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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.

"Xanax Is My Favorite Palindrome"

By Steven Roy Daviss MD, DFAPA on September 25, 2011 in Shrink Rap Today
Dinah described a New York Times piece last week about a Kentucky clinic that has been so overwhelmed by patients requesting and abusing this very addictive anxiety medication that they have banned it from their practice.

Suffering from “Decision Fatigue”

By Debbie Stier on September 25, 2011 in The Perfect Score Project
I usually take it as a sign of something important when more than 3 people send me the same article -- so I did what I do with all the other important articles (i.e. print it out and carry it around the house with me for a month).

Online Course Explores the Teenage Brain

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on September 25, 2011 in Brain Sense
This fall, Barbara Strauch, health and medicine editor for The New York Times, will teach an online course entitled "Exploring the Teenage Brain."

Circumcision Ethics and Economics

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 25, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Infant circumcision is an ethical issue that has lifelong effects on the child and societal costs.

Will Meg be Magic for HP?

Will Whitman's Emotional Intelligence enable HP's success?

Friends Who Squelch Your Dreams

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on September 25, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
I am a 34-year-old man who had a dream. It sounds silly but it was to make a film.
When I told my friends about this (which was in March) they were extremely supportive of the idea, which I found surprising but then...

He Just Won't Commit

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on September 25, 2011 in Love Doc
"Why can't we see each other on Friday evenings?" Aimee asked.

A look of annoyance crossed Gene's face as he said "That's my night with the guys. I've told you that over and over."

"OK, OK, I get it." Tears welled up in her eyes.

Utilitarians Aren't Psychopaths—Are They?

A recent study in the journal Cognition (and reported in The Economist) claims that people who make utilitarian decisions (in the interest of maximizing total well-being) also have psychopathic tendencies. Oh, so much to talk about here...

Teen Suicide Isn’t Just an Individual Problem

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 25, 2011 in Nurturing Resilience
With the stress of the new school year, teen suicide is a real threat. But preventing teen suicide has more to do with social factors and the attitudes held by others than individual problems alone.

The Urge to Be Heard at Your Core

Babies cry as if their lives depend on it because in the state of nature it does. The brain builds on each experience, so our early vulnerability is at the core of who we are.

Self-Control and Fatty-Food Consumption

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 24, 2011 in Don't Delay
We have an evolved preference for fatty foods, but in today's world we need to resist these consumption urges. A new study reveals the role of executive function in this self-restraint.

Sexual Satisfaction: A Teachable Skill

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on September 24, 2011 in Stress and Sex
Teaching your partner to satisfy you is similar to teaching a teenager to drive. Teaching both skills requires giving clear and direct verbal instructions, as well as providing demonstrations.

"We, the Jury..."

By E E Smith on September 24, 2011 in Not Born Yesterday
When our children are young, we try to instill a sense of sportsmanship by telling them that "it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game." Sadly, when they grow up they may find out differently.

Hard-Wired for Perception -- of Whom? The Cross-Species Dialogue

By Pat Shipman Ph.D. on September 24, 2011 in The Animal Connection
Did dogs domesticate US or did we domesticate THEM?

Returning to Meat

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on September 24, 2011 in Animals and Us
Two out of three vegetarians eventually resume eating meat. The reason my ex-vegetarian nephew, a New York City fireman, reverted back to meat was unique. Here is his story---and the reason I could not tell it in my book.

This Year -- Your Fall Fix

By John Sharp M.D. on September 24, 2011 in The Emotional Calendar
Everybody knows their fall story. A big lesson from The Emotional Calendar: we can make strategic changes in seasonal outlook and adjust/regulate our involvement to lead a happier, more fulfilled, and in control life. When turning clocks back an hour, keep in mind that we are moving forward. Here’s how to better align the fall season this year what we want and need.