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Should Pregnant Women Forget About a Good Night's Sleep?

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on February 08, 2012 in The Land of Nod
In my practice, the majority of my patients are women. I'm often asked by patients (and friends!) why insomnia is more common in women. As a result, I'm going to dedicate my first few posts to sleep disorders common to women, discussing problems that can occur throughout her life. Today, we'll discuss what happens during pregnancy and what can be done to sleep better.

In Search of What I Believed Was a Deeper Meaning

By Ethan Gilsdorf on February 08, 2012 in Geek Pride
"The first time I smoked marijuana my mind was awash with Silver Surfer comic books, D&D, and Rush albums. I ached for something more, but whatever that elusive truth was, the suburbs could not contain it."

Children of Divorce: The Kids Aren't Always Alright

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
My formerly popular 11-year old granddaughter is being shunned by her BFFs to the point that she doesn't want to go to school (which she formerly loved). Her parents are going through a divorce, and it's hit her the hardest.

Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts, Part 2

Part Two in a series analyzing love in the world of Harry Potter.

The Psyche of Modern-Day Young Black Men Part 1: In Crisis, Not College?

Education is the ticket out of poverty. Black families need educated Black men; their presence is not only requested, it is required. But with fewer Black males in college, it's time for all hands on deck.

The Psyche of Modern-Day Young Black Men Part 2: Effect on Black Women and Family Structure

With a lack of Black men in college, especially compared to the number of Black women, the social and educational disparity is stark. As more and more Black women pursue college and grad schools, they find themselves with fewer suitable, accomplished, or career-minded, marriage-worthy Black men to have as mates.

Quit: Do It Now

A lot of us suffer from not knowing when, or how, to quit. We take on too many projects and commitments, and end up turning in 10 mediocre jobs instead of one or two stellar performances.

Your Brain on Drugs: Philosophical Implications

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Hot Thought
Studies of the neurochemical effects of drugs support the mind-brain identity theory over its chief rival, dualism, which claims that minds are distinct from bodies.

Fatal Fathers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
When stress builds up in families, overwhelmed fathers might ponder suicide. As with Josh Powell, deadly thoughts can include the children. What makes some men decide to kill their kids?

The Neuroscience of Imagination

By Christopher Bergland on February 08, 2012 in The Athlete's Way
Albert Einstein said of the theory of relativity, "I thought of it while riding my bicycle." New ideas tend to bubble up and crystallize when you are inside the aerobic zone. While walking, jogging, biking ... you are able to problem solve in way that is different than when you are sitting at your desk. Neuroscientists are just beginning to understand this phenomenon.

Food Suddenly Feels Perilous, Here's Comfort for Those With Allergies and Intolerances

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Stepmonster
Six million kids have food allergies–40 percent of them life-threatening–and one in 133 Americans has a diagnosis of celiac disease. Millions more have wheat allergies or gluten intolerance. Now what?

A Greedy Egomaniac's Problem With Today's Robber Barons

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Ambigamy
My friends say the problem with today’s robber barons is that they’re greedy egomaniacs, but I don’t think that nails it. What after all is egomania? It’s some extreme on a continuum I ride too.

Our Valued Space

By Joe Navarro M.A. on February 08, 2012 in Spycatcher
If I ask an audience if someone has ever had their space violated, invariably all the hands go up. Some hands go up rather dramatically perhaps signifying how offended they were or perhaps that they are especially sensitive to spatial violations. We have all had this happen to us whether in an elevator, at the grocery checkout, or perhaps while talking to people at work.

Why Your Best Ideas Come When You Least Expect It

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Choke
Not all tasks require working memory for success. In fact, sometimes people's ability to think about information in new and unusual ways can actually be hampered when they wield too much brainpower. This means that what we think of as our optimal time of day may not be optimal for everything.

Expert-By-Association Syndrome

Our society's lack of respect for expertise perfectly captured by a comment in a coffee shop.

The Catholic Church Versus Modern Health Care

By Stanton Peele on February 08, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Some are declaring open warfare between the Catholic Church and the first African-American president – not a good state of affairs.

What Nonbelievers Believe

By David Niose on February 08, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The common views of ordinary Secular Americans are neither extreme nor dangerous.

Sexual CPR

By Pamela Madsen on February 08, 2012 in Shameless Woman
Sexual CPR is about breathing new life into your erotic relationship. Finding a way to flame desire. Valentine's Day is a great excuse to take out the resuscitation paddles and apply with vigor.

Can We Change Ourselves Simply by Changing Location?

By Amy Hale Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in The Power of Places
Typically, we think of ourselves as separate from the environment that surrounds us: as Shakespeare wrote, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." But a different viewpoint suggests that our self-concept and state of mind is influenced by where we are at any given moment.

Love Lessons No. 2: Love Takes Work (Sex Does, Too!)

In last week's post, I introduced the idea that a good relationship needs to have space for each individual person. Two separate people come together to make something new that is more than either could have alone. Today, I want to build on that idea by suggesting that there are actually three entities in any good relationship: you, me, and the relationship itself.

How to Influence and Persuade With Touch

Ever wonder why your date or mate is disagreeable? Perhaps they are missing a little influential physical contact. Learn to touch, nuzzle, and cuddle your way to persuasive relationship success!

Neanderthal Art?

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in What Makes Us Human
Headlines in Spanish language newspapers around the world are variants of the same claim: "Paintings could be the first work of art of humanity."

Ernst Fleischl von Marxow (1846-1891)

How Freud got his friend Ernst Fleischl von Marxow addicted to cocaine and lied about it.

Is Barack Obama an Eisenhower Republican?

By George Davis on February 07, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
President Eisenhower would be ashamed of the current Republican Party.