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Has Texting and Email Ruined Students’ Writing Skills?

Teachers and parents alike have voiced concern over whether texting, with its abbreviations, short-cuts, and odd grammar, hurts kids' writing skills. Does it hurt or help?

The Wrong Reason to Get Married—and the Right Way to Think about It

Some single people are happy being alone, but others want to find somebody to be with, and some of them may be going about it the wrong way. Should you get married for the sake of being married? Is staying single (if you don't want to be) better than settling? And how should we understand settling anyway?

The Most Astounding Thing in the Universe

By Robert Lanza M.D. on March 11, 2012 in Biocentrism
The startling discovery that reality is observer-created challenges everything we know about ourselves and our relationship with the world.

Has Texting and the Internet Ruined Student Writing Skills?

Teachers and parents alike have voiced concern over whether texting, with its abbreviations, short-cuts, and odd grammar, and other forms of Internet communication, hurts kids' writing skills. What does the research say?

Is Homegrown Terrorism a Path to Resilience?

The homegrown terrorist is using violence as a maladaptive coping strategy to achieve psychological well-being and a powerful social identity. Offering a terrorist an alternative form of self-expression seldom succeeds, leaving us with few solutions other than police monitoring and incarceration.

Internet stings: Does the fantasy defense hold water?

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on March 10, 2012 in Witness
The former weapons inspector testified he thought he was chatting with a bored housewife, not a 15-year-old girl. The defense didn't work, but a new study suggests it may hold some truth.

Facebook: The Psychology of Social Media

What does it mean to ‘like' a brand on Facebook? What motivates consumers to click on the ‘like' icon? And why is this important to the brand marketers?

Facebook Affairs: Tips to Detect and Fight Internet Infidelity with Long-Lost Loves

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on March 10, 2012 in Because I'm the Mom
Divorce lawyers say Facebook is their new favorite investigative tool. Why? Because so many people are finding and documenting their affairs on the social networking site.

Slacking at Work? Blame the Time Change

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 10, 2012 in Minding the Body
For a few days after the spring change to daylight saving time, your sleep is curtailed, so your self-control is down. You may be more vulnerable to distractions and temptations.

Moon and Sea Horse Parade

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on March 10, 2012 in Pura Vida
What happens when 1000 people, 300 horses, 100 cars, 2 bands, and many motorcycles ride together from the mountains which are burning with wildfires, to the sea? A wild party!

I'm Her Friend, Not Her Mother!

My best friend and I have been buddies for nearly twelve years, having met during our freshman year of high school. We're now in our mid-twenties. I can't help but feel like she never quite grew up.

TED Talk: Can Depression be Good for You?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 10, 2012 in Hide and Seek
This is not a traditional blog post, but a talking blog post in the form of a TED talk that I gave last month in Maribor, Slovenia. So for the first time, I shall be talking rather than writing to you.

Of sheep and peacocks: How advertisers get in your wallet

Among the many tricks advertisers employ to persuade consumers to part with their money, two are particularly common. You'll recognize them.

Be More Creative Today

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on March 10, 2012 in Creative Synthesis
While we individually cannot do much to change our educational system or paradigms right now, we can change our approach to creativity today in our homes and classrooms, including these five mindsets and habits that parents and teachers can to use encourage children of all ages, and ourselves, to hang on to and nurture our innate creative capacity.

The Madness of Materialism

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 10, 2012 in Out of the Darkness
Where does the drive to accumulate wealth and possessions come from? And why doesn't materialism bring real happiness?

Have you noticed? We’re in a battle for our survival.

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on March 10, 2012 in The Fair Society
The dustbin of history is overflowing with dead civilizations that were victims of too-little, too-late. Stay tuned.

What Pubic Hair (& Its Removal) Has to do with Better Sex

A man's quest to get his girlfriend to shave her pubic hair leads to bigger questions about the intersections of pubic hair, how people feel about their genitals, pleasurable sex, and communication.