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How I Became Outnumbered

By Sarah E. Ludwig on December 17, 2009 in Outnumbered!
I always wanted two kids. So how did I end up with four?

A Good Safe Sleep for Your Baby

When you are putting your baby to sleep, choose safety over comfort.
The Need for Speed
Not So Fast...
I Am My Car
Fast, Happy, and Impulsive


By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on December 16, 2009 in Eyes on the Brain
I just saw an amazing video on You Tube of one man's recovery from a stroke. After suffering a stroke on the left side of his brain, Harvey Alter could no longer speak, a condition called aphasia. After two years of speechlessness, he found a solution.

This Holiday Season's Genetic and Reproductive Gifts

By Jesse Reynolds on December 16, 2009 in The Age of Biotech
This year, genes and reproduction are the focus of holiday gifts.

Doctoring the Doctor

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on December 16, 2009 in We Are Only Human

The Need for Speed

By Jen Kim on December 16, 2009 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Eric Bana opens up on cars, crashes, and true love.
The Morally Questionable Lessons of Formal Sports

The Morally Questionable Lessons of Formal Sports

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 16, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
You are a big-league baseball pitcher. The opposing pitcher has been throwing hard inside fastballs and has hit one of the batters on your team--maybe deliberately, maybe not. Should you retaliate by hitting their best batter with a high inside fastball? To do so is to deliberately risk injuring a fellow human being.

‘Sexting’ and Suicide

A study was just released yesterday that indicates the practice of ‘sexting' (sending sexually suggestive text messages and photos) is on the rise among U.S. teens. One researcher was quoted as explaining this phenomenon as follows, "These images are shared as a part of or instead of sexual activity, or as a way of starting or maintaining a relationship with a significant other, and they are also passed along to friends for their entertainment value, as a joke or for fun." This "fun" is actually sexual harassment and can have tragic consequences. This year two cases of suicide have been attributed to sexts gone viral. What can we do to help educate teens about safe texts? 

Hitting Your Financial Bottom

By Brad Klontz Psy.D., CFP on December 16, 2009 in Mind Over Money
Chances are you are stressed about money, and you're not alone.

What Tiger Teaches Us

By Sam Sommers on December 15, 2009 in Science Of Small Talk
Few public figures in recent memory have fallen as far as fast as Tiger Woods. Of course, falling so far requires one to first have scaled the highest of heights. But Tiger's athletic and business accomplishments are not the only reasons this story continues to have legs. Its momentum owes just as much to the fact that his alleged behaviors seem so very much at odds with the type of person we believed Tiger to be...

Gender Identity Disorder: Do We Have To Say That?

By Shirah Vollmer MD on December 15, 2009 in
Currently, gender identity disorder (GID) in boys is a syndrome in which young boys not only wish to be girls, but they also intensely dislike being boys. Boys with GID manifest an interest in activities that are typical for girls such as dressing up in girls' clothes and having an intense interest in cosmetics, in jewlery and in doll play. In most boys, the disorder consolidates between the ages of two and three.

Glia: The Other Brain

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on December 15, 2009 in The New Brain
Glia--brain function beyond neurons

Playing It Safe

By Shankar Vedantam on December 15, 2009 in The Hidden Brain
There has been a lot of talk recently about New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick’s decision to take a chance on a fourth down play — a decision that turned out badly. You don’t have to be a sports fan to be interested in the larger phenomenon the issue raises.

Tiger Woods: Black Life in Cablinasia

By George Davis on December 15, 2009 in Modern Melting Pot
He told Oprah that he wasn't actually black. "Growing up, I came up with this name: I'm a 'Cablinasian.'"  This meant he had no Cablinasian history, music, art, or culturally accepted ways of doing things to use as identity markers. 
Teaching Kids Altruism
The End of Poverty
Anatomy of an Altruist

Always On, But Not Really There - Why Cell Phones Incarcerate and How to Break Free

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on December 15, 2009 in The Power of Slow
Cell phones are marvelous devices. They can unleash you from the harness of your land line, offer endless entertainment to cranky kids in the backseat and help track criminals who stupidly use a mobile phone to call home. The irony of the term cell phone itself is inescapable.

In “Defense” of Tiger Woods, AND of His Critics

From an evolutionary perspective, Tiger's sexual meanderings are not a sign of pathology. Instead, they are "natural."  On the other side, the scornful reactions of Tiger's many critics are also "natural."  

A Heartbreaking Tale of Staggering Geekiness

By Ethan Gilsdorf on December 14, 2009 in Geek Pride
I asked myself one primal question: did our culture's obsession with Harry Potter, Xbox, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Magic: the Gathering and World of Warcraft mean we had become a nation of escapists? Were we all unable to deal with the real world?
Atheism and Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

Atheism and Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on December 14, 2009 in Homo Consumericus
Seizing the day (carpe diem), living in the here and now, living in the moment: I propose that this common prescription for a happy life is most consistent with atheism.