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The Aphrodisiac: Foods and Libido

By Frank Lawlis Ph.D. on March 03, 2009 in Redefining Stress

Seven Questions for Warren Procci

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on March 03, 2009 in In Therapy
Sometimes seven questions are just seven questions. Warren Procci, the next president of the American Psychoanalytic Association kindly shares his interpretation of the Seven Questions.

Self-regulation Failure (Part 4): 8 Tips to Strengthen Willpower

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 03, 2009 in Don't Delay
Effective self-regulation is crucial to our personal success and well-being in so many ways. What can you do to maximize your self-regulatory strength?

Consciousness

By Edouard Machery on March 02, 2009 in Experiments in Philosophy

Viral Ideas About Food Filth

By J.D. Trout Ph.D. on February 26, 2009 in The Greater Good
Since my last post, "Peanut Butter and Paternalism", peanuts and the FDA have been much in the news. A New York Times Op-Ed yesterday revisits those very issues.

Chronic Low Back Pain and Depression

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 26, 2009 in Overcoming Pain
Many know the benefits of some drugs with an anti-depressant effect in the treatment of the chronic pain of fibromyalgia.

Obama Is President So Racism Is Over. Right?

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on February 24, 2009 in Beautiful Minds
Obama is President so racism is over. Right? If you are one of the many Americans who thinks this is the case, two hot off the press articles in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology will make you think twice.

Emotional Hunger Vs. Love

By Robert Firestone Ph.D. on February 24, 2009 in The Human Experience
Emotional hunger is not love. It is a strong emotional need caused by deprivation in childhood. It is a primitive condition of pain and longing which people often act out in a desperate attempt to fill a void or emptiness.

Hawks in Sheep's Clothing

By Steve Livingston on February 24, 2009 in Tinted Lenses
Humans are blessed (or cursed, depending on your perspective) with simple decision rules that allow us to make quick decisions. Often, the resultant judgment is a 'good enough' but non-optimal choice. Cognitive and social psychologists, as well as political scientists and consumer behaviorists, have labeled a variety of apparent biases that the average person brings to bear when making decisions. In this post, I discuss the influence of apparent objectivity in persuasion, and how advertisers capitalize on our trust.

Does Opera Make Brain Sense?

By Norman N Holland Ph.D. on February 24, 2009 in This Is Your Brain on Culture
So there I was, sitting in the local Bijou, sold out for this hi-def Metropolitan Opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor. But somehow the opera as a whole wasn't grabbing me. Something wasn't happening the way it should in my brain.

What Makes an Action Intentional?

By Edouard Machery on February 23, 2009 in Experiments in Philosophy

The Oscars Ain’t The People’s Choice Awards (thank God), So Stop Complaining

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on February 23, 2009 in The Media Zone
Stars were never fated to align for The Dark Night. Like Quantum of Solace, …Knight is neither aesthetically or artistically a good film in the glamour areas. It had some good things about it, to be sure, which is why it had some nominations and the one for Heath Ledger, who may obliterate the memory of Jack Nicholson as the definitive Joker by underplaying and deploying nuance and irony like WMDs.

How Do You Know You're Getting Better?

It’s been three days since The Operation. How do I know I’m getting better?
1. I made lasagna today: 3 big ones, two little ones—with sausage, full-fat ricotta, the whole deal. Okay, so I couldn’t lift them (not even the little ones) because the stitches still pinch, but cooking them was a pleasure.

In Families, Blood May Be Thicker . . . but Skin Is Thinner

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 22, 2009 in Evolution of the Self
if your relationship is sagging under the weight of daily squabbling, it's likely that each of you is experiencing the other as constantly judging or second-guessing you.