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Score! Dopamine! Repeat! Or Not

Reaching a goal triggers dopamine, but the spurt soon ends. When a high passes, the return to normal can be unnerving. But rushing to mask it with more dopamine-stimulating activity brings a cycle of frustration. You can free yourself by getting comfortable with the inevitable up-and-down-ness of the human brain.

Finding More Time

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on December 11, 2011 in Happiness in this World
Could any commodity be more precious than time? Is there anything any of us want more—or more of—that at the same time seems to be more beyond our control to increase? Who among us wouldn't strike the most Faustian of bargains for an extra year of life?

Studying Too Much? This Government Will Stop You

Is Korea cracking down on excellence?

Keeping Employees: It’s More Important Now Than You Might Think

Studies indicate up to 60% of employees are actively looking for new jobs. Don't allow your best ones to get away.

Eat Up, Sad Clown...

By Susan Carnell Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 in Bad Appetite
We're all familiar with the sadness triggered by break-ups and life's other causes for grief. But what's interesting (at least to appetite researchers) is that its effects on our eating behavior are far from predictable.

Bipolar or Borderline?

By David M. Allen M.D. on December 11, 2011 in A Matter of Personality
A rampant case of diagnonsense

Dangers of “Crying It Out”

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Letting babies “cry it out” is an idea that has been around at least since the behaviorist John Watson applied the mechanistic paradigm of behaviorism to child rearing in 1928, the decade when parents began trusting "science" more than their instincts.

Recursive Incentive Scheme to Get Lots of Help in a Hurry

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 in Memory Medic
Got a project you need a lot of help with and need results fast? Here is a research design, called "recursive incentivization," that research has shown seems to work better than other strategies.

Culture Shock for Nerds

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 in One Among Many
On a recent trip to Morocco, I experienced two culture shocks: One involved the Moroccans, the other involved the humanists whose conference I crashed. The latter left me more dazed than the former.

The True Nature of Death and Eternity

By Robert Lanza M.D. on December 11, 2011 in Biocentrism
Contemplation of time and the discoveries of modern science suggest that the mind is the ultimate reality, paramount and limitless. It doesn't die with the body.

Positive and Negative Changes after Trauma

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 in What Doesn't Kill Us
How can posttraumatic growth be measured?

What Drives a Sex Addict, Part 11

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 in Love Doc
In my last blog, Married to a Sex Addict, I described the plight of the spouse who is married to a male sex addict. On Oct 7, 2009 I wrote about the psychology of a female sex addict. More recently the topic of sex addiction is being hyped in the media.

Innovation in Psychology

By Moses Ma on December 11, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
A new film, A Dangerous Method, provides an unflinching perspective on the invention of "the talking cure," as Sigmund Freud called it. In addition to being a terrific movie, it also provides some insights about the art of innovation and invention.

I Just Don't Know How Much Longer I Can Fake it

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do about holidays, marriage, and teens

Writing a Script for Single at Heart—Really, There Could Be a TV Show

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 10, 2011 in Living Single
The Atlantic story, “All the Single Ladies,” has been optioned for a TV show. Give the screenwriters some great tips for creating a compelling show that is not the same old same old.