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Spirituality For Beginners (1): Exploring New Territory

Spirituality is not like some lifeless object to dissect and analyse. You really have to experience it for yourself.

Keeping a Language Alive

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on February 11, 2012 in Life as a Bilingual
One of the languages we know may start waning for different reasons. But there are ways of keeping it alive, both in adults and in children.

Creativity and Intelligence: a Tripartite Structure?

By Sandeep Gautam on February 11, 2012 in The Fundamental Four
Creativity and Intelligence have traditionally been conflated; here I break them into their constituents and argue that there is a dynamic tension between the creative process and the intellect.

Stop Thinking So Much

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 11, 2012 in Black Belt Brain
Sometimes we try to use our big brains to micromanage our movements. Success can often be had by letting things happen on their own.

Promiscuous Facts: Barack Obama and Uncertain Knowledge

By Gary Alan Fine Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in The Global Grapevine
What do the rumors about President Obama reveal about our capacity to believe uncertain knowledge? As the target of rumor, Obama does not differ from most politicians, even if the rumors appeal to distinct public audiences. How does the study of rumor contribute to "agnotology" — the scientific analysis of the causes and practices of ignorance.

4 Science-Based Strategies for Getting Over an Ex

Yahoo! Shine asked me if the science of willpower could be applied to a romantic addiction. Can research on other bad habits help you break the "ex" habit and move on for good? Never one to shy away from a willpower challenge, here's my best advice.

In Cover Story on Singles, Loyal Following of This Blog Gets Shout-Out at the Washington Post Magazine!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in Living Single
A Washington Post reporter talks at length with single men and women past a certain age who wanted to marry but never did. Rather than hearing tales of woe, she discovers that they have lived, as one woman put it, a “full, rich, interesting life.”

Three Ways to Use Play to Get Kids to Behave

Parenting, someone once said, is the art of getting kids to do what you want them to do, and getting them to stop doing things you don't want them to do. These three ways of playing can fill your basket of parenting tricks with potent fun strategies.

50 Quotes on Greed

Greed. Avarice. Lust. Want. Covetousness. It goes by many names, and it has many quotes.

What We Can Learn From "Twelve Angry Men"

By Brian Bornstein Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in The Jury's Trials
I recently auditioned for a local theater production of Twelve Angry Men. As a jury researcher, how could I resist? Although I did not get a part, I still went to a performance, and I was struck by how powerful and instructive the play still is, more than 50 years after its premiere.

The Healing Zone: What to Do After Cancer Treatment

By Joseph Nowinski Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in The New Grief
How we can truly heal ourselves following a lengthy stay in "the sick zone" of severe illness.

How Men’s Minds Reveal the Wisdom of Women’s Bodies

By Steven Gaulin Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in Why Women Need Fat
Many aspects of human behavior have been demystified by taking seriously the possibility that evolution works on minds as well as bodies, and the resulting Darwinian analyses have laid bare many previously hidden dimensions of our psychology.

The Legacy of Distorted Love: Post-Romantic Stress

What did you learn about love in childhood?

You Are Not Your Talent

By Jennifer Hamady on February 10, 2012 in Finding Your Voice
Our culture does a wonderful—and unfortunate—job of blurring the lines between having a talent and being talented. We celebrate people for what they do, not who they are, reinforcing the notion that "it" is more important—and more valuable—than them.

Can You Escape Relationship Armageddon? (Part I)

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
Understanding the forces that can drive our relationships to the brink...

Alternative Treatments for Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction affects both mind and body. Here are some alternative therapies that have been shown to help.

Avoid Pain, Maximize Success: Listen to and Follow Your Instincts

By Susan Biali M.D. on February 10, 2012 in Prescriptions for Life
Have you kicked yourself in the past for not following your instincts? Why is it so hard to do, and how can you avoid similar mistakes in the future? Wellness expert and life coach Dr. Susan Biali, M.D., explains how you can learn to listen to your instincts, as well as the situations where learning to use this skill is most critical.

Trauma's Rocky Road to Recovery

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Is it true that for psychotherapy to work you have to get worse before you get better? Or is this nothing more than dangerous and misguided thinking?

Your Brain on Creatine

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Besides vitamin B12, depending upon what you eat and the supplements you take, you can find your diet somewhat low in zinc, long chain omega 3 fatty acids, and even some amino acids. One of these amino acids is called creatine, and the best source is meat.

Nagging or Avoiding Won't Help You Find Love Again

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in Rediscovering Love
There are few repetitive and discouraging relationship interactions that are as damaging as those between a partner who keeps pushing for unmet needs and the other who feels inadequate to fulfill them.

Should You Consume Sugar to Improve Your Self-Control?

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in Mind Design
A new study further puts to the test the idea that sugar is "willpower fuel." And finds that it's not.

Some Ideas to Make Valentine's Day Extra Special

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in Emotional Fitness
Valentine's Day was a humble day of remembrance until it was made a holiday. It wasn't by some mystical event or act of Congress—the holiday part of 2/14 was created by a greeting card company. But for those who bask in this day of love, it doesn't matter. What counts is that romance comes their way.

A Fight for More Scrutiny: The First GMO Animal Built for Human Consumption

By Woodson Merrell M.D. on February 10, 2012 in The Source of Healing
Blink and you'll miss a critically important moment in the effort to keep genetically engineered animals out of the food supply. But if you want clean attention!

Is World Happy Day on the Money?

By Jessica Pryce-Jones on February 10, 2012 in Happiness at Work
Does money make you happy? The overwhelming answer is...

A Wicked Case of Synesthesia

By Maureen Seaberg on February 10, 2012 in Sensorium
Broadway's Stephen Schwartz, a synesthete, can paint with all the colors of the wind.

Madmen, the Carousel, and the Pang of Nostalgia in the Walking Dead

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on February 10, 2012 in Grand Rounds
Madmen and The Walking Dead share the pang of nostalgic reckoning.

How Beautiful Is the Feat of Getting It Right!

An unusual form of synesthesia seems to invite belief in the unconscious, but the neuro-anatomy of foot-fetishism suggests a much more plausible explanation.

Writer's Block and Suicide in Film

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in The Media Zone
I quickly realized I was waist-deep in a quagmire of misdirected science. A psychology book on film suicides with an anal personality.

Party Invitations Are Arriving with Goodies

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 10, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when goodies in school lead to feeling excluded.