The Latest

More Intelligent Men (and Women) Are More Likely to Cheat

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 24, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
More intelligent men are more likely to value sexual exclusivity than less intelligent men. Does that mean that more intelligent men are more likely to be sexually faithful and less likely to cheat? Probably not.
Anatomy of a Rumor
The Gossip Paradox
Hollywood Gossip Monger

Working with an ex-friend: Should she stay or should she go?


Dear Irene,

I started a job approximately a year ago and met a woman with whom I became friends immediately. She was fun to be with and an interesting person. The only drawback was that she seemed to constantly talk about people and write off friends the minute she felt they had done her wrong. She also tried to tell me how to run my life. I finally told her that I felt she was out of line and it was not her place to tell me what to do.

Don't Let Bad Drivers Ruin Your Day

By Leslie Sokol Ph.D. on May 23, 2010 in Think Confident, Be Confident
Are you bothered by the driver that dangerously cuts you off, slams on their brakes without reason, drives slower or faster than the speed limit, runs the red light or slams on their brakes at the yellow, fails to turn right on red or left when the arrow is lit, does not go when the light turns green, or sways between lanes as they talk or text on their phone? The answer is of course you are. Your feelings of frustration, anger, fear or resentment are understandable. Your feelings are a warning signal that you are facing a difficult or dangerous situation and the facts are you are facing exactly that.

Taxing junk food or subsidizing health food? New evidence of what actually works to change diets.

If you want people to eat a healthier diet, which is more effective? A) Make healthy food more affordable.B) Make unhealthy food more expensive.A new study in Psychological Science, conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo, provides an answer -- or at least some evidence that should make policy leaders think twice.

Love Letter to the Pope

A week ago Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI made a statement about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. He was talking to reporters on his way to Portugal, on a plane. Sins within the Church had become "truly terrifying," he said. Penitence had to be done; forgiveness had to be sought.

The Shy Job Seeker

Introverts need to "think out loud"-- that is, you need to tell the employer what they want and need to hear. Reticence, one-word answers, long pauses and silence will likely hurt your chances. Employers want to hear and see enthusiasm, and that can be hard for an introvert to convey.

This Is Your Brain On Slaughter

By Steven Kotler on May 23, 2010 in The Playing Field
The Hidden Cost of Our Animal Killing Spree

Social Media: The Media We Love to Hate

What is the media we love to hate? Anything new or that we don’t understand. Social Media is an easy target. The enthusiastic adoption of social media technologies and tools by young people worries older people who don’t really get it. New media is not a crisis. It is a fact of life. Get used to it.  Learn about new technologies so that you can make judgments that are contextually relevant and so that you can provide guidelines that make sense to kids in THEIR world, not yours. 

When Do Performance Evaluations Actually Help People and Organizations?

By Robert I. Sutton on May 22, 2010 in Work Matters
Are employee performance evaluations always useless, or even worse? 

Life in the Recovery Room-Its the Weekend-Do Not Isolate!

Isolation is a "cancer" for the recovering person's soul.

The 20th Anniversary of My Stroke

Talk about coincidences. I just learned that this week, Bret Michaels had a "warning stroke" and has been diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale (PFO, a hole in his heart). At the same time I read about this, I was drafting a post about my stroke, the result of an atrial septal defect (ASD, similar to PFO), which happened 20 years ago this month.

Standardized Testing: What Happens to History?

By Laura Brodie Ph.D. on May 21, 2010 in Love in a Time of Homeschooling
 History used to be about stories. Now it's all about tests.

Why Is a Pill to Prevent Breast Cancer So Hard to Swallow?

By Shantanu Nundy M.D. on May 21, 2010 in Beyond Apples
Cancer prevention is built around screening. In screening, the hope is to catch cancer at an earlier stage than it would be found otherwise and increase options for treatment and chances of cure. But what if instead we could prevent cancer from developing altogether?

Animals, kids, and slaughterhouse effects on crime: Some recent findings

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 21, 2010 in Animal Emotions
Kid's reasoning about animals is not universal and research shows a relationship between the presence of slaughterhouses and an increase in local crime.
Not Tonight Honey
One Is the Loneliest Number
Lost Libido, Please Help!
Last Night Was Dope

Help from the ARRP: Career Reinvention at 50+

By Kristine Anthis Ph.D. on May 20, 2010 in Who Am I?

The folly of English-only

By Derek Bickerton on May 20, 2010 in Strange Tongue
People who want English-only legislation just don't get the disconnect between monolingualism and patriotism. Here's a couple of examples to show that bi- or multilingualism needn't hurt anybody--or any country--and can give better results than the alternative.

Crying For Mental Health?

By Jane Bolton Psy.D., M.F.T., on May 20, 2010 in Your Zesty Self

Political Procrastination

Can you trust your elected representative to keep on top of things without procrastinating?

Pregnant at 47: Kelly Preston and the Rest of Us

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on May 20, 2010 in Stepmonster
I cannot be the only woman in my forties who heard the recent news of Kelly Preston's pregnancy, at age 47, with some wistfulness. As usual, Hollywood is pushing the limits of what we can imagine, and I'm not talking about the special effects in Avatar.

Trying to Set Diet Goals? Put the Main Course before the Dessert

When we're on a diet, it's easy to get so focused on the work involved that we lose sight of why we're doing it.  Here's why that dooms us to failure.

Do you eat for ‘entertainment’ or what?

By Susan L. Smalley Ph.D. on May 20, 2010 in Look Around and Look Within
The other day I heard a nutritionist say ‘eating is not a form of entertainment' to which my friend decried, ‘what? Are you kidding me?'. My friend calls herself a ‘foodie' - she loves eating in new restaurants, exploring the sensory experiences of food, and savoring the tastes and smells of the culinary experience. Food for me is really not entertainment; it's a form of nourishment and sustenance. I eat to keep my body healthy; of course, I love to ‘eat out' with friends but that's because of the social experience more than the food itself. I am not a ‘foodie'.
Sound Silence
No Need for Words
The Quiet Life
The Effective Use of Silence