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Why Is Obesity So Hard to Defeat?

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on January 11, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
We are all well aware that eating diets high in fat and sugar leads to obesity. Somehow, the solution should be just as easy. Unfortunately, these diets actually change how the brain functions. This is how.

Step Into The Cloud

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on January 11, 2012 in Your Wise Brain
In a way, everything is a cloud. Everything is made of parts, everything arises due to causes, and everything passes away eventually. Enjoy the clouds. Relax.
Doomed to Weight?

Doomed to Weight?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on January 11, 2012 in Eating Mindfully
There are strong forces working to maintain our current weight. But that doesn't mean we can't improve our health.

How Can I Stop Being Overwhelmed by Big Projects?

By Gretchen Rubin on January 11, 2012 in The Happiness Project
2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome!

The Wrong Way—and the Right Way—to Think about Long-Term Commitment and Marriage

Marriage and other forms of long-term commitment are widely criticized these days either as an obstacle to other life goals or as irrelevant because they all too often end. Are these reasons to discount the value of commitment? I don't think so.

The Psychology of Scrabble

So you're playing Scrabble and five letters below a triple word score there's an F. Your letters are ACIIPST. What do you do?

Are You Producing a Picky Eater?

The gap between the lessons parents think they are teaching and the lesson their kids are actually learning is where eating problems are born.

Are You a Skilled Social Actor or a Social Chameleon?

We all engage in impression management - trying to put our best foot forward and "fit in" in social situations. Two psychological constructs address how people "perform" in social situations, and there are subtle, but important, differences. Which are you?

The School Bus Is Making My Daughter Sick

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 11, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your child is getting teased on the school bus

In Defense of Placebos

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on January 11, 2012 in PreFrontal Nudity
People are always hatin' on the placebo effect. Don't be a placebo hater. Science has shown us the value of the placebo effect. I say take advantage of it.

How Can Couples Be Friends with Other Couples?

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on January 10, 2012 in Buddy System
How couples make and maintain those difficult relationships with other couples

Second Thoughts in the Lavatory

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 10, 2012 in One Among Many
The design of public bathrooms requires a balance between functionality and privacy (hence the need to de-emphasize the “public” aspect). Creativity and humor can help take the edge off.

Your Name: The Unopened Gift?

What can you say about your given name?

Pakistan Could Use a Therapeutic Intervention

A Pakistani scholar of international relations has proposed a strategy for helping her country shift from a culture of violence to a culture of collaborative dialogue and cooperative conflict resolution. The program she proposes is remarkably similar to the work I do as a therapist with couples in conflict.

Do People Really Want You to Be Honest?

By Peter Bregman on January 10, 2012 in How We Work
How often do we say things that aren't completely true in order to make someone — usually ourselves — feel better? And then expend a tremendous amount of energy to keep up a ruse that fools no one?

Clueless? Lying? Loyal? Explaining Why He Disagrees With You

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 10, 2012 in Ambigamy
An explanation of the three possibilities we consider when trying to figure out why someone believes what we consider to be nonsense, and why it matters to us so much to figure out which applies.

How to Resist the Office Candy Dish

A new study provides a strategy for all those office workers who can't resist the jelly bean jar, the vending machine, or the secret sugar stash in the bottom drawer.

Spelling Is Making a Comeback!

Flash from the pages of The Boston Globe: Spelling is making a comeback! Reporter Linda Matchan chronicles a surge in spelling bees, spelling clubs, and even spelling books in schools. Could this trend lead to better readers and writers in American schools?

Our Plastic Brain

By Eric Newhouse on January 10, 2012 in Invisible Wounds
Neuroscience may offer hope to combat vets suffering from PTSD. Doctors say the human brain continues to change in response to the events it experiences. That suggests that while battlefield memories won't be forgotten, their intensity may be alleviated.

Crazy Like a (Perfectly Normal) Bereaved Parent: In Defense of Rick and Karen Santorum

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on January 10, 2012 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Perinatal death is in the news again, as people react to the story about Rick and Karen Santorum keeping their dead newborn son with them until he was buried. And once again, there are those uninformed, horrified folks who question the Santorum’s sanity. Amy Kuebelbeck is my guest blogger, skillfully adding to my efforts to build bridges of understanding and sensitivity.