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Children's Growing Friendships

What is your child's current level of friendship understanding?

Am I Pretty or Am I Ugly?

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in The New Teen Age
A new trend has emerged on Youtube, in which tweens and teens are asking strangers to comment on their appearance. Video after video presents girls, often blankly staring at the camera, asking "Am I pretty or am I ugly?"

The Dangers of Self-Identifying as “Too Nice”

Deciding that you're "too nice" is a comfortable way to frame a problem. But it may not get what you want. Being too nice can even reward bad behavior. The mammal brain is always comparing itself to others, but the cortex can be open to new information.

Could Brain Imaging Replace the SAT?

Would the brain scans of Mark Zuckerberg or Sergey Brin look different from Lady Gaga's?

Is Chimpanzee Research Necessary? No, Say Many Scientists

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Rigorous reviews of available data on the use of chimpanzees and other animals in biomedical research show that we actually learn very little about treating human disease from these models. Wide-ranging support to remove chimpanzees from laboratories and place them safely in sanctuaries upholds these conclusions.

Wanderlust: Laughter With a Dash of Light Intellectualism

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 25, 2012 in Reel Therapy
Movies have many different functions. Read on for an examination of newer, more precise 'genres' and movie categories, and to learn where the newly released "Wanderlust" fits in....

Fueling Trust & Engagement With Five Communication Practices

The chicken or the egg? Does trust enable authentic communication or does authentic communication enable the building of trusted work relationships?

Freud Gaming Jung

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in One Among Many
Psychoanalysis is a dangerous method, particularly for its practitioners. Jung broke with Freud when the elder refused to submit a dream for analysis. What went wrong? Luckily, there is another game in town: Game theory. Let’s play.

Do Men Find Very Skinny Women Attractive?

By Will Lassek M.D. on February 25, 2012 in Why Women Need Fat
Because of our work extolling the great value of women's fat, we are often asked why then do men find super-skinny models so attractive? The answer is: they don't.

Being in the Moment: A Problem or a Potential Solution in Adult ADHD?

Mindfulness and ADHD may seem like opposites but in fact mindfulness can be helpful in ADHD. Dr. Lidia Zylowska makes the case why.

Finding "Flow" This Week

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in Can't Buy Happiness?
While it may not be possible to play basketball like an all star or the violin like a virtuoso, it is possible—if only for short periods of time—to feel like the star performers feel when they are at their best.

The Human Brain Scan

By Maureen Seaberg on February 25, 2012 in Sensorium
The time The Amazing Kreskin scanned my brain...

Antipsychotic Medication, Seniors, and Children

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in Side Effects
Studies point repeatedly to the risks of giving antipsychotic medication to seniors, yet prescription rates remain stubbornly high.

Violating Expectations and Resolving Tensions: The Music of Emotions

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in Your Musical Self
Music has the ability to elicit a strong emotional reaction in almost everyone. We smile, we cry, we sigh, we get aroused. But how does this work? Keep reading to learn more.

The Need for "Wild" Play: Let Children Be the Animals They Need to Be

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in Animal Emotions
A new book called "Evolutionary Playwork" shows that youngsters need to "get down and dirty" and engage in "wild" play, but they're not. According to play expert Bob Hughes, "… if the activity is bounded by adult rules, if it is stiff, formalised and dominated by the need to score points and flatter one's ego, that is not play, it is something else." The same for adults.

Jeremy Lin-sanity and Rick Sanctimonious

By George Davis on February 25, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
Some people are convinced that God has given to them alone some absolute truths that applies to everyone.

Psychology Jargon Made Simple

Psychology's key terms can be confusing, but with a few simple tricks you'll have no trouble keeping them straight. These memory aids will allow you to master the jargon whether you are an avid psychology consumer, or student of introductory or AP psychology.

Women, Want to Be Promoted? Talk About Yourself

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 25, 2012 in Wander Woman
You don't advance into top positions just because you work harder and give up your life for the company. If you want power, you have to take it. You have to speak up, acknowledge your value and love your power. This post shows you how.

Is There a Unified Theory of Biology?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
If, by unified theory, we mean conceptual unification, the answer is yes.

Seven Ways to Say “No” and Keep Good Relations

Do you have trouble saying “no”? Many women and men are traditionally taught to avoid saying “no,” especially when facing authority figures. Some of us are told from a young age that we’re not supposed to say “no” to our parents, relatives, teachers, bosses, and others.

Striving Toward True Liberation: Women’s Roles and Influences in the Life of the Buddha

When we contemplate truly great figures in the course of human history, two names often come to mind: Jesus and Buddha. Both are historical figures shrouded in legend. Both possessed such love, consciousness, and universal wisdom that they are worshiped as divinity.

Forgotten Victory of Asian American Civil Rights Pioneers – Leadership Lessons for the Long Run

Scott Lankford's new book “Tahoe Beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake” includes a chapter that chronicles the consequential, and yet almost completely forgotten struggle of Asian Americans for equal rights in the late 19th century. A battle that was won, and foreshadowed the civil rights victories of the 20th century.

And the Oscar for Best Decision Goes to...

By Nick Tasler on February 25, 2012 in The Impulse Factor
Decision making lessons from Brad Pitt and Moneyball.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 3

By Michael Jawer on February 25, 2012 in Feeling Too Much
New ways of looking at personality differences - such as the concept of "orchids" and "dandelions" - have much in common with thin and thick boundaries.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 2

By Michael Jawer on February 25, 2012 in Feeling Too Much
The Boundaries concept offers a fresh and unique way to examine personality differences.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 1

By Michael Jawer on February 25, 2012 in Feeling Too Much
Anyone who is highly sensitive must often wonder: why am I the way I am? Is it nature, nurture, or both?