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Even for Young Kids, Explanation Guides Exploration

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
It is generally a positive characteristic to be curious. When you are curious, you spend a lot of time trying to understand the way the world around you works.

The Red of His E String

By Maureen Seaberg on February 21, 2012 in Sensorium
Itzhak Perlman's many gifts include associating color and shape to each note he bows on his priceless Stradivarius.

Can Animals Be Humiliated?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
Our elderly and very wobbly Vizsla Ody fell over in the kitchen one day, after our heeler-mix Topaz tried to nip at his Achilles tendon. Ody was frightened and distressed, and as he slipped and struggled on the bamboo rug, he began to poop. As he flailed, the poop smeared on his back. My tweenage daughter and her friends were watching, wide-eyed with horror.

Do Nice Guys (and Girls) Really Finish Last?

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Millennial Media
Do nice guys really finish last? What about nice women? A new study from the business school at Notre Dame examines the relationship between income, agreeableness, and gender.

My Interview With a Double Workplace Murderer

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 21, 2012 in The Act of Violence
Twenty years ago, I interviewed double workplace murderer Robert Mack in prison. He was just denied parole.

How a Child Killer Slipped Past the System

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Stop The Cycle
In the wake of horrific murders, the question still lingers: How did a potentially psychopathic child killer slip past the police, a court judge, and the state’s Department of Health and Social Services?

How Not to Do Personality Neuroscience: Brain Structure and The Big Five

By Michael L. Anderson Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in After Phrenology
The 2010 publication of "Testing predictions from personality neuroscience: Brain structure and the big five" marked the beginning of a small personal test of the "just let it die" neuroscience-without-criticism approach to bad ideas. Just over a year and 46 citations in many prominent journals later, I think we can safely say the results are in. It's time to be critical.

7 Ways to Diagnose Your Caffeine Habit

Love it or hate it, caffeine is a part of almost everyone’s daily life. Surprisingly, many of caffeine’s effects may be due to how you think it will affect you. See if you’re getting a true daily jolt or just a placebo with this 7 factor caffeine expectancy test.

Like Sex or Chocolate

A few years back, Cadbury Chocolate did a survey and announced with great fanfare that more than half the women in the UK would rather curl up with a chocolate bar than let a man get a leg over. That's not good news for those British men who like to boast that they've got more than a stiff upper lip!

The Science of Craving

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Addicted Brains
Last post, I emphasized the feeling of incompleteness as the foundation of craving. But one reader saw pain relief, relief from suffering, as the fundamental draw. I think both are true.

Placebos versus Antidepressants

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Suffer the Children
What does the latest research on the placebo effect mean for the one million children in the United States, some as young as six, who are diagnosed with "childhood depression" and taking antidepressant medications?

Addicted to Drugs? Blame It on Brain Anatomy

By Gary L. Wenk Ph. D. on February 21, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
How easy is it for you to turn down another piece of chocolate, another line of cocaine or just one more beer before driving home? The ease with which you make your decision when faced with such risky choices is greatly influenced by the genes and unique brain anatomy that you inherited from your parents.

4 Questions to Help You Heal

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on February 21, 2012 in Owning Pink
My new friend Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles, and one of our newest bloggers on Owning Pink, asks his patients four key questions I wanted to share with you.

Q&A with Author Helen Simonson: Finding Love Later in Life

By Jennifer Haupt on February 21, 2012 in One True Thing
"Being true to oneself and one's principles is often the harder road, and may seem unlikely to succeed, but anything else is a pale imitation."

Some Quotations That Started Me Thinking About Happiness

By Gretchen Rubin on February 21, 2012 in The Happiness Project
When I started thinking about happiness, several quotations made a special impression:

Youmeus Curiosity: How to Save a Relationship If It's Worth Saving

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Ambigamy
Here are some very simple yet new tools for working it out with your partner, and other people too.

The Wild Card in the Pain-Pleasure Dichotomy

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 21, 2012 in Overcoming Pain
The pain of pudendal neuropathy.

Chomsky Supports Occupy Wall Street

By Elizabeth Wagele on February 21, 2012 in The Career Within You
Noam Chomsky (born in 1928) is a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, and political activist. As the "father of modern linguistics" and a major figure of analytic philosophy, he influenced the fields of computer science, mathematics, and psychology.

Why Judgment Matters

By Jonathan Fields on February 21, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
Exposure to judgment and uncertainty aren’t going away. Nor, as a creator, do you want them to. Judgment, delivered constructively, provides the information needed to create at higher and higher levels. And uncertainty is a signpost of novelty and innovation, telling you that what you’re creating is really worth creating.

Whitney Houston: The Song, the Movie, the Death

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in The Media Zone
But, wait a minute! Maybe what I just wrote is simply pietistic, feel good, nice, nice bullshit? Maybe it just absolves our pop culture gods of their really bad choices, immersing themselves in really bad relationships and listening to really bad counsel.

Temperance Tales: A Journalist Who Drinks Says We Aren't Demonizing Alcohol Sufficiently

By Stanton Peele on February 21, 2012 in Addiction in Society
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni enjoys cocktails and wine, but feels that Americans don't have a sufficiently negative image of alcohol, which he recommends we remedy by showing more "brains on alcohol" and creating more restrictions on drinking (although the U.S. is the only western country with a 21-year-old drinking age already). Will that work?

When the Aspirin Drops From Between "Gals'" Knees

By George Davis on February 21, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
Fear of the aspirin's dropping is a fear of social evolution.

Hooking Up Smart — and Nasty

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Living Single
The writer of a popular blog claims that women who choose to live single are not really happy, but are just deluded cat ladies “hamsterwheeling” in a futile attempt to escape their “nagging sense of disappointment.”