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Our Malleable Minds

By Daniel Casasanto Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Malleable Mind
How is the diversity of the human experience reflected in the mind? What is universal about the concepts we form, and what depends on the particulars of our physical and social experiences? Malleable Mind will explore emerging answers to these questions.

Q&A With Novelist Dan Barden

By Jennifer Haupt on April 30, 2012 in One True Thing
"I think I always end up writing about what it means to be a good man. Maybe even how to be a good man. My characters are often tortured by this question. They know that, in some sense, they are both beasts and angels."

When in Doubt, Open Your Mouth

By Joseph Grenny on April 30, 2012 in Crucial Conversations
Reverse the consequences of silence by taking moral action even in an incredibly hot state.

Shaping Your Kid's Brain for Success

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in PreFrontal Nudity
To help your kid's brain develop its full potential, you don't need all that fancy book learnin'; you just need to start with a little self-awareness.

Plato, Temperance, and Sports

Whether or not you are taking a temperate approach to sport and physical exercise will not only depend upon the physical impact, but upon your other commitments in life as well. Some phases of life or forms of life allow us more freedom than others.

The Secret to Maintaining Sexual Desire

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on April 30, 2012 in Between You and Me
After I got engaged, a married friend told me about the Penny Game. In this game, a couple puts a penny in a jar each time they have sex during the first year of marriage. Starting the second year, the couple takes out a penny each time they have sex. Supposedly, the couple will never again have enough sex to empty the jar. But is this true? And does it happen to everyone?

The Scents of Our Lives

The kinds of memories summoned by smell can arise when we are least prepared for the extent of their power.

Counterfeit Problems

By Bill Kahn Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in The Ostrich Effect
The Ostrich Effect occurs when we look away from that which disturbs us and fasten onto something else that is less likely to trigger our anxiety. This happens at work far more than we realize. We have a moment that triggers us—our anger, guilt, competitiveness, resentment, sadness. We do not feel safe enough to openly acknowledge this, to ourselves, much less to others.

Personal Growth: Identify Your Needs and NEEDS!

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in The Power of Prime
Understanding your needs and NEEDS! often brings some sense of relief because you have greater clarity in your life—you finally see why your life inertia has placed you on the trajectory you have been on and, more specifically, why you have thought, felt, and acted in unhealthy ways for so many years.

Playdate with Puberty:The Evidence Behind Early Puberty

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Momma Data
Girls sprouting breasts in first grade, periods in third grade. The media routinely declares girls start puberty earlier than ever. Ask your pediatrician, friends, the school nurse, they probably agree, mine all do. Earlier puberty now seems to be a fact. But what about the evidence?

Haggis on My Mind

By John S Allen Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in The Omnivorous Mind
The human mind makes sense of the world in part by classifying its contents, and food is one of the most important things people classify. Although some people might be reluctant to eat it, haggis is a food.

Solitaire and Financial Happiness

By Michael F. Kay on April 30, 2012 in Financial Life Focus
Of course I know which card to turn.

Morality Exists Despite Religion

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
It is often argued that morality is outside the purview of science. Apparently only religion can explain our moral sentiments. Nothing could be further from the truth.

What to Look for in Counseling for Defiant Children/Teens?

Helping defiant children is eqaully based on a mindset as well as a set of techniques.

Is Health Insurance Too Cheap?

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on April 30, 2012 in Scientocracy
Researchers at USC recently published a study designed to find out how much people are willing to pay for better drug coverage from their health insurance plan.

Be Grateful for the Good Journalists

By David Ropeik on April 30, 2012 in How Risky Is It, Really?
We criticize journalists, fairly, so often that we forget to appreciate the good ones. A loving homage to my father, who just passed away.

He's Not Motivated Part II

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Pride and Joy
Motivation begins with interest. Where there is interest, there is curiosity and a desire to learn, to know more.

Proposed Resolution: Do Something Every Day

By Gretchen Rubin on April 30, 2012 in The Happiness Project
One of my Secrets of Adulthood--perhaps counter-intuitively--is "It's often easier to do something every day than to do it some days." I post to my blog six days a week. I take notes every day. I write in my one-sentence journal every day.

Unplug the TV and Plug Into Aloha!

How much time is yours, and how much is owned by your TV? What could you have done last year with another 11 weeks? Could you have gotten a book written, or gone on vacation? Is TV an excuse, or not? Think about it.

One Good Thing About a Car

By Pamela Haag Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Marriage 3.0
Conversations between parent and child seem to go better in a car...

How I Learned Not to Take My Panic Attacks Personally

By Priscilla Warner on April 30, 2012 in Learning to Breathe
How I Learned Not To Take My Panic Attacks Personally

What's Eating You?

A new play about relationships and love.

My Son, Then and Now

By Susan Engel Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Young Minds
Last week my eldest son Jake, now 28, moved back, temporarily, into our house- his childhood home here in the Berkshires. He returns after being away for 10 years- four of them as a college student at Wesleyan University, and six living and working in NYC.

There Are No Naturals in Experimental Science

In contrast to highly mathematical theoretical science where natural aptitude sometimes seems to play a role, experimental science does not come naturally to anyone.

Are Monday Mornings Really That Awful?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on April 30, 2012 in Minding the Body
Recent research suggests that Mondays may not be so blue after all. And that’s just one of the surprising facts about the most-maligned day of the week.

How to Use Poetry to Guide Your Focus

How about trying something different to enhance your focus? Imagine having your iPod or cell phone loaded up with recordings of your favorite poems.

Talking to Graduating Seniors About Independence

A recent high school graduate can decide to shut up, back down, give up, fall behind, and deny responsibility, but when it comes to gaining independence, these choices will not get them very far.