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The Cost of Taking a Year

By Rick Smith on December 21, 2010 in The Leap

Neural Development of Perspective Taking in Teens

A new article in the journal Psychological Science begins with a wonderful quote: "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." -- Mark Twain 

Coping With Countermoves

If you dare to make a change in an important relationship, anxiety rises like steam. The opposition to your greater assertiveness invariably goes like this...

10 Holiday Gifts that Will Cause Your Child Lasting Psychological Damage

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on December 20, 2010 in The Shrink Tank
These gifts will ruin Christmas and traumatize your child for life.

The Psychology of Having Children for the Wrong Reasons

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on December 20, 2010 in Insight Is 20/20
It is a problem in our society: having children for the wrong reasons.

Bartering for Health: Zimbabwe's Desperate Deterioration

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 20, 2010 in Side Effects
Zimbabwe's poor are now bartering food for medical services. A tale of desperation, corruption, megalomania, and Western sanctions not working in the way intended.

humbled by a stranger

By Abby Sher on December 20, 2010 in Amen, Amen, Amen


By Alex Lickerman M.D. on December 20, 2010 in Happiness in this World
Nothing in the world is quite so awful as boredom. Unmitigated pain—physical or emotional—is commonly viewed as giving rise to the worst kind of suffering, but the suffering engendered by true boredom,

Should My Disgust Limit Your Freedom?

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on December 20, 2010 in Mind Design
Reactions to a case of consenusal incest in the news parallels research in moral psychology.

Questions Bilinguals Ask when Communicating with Others

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on December 20, 2010 in Life as a Bilingual
Whenever bilinguals are communicating with others, they have to ask themselves two questions. They do so without being aware of them most of the time.

Shopping Your own Closet

By April Lane Benson Ph.D. on December 20, 2010 in To Buy or Not To Buy
Last Wednesday, I had a delightful and very informative Skype call with Jill Chivers, an Australian woman who took her compulsive buying bull by the horns. She decided that for a full year she'd refrain from buying any new clothes and shop only in her own closet.
The Far Reach of Fast Food
Hothead of State
Perpetual Motion

“It’s Only “Good Science” If the Message Is Politically Correct”

By Satoshi Kanazawa on December 19, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
My friend and fellow evolutionary psychologist Robert Kurzban has a blog at Evolutionary Psychology.

A Shout Out to "Recovering Catholics"

There are a lot of "Recovering Catholics" out there. I bump into them constantly. I'm going out on a limb with this blog post by saying consider coming back.

Six Brilliant Novels about Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life

Great fiction is psychologically transportive, allowing us to visit places and people we’re unlikely to ever encounter in real life, and teaching us something about human nature along the way.  Here are six novels that would make great last-minute gifts for anyone curious about human nature. 
Dating After Divorce
Help! She's Dating a Jerk
Turned Tables
Web Feats

Getting Started

By Rue L. Cromwell on December 18, 2010 in Being Human, Human Being
Despite brilliant focal areas of research, psychology has fallen behind the other sciences during the 20th century. Without structural change I would expect it to do no better in the 21st century.

Conquering the Introvert-Extrovert Communication Gap, Part 1

An extrovert’s brainstorming powwow can be overwhelming for an introvert. How can you communicate well with those who are so different from you?

15 Techno-Cultural Trends for 2011

2011 will be the year when technology takes a back seat to human experience. In 2010, people grappled with the deluge of social technologies. 2011 will bring a move toward simplification as we lift our sights above the tools, features, and click-throughs and focus on the psychology underlying our interaction with media.

Happiness at work: get ready for the New Year

By Jessica Pryce-Jones on December 17, 2010 in Happiness at Work
Want to have a brilliant 2011 at work? You can. Find out how to make this happen

Modesty and... Existentialist Freedom?

In the previous posts on modesty, we first discussed Irene McMullin's argument that true modesty involves self-awareness with sensitivity to others, and then egalitarian accounts of how this can be done. In this third post, I will introduce McMullin's own theory regarding how this balance can be struck, based on the existentialist writings of Jean-Paul Sartre.

Oprah’s “Ah-Ha” Moment about Food and Weight

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on December 17, 2010 in Comfort Cravings
It’s a good time to be an Oprah fan, particularly if you are a chronic dieter or someone who frets about their weight.  Oprah appears to have moved into a new phase of her life...

Do Small Pay Raises Spur Motivation – or Resentment?

A friend of mine recently received a 3.5% raise. His boss told him that the raise was "merit pay" and that it was in recognition for his stellar performance. My friend said the boss made it clear that he should be grateful for the size of the raise, but is it enough to motivate him? How big does a pay raise need to be to work as an effective motivator? 

Millennial Media Consumers

By Jeanne Christie Ed.D., Ph.D. on December 17, 2010 in What's Your Script?