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The Cop Beats The Professor--(When It Comes To A Career)

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on April 27, 2010 in Adventures in Old Age
My son, who is entering college this fall--as I'm preparing to sign big checks--told me that a classmate of his is opting to become a police officer rather than going the four-year college route. This reminded me of an exercise I conducted while in the lower depths of graduate school that compared the lifetime earnings of a college professor and a police officer--the police officer won.

Mind Over Meds

By Daniel Carlat M.D. on April 27, 2010 in The New Psychiatry
One day several years ago, I was reaching the end of my first visit with a patient, J.J., who had come to see me for anxiety and insomnia. He was a salesman for a struggling telecommunications company, and he was having trouble managing the strain on his finances and his family.

Politics: Understanding Americus Libertarius (Libertarians)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 27, 2010 in The Power of Prime
Imagine living in a world that is absolutely antithetical to how you view that world. Imagine knowing that the world in which you live will never, ever even remotely resemble the world in which you want to live. How frustrating must that be? Welcome to the world of the strange and wonderful species I call Americus Libertarius, known more commonly as the libertarian.

Mind over Meds

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on April 27, 2010 in Side Effects
New studies of psychotherapy are putting evidence-based psychiatry and CBT on the defensive.

The Political Incorrectness of Political Correctness

By Sam Sommers on April 27, 2010 in Science Of Small Talk
It's now cool to be politically incorrect.

There are few better or easier ways these days to establish one's iconoclastic street cred than bashing political correctness. Pundits, columnists, and even public officials now voice anti-PC sentiment to achieve their anti-establishment bona fides. "Politically correct" has become a pejorative term and opposing it has become a badge of honor...
Are Introverts Nuts?
The Real Insiders
Opposites Attract

What would you ask a formerly nonverbal autistic person?

By Jonathan Levy on April 26, 2010 in The Interactive World
Next week I will post an interview with a young adult who is on the autistic spectrum. He used to be non-verbal and almost completely in his own world. He now attends school, talks, and writes extremely well (he posts more to Facebook than almost anyone I know).I worked with him and his family back when he was five and non-verbal. He recently found me on the aforementioned Facebook and has...

"Dude....What Happened To My Mental Health?"

New criteria for mental health are needed for the 21st Century. Coping and management skills won't help you build psychological health, success and well-being in today's interconnected, unpredictable world. 

Why "Friends First" Doesn't Work

By Jen Kim on April 26, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Have you ever been "friends first?" Valley Girl explores why friends first doesn't work in real life application.

A Lesson in Inferential Statistics: Type I vs. Type II Errors

By Satoshi Kanazawa on April 26, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
What do Icelandic volcanic ashes have in common with an innocent Brazilian man wrongly shot to death in a subway station by the London Metropolitan Police because they misidentified him as one of the fugitive Muslim suicide bombers?  And what about God?
Bye-Bye Obesity?
Super-Sized Sadness
Fruit of Her Womb
Bringing Up Baby

Can a Temporary Separation Make a Relationship Stronger?

A "time-out" under the right circumstances can help relationships.

What's The Size Of The Mozart Effect? The Jury Is In.

It's been 17 years since the very first study that set off a flurry of research and commercial products relating to 'The Mozart Effect'. In a recently in press article in the journal Intelligence, Pietshnig et al. present the results of what they claim is the biggest meta-analysis (nearly 40 studies, 104 independent samples, and over 3000 participants) ever conducted on the question of whether or not a Mozart effect exists. What did they find?

Part One: It's About Food

By Frances Kuffel on April 25, 2010 in What Fat Women Want
The Big Book is always a refresher course for me and something new always pops up from the text.  Among the small epiphanies I had in the last couple of weeks, is this short fragment: "The idea that somehow, someday he will...enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker."Substitute "food" and "eater" and you'll hear me gasp in over something I'd forgotten about until I cleaned up my daily fare: I am a strange eater.

Spread the Word: May 20 Is Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

By Satoshi Kanazawa on April 24, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
They can't kill us all....
Sext-ual Harassment
Privacy Setting
Bad Girl vs. Playboy
Sending the Wrong Message

Beware of Fake-Work and Make-Work.

By Gretchen Rubin on April 24, 2010 in The Happiness Project
I remind myself that all work isn’t created equally. Just because I’m busy doesn’t mean that I’m being productive. I imagine that every kind of work has its fake-work and make-work. For example, as a writer, I remind myself:

Dad Dancing

By Peter Lovatt on April 24, 2010 in Dance Psychology
It might not have the grace of the Foxtrot or the style of Argentine Tango but Dad Dancing is the new dance craze sweeping the country. Dad Dancing is fun, big and most importantly its impossible to get wrong! You don't need a partner, you can dance it to any type of music, and no-one's going to correct your technique.

Regret is a Good Thing But I Wish I Had Never Met You

By Maryanne Fisher Ph.D. on April 24, 2010 in Love's Evolver
I recently joined a Facebook group called, “I wish I could go back to when I met you, and walk away.” I confess that I joined out of curiosity, knowing that there would likely be some interesting personal stories there. I also must admit that I joined because I do feel that way about particular people who I’ve known over the years – haven’t we all been there?

“Boy, Was I Wrong About Him”

By Jeff Wise on April 23, 2010 in Extreme Fear
Not only can we not figure someone out in a blink, we can spend years with someone, sharing their bed and their table, and still not really know what they're about.

Gilligan's Island and Microsoft Office 03: Useless Fluff in My Head

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 23, 2010 in Mental Mishaps
I can still sing the theme song to Gilligan's Island. I'm complaining, not bragging. Talk about obsolete and useless information. Unfortunately, I may be doomed to hum Gilligan's theme song forever. So is everything in my head somewhere?

Mother Mentors in Africa

By Jennifer Haupt on April 23, 2010 in One True Thing
Read my interview with Robin Smalley, co-founder of an innovative network of moms healing moms in Africa.

Why Do Breasts Mesmerize?

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on April 23, 2010 in Sex at Dawn
In recognition of "Boobquake" recently celebrated around the world as liberated women shook their breasts (figuratively) in the face of the Iranian cleric who blamed earthquakes on female sexuality, a few words on the mysterious allure of the human female breast.