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Studies of Unconscious Bias: Racism Not Always by Racists

Research shows that when people hold a negative stereotype about a group and meet someone from that group, they often treat that person differently and honestly don't even realize it.

Pity, Respect, and the We/She Dynamic

By Lynne Soraya on April 25, 2012 in Asperger's Diary
In my last post, I talked about “othering” autism. What exactly is othering? Some who responded to the post seemed to feel that othering and ill will are synonymous. I disagree. In my experience, it can often be done by those with the best intentions.

Dog and Soldiers: No Licks Barred

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 25, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Given all the negativity that pervades the media, it's wonderful when there's some good news. These videos of dogs and their human friends reuniting will surely bring tears of joy to your eyes. Dogs love, miss, and greet their human companions with no licks barred.

The Beauty of a Quickie

Quickies are fun even when they involve getting organized!

Chelsea, Barca, Batman

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 25, 2012 in Black Belt Brain
When your back is against the wall, the line between victory and defeat is often decided by the will to act.

Fighting Suicidal Thoughts

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 25, 2012 in Hide and Seek
If you are assailed by suicidal thoughts, the first thing to remember is that many people who have attempted suicide and survived ultimately feel relieved that they did not end their lives.

Will You Still Need Me? Will You Still Feed Me?

Here's a way you can catch a glimpse of the future. Take a look at what you've been doing in four arenas of your life to view the kinds of connections that are likely to lie ahead for you in your elder years.

Funeral for a Friend—the Death of Superman

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on April 25, 2012 in Digital Pandemic
Flying in the dark could be good for you.

From Playground to Battleground: Where Women and Men Learn Conflict Styles

Have you wondered where our conflict styles come from? How influenced are they by sex role norms?

Intelligence Is Not (Just) Genetic

People (researchers included) often debate about whether intelligence is genetic or learned. Here I discuss why this is the wrong debate.

Life After Loss: How Does the Healing Begin?

The work of grief involves careful sorting. It is painstaking work that unfolds slowly over time, bit by bit. We must sort through the good and the bad of our experiences and attachments, holding on to what is worth keeping and letting the rest go.

Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 25, 2012 in The Human Beast
My blog posts on religion have attracted a lot of controversy. Religious people are annoyed by my claim that belief in God will go the way of horse transportation, and for much the same reason, specifically an improved standard of living.

Ann Hite: My Family Secret

By Jennifer Haupt on April 25, 2012 in One True Thing
Mother’s secret had a name. We call it bipolar now, but in the sixties, this illness was labeled manic depressive.

Want to Increase Sales? Invest in a Few Electric Shopping Carts

By Meika Loe Ph.D. on April 25, 2012 in Aging Our Way
Gramps just reported that he spent $400 at Costco. “I would have been in and out with my walker, but they offered me one of those scooters. So we must have spent 90 minutes in there!”

Murder Is Not Entertainment

Murder is not entertainment. Naturally you may disagree with me if you turn on almost any television network and find reenactments, real video, and actors portraying the most heinous crimes.

Teddy Bears Make You Friendlier—and Maybe Healthier

By Matthew Hutson on April 25, 2012 in Psyched!
I slept with a Beanie Baby for eight years—from the ages of 18 to 26. Thanks to new research, I can now look back and say it was probably good for me.

Mysteries of a Neandertal Father

Neandertals lived in parts of Eurasia between around 200,000 to 25,000 years ago. They have left bones, tools, and mystery, as we wonder how similar their lives were to our own. Here, we ask: what might a Neandertal father have been like?

My Beef with Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign

By April M. Herndon Ph.D. on April 25, 2012 in Dry Land Fish
Arguments for access to nutritious food and exercise should not be based on body size.

Why and How to Report Suspected Child Abuse

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that five children in our country die every day from child abuse and neglect.

Post-Modernism in Brain Psychiatry

By Stanton Peele on April 25, 2012 in Addiction in Society
America—at least judging from its stalking horse, The New York Times—may be moving away from its slavish devotion to the idea that the key to our mental health is neurochemistry.

Less Sugar in Your Life: Start at Home

We’re hit with more and more bitter news—our favorite sweets are toxic and addictive. As science explores obesity and metabolic syndrome, we’re getting the message that less is more when it comes to those sweets.

Pigeon of Discontent: "I Waste Time on Mindless Things"

By Gretchen Rubin on April 25, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we're also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

Are Dogs Trying to Communicate When They Yawn?

When a dog yawns, it may mean that he is under stress or that he is using it as a signal to try to calm a stressful situation.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Genetics Statistics

By Thomas J. Leeper PhD on April 25, 2012 in Polarized
The challenge of determining whether one thing causes another is the mantra of statistics classes, but human frailty at inferring causation makes assessing potential causes difficult.

How Much Does Happiness Cost? Not Much.

In a series of simple experiments, Elizabeth Dunn and colleagues gave envelopes of cash and instructions on how to spend it to students. Each envelope contained either $5 or $20 and told participants to spend the cash on themselves or on someone else. Can you guess whose happiness was most increased?