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Music Made for Peak Perception

Live music has a special power to evoke human emotions, some extremely intense and meaningful in the contexts of our lives. As performers seek the emotional rewards for themselves onstage, they also strive to provide similar peak experiences for their audiences. There are many factors in play that make live performance so engaging for musicians and music lovers alike.

The Games People Play

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 11, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Displacement is the redirection of feelings and impulses towards someone or something less threatening. The classic example of displacement is the person who has had a bad day at work...

Digital Chit Chat

How gossip contributed to the Facebook effect

New Study Explores NAET as Possible Treatment for Autism

Researchers observed measureable improvements in autistic children who underwent NAET.

Is Your Brain Wired to Make You Crave Food When Sad?

By Sumati Gupta Ph.D. on April 11, 2012 in Emotional Eating
In the moments before people begin to binge eat, they often feel some kind of negative emotion—from sadness to anxiety to loneliness. Does binge eating make them feel better? New research released online last month investigates how the brain reacts to food when people are experiencing negative emotion.

Autism and Parenting: Preparing Yourself for Your Child's Transition to Adult Life

Transition is a process, and with the right perspective it can be enriching and rewarding. We started by defining what was important to us based on our principles, exploring our options, envisioning and creating new ones and then developing a game plan and that worked for us.

No Rhythm? No Problem.

Lots of organizations seem to operate on a constant 24/7 time frame, or at least 12/12. So how do they find time time to reflect and refresh? One company did just that by creating its own "90 day cycle" to push hard and then stop to review and reflect. Results? Great way to fail fast and learn faster.

What Really Reduces Suicide?

“There’s no evidence that treating a mental disorder reduces suicide. The evidence is that treating suicidal behavior reduces suicide.” That’s Marsha Linehan, founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a psychology researcher at the University of Washington.

Do You Have a Love/Hate Relationship With Your Phone?

I admit it. I have a love/hate relationship with my phone. And, of course, by “phone,” I mean “incredibly high tech gizmo that allows me to speak and text to my friends and family, read and send emails instantly, and search the World Wide Web for answers to any question that might pop into my mind.” It’s all very convenient. Very efficient. Very cool.

Awakening Your True Self Within Your False Self

Some readers have asked me to elaborate more on what I wrote in my previous post, regarding the “self within the self.” Here, I explain that a bit more, emphasizing the growing links between Western science and Eastern perspectives about consciousness and the physical universe.

Another Big Five for Personality

Although the Big Five theory of traits represented a significant advance, we still need ways of understanding how people tend to respond to unique situations. This post argues that there are five systems of adaptation that allow us to get a richer sense of who we are as individuals.

Copy That

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on April 11, 2012 in Consumed
As consumers we frequently copy other people, but being copied can also threaten our need for distinctiveness.

Pigeon of Discontent: I Don't Know How I Want My Home To Look

By Gretchen Rubin on April 11, 2012 in The Happiness Project
This week's Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "I don't know how I want my home to look."

The Challenges of Unschooling: Report III from the Survey

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 11, 2012 in Freedom to Learn
What is the biggest challenge or hurdle that families must surmount in order to "unschool" their children (that is, in order to allow their children to control their own education)? According to a recent large-scale survey, the biggest challenges lie not in unschooling per se, but in societal attitudes toward it. It is hard to stand up to social norms.

What's the Point of Death?

By Nick Luxmoore on April 11, 2012 in Young People Up Close
We avoid talking with young people about it. “Death’s the last thing on their minds,” we tell each other. “They’ve got their whole lives ahead of them. Why would they want to be thinking about death?

Authors, Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

Articles published in high-impact journals regularly escape adequate peer review and may not be based on the best evidence.

Do We All Suffer from Multiple Identity Disorder?

William James suggested we all suffer from a form of multiple identity disorder. In a recent TedX talk I discussed modern research on evolution and social cognition that expands on this idea.

When Things Go Wrong, Play the “Guess the Reason” Game

Some days everything goes wrong and it feels like life is conspiring against you. Life coach and wellness expert Dr. Susan Biali, M.D. shares a simple feel-good strategy for days like these, to help you find hope, support and optimism in the chaos.

Is the world becoming a nicer place to live?

All the evidence seems to suggest that people are getting increasingly violent and xenophobic. Or does it?

Disorderly Discourse

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 10, 2012 in One Among Many
In earlier posts, I idiotically relied on rational arguments to dispute a line of reasoning that sought to prop up Christian theism with psychological science. No more. Here, I retreat to analogies.

Don’t Reduce Everything to Nature and Nurture

You were not born with a circuit chip in your brain, and you were not programmed by your culture. You built your neural circuits one connection at a time. So before you blame everything on genes and culture, consider these unique individual experiences with depression, psychosis and obesity.

Over 50 and Almost Alcoholic?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking among seniors age 50 and older is on the rise. In fact, seniors make up the segment of the population for whom drinking has been increasing the most. Why might that be a problem?

The Stuck-at-Home Generation

As a child and young adult, I was given lots of opportunities to develop independence. I went to a boarding school at age 14 that taught self-reliance by regularly sending me into the wilderness with only a scantily-filled backpack (no tents or fleece in those days).

Arranged Marriage and Intermarriage

Segregation and bans on interracial marriage in the United States during much of the 20th century are in some ways parallels to the limitations of caste and arranged marriages in India.

Gifted Students: Scared of... Tests? Part 1

It is entirely possible, maybe even likely, that gifted students can suffer from test anxiety.

Third Graders’ Angst: Test Month Is Here

April in third grade used to be about flowers, shedding heavy jackets, and walking outside barefoot for the first time. It used to be about baseball season, fishing, the science fair, and creating colorful woven baskets or painting murals with ducks or bunnies. No time for that now. April in third grade is about fear of flunking a test.

The Attack of the 500-(Square)-Foot Bathroom

By Pamela Haag Ph.D. on April 10, 2012 in Marriage 3.0
One in four Americans spends more than an hour a day in the bathroom. Here are some possible reasons why...

The Fat Taboo

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on April 10, 2012 in Culture in Mind
According to the most recent CDC data released in early 2012, more than one-third of Americans are obese. Among adult African American women, almost 80 percent are overweight or obese.

Eldercare, a Universe of Euphemisms

At nursing homes, there’s silence about death. It’s the overlooked, uninvited 13th fairy who condemns you to eternity. But this is no fairy tale; there’s no good fairy to induce a coma instead of death, and no Prince Charming to revive you with a kiss.

Sugar in Moderation? But How?

The news is in: sugar is addictive, toxic, and worse. But how to stop?