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How Wanting Love Makes Girls Bad at Math

When pursuing romantic goals, we automatically (below awareness) inhibit conflicting goals that might interfere. For women, that appears to mean choosing love over math.

What Kind of Liar Are You?

Can you get through a day without telling a lie? Are you lying now?

The Truth About Motivation: Push, Pull and Death

By Jonathan Fields on September 13, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Motivation to do anything comes in two forms: push or pull.

In Which I Reveal a Big Secret, Well, It's Big to Me

By Gretchen Rubin on September 13, 2011 in The Happiness Project
It's time to admit that I’ve been keeping a secret from my blog. Now all will be revealed! At last, it’s time to confess…not only am I working on a new book, I actually just handed in the draft to my editor!

More Circumcision Myths You May Believe: Hygiene and STDs

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 13, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
There's a lot of hype about how circumcision is better for a man's health. But it is really?

Five Psychological "Engines" that Drive Adolescent Growth

Each of the five psychological "engines" that drive adolescent growth is a source of conflict.

How Gullible Are We?

By Hugo Mercier on September 13, 2011 in Social by Design
We often think of other people as being gullible. But is this really true? Can people really be that gullible? From an evolutionary point of view, gullibility is a major handicap. Instead, people should be vigilant, carefully screening communicated information. In a series of posts, I will try to show that people are more often too vigilant rather than not enough.

Mid-life Crisis: Wisdom from Raymond Carver, Steinbeck, and More Part 3

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on September 13, 2011 in Attention Training
Affections may be real but may not lead to “real” relationships.

Private Memorials of Fear and Solace

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 13, 2011 in Am I Right?
Each time we eat we are reminded that life and death cannot be separated

The Best Anorexic

An anorexic who loses weight by restricting her food feels superior to and has a higher status than one who loses weight by purging. Anorexia sufferers often feel they are higher in status than bulimics. Starving oneself and restricting ones food implies more self-control; and a sense of control is characteristic of those with anorexia and bulimia.

Sexual Lyrics Predict Pop Music Popularity

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on September 13, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
While there are a large number of reasons why songs rise in the charts, lyrics also play an important role and one unavoidable theme in the lyrics of pop songs is reproduction.

How Much Truth Is Too Much Truth?

By Mark Banschick M.D. on September 12, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Children are often found in the middle of divorces but is it necessary to tell them EVERYTHING that is going on during your divorce?

Vows of Remembrance and Then They Forget

By Donna Flagg on September 12, 2011 in Office Diaries
Taking the day to remember and vowing to never forget. But what about the other 364 days of the year?

Strength Training Using Motor Imagery

By Alan Fogel on September 12, 2011 in Body Sense
Paying attention to your body while working out can increase cardiovascular fitness, strength and agility, and fat metabolism. A study published in August 2011 in the journal Frontiers in Movement Science and Sports Psychology adds another way in which body sense can enhance your workout: by imagining muscle contraction in place of actually doing some of the reps.

Preparing for Adversity

All of us are artists in one way or another, creatively responding to life's demands. Like any other activity or skill, though, the more we acknowledge our art and intentionally practice it, the more the practice becomes a part of us.

A Little Known Eating Disorder Is on the Rise

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on September 12, 2011 in Brain Sense
Pica is eating something that is not food.

My Big Think Interview

By Christopher Ryan on September 12, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
The first installment of my Big Think interview from a few weeks ago. This one's mostly about how relevant chimps and bonobos may be to human sexual evolution.

Voraciously Yours...

By Debbie Stier on September 12, 2011 in The Perfect Score Project
I'm a glutton when it comes to books. I finish most within a day or two. I read in gigantic eye gulps.

Spirituality: Its Impact on Breast Cancer Patients

Studies show that spirituality does have a positive impact on the adjustment and wellbeing of breast cancer patients and breast cancer survivors.

Balancing Your Fat Intake Controls Depression

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on September 12, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
Your diet can greatly influence how you feel. Getting an optimal balance of both ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acids can determine whether you're depressed or not and even influence the size of certain brain regions.

Turning a Boss from Hell into a Terrific Read

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 12, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Life is short. Art is supposed to last longer. But sometimes what's really long is the journey to publication for a fine and quirky novel.

Eat Your Guts Out: Why Envy Hurts and Why It's Good for Your Brain

By R. Douglas Fields on September 12, 2011 in The New Brain
If envy is so bad, why does it persist in human behavior?