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Abuse of the Nuremberg Principle

A dangerous free-rider problem is created when resistance to authority is glorified. Any time you find it convenient to break the law, you can call yourself a courageous ethicist who’s resisting an unjust authority.

Don't Touch My Junk: Media and The Cliché Epidemic

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in The Media Zone
Seriously though, can people who fly their planes into symbolic U.S. landmarks really be called cowards? Terrorists? Yes. Martyrs? I suppose. But cowards? Not on your life. Or theirs.

Changing Your Definition of "Bad"

How changing your idea of "bad" behavior can make you feel good.

Are You Meditating, or Repressing?

The core intention of meditation is the release of thoughts and feelings that keep us stuck in our self-absorption. Repression is a way to avoid thoughts and feelings that are uncomfortable for us. If in releasing our thoughts and feelings we fail to be totally honest with ourselves, our practice of meditation can easily become a vehicle of avoidance.

The September Rush: When Is A “Flag" A True Warning Sign?

By Karen L. Schiltz Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in Beyond the Label
"Mom...I do not want to take Chinese. Do I have to? It's too hard."
"Grandma...my stomach is hurting and I don't know why."
"He has quite the sense of humor that boy! He just keeps on laughing and giggling. That's my grandson."
"My daughter is not eating much these days. I don't know what's wrong."

How To Make Friends – or At Least Think About It More Clearly

By Gretchen Rubin on September 01, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I’m a huge fan of Michael Thompson’s book, Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children...

Serving Others' Interests While Neglecting Your Own

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on September 01, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
When you cave in too much to other's demands, this rarely turns out well. Learn to change course and feel in charge of yourself.

If You've Died From This Drug, Call This Number

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 01, 2011 in The Power of Rest
We love drugs, we hate drugs, and don't always recognize how to best use them.

Trust Me, Most of the Time, But Not Always

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 01, 2011 in Am I Right?
Without trust our world would fall apart.

The End of the Conversation?

By David Rock on September 01, 2011 in Your Brain at Work
I recoiled in horror recently at a story in the New York Times about using twitter-like tools in a high school classroom. The project is well-intentioned: they wanted to get kids more comfortable with speaking up by giving them digital tools to do so. The trouble is, now the kids are staring at screens all day instead of interacting with each other or the teacher. While th

Does Brain Size Predict Who You Vote For?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Watch out for lots of spin when you see neuropoliticians speak.

Intermingling Languages in Children

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in Life as a Bilingual
When bilingual children intermingle their languages, the comments one overhears can be quite negative. And yet, there are very good reasons for their behavior. In addition, there are ways of helping them restrict language intermingling to bilingual situations.

Is the Circadian Rhythm Less Effective with Age?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in Sleep Newzzz
We all know that sleep often becomes more difficult as we age. Some of us who've accumulated a certain number of birthday cards know this first hand!

Rich Girl, Poor Girl: Can Their Friendship Survive?

Can women of different social status or socio-economic background sustain a healthy, non-competitive, equal friendship?

Are You an Accident Waiting to Happen?

Bilateral coordination and poor motor planning skills make it difficult for people with Asperger syndrome to navigate the physical world without injury. Supports provided in this article help an Aspie have fun and stay safe while the mind / body connection learns to do some real connecting!

Are You Not Who You Think?

By Lynn Phillips on August 31, 2011 in Dream On
American individualism imagines a sovereign self--- free of adulterations like addiction and social control; but neuroscience questions whether this is possible.

Ill-Fated Interview Part VI

By Christopher Ryan on August 31, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
The last part of the most in-depth interview I've given about Sex at Dawn.

Multiplying Our Influence, Expanding Our Reach: Update on New Singles Site

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 31, 2011 in Living Single
This is a continuation of our discussion of a possible website for single people with attitude. I’ve summarized suggestions readers have offered for what such a site should include. Next step: Prioritizing.

Economic Fairness—What Is It?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on August 31, 2011 in Cui Bono
Most people recognize meritocracy (a system where what you get is proportional to what you give) as a fair form of compensation. The problem is that we all start out in life with different resources. If Monopoly were like real life, some players would start out with $1500 dollars and other players would start out with $10. Is there a fair way of evening the playing field?

Are Pick-Up Tactics Sexy or Sexist?

Debate abounds about pick-up techniques. Do they work? Are they sexist? Now, research is starting to take a look.

The 2 Foods Most Strongly Linked to Successful Weight Loss

By Meg Selig on August 31, 2011 in Changepower
These two foods lead to health, weight loss...and satisfaction.

Creative Admiration: From Envy to Mastery

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 31, 2011 in Tracking Wonder
Would watching Michael Jordan waft across a basketball court inspire you to become a more skilled hoopster? Would listening to Eric "Slowhand" Clapton (tagged by Rolling Stone as the #4 guitarist of all time) goad you to dust off your six-stringer and try your own hand? I wonder what good admiration can serve us creative adults.

Anxiety and Second Generation Amotivation

Why don't your children feel motivated?