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Superhuman? No, Just Very Scared

By Jeff Wise on December 18, 2009 in Extreme Fear
The AP just reported a story that vividly illustrates the incredible capacity of the human brain and body to perform under intense pressure. A Kansas man named Nick Harris was driving his 8-year-old daughter to school last week when he saw a car back up and run over a neighbor's 6-year-old daughter.

Animals In the News: A brief summary of the fascinating lives of animals and people's attitudes toward them

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 18, 2009 in Animal Emotions
We are so lucky to be able to share the world with a wide array of fascinating animals and also so fortunate to be able to learn about who they are when we allow them to live their lives free of our intrusions - amazing beings from whom we can learn a lot about ourselves. 

Exorcising Work Stress By Going 100 Percent . . . in the Middle of the Business Day

By Richard A. Lovett, Ph.D., and Holly Hight on December 18, 2009 in The Winning Athletes
A few weeks ago, Holly attended a business conference where, amid a week of hectic activity, there was a noon-hour 5K race. It was an intriguing mix - not just of business and pleasure, but of intense mental work . . . broken up by intense physical activity. When it was over, she wondered how the world would be different if we could do that more often. 

Diminished Capacity?

By Anneli Rufus on December 18, 2009 in Stuck
A notorious hacker who led a team of cohorts to break into computer systems and steal more than 170 million payment card numbers -- in what is being called the biggest case of identity theft in U.S. history -- has pled guilty to charges that might land him in prison for 25 years, but claims that he suffers from "Internet addiction" and Asperger's Syndrome and thus has asked a judge for leniency in his sentencing.

Write Your Way Out of Depression

By E E Smith on December 18, 2009 in Not Born Yesterday

Listening to Winter: What Season Are You?

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on December 17, 2009 in Attention Training
What winter (and every season) reveals about you.

Our Future Self

By Kristine Anthis Ph.D. on December 17, 2009 in Who Am I?

Economic Man -- Unemployed

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on December 17, 2009 in Hidden Motives
A Hidden Epidemic of Emotional Problems. Economists like to think about the average U.S. citizen who studies the market, has 2.3 children, earns $28,000, and is married 1.9 times. A recent poll by The New York Times adds some statistics to this construct in an age of unemployment. (See, "Poll Reveals the Trauma of Joblessness.") 

Boy or Girl?

By Shirah Vollmer MD on December 17, 2009 in

James Randi, global warming and the meaning of skepticism

By Massimo Pigliucci on December 17, 2009 in Rationally Speaking
James “the Amazing” Randi is an icon of skepticism. The man has done more — over a span of several decades — to further the cause of critical thinking and to expose flimflammery of all sorts than arguably anyone else in the world, ever. That is why I was struck with incredulity and sadness yesterday when I read Randi’s latest take on global warming.

Got Handshake? The Silent Communicator

By LisaMarie Luccioni M.A., AICI, CIP on December 17, 2009 in The Image Professor
It's stealth. It's power. And it's at your own fingertips. Forward to the office staff and print for the kids at home, for we have ten suggestions for handshakes done right.

Hidden but Conscious Revenge

Palin's latest passive aggressive fashion statement!

How I Became Outnumbered

By Sarah E. Ludwig on December 17, 2009 in Outnumbered!
I always wanted two kids. So how did I end up with four?

A Good Safe Sleep for Your Baby

When you are putting your baby to sleep, choose safety over comfort.
The Need for Speed
Not So Fast...
I Am My Car
Fast, Happy, and Impulsive


By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on December 16, 2009 in Eyes on the Brain
I just saw an amazing video on You Tube of one man's recovery from a stroke. After suffering a stroke on the left side of his brain, Harvey Alter could no longer speak, a condition called aphasia. After two years of speechlessness, he found a solution.

This Holiday Season's Genetic and Reproductive Gifts

By Jesse Reynolds on December 16, 2009 in The Age of Biotech
This year, genes and reproduction are the focus of holiday gifts.

Doctoring the Doctor

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on December 16, 2009 in We Are Only Human

The Need for Speed

By Jen Kim on December 16, 2009 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Eric Bana opens up on cars, crashes, and true love.
The Morally Questionable Lessons of Formal Sports

The Morally Questionable Lessons of Formal Sports

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 16, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
You are a big-league baseball pitcher. The opposing pitcher has been throwing hard inside fastballs and has hit one of the batters on your team--maybe deliberately, maybe not. Should you retaliate by hitting their best batter with a high inside fastball? To do so is to deliberately risk injuring a fellow human being.

‘Sexting’ and Suicide

A study was just released yesterday that indicates the practice of ‘sexting' (sending sexually suggestive text messages and photos) is on the rise among U.S. teens. One researcher was quoted as explaining this phenomenon as follows, "These images are shared as a part of or instead of sexual activity, or as a way of starting or maintaining a relationship with a significant other, and they are also passed along to friends for their entertainment value, as a joke or for fun." This "fun" is actually sexual harassment and can have tragic consequences. This year two cases of suicide have been attributed to sexts gone viral. What can we do to help educate teens about safe texts? 

Hitting Your Financial Bottom

By Brad Klontz Psy.D., CFP on December 16, 2009 in Mind Over Money
Chances are you are stressed about money, and you're not alone.

What Tiger Teaches Us

By Sam Sommers on December 15, 2009 in Science Of Small Talk
Few public figures in recent memory have fallen as far as fast as Tiger Woods. Of course, falling so far requires one to first have scaled the highest of heights. But Tiger's athletic and business accomplishments are not the only reasons this story continues to have legs. Its momentum owes just as much to the fact that his alleged behaviors seem so very much at odds with the type of person we believed Tiger to be...