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Older Fathers: Increased risk of having children with autism, schizophrenia

By Paul Raeburn on January 28, 2009 in About Fathers
Just after my two-year-old son, Henry, was born, I was surprised and disturbed to learn that he was at increased risk of autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other ills--because of my age.

"Don't Delay" Highlights: A Reader's Summary

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 27, 2009 in Don't Delay
Bloggers blog about everything, even other blogs. If you're new to the "Don't Delay" Blog, you may want to read this post. It's written by a reader, and he has done a very good job of summarizing some of the major themes in my postings to date.


By John Cline Ph.D. on January 26, 2009 in Sleepless in America
Sleep attacks and daytime paralysis.

Want to Start a Task Sooner? Make it Concrete!

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 25, 2009 in Don't Delay
A recent study published in Psychological Science reveals a simple answer to getting tasks done. Make it concrete!

Why Are Taller People More Intelligent Than Shorter People?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 25, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Both height and intelligence may be indicators of underlying health.

Helping Your Loved One With Postpartum Depression

By Shoshana Bennett Ph.D. on January 24, 2009 in Mommy Mental Health

“Positive” Prejudice: Killing With Kindness? Part One

By Steve Livingston on January 23, 2009 in Tinted Lenses
When people think about stereotypes, their minds often first gravitate to negative generalizations, yet it is not hard to find examples of positive ideas within these same cultural stereotypes. What should we make of these "positive stereotypes"?

Do People of All Cultures Believe in Free Will?

By Joshua Knobe on January 23, 2009 in Experiments in Philosophy
Imagine a universe in which everything that happens is completely caused by whatever happened before.

Hope for Change (or Vice Versa)

By Jonathan S. Kaplan Ph.D. on January 22, 2009 in Urban Mindfulness
From a mindfulness perspective, both pessimism and optimism are states of mind introduced into the present moment, but neither accurately describes what is happening now. They represent our expectations or predictions for what will happen in the future, which has yet to occur. In a way, they are both wrong. 

A New Day

By Lindsay M Oberman Ph.D. on January 20, 2009 in The Autism Spectrum

Blue Monday and Hope!

By Caroline Adams Miller on January 20, 2009 in Creating Your Best Life

A Recipe for Happiness or Procrastination?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 19, 2009 in Don't Delay
A  story today in the New Zealand Herald reports that the CALM (Computer Assisted Learning Method) Web site allows students to download audio files that provide information about long-lasting happiness - ways to harness mental resilience, healthy relationships and finding meaning in life. 

Which Religions Are Welcoming to Singles? Part I: Introduction

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 18, 2009 in Living Single
In places of worship, too many singles end up feeling shut out or put down. Is that inherent in the teachings of the religion, or is it possible, within at least some religious traditions, to be true to the theology and also welcoming to singles? Those are some of the kinds of questions that I hope will be answered in this series. 

Why Men Are More Intelligent Than Women

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 18, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The answer is:  They aren’t.

The Primacy of Anger Problems

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 18, 2009 in Evil Deeds
Anger is perhaps the most troublesome and challenging emotion to tackle therapeutically. Since most therapists today see anger or rage as symptoms of underlying fear, hurt or shame, there is a tendency to de-emphasize the importance and primacy of anger in favor of focusing on that which secondarily fuels it. This is a serious therapeutic mistake in my opinion. A monumental and costly failure of contemporary psychotherapy. 

PTSD in the Military: An Interview With a Military Wife

By John A Call Ph.D., J.D., A. on January 17, 2009 in Crisis Center
In order to better understand what soldiers are going through, I interviewed the wife of a veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD.

Caregiver—and Care Receiver

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on January 17, 2009 in Adventures in Old Age

Dogs as Therapists: The Case of Actor Mickey Rourke

 Mickey Rourke, winner of the 2009 Golden Globe award for best actor for his role in "The Wrestler", was saved from  suicidal depression by his dog Beau Jack.

Children of Single Mothers: How Do They Really Fare?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 16, 2009 in Living Single
The studies you never hear about are the ones in which the children of single parents do about the same, or even better, than the children of married parents. But if 2-parent households have twice of everything that adults have to offer children, then why don't those children do far better than the children in single-parent households? Why do they sometimes do worse?

On the Science of Goal-Orientation

By Tad Waddington Ph.D. on January 15, 2009 in Smarts
If you apply to med school to become a doctor, then is the future (your becoming a doctor) causing something in its past (your applying to med school)?

Ritalin on First, Dexedrine on Second

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 13, 2009 in Mood Swings
Apparently 8% of all baseball players have medical permission to take amphetamine stimulants, presumably for adult ADHD.

Remarriage Is More Fragile Than First Marriage

By Maggie Scarf on January 12, 2009 in The Remarriage Blueprint
Are later marriages generally more successful and stable than first-time marriages? And, given that most remarriages (some 90 percent) follow upon divorce rather than death, do the disaffected ex-partners tend to make smarter, more mutually satisfying choices in a second or higher-order relationship?

Protecting Your Health

By Stephen T Sinatra M.D., F.A.C.C. on January 11, 2009 in Heart Health