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Why Intelligent People Use More Drugs

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 01, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The human consumption of psychoactive drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, is of even more recent historical origin than the human consumption of alcohol or tobacco, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent people use more drugs more frequently than less intelligent individuals.
A Dish of Irony
Hidden Logic
A Nod to the Negative
10 Ways We Get the Odds Wrong
Women Watching Porn? Not in My Town!

Women Watching Porn? Not in My Town!

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 31, 2010 in Women Who Stray
Why women should be allowed to watch porn, and why it matters to you.

The Deadly Games That Teens Play

The dangerous games teens play can be life threatening and even deadly.

Being Agnostic about the Hereafter

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 30, 2010 in Side Effects
Clint Eastwood's new film makes us think about the hereafter. That's no bad thing.
Bad for Teeth but
A Holiday on Steroids
Costume Confidence
Trick or Treat

Does Voting Matter?

By Kristine Anthis Ph.D. on October 30, 2010 in Who Am I?

Trust Yourself. Why is it hard? How you can do it better.

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 30, 2010 in Off the Couch
Do you trust yourself? Why? Why not? What can you do to improve your self-trust?
Cheating in Science: School is a Breeding Ground

Cheating in Science: School is a Breeding Ground

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on October 30, 2010 in Freedom to Learn
One of the tragedies of our system of schooling is that it deflects students from discovering what they truly love and find worth doing for its own sake. Instead, it teaches them that life is a series of hoops that one must get through, by one means or another, and that success lies in others' judgments rather than in real, self-satisfying accomplishments.

Can Friendly Social Talk Improve Cognitive Functions?

By Ray Williams on October 29, 2010 in Wired for Success
 Leaders in organizations focus a great deal on factors that will improve productivity and its impact on the bottom line, but usually that takes the form of looking at marketing, sales, financial structures and organizational issues, rather than social interaction. 

What does it mean to be "adult" today?

By Barbara Ray on October 29, 2010 in Adulthood: What's the Rush?
I'm intrigued by this question: What marks you as an adult today? Or more accurately, I'm intrigued that we're asking the question. Today if you tell young people that you're an adult only when you're living on your own, earning your own way, have a spouse and a kid and a house--you'll get a look of disbelief. "I'll never be an adult then" is their reply.

How the Road to Understanding Depression Runs through Bereavement

By Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D. on October 29, 2010 in Charting the Depths
Bereavement is not a central topic in depression studies. But it should be.

Surviving in Economically Troubled Times

Thousands of unemployed are on the brink of financial disaster. I continue to hear: "We cannot pay our mortgage and it looks like foreclosure is ahead." "It's like an out of body experience. I cannot believe it is happening to me."  

Why We Act Out of Character

By Bakari Akil II Ph.D. on October 29, 2010 in Communication Central
As I walked up the stairway to the second floor I could hear shouting on the outside corridor. The voice was definitely from a woman and it was loud and full of anger. Then I heard a second voice, just above conversational level, but the pace of speech was fast and this...
Closet Cases
The Clean Sweep
Trash as Treasure
Animal House

Heroes on the Ball Field?

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on October 28, 2010 in The Superheroes
It's that time of year again. As the World Series gets under way, there will be a lot of talk about "heroes." Ballplayers won't be the only ones. From a wide range of sports, winners are often referred to as heroes...

Reclaiming Our Profession: Psychology Ten Years After 9/11

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on October 28, 2010 in Dangerous Ideas
Next September 11th will mark the end of a difficult and pivotal decade for American psychology. The path taken in the months ahead will help determine whether this period is remembered as the decade that forever tarnished the profession or, instead, as a watershed decade in which psychology firmly established its moral bearings.

How well do you spell? Find Out in Sixty Seconds

English spelling is hard and needs to be taught explicitly, but most American schools fail miserably to teach children to spell. 
Do Dogs Dream?

Do Dogs Dream?

It appears that dogs not only dream, but just like humans, they dream about the activities which they are most familiar with and things that have gone on in the previous day. 

Got real conservatism?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on October 28, 2010 in Moral Landscapes
Conservatism is about conserving, respecting tradition and moving cautiously. It's thoughtful and level-headed, a moral perspective that is actually hard to find in the USA.

Do animals have ESP, because I have questions...

By Steven Kotler on October 28, 2010 in The Playing Field
A lot of people think their pets have psychic powers—here's why I'm starting to take their stories more seriously.

For Better Sex, Learn to Forget

By Debby Herbenick Ph.D., M.P.H. on October 28, 2010 in The Pleasures of Sex
An exploration of how sex could be different if we could learn to "forget" our past and our failures and instead, open ourselves to pleasure and wonder. 

Religion and Peace Don’t Mix Too Well

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on October 28, 2010 in Homo Consumericus
Does religion promote peace or strife? See the results of a recent report prepared by the Institute for Economics & Peace.
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