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BioConversations for Mother's Day

Four public-interest groups launch a website and series of short videos on the complex challenges of new reproductive and genetic technologies.

Thinking About Continuing Bonds

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on May 05, 2010 in Raising Grieving Children

Education: A School District Out of Control?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 05, 2010 in The Power of Prime
My discussions with Mr. Isenberg and other teachers in the LAUSD (who wished to remain anonymous to protect their teaching careers) led to astonishing revelations about the underbelly of school and district administration politics and functioning. What I learned was that the LAUSD was, as one teacher described it, "like the Soviet Union. You either march in lock step or else." 

"DOG GOOD"

By Meg Daley Olmert on May 05, 2010 in Made For Each Other
Best friends share more than secrets. They share biology.
Grave Concern
Everything Happens for a Reason
Food of the Aztec Gods
Change of Language

The 14 Percent Solution to Depression

By Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D. on May 04, 2010 in Charting the Depths
Question for you: Would you take your car to a mechanic if they told you there was a 14 percent chance that they could fix your car?

“I’m shopping for a psychotherapist…What should I look for?”

By Sharon K. Anderson on May 04, 2010 in The Ethical Therapist
On more than one occasion, we have been asked the question, "What should I look for when I shop for a psychotherapist?" Based on our experience and reading, we have developed a list of issues or criteria for our colleagues, friends, and acquaintances to consider. The list includes "green flags" (professional behaviors and attitudes that prospective or current clients should expect from a psychotherapist) and "red flags" (professional behaviors and attitudes that prospective or current clients should take note of and either not hire the professional or strongly consider ending therapy at the next session).

The Tennis Racket and the Mind

By Robert London MD on May 04, 2010 in Two-Minute Shrink
Combining the "split-screen technique" with an ancient Zen philosophical approach helped a patient improve his tennis game after three in-office visits.

Persuaders of Hate: Anti-Gay Rhetoric from the Christian Reich

By Tina Indalecio on May 04, 2010 in Curious Media
The satirist Jonathan Swift once said, “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”I wonder why that is? When the Klu Klux Klan, a “White Christian Organization,”(kukluxklan.bz, 2009) makes derogatory statements about someone’s race or sexual orientation, we often call that hate speech. But when other Christian groups use anti-gay rhetoric to communicate their views, it is often legitimized and justified by hiding behind religious ideals.

Why Do Women Have Orgasms?

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on May 04, 2010 in Sex at Dawn
Much as women's breasts have fascinated many male, evolution-minded theorists, the female orgasm has confounded them. Like breasts, female orgasm is a major head-scratcher for mainstream narratives of human sexual evolution. It's not necessary for conception, so why should it exist at all?

Adolescence and senior prom.

Just because parents are not chaperoning their teenager's Senior Prom doesn't mean they should let the "graduation" event, with its after activities, go entirely unsupervised.
Just a Number
Something Older
Why Wait?
Old Wives

No More Mr. Nice Mom

By Gigi Vorgan on May 03, 2010 in The Simple Life

The Dangers of Self Diagnosis

Self diagnosis can lead to misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, underdiagnosis, overdiagnosis or a disrupted doctor-patient relationship.  Here we look briefly into how this could be the case.

Homeschooling to Escape Bullies: What's Wrong with That?

By Laura Brodie Ph.D. on May 03, 2010 in Love in a Time of Homeschooling
 Is short-term homeschooling a bad response to bullying?

On a rollercoaster, sweating, wearing red: The perfect date!

By Richard J. Crisp Ph.D. on May 03, 2010 in Living in a Box
When it comes to dating, social psychologists have an unfair advantage. There’s a wealth of research out there showing what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to attracting members of the opposite sex. In the interests of leveling the playing field, here’s five signs to look out for - any of which might indicate that your potential paramour has been reading up on social psychology in their attempts to ensnare you in their sticky web of love…

Feeling Bored at Work? Three Reasons Why and What Can Free You

Three reasons why you become bored at work, and how to liberate yourself 

Really Bad Good Advice

By Jen Kim on May 03, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
There's no such thing as good advice, but that's okay. They weren't going to listen to it anyway.

Top Ten Secrets of Effective Liars

By Jeff Wise on May 03, 2010 in Extreme Fear
One of the reasons most people make bad liars is that they find lying a deeply unpleasant activity...

Handling Transitions

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on May 03, 2010 in Happiness in this World