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Are Our Minds Going the Way of Our Waists?

By David Rock on February 16, 2012 in Your Brain at Work
Thanks to the multi-trillion dollar fast food industry, the average waistline of people in the developed world has increased 400% in 25 years, leaving three-quarters of adults now overweight or obese. For the first time in history, there are literally more people overweight than there are starving.

What You Don't Know About Rick Santorum

By Hank Davis on February 16, 2012 in Caveman Logic
A pair of taboos about religion and dead bodies have gotten in the way of open dialogue and good political journalism.

No Pain, No Gain?

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Eyes on the Brain
When my broken right arm came out of its cast, I assumed I’d quickly go back to my right-handed ways. But that’s not what happened.

Medical Jargon Part 2

Defining the terms addiction and dependence; case, patient and person; and subject and participant.

Bad Luck, Bad Choices or Psychological Reversal?

What seems like bad luck or self-defeating choices may stem from the subconscious workings of a phenomenon that therapists are just at the very beginning stages of recognizing and treating.

7 Vows of Compassion for World Leaders

By Judith Orloff M.D. on February 16, 2012 in Emotional Freedom
Politicians shouldn't be allowed to act so hatefully anymore. They should get beyond their egos to see there is a greater meaning and purpose to leadership than grandiosity or power. Read why political candidates need to be sent to compassion school.

The Fallacy of the Parental Fool

By Steve Baskin on February 16, 2012 in S'mores and More
TV programs targeted at children portray adults and parents as fools. While this is amusing to children, it is harmful to their relationships with parents. Here are some suggestions to address this challenge.

Should Scientists Test Prayer?

By Candy Gunther Brown Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Testing Prayer
I've spent the last eight years asking that question. Having satisfied myself—if not everyone I've met—that there's value in using empirical methods to study prayer, I've thought a lot about how to do it.

10 Principles for Teaching Ethics (and Lots of Other Stuff)

Here are ten of my guiding principles that I shared with the students in our graduate course: "Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology."

LINsanity! Observations on the Worship of a New Sports Hero

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on February 16, 2012 in The Pacific Heart
Linfluenza virus causes Linsanity! The birth of a sports hero, and what he means to the Asian American community and the country as a whole: Jeremy Lin represents our best self, the underdog overcoming long odds to win the heart of the nation—paralleling President Obama's rise.

9 Tips for a Hot and Healthy Marriage

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on February 16, 2012 in Save Your Sex Life
1. Have boundaries set around your immediate or nuclear family. 2. Touch each other often...

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 26 - March 3) is a time to look at the role empathy plays in helping loved ones recover from an eating disorder.

The Power of Absence

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Time Out
What do deadbeat dads, estranged or dead relatives, and birth parents in closed adoptions have in common? What they have in common is the power of absence. That's when what isn't there is what captures attention, and traps it in an emotional embrace. The power of absence; let's look at how it works.

Wild Sex, Cars, and the Truth Talk

By Rita Watson MPH on February 16, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
When a car shows signs of stress, or needs a tune-up, men handle it immediately. There is a problem and men fix it. In a relationship, who is responsible for the tune up when a red flag is waving? Should women take the lead using their intuitive skills?

Voting Rick or Mitt Needs to Be a Risk-Management Decision

By Denise K. Shull M.A. on February 16, 2012 in Market Mind Games
The last thing electing Romney or Santorum should be about is anyone's sex life.

Why a Unified Theory of Psychology Is Impossible

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
The conceptual unification of psychology will never be achieved as there are too many political forces that pull it apart. Foundational unification could only come via precise experimental prediction grounded in physics. Yet, since physics itself is fragmented, such a dream seems misguided.

How Much Sleep Do Kids Really Need?

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on February 16, 2012 in The Land of Nod
An extremely heated debate has just arisen in the field of pediatric sleep medicine—a field that is generally not very excitable. In this week's issue of Pediatrics, University of South Australia's Health and Use of Time Group reported that kids' nightly sleep time has reduced by three-quarters of a minute for each year they studied.

Nutritional Approaches for Beating Osteoporosis

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on February 16, 2012 in Complementary Medicine
There are excellent nutritional approaches for safely promoting increased bone density, and helping prevent osteoporosis.

The Long Lasting Effects of Negative Information

By Woodson Merrell M.D. on February 16, 2012 in The Source of Healing
Is it possible for doctors to stop focussing on their legal liabilities, and start focussing on helping patients with healing words? At least one group at the NIH thinks it is.

Exercise Is Brain Lubricant

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in The Big Questions
Exercise strengthens the efficiency of our brain's neurons. And neurons are the origin of everything that makes us human—our emotions, our thoughts, our bodily movements and actions.

Animal Talk (and the Need for Quiet)

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
We sometimes assume that animals are mute, unless we hear their barks, screeches, or yowls. A couple of research items this week remind us that animals may communicate in mysterious ways and that among themselves there is a lot of talking going on.

Thinking Too Much in Depression

By Edward R Watkins Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Mood for Thought
Can you think your way into depression?

Quitting Self-Injury

Self-Injury is sometimes viewed as addictive, but sociological research shows that people can and do quit for reasons and at points in their self-injury careers that follow predictable patterns.

Women’s Interest in Casual Sex

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
In part II of my rebuttal to a recent post by a fellow PT blogger, I report findings from the evolutionary literature regarding women’s penchant for casual sex whilst recognizing that this proclivity is stronger in men.

Seven Tips for Getting Yourself to Go to Bed on Time

By Gretchen Rubin on February 16, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Recently I video-posted about the Pigeon of Discontent, "I can never get to bed on time."