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What Can Your Dog Tell You About Your Self-Control? A lot

By C Nathan DeWall Ph.D. on April 21, 2010 in Connections
     What is the one thing that connects people with dogs? Believe it or not, it's the biological processes responsible for self-control.

The Trauma That Arises from Natural Disasters

By Susanne Babbel Ph.D., M.F.T. on April 21, 2010 in Somatic Psychology
Trauma as a result of natural disasters is particularly insidious because it tends to traumatize large populations of people at once, and can result in epidemics of Survivor Guilt and other PTSD symptoms.

How Al Gore, James Cameron, and YOU are Destroying Earth

 Pro-environmental attitudes often ironically inspire behaviors that are bad for the environment.  What can we do about it?   Coauthored by Douglas T. Kenrick  

What's Your Script?

By Jeanne Christie Ed.D., Ph.D. on April 21, 2010 in What's Your Script?
The old Gerswin song from the 1937 film Shall We Dance brings focus on how one says certain words such as either or neither...tomato or tomahto...and this is a clear example of how we formulate our own scripts in our language as well as in the media. Scripts are our perceptions on an issue.

The Art of Identity

By Kristine Anthis Ph.D. on April 21, 2010 in Who Am I?

Education: Stanford Charter School Fails to Make the Grade

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 21, 2010 in The Power of Prime
How much more evidence do we need before we conclude that charter schools aren't the panacea for America's public education woes that so many believe them to be? If you missed the story last week, a charter school created and administered by Stanford University's renowned Department of Education had its charter revoked by the local school board. Why? The same old drumbeat of low test scores and a designation as one of the poorest performing schools in California by our state's Department of Education.
The Perfect Fall
The Ruminating Perfectionist
Never Good Enough
Controlling Your Temper

Why Does Pay Inequality Persist?

By Nanette Fondas on April 20, 2010 in WorkLife Matters
Replace the "four Ps" of pay inequality with parity.

Hidden Brain Puzzle Finding Love: Quantity vs Quality

By Shankar Vedantam on April 20, 2010 in The Hidden Brain
Do we make better romantic choices when we have many options or a few options?

Unbelievable! My Book Is Being Advertised on TELEVISION!

By Gretchen Rubin on April 20, 2010 in The Happiness Project
My happiness-project resolutions include Push myself, Conquer a device, and Aim higher. I remind myself frequently that novelty and challenge bring happiness (they bring frustration, annoyance, and fear, but they bring happiness, too). A few weeks ago, after I watched a video by Slate ad critic Seth Stevenson, How I Ran an Ad on Fox News, about how it’s truly cheap and possible to use Google to advertise on TV, I was dying to try it for The Happiness Project. An ad for a book on TV? Fantastic!

The Bankers Ate the Marshmallow

By Charles S. Jacobs on April 19, 2010 in Management Rewired
The emotions business people try so hard to repress might just be the key to increasing their profits.

"When You Are Content To Be Simply Yourself...Everybody Will Respect You."

By Gretchen Rubin on April 19, 2010 in The Happiness Project
* I just discovered Penelope Loves Lists -- "inspiration for the unapologetically organized soul." Great stuff!

Why More Intelligent Men (But Not Women) Value Sexual Exclusivity

By Satoshi Kanazawa on April 19, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Whether you are in a monogamous marriage or a polygynous marriage makes a huge difference for a man, but not for a woman.

Vulture Culture

By Jonathan Balcombe Ph.D. on April 19, 2010 in The Inner Lives of Animals
Not That Into Sex
Queer IQ
Girls Don't Like Boys
Identity Theft

Andre Agassi's "Hot Water Courage"

By Bakari Akil II Ph.D. on April 18, 2010 in Communication Central
Andre Agassi in his book, Open, described a ritual he performed before every tennis match in order to prepare for ‘battle.' He would take a shower and...

Education: Stop Blaming the Teachers!

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 18, 2010 in The Power of Prime
When did teachers become the bêtes noir of public education? Why are they getting all the blame for America's public education failings? Everywhere you look, people are piling on teachers as if they are at the root of all that is bad in our public education system. Even President Obama has gotten in the act, supporting the mass firing of teachers at a Rhode Island school that has been deemed "failing." I always thought teachers were the good guys (and girls).

Graphic Violence at the Movies

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on April 18, 2010 in Hidden Motives
The Art of BrutalityWhat do we make of deliberate acts of violence and cruelty on the screen - if we can stand to watch them? A.O. Scott, the movie critic of The New York Times, commented on two particularly violent episodes in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: "While the film may want to draw a moral distinction between the episodes - one an unprovoked and heinous assault, the other an act of righteous vengeance - their intensity renders them equivalent.I can't agree.