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Neel Burton

TED Talk: Can Depression be Good for You?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 10, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Criticisms of the concept of depression as a mental disorder.

Of sheep and peacocks: How advertisers get in your wallet

Among the many tricks advertisers employ to persuade consumers to part with their money, two are particularly common. You'll recognize them.

What Pubic Hair (& Its Removal) Has to do with Better Sex

By Debby Herbenick Ph.D., M.P.H. on March 10, 2012 in The Pleasures of Sex
A man's quest to get his girlfriend to shave her pubic hair leads to bigger questions about the intersections of pubic hair, how people feel about their genitals, pleasurable sex, and communication.

Self-Deception I: Rationalization

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 10, 2012 in Hide and Seek
In this series of blog posts I shall be examining some of the most important methods of self-deception, starting today with the ego defence of rationalization.

Steps Anyone Can Take to Help Stop Interpersonal Violence

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on March 09, 2012 in Science Isn't Golden
Women's History Month is a good time to look at the still painful, complicated problem of what used to be called "wife battering" and is now called the genderless "domestic violence" (DV). Although some people have claimed that there is no sex difference in the perpetrating of domestic violence, women are less likely to initiate such violence and more likely to be injured.

Why Is Mad Men's Betty Draper Frances Such a Cold Mother?

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on March 09, 2012 in Apologies To Freud
Betty appears to be a cold and neglectful mother—especially by the standards of today's hyper-involved parents.

Eventual Moms-To-Be: Heads Up!

By Connie Shapiro PhD on March 09, 2012 in When You're Not Expecting
We don't know the full story behind the fertility of high profile Hollywood moms. Few of them have shared the private details of their efforts to conceive: hormone treatments, in vitro fertilization, donor eggs or donor embryos. Learn more about how you can begin important conversations with your ob-gyn about your own fertility—even in your 20s!

Unemployed and Stressed Out

By John L. Manni Ed.D. on March 09, 2012 in Jobless, Not Joyless
Ignoring the stress you may be experiencing is not in your best interest and won't necessarily get you another job faster.

Telling the Truth, Repeating a Lie

By Diogo Gonçalves on March 09, 2012 in There Are Free Lunches
Believing in a self-interested model of humanity can be partial and incomplete, but even more disturbing it can also bring to surface the worst in us, contributing to a more selfish social environment.

The Most Ordinary Moments Are the Ones that Are the Most Transcendent

By Gretchen Rubin on March 09, 2012 in The Happiness Project
That's perspective. That's the dividend of experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Sleep On It

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 09, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
An age-old formula for dissolving an impasse is to sleep on it. This also works for inspiring new ideas. But taking preparatory steps before going to bed can maximize sleep for its full creative potential.

A Definitive fMRI Test for Narcissism

By Garth Sundem on March 09, 2012 in Brain Trust

Watch Me Yammering on The Point

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on March 09, 2012 in Sex at Dawn
My recent appearance on The Point, discussing current events (including slut shaming in politics).

Addicted to Facebook? Take the Quiz and Find Out

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on March 08, 2012 in Because I'm the Mom
A new study says social media like Facebook and Twitter are more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol.

A Conspiracy of One

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 08, 2012 in One Among Many
Monotheistic belief serves as an archetypal mindset from which others are derived and with which they are compared. Conspiracy theories are a case in point. If we turn this around, will we get an echo of Eco?

Why Exercise is a Life Skill

By Leslie Sokol Ph.D. on March 08, 2012 in Think Confident, Be Confident

What Makes a Face Beautiful?

By Martina M. Cartwright Ph.D., R.D. on March 08, 2012 in Food For Thought

Words as Living Organisms

By Susan L. Smalley Ph.D. on March 08, 2012 in Look Around and Look Within

If Your Mind Made You Believe It, Is It True?

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on March 08, 2012 in Explananda
If properties of the human mind make people particularly inclined to reject evolution in favor of creationism, should we be more skeptical of creationist beliefs? More generally, does providing a psychological explanation for why someone holds a particular belief tell us anything about the truth of that belief? Read more for a glimpse into this complex set of issues.

Recognizing a Remarkable Leader

By Karol Wasylyshyn Psy.D. on March 08, 2012 in Behind the Executive Door
A decade later, Widener's exemplary community engagement effort has helped distinguished it nationally as a vibrant metropolitan university.

Childfree Men: Misunderstood and Often Maligned!

Childfree men fly under the radar screen more often than do women who don't have kids. In our culture, the role of father is not deemed essential in the life of a man. But men who do not become dads are still viewed with suspicion, and they often get a bad rap!

Peyton Manning: Healing the Heart—Moving On

By Peter J. Rappa M.D. on March 08, 2012 in Healing Inside Out
Peyton Manning separated from the Indianapolis Colts today with a heartfelt goodbye that resonated with high quality energy freeing him up to move ahead.

Nobel Economist Says "Identity" Can Make Your Spouse Do More Housework

By Garth Sundem on March 08, 2012 in Brain Trust
Assuming spouses have equal bargaining power, they should settle on equal "personal utilities." So why do relationships in which the wife works more reach equal personal utilities when she also does most of the housework?

It's Tough to Let Go of Childhood Friends

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on March 08, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
I'm 26 years old and have known my best friend since kindergarten. She's always been hot and cold—one day we're friends, the next day we aren't. Last year she was going through a tough time. She accused me of not being there for her.
A New Slant on Vulnerability: Courage Not Conformity

A New Slant on Vulnerability: Courage Not Conformity

Vulnerability means having the courage to live and cope with life, all the while maintaining the full potential of being human.