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Underestimating How Moral We Are

What role do emotions play in moral decision-making?

Lions, Tigers, and Overbearing Mothers, Oh My!

By Jen Kim on January 24, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
A 20-something perspective on growing up with an Americanized Tiger Mother.  

Why Optimists and Worriers See Their Worlds So Differently

Do you spend your life pursuing accomplishments and accolades, reaching for the stars? Or are you busy fulfilling your duties and responsibilities - being the person everyone can count on? In most situations, do you think you are focused more on what you have to gain, or what you have to lose?

Baby Boomers and technology

By Ray Williams on January 24, 2011 in Wired for Success
 Are Baby Boomers reticent to engage in technological innovation? The media and movies seen to depict that Boomers are the current version of Luddites, deferring to Gen Y for technological know-how and use. That may not be true. 

Existentialism 2.0

By Michael Bruce on January 24, 2011 in Angst!
Yet, have we endured the kind of circumstances that will produce a new kind of existentialism? What will be the great philosophical work that articulates our current zeitgeist? What mood will best describe us?
Office Talk
Before You Hit Send
Love with a Loudmouth

Media and Autism: Two Autism Favorites Win at the Golden Globes

By Lynne Soraya on January 23, 2011 in Asperger's Diary
Regular readers here will know that I'm a huge fan of both Temple Grandin, and The Big Bang Theory. Given that, I was glad to see both Claire Danes and Jim Parsons (as Sheldon Cooper) won Golden Globes in their respective categories.

Year, Interrupted: Guest Post by Psyngle, Part 1

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 23, 2011 in Living Single
What happens when you are a fully autonomous single person, then become totally incapacitated by a major trauma? This is Part 1 of Psyngle's riveting story of a single life that was stopped in its tracks and then courageously reclaimed.

Can Bad People Be Happy?

Dan Gilbert thinks philosophers have distracted us from paying attention to what really counts as happiness. Is he right?

60 Is The New 8

By Eliezer Sobel on January 23, 2011 in The 99th Monkey
I'm already upset, in advance, that the local movie theaters in Richmond, Virginia will grant me the Senior Citizen rate in just 1 1/2 years, when I turn 60. For I have been the "Eternal Puer"- married late (47), have no kids, and few responsibilities except to be pretty and occasionally water the plants. 

Women Are More Beautiful Than Men

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 23, 2011 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
If beautiful people have more daughters, and if physical attractiveness is heritable, then it follows that, over time, women become physically more attractive than men. This indeed appears to be the case.

Relationship Repetition Syndrome & Your Relationship Pattern

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on January 23, 2011 in Insight Is 20/20
Identifying what you do to add to your problems is the key to changing.

A Sexual Indulgence?

By Pamela Madsen on January 23, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Is having a children an indulgence? How about eating healthy food or creating time to exercise? I don't think so....nor do I think that having a healthy, explored and delicious sexuality is an indulgence either. In fact I think that all of these things can be essential to living a full life.

Shocking Anniversary

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on January 23, 2011 in The New Brain
Shock treatment--a story of discovery, radical thinking, and ethics

Escaping the Exercise Comfort Zone

By Martina M. Cartwright Ph.D., R.D. on January 22, 2011 in Food For Thought

Detox Your Brain

By Moses Ma on January 22, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
Sometimes, the best way to get out of a rut is by doing a deep brain detox to recharge your innovation battery.
The Perils of Colorblindness
Learning to Love Failure
Get Over It!

The "When" Factor, Part II

By Julian Seifter M.D. on January 22, 2011 in After the Diagnosis

When Did Reagan's First Signs of Alzheimer's Appear?

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on January 21, 2011 in Side Effects
When exactly did President Reagan begin suffering from Alzheimer's? One of his sons thinks it was toward the end of his presidential term.

A Prosopagnosia Love Story

Meet the perfect person, add prosopagnosia, and stir.

Following the Crowd

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 21, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Is It Ever the Smart Thing To Do? It's pretty clear that many of those investors caught by the crash of the credit bubble in 2008 were following the crowd.  But what about the short sellers.... 

My Mother’s Dream

When you dream about missing the plane, are you wondering if you've missed the boat?

Bridges to Sexual Desire

By Barry W McCarthy Ph.D. on January 21, 2011 in What's Your Sexual Style?

Priming National Identity: Small Things Can Have a Big Impact

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 21, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
For a little while after the tragic shooting of 19 people in Tucson in early January including Rep. Gabriele Giffords there was increased sense of national unity. In this context, I was reminded of a 2007 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Myths of Aging

By Simon Tan Psy.D., A.B.P.P on January 20, 2011 in Wise Up