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Faith, Science, God, and College

By George Davis on March 03, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
On campus, religion and science may want to marry but their backgrounds are so different that neither will admit to the love affair.

Are We All Walking Time Bombs?

By Steve Sisgold on March 03, 2012 in Life in a Body
When we get filled up with too much emotion we need to find safe ways to clear it out...

Grief and the Use of Photographs

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on March 03, 2012 in Am I Right?
When past and present are accepted as one piece, you are ready to welcome tomorrow.

Is Facebook Good Or Bad For Your Self-Esteem?

By Ray Williams on March 02, 2012 in Wired for Success
Does Facebook enhance your self-esteem or does the popular method of connecting with people and "making friends," actually detract from a strong sense of self? There appears to be conflicting perceptions and evidence regarding this question.

Alcoholic Beverages at Work: Nice Perk or Dangerous Idea?

A Superbowl ad for Bud Light Platinum shows mostly thirty-something men and women drinking in what is clearly an office environment. The message is unmistakable: you can mix business with pleasure, and why wait until you leave work to have that first drink?

Top Pacific Heart Stories of 2011-2012

The top entries of the first year of The Pacific Heart. Sex, relationships, murder, and happiness top the list. Plus my own favorite entries, from Jeremy Lin to Amy Chua to 9/11.

Flies On Booze and Apes On Apps

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 02, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Flies drink alcohol to ward off parasites and live longer than teetotallers, and captive orangutans use iPads to enrich their lives. They may even communicate with others over long distances using FaceTime or Skype.

Until Now... Two Powerful Words You Can Use to Turn Self-Defeating Thoughts Around

Repetitive, doom-laden thoughts are common to depressed minds. Such thoughts are both a feature of depressed, out-of-balance neurochemistry and of the way that memory is networked.

Real Women Take Center Stage as Hollywood Finally Gets It!

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on March 02, 2012 in Face It
Meryl Streep, at age 62, not only made it to the February cover of Vogue magazine, but soon after was celebrated at the Academy Awards for her starring role in the "Iron Lady." It is a wonderful thing seeing her admired for her growing talent, beauty and grace. And she was not alone this year at the Oscars. Did anyone notice the other dozen or so middle aged nominees?

Embarrassing Moments In Relationships

Have you ever been at a party and had your partner make a joke so embarrassing, either so mean-spiritedness or so self-defeating, that you just wanted to melt away?

Just Desert

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 01, 2012 in One Among Many
Setting aside for a minute your revulsion at military desertion, try to think about it rationally.

What Exactly is Cellulite? "Cottage Cheese" Thighs

What exactly is gynoid lipodystrophy, or cellulite? How common is it and are there ways to prevent it?

#RIP Twitter Celebrity Death Hoaxes

Twitter has been teeming with celebrity death hoaxes. Twitter has many benefits—a lifeline during crises or an open platform for sharing ideas—but it also makes it easy to pass along fiction as fact. Parents of tweens and teens can use this as a teaching moment to talk about how easily false information can spread.

Healing Through the Arts

By Peter J. Rappa M.D. on March 01, 2012 in Healing Inside Out

How Should Prayer Be Studied?

By Candy Gunther Brown Ph.D. on March 01, 2012 in Testing Prayer
A lot of studies on intercessory prayer have been published in recent years. This research has returned mixed results. Some studies conclude that prayer improves health, while others show no effect—or suggest that prayer may lead to worsening health.

5 Tips to Improve Your Scientific Writing

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on March 01, 2012 in The Shrink Tank
To be a productive scientist and scholar, you need to write well. A few simple to remember tips can help you improve the clarity and impact of your scientific writing.

A New Solution to Education

The solution to education might be found in the relationship between teachers and students.

A Surprising Journey

I received an anonymous comment on my domino theory blog. The writer provided positive feedback regarding the theory and made some suggestions. I responded; indicating that they must have taken a peak at my next few articles because I was going to write about the two topics that were the focus of their remarks. The response that I received took me by complete surprise.

Q&A With Author Pam Houston

By Jennifer Haupt on March 01, 2012 in One True Thing
"This book began when I took my own advice to my students: when you get stuck just jot down things that have happened out in the world lately that glimmered at you."