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Maybe It's NOT Alzheimer's

According to a new study, most people diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease don't even have it! Instead, they have other problems that were missed - and could have been treated if simply looked for.

Marital Complaints and Heart Attack Prone Personalities

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 10, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
People who feel a significant amount of negative emotions (such as marital dissatisfactions) but do not express these feelings can have four times the risk of cardiovascular disease than people with similar risk factors. For some people, an inability to express marital complaints can be literally deadly.

Literary Darwinism, the Deer Mouse, and the Three-Spine Stickleback

Literary Darwinists claim that literature makes us humans fitter, and literature therefore became universal across all times and cultures. But how a species becomes fitter is tricky, and obvious stories deceive us. We need better genetic evidence for that kind of far-reaching claim.

What 60-Year-Old Couples Can Teach Young Couples About Sexual Desire and Satisfaction

Our culture, especially movies and music videos (not to mention porn sites), puts a premium on youth, illicitness, eroticism, and "hot sex". This is a seductive, enticing image, but is it true?

Call Up Past Memories

By Gretchen Rubin on August 10, 2011 in The Happiness Project
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Neighborhood, and last week’s resolution was to Be a tourist in your own city. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Assaulted by a Bed Partner

By John Cline Ph.D. on August 10, 2011 in Sleepless in America
What could cause my friend’s husband to suddenly assault her in the middle of the night?

Breaking up with a Friend is Never Easy

During World War II, many soldiers received "Dear John" letters from their girlfriends back home, who couldn't wait any longer and didn't want to go into a lengthy explanation about why they had to end their relationships.

Riots: No Justice, No Peace

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on August 10, 2011 in Am I Right?
One rioter said it was fun and I suppose those who pillaged the economy would say the same

Can You Predict the Future?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on August 09, 2011 in The Decision Tree
A group of scientists is trying to understand the wisdom of the crowds. You can participate in their study and get $150 for your effort.

He's a Magician Who Believes Only in Reality

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 09, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Religious belief or the absence thereof can be weighty topics. Not so, however, to entertainer and magician Penn Jillette. His new book is very funny (and he's not really an a**hole).

A First Rate Madness

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on August 09, 2011 in Mood Swings
Mental illness is common in great historical leaders.  Why?

Note to Self: Don't Let a Happiness Project Work Against My Happiness

By Gretchen Rubin on August 09, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Ah! What exquisite relief! For the last several months, I’ve been haunted by a literary allusion that drifted on the very edge of my memory. What was it? I kept asking myself.

Every Man Makes His Own Summer

By Gretchen Rubin on August 09, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Every man makes his own summer. The season has no character of its own, unless one is a farmer with a professional concern for the weather.

Rewriting Cinderella: From Infertility to Adoption

Adoption is one of several ways to build a family. Emotional openness, even after the traumas of unsuccessful infertility treatment, is the only way to hear children's fears and come to meet their ghosts, demons and angels.

Dear Technology…It's Time We Reconnect!

What is your relationship like with Technology? Does humanity benefit or suffer from it's extensive impact? I wasn't sure either, so I decided to write Technology a few letters to begin figuring it out...

Divvying Up the Tasks and Chores: Is It Linked to a Longer Life?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 09, 2011 in Living Single
People who have always been single have always had to figure out how to get everything done. Why shouldn’t that add to their resilience and longevity?

The Will that Powers Success

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on August 09, 2011 in Sapient Nature
When we think of will power, we typically think of the kind that requires expending effort to overcome physical or mental strain. But the kind of will power that is a more critical determinant of success is the more subtle type, one that involves the ability to control one's mind.

The Housewives of NJ: Resolving Role Transitions and Disputes

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on August 09, 2011 in Reel Therapy
The Housewives of New Jersey, a reality television show that follows four high society families (namely the housewives), has historically been rich with interpersonal conflict and dysfunction. One therapy approach may help to resolve all the emotional turmoil!

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.