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The Risks & Potential of Required Community Service

By Alfie Kohn on January 08, 2012 in The Homework Myth
While a service requirement hardly guarantees any benefits—which are contingent, among other things, on the extent to which your staff and the students themselves take the activities seriously—neither does it preclude such benefits. Much depends on how (and by whom) the activities are designed.

Stress About Alcohol? Heavy Drinking Versus Alcoholism

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in All About Addiction
Heavy alcohol users are not necessarily addicts or alcoholics, and their stress response shows it.

The Psychology of Youth Sports

There’s a good deal of hype about the value of children’s sports. If families understand the benefits and pitfalls, children are more likely to be winners for life.

"Sherlock Holmes" and the Science of Play

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on January 08, 2012 in Reel Therapy
Playfulness is the predisposition to engage in playful activities and interactions. It's an emerging science, and the new Sherlock Holmes sequel provides a vivid illustration of this construct.

Parents Should Know the Limitations of Science Experiments

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in Moral Landscapes
There really aren't any human experiments that can be done to inform you how to parent at any given moment. So what can help with your parenting?

How Nature Deals with Good and Evil

By Robert Lanza M.D. on January 08, 2012 in Biocentrism
There are consequences to our actions that transcend our ordinary, classical way of thinking. Evidence suggests nature’s justice may be inescapable and absolute.

Arguing with Mom May Help Teens Resist Peer Pressure

Any parent of a teen knows that the adolescent years can be bumpy, to say the least. They are filled with mood swings, hormone changes and oftentimes a lot of arguing. But don't be discouraged, it's not all bad. The good thing about arguing is that it provides teachable moments. And that's what the teen years are all about.

Politicians Keep Their Promises More Often Than You Think

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in The Decision Tree
A politician's promise are about as good as Lindsay Lohan's promise to show up in court on time. Right?

Social Media and the Hedgehog's Dilemma

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on January 08, 2012 in Creative Synthesis
To what extent do we use social media as the middle, safe distance to avoid having not only closer, unplugged relationships with others, but quieter and deeper relationships with ourselves?

The Power of Silence in Our Love Lives

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in Love Doc
"Mommy, let's listen to silence" remarked my five year old son on one of our many nature walks. In silence we got in touch with our inner thoughts, our minds, and our souls so that we could communicate in a meaningful way. That was then, some 35 years ago: then there is now.

So You Want to Be a Writer ...

The one critical question you need to ask yourself if you dream of becoming a writer.

Why Do the Self-Loathing Cycle In and Out of Relationships?

Why do self-loathing people get into relationships only to break them up because they don't feel good enough? And what does this have to do with procrastination--and Family Guy?

Whatever Heaven Sends Is for the Best

My friend Raven Jones developed a good-sized tumor on his knee. Amputation was advised, but Raven thought, "There must be some other way", so he refused both surgery and chemotherapy.

The Linguistic and Cultural Skills of Sleeper Agents

Sleeper agents, that is spies who have been infiltrated into a target country, are very special bicultural bilinguals. They have to develop linguistic and cultural skills that are rarely required of regular bilinguals.

Fighting the Flood of Facebook

By Steve Baskin on January 08, 2012 in S'mores and More
Do our children lack skills that our grandparents had in abundance? The modern child and teenager is substituting face-to-face interaction with cyber-relationships. This electronic dis-intermediation can impair a child's ability to develop the wide array of skills that are critical to interpersonal relations.

The Educational World Is Flat

A conversation with Tom Vander Ark, former Executive Director of Education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on his vision for our educational future.

My Teenager Told Me About My Husband's Affair

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your teen tells you about an affair

Medical Jargon: Part 1

Defining the terms sensitivity, specificity, incidence and prevalence.

Get More of What You Want - In Bed and Out

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on January 07, 2012 in Peacemeal
A low-risk, playful strategy for making those hard-to-say requests easier and more fun.

The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games

By Peter Gray on January 07, 2012 in Freedom to Learn
Video games do not promote obesity, ill health, social isolation, or violence. They do promote friendships, cooperation, self-control, and brainpower.

Your Spouse Is Behaving Badly...

Yes, you and your spouse can stop behaving badly!

Listening: A Key to Successfully Guiding Adolescents

Who's the expert in your adolescent's life? It's not me or any other person claiming to have expertise in parenting or adolescent development. You know a lot more about your child than any of us do. But you know who knows more about your teen's inner life and environment than you do? He does.

Nonverbal Communication and Your Characters

Though most people appreciate that information is communicated through body language and vocal tone, they don't usually realize just how much. In fact, words are only part of the message in face-to-face communication; vocal tone and nonverbals are also extremely important! As a result, we often give away more about ourselves than we intend to.

What If Your Life Was Full of Endless Possibilities?

It's so easy today to get dragged down by all the negativity and darkness hanging over us like an ominous cloud. But a recent post by "The New Normal" blogger Patrick J. Lamb started me thinking about the possibilities ...

Having Horror Heard Helps Heal Hurt

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on January 07, 2012 in Just Listen
There is no statute of limitations nor training manual to get you over or even beyond the horrors you can inflict on another human being in the name of war that you then have to then live with the rest of your life.

Get Your Doctor to Treat You Right

By Alice Dreger Ph.D. on January 07, 2012 in Fetishes I Don't Get
You might think "more is better" in medical care. But not so! A recent humorous "Ten Commandments" in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) reminded physicians about what should really matter in medical care. Here, I provide an English-language translation of those Ten Commandments.

Darkly Funny Debut Novel Exposes Adjunct Abuse

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 07, 2012 in Creating in Flow
A good book is one that makes you laugh and cry at the same time. Fight for Your Long Day is a funny novel that is also a cri de coeur on behalf of poorly paid adjunct instructors—and many others among the 99 per cent.

Ramble On

By Jean A Anspaugh on January 07, 2012 in Fat Like Us
I know that food is my mortal enemy and I have few weapons against it. Each year I say that it will be different. I will turn down all invitations to festivities, I will not so much as make sugar cookie dough, and I won't buy any Halloween candy. Yet each year, I find myself in a whirlwind of eating