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How Does Protesting Cross the Line Into Rioting?

What causes protests to turn into riots? What is the "tipping point" that triggers a riot?

Can Dogs See Better than Humans When It Is Dark?

Dogs can see better in dim light than human beings but only because their perceptual system is willing to sacrifice some of their visual acuity for details.

What Love Can Be

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 09, 2011 in What a Body Knows
If we are relational, bodily selves, responsible for creating and becoming our highest ideals, then how do we learn to love? The question, for me, is not abstract. It is one that I live daily. It is one that I was living, exploring, and pursuing intensely as I wrote Family Planting.

Psychology of a Murderer: The Story of Andrew Suh

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on August 09, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
What turns an intelligent 19-year-old college student into a killer?

Why Do We Like People Who Like the Music We Do?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 09, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
When you're at a party and you meet new people, you'd like to have some way to get to know about them quickly. Finding out about their musical taste is helpful. When you discover that you share musical taste with someone, it increases how much you like them.

Are You a High-Potential Professional?

High-potential employees are highly motivated, productive, and go beyond the basics of their jobs. Professionals--doctors, lawyers, accountants, psychologists--can also be identified as "high potentials." Here are the characteristics of high-potential professionals:

"We Were on a Break!" Dating and Sex During a Temporary Separation

Many couples are engaging in "temporary separations" to provide breathing room and allow re-evaluation of their relationships in the hope of reconciling later. But how does dating and sex during the separation work?

Feeling Smothered by a Friend

It seems my divorce has killed my friendship with a good friend -- simply because my life has changed.

Dust in the Wind?

By Jonathan Fields on August 09, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
There are a lot of elderly folks, many of them widows and widowers, who live in my building.

Every winter, a parade of dumpsters end up alongside the building.

The Political Brain

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on August 09, 2011 in Therapy Matters
We are in the midst of world's largest debt crisis, in no small part because of ideological differences between Republicans and Democrats. Why is it our leaders are unable (or perhaps unwilling) to put aside partisanship in order to lead? The answer may have more to do with human psychology than actual politics.

The Perils of Corporate Social Responsibility

By Hans Villarica on August 09, 2011 in Better Business Behavior
It’s time to stop assuming consumers reward brands’ CSR efforts across the board - because they don't. A new Journal of Consumer Research study says messages of social responsibility from luxury brands may even backfire.

Living with Loss

Life goes on after the death of someone close

Is Polygamy Wrong?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on August 09, 2011 in Am I Right?
The West believes intimacy is necessary for marriage; I learned differently in Kenya

Do Your Genes Respond to Everyday Social Experiences?

We often assume that our genes influenced embryonic development, then lie dormant (till they’re sent out on an erotic recombination mission). But your genes are actually working every day of your life, responding flexibly and dynamically to your social experiences

Does the World Have Financial PTSD?

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 09, 2011 in Just Listen
When FDR said: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself," he was right. PTSD is the fear following an initial trauma -- that caused you to feel vulnerable -- of retraumatization, that you're afraid will finish the job and destroy you.

The Silence That Kills

Time to Break Dangerous Silence about What Veterans Need

Captain America: A Psychologist's Review

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in The Superheroes
As an origin story, Captain America must make a compelling case for why the physically slight and asthmatic Steve Rogers volunteers for a radical experimental procedure (and the risk of death) in the hope of becoming a super soldier. In my opinion, the film fails in this regard. Let me explain why.

Bad Boys Have Lower Standards

How do bad boys rack up so many sexual partners? Recent research suggests a possibility: they lower their standards.

No Child Left Behind: Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2011

By Pattie Thomas Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in I Take Up Space
Why would Congress omit protection of height/weight in SSIA? To support both an anti-obesity effort and an anti-bullying of fat kids effort at the same time would be difficult to pull off. Maybe Congress is aware of this conflict and the omission is intentional. Perhaps, they believe that it isn’t bullying if the fat kid needs to hear it in order to change their behavior.