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How Consumer Psychology Created the Zhu Zhu Hamster Craze

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on December 09, 2009 in The Why Behind the Buy
It may seem like crazy luck but there's a lot of deep psychology behind the funky little techno hamster that's captured the attention and dollars of American shoppers.

A New Look at the Classic Robbers Cave Experiment

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 09, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
In his famous Robbers Cave experiment, Muzafer Sherif invited two groups of boys at a summer camp to engage in a sports tournament for valued prizes. As he predicted, the tournament led to serious animosity between the two groups and ultimately to a condition resembling inter-tribal warfare. How did this happen?

Sex Sells, and so does Tiger Woods, but do we buy his apology?

By John Tauer Ph.D. on December 09, 2009 in Goal Posts
Tiger made his bed, and now he has to sleep in it. He has a unique opportunity to show kids how to handle adversity off the golf course with humility, grace, and repentance.
Pulp Nonfiction
Everybody Lies Differently
Can Cops Catch Liars?
Body Language Myths

Be Here (In Bed) Now

By Debby Herbenick Ph.D., M.P.H. on December 08, 2009 in The Pleasures of Sex
Monk, peace activist and author Thich Naht Hanh has long written that mindfulness can make for a more peaceful and contented existence. But did you know that it can make for better, more pleasurable, sex? 

Marriage and Paying Attention

By Sam Margulies on December 08, 2009 in Divorce for Grownups
Marriages don't break. They slowly erode and starve to death as distractions from kids and careers sap the vitality of the relationship because couples neglect the care and feeding of the marriage. 

We can focus amid Tiger Woods and Facebook. Not everyone can.

By Jonathan Levy on December 08, 2009 in The Interactive World
Facebook has 350 million users. Photos of Tiger's latest mistress are now online. They apparently are making another Twilight movie.  

Want to get in the Zone? It's as easy as child's play.

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on December 08, 2009 in The Power of Slow
You have heard of the ‘Zone'. It is the special place where athletes dwell when they are living their flow. It is a place of such joy that, once there, the dweller wishes to return again and again. Is it possible for anyone to experience this timeless state of true bliss? Indeed, it is. To embrace a positive relationship with time, I would even argue that inducing the Zone is essential.

Women's Need for Great BIG Pomander Balls

If you told a boy that he had to make a gift for someone he loved out of rotting fruit, hairpins, and cheesecloth, he might find the concept intriguing-think of the possibilities in terms of making a mess, after all--but when he discovered that the process involved the systematic implantation of hundreds of cloves, he would plead his case to child protective services.

Merry or Melancholy?

By Ana Nogales on December 08, 2009 in Family Secrets
The holidays can usher in an emotional tug of war-between happy childhood memories and not-so-happy adult tensions. For many, the disconnect between how the holidays felt then and how they feel now can lead to cynicism and even depression. Perhaps when you were a child, your family's festive celebrations, special meals and treats, and brightly wrapped packages made you believe in the magic of the season.

Morality Misunderstood

By Hank Davis on December 07, 2009 in Caveman Logic
We're stuck in the modern world with some mental software that was ideally suited to life in the Pleistocene age.

The Cons and Cons of Hair Testing

In medical toxicology referrals, I regularly encounter patients who are worried about an environmental overexposure because a test battery of multiple substances showed one or another elevation. Typically the test was ordered with no specific toxin in mind, but rather as part of a "shot-gun" approach to making a diagnosis - not usually a good idea, as watching any episode of House will make clear. One of the environmental tests most likely to go awry is a hair analysis for metal toxins. 

A Strategy for More Effective Planning

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 07, 2009 in Don't Delay
When we put off a task until tomorrow, we often have this naïve view about tomorrow as a "blank slate." We believe and act as if we have the whole day open to us. Usually, this is far from the truth. How can we plan our goal pursuit more realistically and effectively?

The power of positive thinking; put in perspective

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on December 07, 2009 in Making Change
Think happy thoughts is common wisdom that many people rely on for getting through feelings of depression, and painful or difficult situations. Often, people try to be happy when they're not; hoping that they will become the happy person they're impersonating.


By Sean Cort on December 07, 2009 in The Power of Perspective

Content Vs. Context

By Sean Cort on December 07, 2009 in The Power of Perspective

Sexually Promiscuous Parents Really DO Have More Sons

By Satoshi Kanazawa on December 06, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Science is a cumulative enterprise.  Each generation of scientists creates new knowledge, not from scratch all by itself, but by building on the knowledge created and accumulated by previous generations of scientists.

Can Daydreams-to-Order Unlock Your Creativity?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 06, 2009 in Creating in Flow
Natural imagery exercises unblock writers and others who feel creatively stalled. Daydreaming "to order" sounds like a useful strategy to add to the creativity cabinet...

When Therapy Becomes an Addiction

By Carla Cantor on December 06, 2009 in Small Steps
A new book by a former therapist serves as a cautionary tale.

color blind; white tiger

By Joseph Juhász on December 06, 2009 in