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Seeing and Hearing Song Lyrics

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 13, 2010 in Ulterior Motives
When I was in high school, I spent the summer of 1983 fixing video games. I had some background in electronics, so a guy who owned video arcades around my home town hired me to sit in a workshop and repair broken games. That whole summer, my closest companion was a little radio in the shop, which played the songs of the summer repeatedly.
Cultivating Resilience
Doomsday Do's and Dont's
Manning the Front Lines of Disaster

The Psychology of Penalty Kicks

By Matthew Hutson on July 12, 2010 in Psyched!
Yesterday's World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands nearly ended in a penalty shootout. If it had, the kickers and keepers would have done well to know about these bits of psychological research on penalty kicks.

O.J. Gibson: Mel and the Rage Instinct

By Nando Pelusi Ph.D. on July 12, 2010 in Locus of Control
Is Mel on his way to slowly motoring a white Ford Bronco?  

Friend Poaching: It's Complicated

Dear Irene,I'm 45 and feel like a 7th grader with a mutual friend situation. I have been good friends with two neighbors for over 10 years. I introduced them last year and they hit it off great. However, lately, they invite me to some parties but sometimes make plans and do not include me.
Are You Really a Procrastinator?
End Procrastination Now!
A Matter of Discomfort Intolerance
Why You Put Things Off

Why Don’t Teenage Girls Swoon for Middle-Aged Billionaires?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on July 11, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Here’s another question that poses a puzzle only for evolutionary psychologists, not for anyone else. Why do pubescent teenage girls swoon for teen heartthrobs like Justin Bieber and Taylor Lautner, but not for middle-aged billionaires like Bill Gates and Richard Branson?

Mirror Image People--Are Lefties Different?

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on July 11, 2010 in The New Brain
Does it matter which side of your brain does what?

What Is Bisexuality?

Skepticism about the existence of people attracted to both men and women has come from heterosexuals as well as gays and lesbians. Even within the scientific community there has been debate about the existence and meaning of bisexuality.

How to Get a Job During Tough Economic Times

By Ray Williams on July 11, 2010 in Wired for Success
The whole process of recruitment and job hunting has changed because the nature of the economy. It is now a world of impermanence.

Paying Attention

By Alison Bonds Shapiro M.B.A. on July 11, 2010 in Healing Into Possibility
Attention is the key to so many things related to our lives. We have to pay attention to walk across the street. We know our relationships are more satisfying if we actually pay attention to one another. Our business affairs require our attention. All of this seems somehow self evident. We know that attention is important, but we may not know that attention has direct b
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Is Divorce Contagious?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 11, 2010 in Living Single
I don't think very many couples take divorce lightly. When they see their friends divorce, they don't just shrug and decide to do the same thing themselves. Maybe what's contagious isn't just divorce but reflection and contemplation.
Why Daydreaming Matters
Our Own Psychic Cinema
Save that Dream!!!
Night School

Her friend's done a 180: Can their friendship survive?

I've had the same best friend for more than 20 years. We were so close that we even have matching tattoos. We don't live near each other, but have maintained contact and been through school, marriage, kids, etc together. She's been a huge part of my life.  

The CEO Salary

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on July 09, 2010 in Hidden Motives
Do They Need to be Exorbitant?Time was when CEO salaries were far less than the 300 times entry-level workers they are now, and actually CEOs seemed OK with that. But then several things happened. 

Power of Place / Power of Art

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on July 09, 2010 in Sensoria
Overnight in a remote rustic cabin. No phone. No television. No radio. No computer. Why, you might ask?

The power of words: the disorder of "disorder"

Why the concept of psychiatric "disorder" is meaningless.  Let's be honest about what is disease, and what is not.

The Procrastinator's Digest: My New Book Is Now Available

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 09, 2010 in Don't Delay
This post has been updated as this book is no longer in print. The summary is relevant to its new edition as Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

6 Other Reasons to Meditate

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on July 08, 2010 in Minding the Body
Why meditate? Outside of religious contexts, the most common reason is stress management. But as these latest research findings demonstrate, meditation is much more than just a relaxation technique. 

Parenting/Popular Culture: Where Have All Our Heroes Gone?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on July 08, 2010 in The Power of Prime
When I was growing up, my world was filled with heroes. There were John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Carl Yastrzemski. These icons represented everything good about America: strong, principled, humble, and decent. They led exemplary lives, worked hard, and cared about the world in which they lived.

'Glee', despite 19 Emmy nominations, must stop bashing special ed kids

By Robbie Woliver on July 08, 2010 in Alphabet Kids
Glee is certainly worthy of its 19 Emmy nominations, but why must it have this constant need to make fun of its most vulnerable audience members, devoted young fans who just happen to be in special ed programs.

The Art of Hugging

When The Amygdala Is Befuddled

Kidnapped or Saved? How Some Orphans Really Feel When They're Adopted.

By Catherine Olian on July 07, 2010 in Bases Loaded
Not all newly adopted children feel grateful when they are whisked from impoverished orphanages overseas and find themselves surrounded by American affluence. Many are terrified, and some have even been told they've been adopted to be killed for their organs.

Wonder Woman as Émigré

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on July 07, 2010 in The Superheroes
The classic origin story of Wonder Woman is the tale of a young woman desperate to emigrate to a new land--filled with men and different customs.

The Meaning of Life, According to Twilight, Is Love, Only Love

Some feminist writers have taken issue with Twilight. They want works of fiction to reflect the full richness of women's interests and abilities to contribute to society, rather than reinforcing traditional gendered representations of young women finding personal fulfillment exclusively in a romantic relationship. Meyer has responded that feminism is primarily about validating and respecting the full range of women's choices, including so-called traditional ones. This discussion is worth having. Deciding who is right and wrong? Not so much!
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ADHD & School: Assessing Normalcy in an Abnormal Environment

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on July 07, 2010 in Freedom to Learn
One out of every eight school-aged boys in the United States has a diagnosis of ADHD. If just teachers' ratings were used for the diagnoses, that proportion would be one out of every four! How can that be? The answer to that question is not unlike the answer to this question: Why do so many monkeys in cages look so abnormal?