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Is Technology Ruining Romance?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in The First Impression
What would Keats have written to his beloved in this modern age?

A Penny for Your Thoughts: Investigating Pristine Experience

“Pristine inner experiences” are thoughts, feelings, sensations, tickles, seeings, hearings, and so on, anything that appears directly before the footlights of consciousness. Our research has shown that pristine experience is fascinating, but that its characteristics are relatively unknown both by the experiencer herself and psychological science.

On Pudding—Bread, Rice, or Porpoise?

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Is there a lowest common denominator, a non-negotiable, a sine qua non when it comes to puddings—a Platonic ideal of puddinghood?


Steven E. Landsburg, political economic maverick extraordinaire, and supposed advocate of free enterprise, has written a paper on theft and externalities entitled "Property Is Theft: When protecting your own property is stealing from others."

5 Gadgets that Can Save Your Marriage

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
How often do you argue with your spouse about driving, the television being too loud, their snoring, the toilet seat being left up, or needing to remind them repeatedly about social engagements? Technology to the rescue!

Making the Invisible Visible: The Berkeley Campus Republicans' Bake Sale

An inflammatory bake sale at Cal "is really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions." The stunt rests on the assumption that, in our day and age, race doesn't matter. Unfortunately, in our day and age, this assumption continues to be flat-out wrong.

Clearing Clutter? Think About Appearances, Too

By Gretchen Rubin on September 26, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: Outer order contributes to inner calm. For many people (including me), in fact, this seems disproportionately true. It's not such a big deal to have a messy coat closet or a crowded desk; yet I get a surprising rush of happiness and relief when I clear clutter.

Letter Writing to Your School Bully

By Leeja Carter on September 26, 2011 in The Inner Athlete
If given the chance to express those feelings associated with being a victim of bullying would you? Such questions were addressed in the book, Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories by Megan Hall and Carrie Jones.

Are Single-Sex Schools Actually DANGEROUS?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Sax on Sex
Why did SCIENCE publish an article which isn't science, and isn't even true?

An Epidemic: Absence of Response Ability

By Marietta McCarty on September 26, 2011 in Life Saving Philosophy
We are part of the world and there are dues to be paid for membership. Response Ability helps us rise to the stature of our full humanity. Now is the time to unwrap ourselves from self-absorption.

Birth Order in the Workplace

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on September 26, 2011 in Digital Leaders
Research shows that birth order has a lot of influence on how we behave in the workplace. Whether we like it or not, we unconsciously create a family environment at work. Sometimes it resembles our personal family dynamic and sometimes it resembles the ideal family dynamic we never had.

Ten Practices of Effective Discipline with Your Adolescent

The purpose of parental discipline is to help the adolescent learn self-discipline.

Lost Love: The Second Generation

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
Suppose high school sweethearts separate, then marry other people and have children ... and suppose one has a son and the other a daughter, about the same age...
Can the grown children ever fulfill the love that their parents lost so many years before?

How Can We Make Better Decisions?

By Ray Williams on September 25, 2011 in Wired for Success
Recent research on the process of decision-making has brought to light surprising conclusions that contradict conventional wisdom.

Why Would a Child Suddenly Need for Everything to Be "Just Right"?

By Katherine Yost Ph.D., LMFT on September 25, 2011 in The Anxiety Zone
Ever feel like you are being taken over by alien forces? Many people who have anxiety disorders feel like they (or their bodies) are being unwillingly transported to a kind of Twilight Zone where they lose control and the familiar becomes a frightening caricature of past reality.

One Event, Two Stories

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on September 25, 2011 in Happiness in this World
I recently had a patient of mine undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder due to acute cholecystitis. He'd been out to dinner with some friends and had started to feel nauseated, then developed some right upper quadrant abdominal pain that necessitated him ending the evening early.

Watching Chaz Bono Dance with Lacey Is not Harmful to Children

Even Keith Ablow watchers are entitled to accurate scientific knowledge rather than opinions, scare tactics and inflammatory language. They just have to look elsewhere to get it.

Changing Your Brain By Changing Your Mind

A new study show that even brief meditation can increase activation in brain centers associated with joy, compassion, and love

Are You Meeting Your Laugh Quota? Why You Should Laugh Like a 5-Year-Old

By Pamela Gerloff on September 25, 2011 in The Possibility Paradigm
I suppose it could be an urban legend that 4 to 6-year-olds laugh 300 times a day. No matter, really. The point is that children laugh way more than adults do. And that ought to tell us something.