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The Psychology of Psychopharmacology

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 18, 2008 in Evil Deeds
How psychopharmacology and its implicit psychology is understood and employed in psychotherapy is key: Is medication used merely to deaden metaphorical demons? Or to support confronting and coming to terms with them?

Why Do Boys and Girls Prefer Different Toys?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on April 17, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Throughout the world, boys and girls prefer to play with different types of toys.

Intransitive Preference Structures: The Procrastination Trap

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 17, 2008 in Don't Delay
Moment-to-moment rational decisions can lead to and sustain procrastination (and many other problems like addiction). 

Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Basketball's Placebo Effect

By Steven Kotler on April 17, 2008 in The Playing Field
Could an ounce of placebo be worth a pound of cure?

I'll Look After My Health Later: The Costs of Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 16, 2008 in Don't Delay
Every procrastinator knows the stress associated with that needless delay. 

Procrastination: A Strategy for Change

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 15, 2008 in Don't Delay
A recently published study reveals that stating an implementation intention of when and where you'll act will make it more likely that you'll keep your appointments.

Hating the One You Love—"I Hate You, but I Love You"

Many testimonies, as well as fictional works, describe situations in which people find themselves hating the person they love. This might initially appear to be contradiction, for how can one love and hate the same person at the same time? A discussion of this problem requires making a distinction between logical consistency and psychological compatibility. Hating the one you love may be a consistent experience, but it raises difficulties concerning its psychological compatibility.

Structured Procrastination: When All Else Fails

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 10, 2008 in Don't Delay
This is the essence of his concept, structured procrastination.

Mindfulness Meditation: Thoughts on Paying Attention

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 09, 2008 in Don't Delay
 Procrastination is a problem of self-regulation. 

The (Modest) Future of Psychopharmacology

By Peter D Kramer on April 08, 2008 in In Practice
Today, the New York Times “Freakonomics” blog is running a “quorum” on our knowledge of the mind.

How Neuroscience Can Help You Get Smarter

By Joseph Dumit Ph.D. on April 08, 2008 in Promiscuous Facts
Your motivation and intelligence may depend on how you think your brain works. Studies of mindsets suggest that children who think intelligence is fixed give up easier. Choose your neuroscience to change your life.

Existentialism and Procrastination (Part 2): Bad Faith

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 07, 2008 in Don't Delay
"I'll feel more like doing it tomorrow." Self-deception.

Psychology of Sport - Will playing sports get our kids into college?

By Richard D Ginsburg Ph.D. on April 06, 2008 in Psychology of Sport
What if playing sports had absolutely no influence on college acceptance? What if playing for THE elite travel team meant only that our children were playing more games at a higher level with no free time for weekend relaxation? Would playing youth sports hold the same importance it does in present day culture?

Open letter to Nora Volkow

By Stanton Peele on April 06, 2008 in Addiction in Society
We can never, ever reduce addiction and alcoholism to biology.

The Anguish of Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 05, 2008 in Don't Delay
What is life really all about? Perhaps the more accurate way to phrase this as a question is "What is your life really all about and why don't you get on with it?" Does this mean procrastination is an existential issue?

Does My Partner Belong to Me? The Justification for Jealousy

Despite various challenges to the requirement for exclusivity in love, this constraint does have a basis, as it expresses a genuine psychological concern. Married people who are having an extramarital affair may still feel intense jealousy if they suspect their lovers of having an additional affair. The bad news for our future is that jealousy will be part of romantic relationships for a long time; the good news is that people will gradually give less weight to it.

Facebook—a Whole New World of Wasting Time

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 03, 2008 in Don't Delay
  We've truly reached a new level of technological time wasting, and it's called Facebook. Talk about a study in procrastination!

How Ideology Colors Morality

Do you think members of the opposition party are a bunch or idiots? Or worse, might they bad people deliberately trying to achieve reprehensible ends? The real problem is that liberals and conservatives have different basic values, and political debates are just cross talk.

An Upper Class Morality Play

By Steven Kotler on March 31, 2008 in The Playing Field
How baseball inverts traditional morality.

All men are Beavis and Butt-head

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 30, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
You may think that Beavis and Butt-head are buffoonish cartoon characters, and real men and boys don’t behave like them. Well, you’d be wrong, and I have a Federal class-action lawsuit to prove it.

The Walkaway Wife Syndrome

Why are women leaving their marriages in droves?

Being and Nothingness

By Jay Dixit on March 28, 2008 in Brainstorm
There are two kinds of vacations: the kind where you’re trying to actually do something—explore a foreign country, see the sights, climb the mountain, learn to scuba dive/ski/blow glass, and the kind where you do nothing at all—you lie out on a beach, read the paper by the pool, or simply slowly decompose in front of the TV. In the movie Office Space, when asked what he would do if he had a million dollars, the antihero replies, “Nothing. I would relax, I would sit on my ass all day… I would do nothing.”

Procrastination: It's Not Me, it's the Situation!

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 28, 2008 in Don't Delay
Psychologists call this task aversiveness. So, what makes a task aversive?