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Casey Anthony Is Normal, That's the Problem

By Jennifer L. Tanner Ph.D. on June 17, 2011 in Becoming Adult

Parent Twins as Individuals

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on June 17, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Not treating twins as individuals can lead to future "I Hate You" stories.

Women’s Voice Pitch Changes Depending on Their Attraction To a Man

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on June 17, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
Gentlemen: Beware of a woman’s voice pitch. It speaks to whether she finds you attractive or not.

The 3 Biggest Myths About Motivation That Won’t Go Away

People can be remarkably wrong about why they, and everyone else, do the things that they do. And some of those people turn out to be motivational speakers and authors.

The Scientific Atheism Fallacy: How Science Declares that God Is Dead, But Can't Prove It

By Nicholas Kardaras Ph.D. on June 17, 2011 in How Plato Can Save Your Life
A scientist has to be an atheist; that seems to be the pervading popular wisdom these days. Yahoos, snake handlers and Bible freaks are "true believers," but sober men and women of science can't possibly believe in such fairy tales.

Books: Women, Their Names, and the Stories They Tell

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on June 17, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
In writing about their names, women reveal what is most important about their sense of identity. They offer us new ways of thinking about the self--new psychological and spiritual insights drawn from ancient traditions, different religions, cultures, races, and age groups.
Sabbaticals for Singles?

Sabbaticals for Singles?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 17, 2011 in Living Single
An employment lawyer makes the case that if parents are offered maternity/paternity leave, then singles with no children should be able to take a leave to pursue goals meaningful to them.

In Praise of Esther Thelen

By Anne Fausto-Sterling on June 16, 2011 in Sexing the Body
If there were a Pantheon of developmental psychologists, scientists who changed the way we study and understand human development, Esther Thelen (1941-2004) would take her her place there, alongside the likes of Harry F. Harlow, Mary Ainsworth, John Bowlby, Leta Stetter Hollingworth and many others.

Develop Your Kids Into Leaders: What to Do and When

Psychologists Susan Murphy and Stefanie Johnson in their recently-published review of the "early seeds of leadership," suggest leadership tasks and skills that can be developed as early as 2 years of age.

Here is what they suggest parents should work on developing at particular ages.

10 Widespread Myths About Happiness: Do You Believe Any of These?

By Gretchen Rubin on June 16, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I'm leaving my desk for a few days, so in my absence, thought I'd re-post one of my favorite round-up pieces, about ten widespread myths about happiness.

Concierge Medicine Buys Special Care for Those Who Can Afford It

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 16, 2011 in Am I Right?
Should concierge medical care be banned because it threatens Medicare and Medicaid?
The search for sexual sanity continues

The search for sexual sanity continues

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on June 16, 2011 in SexualityToday
Now that Congressman Weiner is reported to be seeking professional help, one question seems to be on many people's minds: Help for what, exactly?

What are the Effects of Bilingualism?

Studies examining the effects of bilingualism tended to produce rather categorical findings in the last century. Today, it would appear that when differences are found between monolinguals and bilinguals, they are specific to a particular task and are rather subtle.

The Angst of Separation

By Lauren Grunebaum L.C.S.W. on June 15, 2011 in Starving at the Banquet
When I was eleven, I expressed my separation anxiety by running away from camp. At
seventeen, I expressed it through my anorexia. The two were variations on the same theme.

Smoking Influences How Your Brain Experiences Food

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on June 15, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
Scientists have discovered some interesting risks and benefits of combining smoking with the consumption of certain foods.

What Is Sexual Personality?

By David P Schmitt Ph.D. on June 15, 2011 in Sexual Personalities
In this inaugural Sexual Personalities post, I define "sexual personality" and spell out three orienting principles that guide my approach to sexual diversity.

Saying Goodbye

By Jennifer Baumgartner Psy.D. on June 15, 2011 in The Psychology of Dress
I had less than a month to sift through my stuff, leaving the extraneous and taking the necessary. The history, nostalgia, and memories attached to my buried treasures were brought up like silt in churning water.