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The Magic Spell of a Pretty Face

By Sam Sommers on December 22, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
Attractive people grab our attention. Even babies spend more time gazing at attractive faces, suggesting to some that hardwiring in our brains automatically diverts attention to the good-looking others around us, much in the way moths are helplessly drawn to light...

Overcome Holiday Shyness: Be More Interested Than Interesting

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 22, 2011 in Just Listen
I am a founding member of the “dread going/glad I went” club of socially shy people. I am also a Role Specific Extrovert. That means that when the occasion calls for me to be “out there” I strap on some courage and give it my best shot, but it doesn’t come naturally.

Analogue Politics in a Digital World

By George Davis on December 22, 2011 in Modern Melting Pot
Young people do not need to carry history as part of their identities. They can Google the lessons of history whenever they need them.

Manage Your Brain to Play a Bigger Game

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on December 22, 2011 in Wander Woman
If you want to play a bigger game, release the courage to take risks, and calm your fears of looking silly, stupid or inadequate, you need to be more conscious of how your brain is making decisions for you. This post will help you identify what triggers your reactions to challenging situations so you may choose to respond differently if you want to.

"Don't Talk to the Patient"

As American health care fall apart, nurses are being told not to "waste time" talking to patients. Are we treating charts or people?

It "Rewires Your Brain?" Think Again.

The phrase, "rewire your brain" sounds exciting. But in a trivial sense, everything rewires your brain; in a meaningful sense, almost nothing does.

Single and Medicating

By Ilana Donna Arazie on December 22, 2011 in Finding Zen in the City
Many single girls what to know how to finally find Mr. Right and get married later in life. Here are some magical lessons you can pull out of your skinny jeans.

Here's A Quick Way To Join Research With Practice

By Stephen Borgman on December 22, 2011 in Spectrum Solutions
Here are some quick ways to link research to practice

An End of the Year Meditation

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Attention Training
There are many traditions within the martial and other holistic arts that can help you turn a dojo, studio, or private home (or office) space into a mini universe.

The Case for Keeping Santa

Are you worried you'll lose credibility with your child once he or she finds out about the mythical nature of this children's story? Santa is more of an asset than a liability for parents who want to keep the focus of Christmas on teaching values. It's all in how you incorporate this celebrated gift-giver into your holiday rituals.

Health Care Reform, Illustrated

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on December 22, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
"Health Care Reform" by Jonathan Gruber, HP Newquist, and Jonathan Schreiber is an attempt to distill the 1,900-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama in 2010 into a common-sensical, easy to understand book in graphic-novel form less than a tenth of the length. Informative, it's also a lot of fun.

Two American Kids in a Small Swiss Village

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Life as a Bilingual
One of the finest ways of acquiring a language is to go and live in a country or region where the language is used. This is what happened to two American kids when they came to live in a small Swiss village for a year.

7 Days to Our Heart's Desire

By Rita Watson MPH on December 22, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
When you make this decision to dream, there is no short cut. Consider what it takes to create a garden. Your dream is like a garden that will need to be tended and cared for. Once you have committed to the dream, express gratitude and doors will open.

Keep the Water Boiling

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Black Belt Brain
The holidays make it hard to keep up routine. But a little bit of activity can help keep us in tune even while we tune in to the latest Holiday special.

Will Your Relationship go Farther if You're Similar, or Do Opposites Attract?

By Donna Barstow on December 21, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Opposites attract even more if you have a similar dysfunction underneath. Or do they? Isn't it better if you have differing good and bad qualities? A cartoon about one couple who knows more than I.

Why Don't People Vote

Why don't American citizens who are registered to vote turnout?

Do the Holidays Give You the Hiccups?

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Brain Sense
If too much holiday merriment is giving you the hiccups, you're not alone. Everyone gets the hiccups from time to time, but in exceedingly rare cases, a brain abnormality may induce hiccups that last for months, even years.

A Sense of Self

By Graham Collier on December 21, 2011 in The Consciousness Question
Are people geared to following such a totally existential and materialistic day-to-day existence that the incredibly complex range of their personal ‘inner life' becomes less and less active?


Is it better to give than to receive? Or is it, in fact, better to know how to give and how to receive? Finding the balance between selfishness and self-sacrifice is all about hearing the Call of your SELF.

Twin Tidbits

By Nancy L Segal Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Twofold
Twins have twice as many tidbits!

A Scientific Mystery: Do Wild Baboons Kidnap Puppies for Pets?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Animals and Us
This YouTube clip claims that wild baboons kidnap puppies and raise them as pets. It's a sceintific mystery that I can't get out of my head.

Tears for a tyrant?

By Clark McCauley Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Friction
The man who starved his people to build an atomic bomb is dead. Who's crying?

Debates About Agnosticism Are as Old as the Concept Itself

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Side Effects
A 19th-century debate about faith and evidence is still highly relevant.

Does The Soul Exist? Evidence Says ‘Yes’

By Robert Lanza M.D. on December 21, 2011 in Biocentrism
The reality of the soul is among the most important questions of life. Although religions recognize its existence, how do we know if souls really exist? A string of new scientific experiments helps answer this ancient spiritual question.

Can You Handle The Truth?

Courage is a precious commodity in psychoanalysis. Psychological growth cannot happen with out it. Both analyst and patient must draw upon it. But courage for what, you ask? Courage to face the truth. This is the guiding principle, the North Star of psychoanalysis. And it is an essential aspect of any kind of positive change.

Holiday Brainfood Swaps

By Drew Ramsey M.D. on December 21, 2011 in The Farmacy
Keep your Ho Ho Ho free of Boo Hoo Hoo with these Holiday Farmacy BrainFood Swaps. Holiday Holidays!