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The Huguely Murder Trial: The Dark Side of the Hook-Up Scene

By Peg Streep on February 22, 2012 in Tech Support
In this contemporary tragedy, the hook-up culture and vast quantities of alcohol, cell phones, texts, and emails, along with a disturbing acceptance of violence between men and women, are all players.

Mind and Heart: Who Am I?

When describing our two aspects of Heart and Mind, it begins to sound like these are separate from who we are. In truth, we are complex beings with a large repertoire of potential behaviors and powers.

An Intervention Illusion

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 22, 2012 in One Among Many
When you study for a test and succeed to improve your score, this does not necessarily mean that you will also do better at the things the test predicts. This will happen only if studying for the test requires the acquisition of the skills needed to succeed outside of the testing room.

The Problem With Authenticity

Placid on the surface. Turbulent underneath. Which is authentic?

A Pill to Prevent Hangovers? Yes, Really

By Gary L. Wenk Ph. D. on February 22, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
A drug extracted from the oriental raisin tree may greatly reduce the symptoms of a hangover and prevent addiction.

Q & A With Hilma Wolitzer: A 30-Year Love Affair With Writing

By Jennifer Haupt on February 22, 2012 in One True Thing
"My novels speak to everyone who's ever loved someone. We all know from experience or intuition about loss—I'm certainly no exception—and we all hope for the solace of redemption. The latter can take many shapes."

Bella, a Husky, Miraculously Survives Illegal Government Snare, Dismissed as an "Act of God"

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 22, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Two dogs named Bella were caught by illegal traps set by government workers. One died a horrific death and one survived after chewing off her own foot while choking for around 10 hours with a snare around her neck. These tales of two Bellas show just how brutally animals are treated by our government. The case was dismissed by the government as "an act of God."

Love Lessons No. 3: Love Is a Playground (Sex Is, Too!)

A healthy love relationship is not just about work. It is also a playground, a place to regularly set aside the cares of adult life and just have fun!

Can money buy happiness?

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D. on February 22, 2012 in Can't Buy Happiness?
Over the past few years there has been growing consensus that buying life experiences makes people happier than buying possessions. But who spends more of their spare cash on experiences?

Glory Masculinism 3

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on February 22, 2012 in Rethinking Men
Let us now praise men - not just famous men but regular, run of the mill, average Joes.

Using Technology to Control Non-Linear Events: The Case of Networking

Speak with any career advisor or read any book about professional development: networking with older, more experienced, more successful people is the most useful way to spend time. There is a problem with this advice. Networking is SO non-linear.

ICD-10-CM Delay Removes Excuse for Rushing DSM 5 Into Premature Publication

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 22, 2012 in DSM5 in Distress
Until yesterday, there were only two reasons to stick with the projected date of DSM 5 publication (May 2013): 1) the need to coordinate DSM 5 with ICD-10-CM coding, which was scheduled to start Oct 2013; and, 2) the need to protect APA publishing profits in order to meet budget projections. The first reason just dropped out.

My Best Friend Is Pulling Away From Me

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 22, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
Dear Irene, I'm a junior in high school who has never been the most popular person. I'm generally the weird girl who eats lunch alone reading a book. However, over the past couple of years, I've made a few incredible friends.

Why Am I Always Late?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 22, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we're also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

Will 10,000 Hours of Practice Make You an Expert at Anything?

By Gary Marcus Ph.D. on February 22, 2012 in Kluge
10,000 hours of practice: Fact or myth?

Politicians and Their Dogs: The Good, the Bad, and the Media

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 22, 2012 in Canine Corner
Mitt Romney is just one of a long line of politicians who have learned that their relationship to their family dogs can affect their reputation with the press and the public.

Eye Contact in Therapy Part II

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on February 22, 2012 in In Therapy
Maybe therapy is the first place where care, understanding, non-judgmental acceptance and even a desire to fight for you is reflected in the eyes of the other.

Exercise That Amyloid

By Adrian Preda M.D. on February 21, 2012 in A Psychiatrist at Large
Exercise discriminates against specific genes right to freely express in the brain.

The Body Intelligence of a Dancer

By Donna Flagg on February 21, 2012 in Office Diaries
Thinking, and only thinking, keeps us in our heads at the expense of involving everything else.

Is It Time to Change Your Parenting Practices?

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Peaceful Parenting
If someone once said, "Parenting is the art of getting kids to do what you want them to do and getting them to stop doing things you don't want them to do," then I'm here to disagree.

Good Intentions: Do They Matter?

When you hug your partner and express genuine compassion, or send a note in your young child's lunchbox letting her know you made that sandwich just for her, it's your good intentions—not just your nice behavior—that may significantly improve their day.

Do You Need to "Feel" It? Acting Theory and "My Week with Marilyn"

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in The Mind On Stage
"My Week With Marilyn" provides two examples of competing acting theory and its importance for the portrayal of characters.

Ten Men and Half a Woman: Is Your Intelligence Underestimated?

By Gabriela Cora M.D., M.B.A. on February 21, 2012 in Alpha Females
I've been active in several groups, associations, and boards for a couple of decades now and one of the interesting ongoing conversations is bringing diversity into the groups. Yes, there is data to support that boards benefit from diversity. And there's also data to support that they don't.