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Was Steve Jobs on the Same Level as Einstein or Gandhi?

Where does Steve Jobs rank in the pantheon of human accomplishment?

Why Is It So Hard to Believe in a Behavioral Addiction?

By Hilarie Cash Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 in Digital Addiction
There are a lot of people who scoff at the idea of behavioral addictions. But neuroscience is revealing that what happens in the brain of a video game addict, a porn addict, an alcoholic, a gambler, and a pot-head is similar. 

Policing, Pepper Spray, and What "Nonviolent" Means

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 in What Makes Us Human
Pepper spray used against students, a Methodist minister, and other nonviolent protesters raises questions about how we come to accept violence as a norm.

The Look of Love

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 in In the Name of Love
What is the look of love? How can simple facial expressions express one of the most complex human emotions? People are often not even sure about the presence of emotion when they are asked about it. What is the secret of this meaningful look?

Announcing: The 26th Annual iaedp 2012 Symposium

Put March 22-25, 2012 at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, South Carolina in your calendar for The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp) Symposium.

Freudian Slip Cartoon—That's What She Said

By Donna Barstow on November 20, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Here's a good example of how to tell him what you really want. Will he be able to read between the lines, or is he fixated on those chocolate chip cookies?

Is the GOP Dancing the Dance?

In politics, as in a dance, we want someone who's capable of leading. We really don't want some fool who's just going to stand in front of us and move up and down rhythmically with his arms flailing, biting his lower lip, and jerking his head from side to side.

Black Friday: A Collective Consumption Ritual

You're not just getting great deals - you're employing a military-like strategy.

Realities of Studying Philosophy at a Non-elite School

By Michael Bruce on November 20, 2011 in Angst!
Outside of trying to get into the "best" or highest ranked school you can get into (or can afford), many philosophy undergraduates find themselves thrown into a philosophy department, agnostic to its reputation. It is this reputation that will be a resource or liability for future schooling.

Does Time Heal Regret?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 in The Big Questions
Regret can eat us alive. But what type of regret is the most damaging, and do regrets fade with time?

All the World’s a Story

Transmedia storytelling is becoming the new ‘must have’ in marketing and entertainment. With transmedia storytelling, it’s easy to be distracted by the promise of the tools and overlook the substance. Good transmedia storytelling starts with the story. The story doesn’t live in the storyworld. The story starts with, and lives in, the brain.

I've Achieved My Greatest Dream...Now What?

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on November 20, 2011 in Happiness in this World
As long as I can remember (so the cliche goes), I've wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first short story when I was five. It was called "Horse's Birthday Party" and was, you won't be surprised to learn, about a horse having a birthday party.

Stop Playing Catch-Up

5 simple strategies to keep you running ahead instead of behind

Habits of Mind: The Flavors of Our Experience

Our experience is simply a group of sensations until we filter our experience through one of our habits of mind. Then it acquires a flavor.

Reflecting on the Suffering in Haiti This Thanksgiving

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on November 20, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
Arriving home late last night after a week volunteering at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port au Prince, Haiti, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is hard not to appreciate just how fortunate most of us are in this country.

Is Shell Shock the Same as PTSD?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Different symptom combinations mean there are different forms of PTSD

Does Sex Come from God?

By Pamela Madsen on November 20, 2011 in Shameless Woman
If God wanted sex to be just for reproduction—then women would have periods of "Heat", just like animals. In most of the animal world, females are only receptive to sexual advances during their fertile time.

Aging: Is It All in Your Head?

By Sam Sommers on November 20, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it: New study finds 70-year-olds have worse memory than 20-year-olds!

The next time critics try to tell you that psychology is merely the commonsense study of that which we already know, tell them to look more closely.

Becoming Bicultural: Celebrating Thanksgiving

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 in Life as a Bilingual
When you come to live in a new country and begin the process of becoming bicultural, differences in the way people live, work and socialize are often quite visible. But other aspects, engrained in the host culture, are hidden, and you have to be introduced to them. Thanksgiving is a case in point.

Does Self-Loathing Get Better or Worse in Certain Situations?

In my last post, I explored whether self-loathing people can nonetheless feel good about certain aspects of themselves. In this follow-up post, I discuss whether general feelings of inadequacy can vary depending on particular aspects of a situation—just as some philosophers argue happens with respect to virtue and behavior.

The Past Is Prologue

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 in Love Doc
To make this the best holiday season, you will be celebrating with friends and family. All of these events are welcome. What are not welcome are old family ghosts—painful reminders of hurtful childhood interactions.