world today, when once there were several? Why did we survive?

Four Mistakes We Make Reading Body Language

A common misperception is that body language, or nonverbal communication, is a true "language" - that certain nonverbal cues have specific meanings and definitions. Here are 4 common mistakes people make in interpreting body language.

From Friend to Frenemy

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
My friend started going out of her way to spend time with people who had hurt me (one person harassed me online to the point I had to block her on Facebook; another threatened my family and me; and yet another, stood by and laughed while it was happening). When I confronted "S," she replied, "You've already told your side of the story.

Blinded By Your Own Micro-Climate?

By Jonathan Fields on December 20, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Recently I arrived home from a 3-week drive up the California coast, where I learned about something called marine layers and micro-climates.

We hugged the coast for the better part of the trip. And for that same period, we were pretty much locked into fog.

Unleashing Your Inner Steve Jobs Part 4

By Moses Ma on December 20, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
Innovation theory says all you have to do to create effective innovation teams is to cover the skill bases. When you actually apply these rules, with real people, unpredictable chemical reactions happen. Studying Steve Jobs, and film directors like James Cameron and Clint Eastwood, reveals insights about how to keep those reactions from exploding.

What's In a Name?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in BrainSnacks
Partly baked ideas are the non-Zen equivalent of Zen koans. They make you think about things you wouldn't think of thinking about...

Embarrassment

When others observe you noticing yourself with regret

Genetics of IQ: not so simple

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Failure to replicate is Science Language for "not true".

Why Do Men Need to Rank Women’s Attractiveness?

By Donna Flagg on December 19, 2011 in Office Diaries
At first, I found the attempt to divide women into either attractive or not, by virtue of their curves, or lack thereof, absurd. But that wasn't even the half of it.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 19, 2011 in Minding the Body
I’m terrified of driving on slick roads, I detest cold weather, and I’m no fan of shoveling my driveway. Yet my heart can’t help but leap with joy when I survey the snowy scene from my balcony.

Depression During the Holidays

The shadow side of this period of light and hope is darkness and despair, and many people fall into darkness at this time of year. They feel left out.

Fibromyalgia: Self-Awareness Exercises Decrease Pain

A group session affective self-awareness treatment reduced fibromyalgia-related pain, increased tender-point thresholds, and increased physical function, even six months after treatment.

How Did We Go From a Baby in a Manger to Black Friday?

The holidays are a time to give thanks and spread goodwill toward fellow man, right? Then why do some of the stresses of the holidays seem to bring out the worst in people?

Human Development at the Holiday Vespers

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on December 19, 2011 in Grand Rounds
There is nothing moderate about middle school...

The Justification Hypothesis

By Gregg Henriques on December 19, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
The JH is a new theory of human self consciousness and the evolution of culture.

Young Adults Are Deciding Not to Marry Today

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on December 19, 2011 in Get Hardy
The most dangerous thing to treat casually is yourself.

Precious Photographs: An open letter to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Laugh, Cry, Live
I’m so sorry to hear about the death of your precious baby daughter Jubilee Shalom. I saw the photograph of you holding her feet, so tiny yet so perfect. I’m sure you will treasure every photograph, especially the ones that illustrate your love for her.
Your detractors simply can’t imagine what you’re going through- because the death of a baby is truly unimaginable.

Confessions of a Reformed Night Owl: Phase Shift into Peace and Productivity

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 19, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Are you a lifelong night owl? Do you make fun of people who are up jogging or write book chapters before the sun comes up, but secretly envy them? Dr. Susan Biali shares a phenomenon that unexpectedly shifted her out of 40 years of late nights, into mornings of peaceful productivity previously known only to those "morning lark" types.

Traps and Pitfalls of All Is In The Mind

By Sandeep Gautam on December 19, 2011 in The Fundamental Four
What are the dangers of being enamored by a philosophy that happiness-is-entirely-in-the-mind? Can it lead to passivity? Can it lead to apathy towards those who are unhappy and suffering due to their circumstances? This is a response to Raj's post that believed these threats to be not real.

Holidays With A Loved One With Alzheimer's

By Nataly Rubinstein L.C.S.W. on December 19, 2011 in Life Interrupted
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, your instinct might be to cling to beloved traditions this holiday season. But according to Nataly Rubinstein, you—and your loved one—might experience the most holiday joy by adapting your plans and expectations.

Exploring the Duality of the Gifted Teen

By Elizabeth Donovan M.A. on December 19, 2011 in Youth and Tell
Gifted teens are as likely to be plagued by low self esteem as other teens—perhaps more so.

Who Will Protest Against the DSM Harm?

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
The forces keeping the psychiatric diagnosis juggernaut rolling and misleading the public are more powerful than ever.

New Educational Documentary Film and Curriculum on Eating Disorders

By Nancy Matsumoto on December 19, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
A new documentary-style educational film and curriculum are now available for free from the non-profit organization NORMAL