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Barbie: Manufactured by Mattel, Designed by Evolution IX

By Satoshi Kanazawa on October 12, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The big irony:  Why men are fooled
Psychology Today

Forty (or Close) is the New 20 for Having Babies

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 11, 2008 in Singletons
Forty (or close) is the new 20 when it comes to having babies creating a distinct trend with a host of positives for women who delay motherhood.

Intern for the Flying Wallendas

By Peter D Kramer on October 10, 2008 in In Practice
 Peter D. Kramer on Osborn Elliott -- and on being a cub journalist during the glory days of Newsweek.

The Truth About Testosterone Levels

By Abraham Morgentaler M.D. on October 10, 2008 in Men, Sex, and Testosterone

“No Child Left Inside”: Poor Solution to a National Problem

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on October 08, 2008 in Freedom to Learn
On Sept. 18, the US House of Representatives passed its version of the "No Child Left Inside" act. I share all of the expressed concerns of the Coalition that is pushing for this legislation. But...

Five Steps to Optimal Illusion

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 03, 2008 in Ambigamy
Self-deception: the sweetest and sourest taboo

Barbie: Manufactured by Mattel, designed by evolution VI

By Satoshi Kanazawa on October 02, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Blonde hairWhy do blondes have more fun?  Because gentlemen prefer blondes.  Why do gentlemen prefer blondes?  Because they have evolved psychological mechanisms that predispose them to prefer women with blonde hair.  Why?

What Does Alcohol Do to Your Brain?

By Susan F. Tapert Ph.D. on October 02, 2008 in Addiction Science
A review of how alcohol may affect brain functioning.

The Varieties of Play Match Requirements of Human Existence

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on October 01, 2008 in Freedom to Learn
Pay is nature's way of ensuring that young mammals will practice the skills they need for survival. Young carnivores, such as lions and tigers, play at stalking, chasing, and pouncing. Young zebras and other animals that are preyed on by lions and such play at running, dodging, and escaping. Young humans ...

It Is Out—Finding Natural Paths Through the Stress Storms

By Frank Lawlis Ph.D. on October 01, 2008 in Redefining Stress
On September 22, a major breakthrough into mental health was published under the name of The Stress Answer. I think it is great, but I am biased—I wrote it.

Resisting Temptation: Short-term Gain & Long-term Pain of External Control

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 30, 2008 in Don't Delay
We all get tempted away from the task at hand. Who resists this temptation? Does external control help us resist temptation? How well we resist temptation and the effects of external control depend on aspects of our personality.

Financial Anxiety and the Luckiest Man

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on September 30, 2008 in Anxiety Files
You are watching your 401k shrink in value and you are wondering how you will be able to pay your bills when-and if---you retire. Everything in your life right now seems to hinge on the money that seems to be disappearing right before your eyes. What can you do? 

The Trouble with Tips

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 27, 2008 in Don't Delay
Reader feedback was swift and accurate. Tips on how to beat procrastination, or tips for most things in fact, simply don't provide a magic cure. Yet, we're hooked on tips. Why do we want them? When do they work? When don't they?
Barbie:  Manufactured by Mattel, designed by evolution IV

Barbie: Manufactured by Mattel, designed by evolution IV

By Satoshi Kanazawa on September 25, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Small waistsWhat are the ideal female measurements?  36-24-36.  Why are they considered to be the ideal female measurements?  It turns out that these numbers are not chosen arbitrarily.  There is precise evolutionary logic behind them.

The Stupidity of Crowds

By Gregory S. Berns on September 23, 2008 in plus2sd
It started with Hurricane Ike. Rumors of a disruption in the gas supply caused people to top off their tanks.

Hypospadias—A Very Common Male Birth Defect

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on September 22, 2008 in As You Like It
Hypospadias is one of the most common birth defects. Most cases are mild and many men aren't aware they have it. One of the bigger problems is unnecessary surgeries.

How Nature Can Transform Education

By Richard Louv on September 22, 2008 in People in Nature
The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to approve the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008. This was an extraordinary moment, symbolizing just how far the children and nature movement has come in just a few short years -- and how far it still needs to go.