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The Domino Effect

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D. on February 07, 2012 in The Blame Game
The domino effect is where we approach our goals in a mindful, positive way; focusing on the process and the journey, rather than becoming outcome-oriented. In this way we always benefit and in some sense succeed from being on the path, whether or not we reach that final domino.

Great Oscar-Nominated Films with People with Disabilities

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 07, 2012 in Turning Straw Into Gold
"Coming Home" is the first movie that realistically portrays a romance between a person who is able-bodied and another who suffers from a devastating disability—realistic in that it doesn’t shy away from depicting the emotional and physical challenges they face.

Is It Your Fault If You Get, And Stay, Sick?

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on February 07, 2012 in Owning Pink
I am currently writing the hardest chapter in my book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself. Any time you write about self-healing, one painful issue comes up for any sick person: "If I can heal myself and I'm still sick, is it my fault?"

How to Change a Teenager's Life

Have you ever wondered how you could personally change an adolescent’s life, perhaps inspire a career or fuel a young person’s desire to make a difference in the world? While parents are a huge part of kid’s lives, research shows that other adults play equally significant roles.

The Downside of a Great Idea

By Jennifer Hamady on February 07, 2012 in Finding Your Voice
There is simply nothing like the rush of inspiration; the revelation of the big ‘aha' moment. It's what brings us to life. It's what keeps us going.

And it's our biggest downfall.

We're so excited to finally hold these gems in our hands that we forget that a closed fist is still a closed fist, whether or not something wonderful is inside.

Culture Affects Your Attention to Emotional Information

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 07, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
Culture has many influences on our daily behavior. Some of these effects are obvious. Other influences are less obvious, because they direct the kinds of information that we pay attention to.

Do You Wish Evolution Weren’t True?

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on February 07, 2012 in Explananda
Many people believe that an evolutionary worldview is existentially challenging, making it harder to find meaning in life and easier to justify selfishness. Do people reject evolution because they don't want it to be true? Do those who accept evolution do so reluctantly? Research in educational and cognitive psychology provides some surprising answers.

Hypo-Hypochondria, Or Is It Me?

By Eliezer Sobel on February 07, 2012 in The 99th Monkey
Comedian Richard Lewis once began a performance by saying, "I just came from spending a weekend with my family; I can't tell you how glad I am to be speaking in front of 20,000 strangers." I don't like to whine and complain about my various physical ailments to my friends and family... much.

Don't Treat Your Best Customers Like Morons and Marks

By Jonathan Fields on February 07, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
I recently cancelled an online service. It was a monthly subscription model. A solid service. It's just that my needs had changed and I no longer needed it. I might have in the future, though, and figured I'd go back to it "if and when."

What Is Science-Help?

By David DiSalvo on February 07, 2012 in Neuronarrative
Since the publication of my book, "What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite", I’ve given several interviews, and during each one I’ve been asked to elaborate on a term I used in the book’s introduction and closing chapter: “Science-help.”

Figuring Out the Answer to Who Am I?

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on February 07, 2012 in Sapient Nature
Can the mind and the intellect be used to figure out the answer to one of life's biggest questions: Who am I? I am pessimistic, for reasons I discuss in this article.

3 Things to Know About the Psychology of Playing the Markets

By Denise K. Shull M.A. on February 07, 2012 in Market Mind Games
Anyone can better at investing once they realize it is first and foremost a psychological game.

Power Connects People

By Ilan Shrira on February 07, 2012 in The Narcissus in All of Us
When you think of people who are strongly driven to acquire power, what kinds of things do you imagine they are after? Is power about having: influence over others, money, status, glory, independence, self-confidence?

Friends with Personalities

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 07, 2012 in One Among Many
With the Big 5 personality traits unleashed, no one is safe. Today we take a look at the six friends from the eponymous TV show. If the professional Big-5ers can rate pets, bedrooms, and websites, we can rate fictional characters. With inter-rater reliability being as imperfect as it is, you may feel free to disagree with our results.

Is Your Brain Undermining Your Best Interests?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 07, 2012 in Singletons
How our brains react in a given situation may very well undermine our best interests.

Nora Volkow Can't Explain Why People Don't Become Addicted

By Stanton Peele on February 07, 2012 in Addiction in Society
The latest study purporting to identify the inbred biological factors in addiction calls to mind age-old questions about the nature of science. We in America prefer neat-sounding—but useless—laboratory findings over identifying the factors that actually account for behavior.

Help! My Kid Is Being Treated Like an Outcast

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 07, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
My 7-year-old son has recently started coming home saying that he isn't wanted at school. He asks me: Why is it that he is not accepted amongst his peers? Is there something wrong with him? He is the only second grade and has been identified as gifted and talented.

Why Steve Jobs Is a Leadership Nightmare

Steven Jobs was one of the most successful entrepreneurial leaders of the last half-century. He will likely be remembered as one of business's iconic leaders. Many of my students admire him. That is the problem.

Sleep Helps Protect Your Brain

By Gary Small M.D. on February 07, 2012 in Brain Bootcamp
The good feeling from a restful sleep may be a result of anti-inflammatory effects. Chronic brain inflammation appears to contribute to cellular deterioration that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Getting a good night’s sleep has a positive impact on that inflammatory process and may explain why people who sleep well regularly often look younger and have more energy.

Bedroom as Sanctuary: The Ultimate Valentine

Five steps to creating the bedroom of your dreams, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Insider Trading: Putting the "Con" in Congress

Senate Ban on Insider Trading: Noble Intent or PR Genius?

I Don't Want My Teen Hanging Around Gay Parents

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your teen's friend's parents are gay men.

Other People Matter: From Birth to Death

By Christopher Peterson Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in The Good Life
Let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. —1 John 4:7

Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts

With Valentine's Day approaching, do you know how love works in Harry Potter's world? Read about Attachment Theory, psychology's most popular theory of love, within the world of Hogwarts.

Which Actually Makes You Happier: Home-Cooked Healthy Meals, or Indulgent Meals Out?

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrates how our expectations can conflict with the reality of what makes us happy. Figuring out the difference can help you stick with your goals and enjoy life more.