Remembering to do something later—prospective memory—is one of the hardest memory challenges we face, especially as we age. An iPhone can prompt you to remember at a certain time—or when you arrive at a certain place.
The Occupy Wall Street crowd is characterized as angry but directionless. They feel economic injustice is being done but don't agree about who is to blame and what to do. Consequently, they might be easily appeased by having a few peripheral players going to jail. Too bad. The real source of troubles wasn't hiding anywhere. I see it everyday.
Encouraged by the constructive spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I have been keenly interested in the ways in which mental health professionals are helping us to understand the dynamics of our country's troubles.
Some advertisers try to associate their brand with the human quest for narrative, community, and transcendence. But this emotional branding seeks to bypass reason, and we should look elsewhere for the satisfaction of these deep human desires.
A group of us got to talking about how collaboration is an important part of learning. We started with collaborative learning among students, and somebody made the point (it might have been made by me, but I can't be sure) that we could also do more collaborative teaching.
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year—and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge— welcome! This month’s theme is the Five Senses, and last week’s resolution was to Cultivate good smells. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?
Are ethnic Halloween costumes racist? Internet posters have gone viral - what do you think? What does these costumes mean to our collective unconscious and power in society? Are marginalized groups finding their voice, or being too sensitive?
It's the classic "liberal arts major vs. medical school" dilemma. We can look to others for guidance and opinion, but in the end our choices are our own. Sometimes our choices don't match up with other people's vision for us. Do we change our plans and adapt to their opinions? Or do we move forward anyway and risk feeling like we're leaving people behind?
You've heard all about the dangers of Facebook. But what about the benefits? Facebook can be a valuable tool in helping parents connect with (and spy on) their children. Best of all, you can do it in your pajamas. Read this humorous look at the positive side of Facebook.
As for the cure versus acceptance debate, society often forces us to take sides on issues. People like the “neatness” of black and white, since gray is often messy and complicated. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no “right” answer to the cure versus acceptance debate.