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Choosing the Best Explanation Is Elementary, My Dear Watson

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in Explananda
Sherlock Holmes or Occam's Razor? Do you choose the explanation best supported by the evidence, or the one that's satisfyingly simple? Recent findings suggest that even 4- and 5-year olds show a remarkable capacity to evaluate and choose between explanations, taking both the evidence and simplicity into account.

Consumerism Consumes Us All

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on January 08, 2012 in Grand Rounds
Can we ever have enough?

All I Have to Do Is Dream

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in In the Name of Love
Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal sung the song that implies that lovers need merely to dream in order to sustain their love. Are dreams of any value in a romantic relationship? Apparently dreams were not sufficient to save Andy and Victoria’s love and Andy’s life. External circumstances were greater than their feelings for each other.

Eight Signs a "Friend" Is a Social Climber

Here are some telltale signs of social climbers crowd-sourced by blog posters and "doctored" by me.

Love Is a Four-Letter Word: The Extraordinary Duane Doberman

By Stanton Peele on January 08, 2012 in Addiction in Society
How Sergeant Bilko talked a beautiful blond into falling for Duane Doberman, thus exploring the innermost workings of the human mind, sexuality, and love on late 1950s television.

What If Our Brains Aren't Good Enough?

I've always wanted to know the answers: What creates consciousness? How did the cosmos come to be? What happens when we die? Why are we here? From a certain perspective, my life has consisted of a series of investigations into ways of discovering the answers to these kinds of questions.

The Risks & Potential of Required Community Service

By Alfie Kohn on January 08, 2012 in The Homework Myth
While a service requirement hardly guarantees any benefits—which are contingent, among other things, on the extent to which your staff and the students themselves take the activities seriously—neither does it preclude such benefits. Much depends on how (and by whom) the activities are designed.

Stress About Alcohol? Heavy Drinking Versus Alcoholism

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in All About Addiction
Heavy alcohol users are not necessarily addicts or alcoholics, and their stress response shows it.

The Psychology of Youth Sports

There’s a good deal of hype about the value of children’s sports. If families understand the benefits and pitfalls, children are more likely to be winners for life.

"Sherlock Holmes" and the Science of Play

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on January 08, 2012 in Reel Therapy
Playfulness is the predisposition to engage in playful activities and interactions. It's an emerging science, and the new Sherlock Holmes sequel provides a vivid illustration of this construct.

Parents Should Know the Limitations of Science Experiments

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in Moral Landscapes
There really aren't any human experiments that can be done to inform you how to parent at any given moment. So what can help with your parenting?

How Nature Deals with Good and Evil

By Robert Lanza M.D. on January 08, 2012 in Biocentrism
There are consequences to our actions that transcend our ordinary, classical way of thinking. Evidence suggests nature’s justice may be inescapable and absolute.

Arguing with Mom May Help Teens Resist Peer Pressure

Any parent of a teen knows that the adolescent years can be bumpy, to say the least. They are filled with mood swings, hormone changes and oftentimes a lot of arguing. But don't be discouraged, it's not all bad. The good thing about arguing is that it provides teachable moments. And that's what the teen years are all about.

Politicians Keep Their Promises More Often Than You Think

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in The Decision Tree
A politician's promise are about as good as Lindsay Lohan's promise to show up in court on time. Right?

Social Media and the Hedgehog's Dilemma

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on January 08, 2012 in Creative Synthesis
To what extent do we use social media as the middle, safe distance to avoid having not only closer, unplugged relationships with others, but quieter and deeper relationships with ourselves?

The Power of Silence in Our Love Lives

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in Love Doc
"Mommy, let's listen to silence" remarked my five year old son on one of our many nature walks. In silence we got in touch with our inner thoughts, our minds, and our souls so that we could communicate in a meaningful way. That was then, some 35 years ago: then there is now.

So You Want to Be a Writer ...

The one critical question you need to ask yourself if you dream of becoming a writer.

Why Do the Self-Loathing Cycle In and Out of Relationships?

Why do self-loathing people get into relationships only to break them up because they don't feel good enough? And what does this have to do with procrastination--and Family Guy?

Whatever Heaven Sends Is for the Best

My friend Raven Jones developed a good-sized tumor on his knee. Amputation was advised, but Raven thought, "There must be some other way", so he refused both surgery and chemotherapy.

The Linguistic and Cultural Skills of Sleeper Agents

Sleeper agents, that is spies who have been infiltrated into a target country, are very special bicultural bilinguals. They have to develop linguistic and cultural skills that are rarely required of regular bilinguals.

Fighting the Flood of Facebook

By Steve Baskin on January 08, 2012 in S'mores and More
Do our children lack skills that our grandparents had in abundance? The modern child and teenager is substituting face-to-face interaction with cyber-relationships. This electronic dis-intermediation can impair a child's ability to develop the wide array of skills that are critical to interpersonal relations.

The Educational World Is Flat

A conversation with Tom Vander Ark, former Executive Director of Education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on his vision for our educational future.

My Teenager Told Me About My Husband's Affair

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your teen tells you about an affair

Medical Jargon: Part 1

Defining the terms sensitivity, specificity, incidence and prevalence.

Get More of What You Want - In Bed and Out

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on January 07, 2012 in Peacemeal
A low-risk, playful strategy for making those hard-to-say requests easier and more fun.