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What Is Brainstorming REALLY, and Does It Work?

Most people have heard of (or used) brainstorming techniques to generate creative ideas. Many believe that it was created by psychologists, and that it works. However, brainstorming was the brainchild of an advertising executive in the 1950s and research has questioned its effectiveness.

When Is the Brain Fully Mature?

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Eyes on the Brain
If we want to understand brain plasticity, we must consider more than individual neurons and synapses. Brain function also depends upon large nerve fiber tracts. When do these pathways reach maturity?

Expressing Our Pain without Blame

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Acquired Spontaneity
When someone else’s actions don’t line up with what we most want, we tend to hold that person accountable for our pain. They become defensive in response to our blame, and we effectively ensure they can’t hear us. If we can resist the temptation to go into right/wrong thinking about the pain others are more likely to open up to hearing us.

The Surprising Secret to Detecting Villains Before They Get You

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Ambigamy
Some people are proud of their singular dedication to a Sacred Principle that trumps all others forever more at any cost. Even if you value the principle, singular dedication to it is a trait not to be admired but feared and fought.

Do Nice Guys Finish Last, And Get Paid Less?

By Ray Williams on August 17, 2011 in Wired for Success
There's an expression that "nice guys finish last," implying that not so nice guys finish first, or at least do better. Yet we don't like to think or admit this, particularly when we think of our bosses or co-workers.

What Do Maria Shriver, Beef Ranchers and Medical Faculty Have in Common?

Maria Shriver, recently separated from Arnold Schwarzenegger, posted on YouTube, "As you know, transitions are not easy. I'd love to get your advice on how you've handled transitions in your own life. It's so stressful to not know what you're doing next.

Reasoning Is More Intuitive than We Think

By Hugo Mercier on August 17, 2011 in Social by Design
There is a widespread view that reasoning is the polar opposite of intuitions: slow vs. fast, effortful vs. effortless, conscious vs. unconscious. On closer inspection, these oppositions do not stand: reasoning is mostly another intuition.

Iodine Deficiency - An Old Epidemic Is Back

A new epidemic of iodine deficiency has occurred. And it's bringing a lot more than goiters with it. Fatigue? Pain? Weight gain? Breast cysts or tenderness? In this blog post I'll tell you why you might be at risk for an iodine deficiency, what it might be doing to your health - and an easy way to protect yourself.

Milk Is For Babies—and Barbarians: Part II

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Words To Eat By
After all the work we went through to grow up, it would be as deflating to our egos to be seen drinking milk as it would to be spotted eating strained carrots in public—or to be caught buying incontinence underwear at the drugstore.

Are Men and Women Afraid to Date?

Fear is often used to explain why someone doesn't ask you out, or rebuffs relationship advances. But, there are other, more persuasive, explanations too. Read on and learn to motivate that date.

Um, Ah, Er: Does Hesitation Make You a Better Speaker?

Have you ever wished you could eradicate the “ums” and “ahs” right out of your conversation, and especially your public presentations? Turns out those verbal fillers may play an important role in establishing trust and credibility.

Depressive Realism May Not Be Real

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Some depressed people are convinced they just see the world as it really is. They shouldn't be.

We Distance From Those Who Have Traits We Fear in Ourselves

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in The Big Questions
Are we more cruel to others when we feel worse about ourselves than usual?

Is Feminism Still The REAL "F" Word?

We told girls they shouldn't feel any shame about their bodies or sexual urges. But what's happening as a result?

10 Ways to Make and Be a Great Friend

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Emotional Fitness
The essence of friendship is about care and respect. It has nothing to do with money, attractiveness, or "the cool factor." A true friend is there for you, no matter what, and having such a person in your life is a great gift. Here are ten tools to help you create better friendships.

Are We Good? Or Bad? Or Both?

One of the main tasks of psychological life is to learn to take the good with the bad—in ourselves and in life in general—and to work toward growing ourselves so that, in the balance of things, our goodness leads the way.

For Your Brain’s Health: Stop Doing These Things Now

A single good dietary habit is not enough to provide protection for your brain!

Immaturity Is Now Officially a Disease

None Dare Call It Acting Out, Part II

Dating Your Ex-Spouse: Proceed with Caution and Hope

Dating an ex-spouse should not be a response to loneliness, matter of convenience or lack of alternatives. Deciding to take this unconventional step needs to be done carefully. Basic requirements for considering it include significant time between divorce and dating, a strong belief in change, and considerable courage to go back into a potentially stressful relationship.

Scent-matching – how the nose knows

Dogs are notorious for their fixation with each other’s rear ends, but this is probably an evolved trait that has stood them well in the past.

Stories and the Mirror Inside You

When you read a story, you think you think your way into the minds of the characters. But actually you embody your way in. What does that mean? To understand how we read other people, we need to understand mirror neurons, said by some to be the most important discovery since DNA.

My Friend's Husband Came on to Me, Should I Tell Her?

Hi Irene,

A few months back, a married man I had known for eight years started verbally putting the moves on me. While I initially brushed it off and/or changed conversation topics in the beginning, his actions intensified via frequent phone calls and cryptic texts (he's a lawyer, and knew where to draw the line).

Captain Innovation

By Moses Ma on August 17, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
In the recent action movie Captain America, a 98 lb weakling volunteers for a top secret research project that uses super steroids to turn him into a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals. That's what we need to get America out of the mess we're in today, Captain Innovation.

How to Deal with Unfairness

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on August 17, 2011 in Wander Woman
Do other people's behaviors send you into a rage or cause you to feel so frustrated you shut down? This is standard human behavior under the influence of unfairness. Your primal reaction may not help you and could make matters worse. Here are three tips to help you make the right choice when you feel the urge to react.