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Why Poor Children Are Falling Behind

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 15, 2012 in Am I Right?
It is too easy for those who are successful to blame those who aren't for their own failures.

Do You Know a Serial Killer?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
We tend to see what we want to see, and most of us don't want to believe that criminals might be just a breath away. Our preference for safety and trust can make us vulnerable to serial killers who seek to pass as normal.

I Can Never Get to Bed on Time

By Gretchen Rubin on February 15, 2012 in The Happiness Project
This week's Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "I can never get to bed on time."

Who Did God Tell to Run for President in 2012?

By George Davis on February 15, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
Is it arrogance or vanity which makes anyone believe that God favors one American political party over the other?

Why Is Jeremy Lin so Good?

Jeremy Lin might just be lucky. But his success illustrates our psychological inability to come to grips with an iron law of statistics: regression to the mean.

Meat Eaters Downplay Animal Minds

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
The decision about whether to eat meat has a moral dimension to it. How do people make this choice?

Why Do We Work With Young People, Really?

By Nick Luxmoore on February 15, 2012 in Young People Up Close
Whether we're psychologists, teachers, therapists or social workers, there are easier and better-paid ways of earning a living than working with needy and often truculent young people. So why do we do it?

Justification Light

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in One Among Many
Dr. Justin Barrett uses cognitive science not to prove the existence of god, but to prove that believers need no evidence. I prefer to put science in the service of skepticism, not complacency.

My Valentine to the King of Diet Culture

By Jean A Anspaugh on February 14, 2012 in Fat Like Us
On this Valentine's Day, I thought I would write about the man who saved my heart: physically, emotionally, and psychologically—the late Dr. Walter J. Kemper of Duke University Medical Center.

Men Fake Orgasms, Too

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 14, 2012 in All About Sex
Over the past 40 years, many surveys have asked women if they've ever faked an orgasm, and consistently, half to two-thirds (53 percent to 65 percent) have said yes they have at least once. But men faking orgasm? That's unheard of. Well, no, not exactly.

Band-Aids for Valentine's Day?

This year, I plan to put together a gift basket for my husband for Valentine's Day. It will include a quality bar of 85% dark chocolate, a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, and a box of band-aids. We could both use them.

Race, Civil Rights and Love

By Mark Banschick M.D. on February 14, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
The Loving Story is a recently released HBO special on a couple who were at the epicenter of one of the biggest civil rights cases in American history.

A Quick and Quirky Addition to Depression Treatment Options

Extensive medical research has established that when people feel a sense of well-being there is more energy in their left than their right prefrontal lobe. Their brain, by contrast, has more energy in the right prefrontal lobe when depression is present.

Can Your Brain Get Obese With Love?

By Susan Carnell Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Bad Appetite
Are you in a long-term relationship? Have you noticed the passion fading lately? Maybe your love-brain’s getting a little…flabby.

Understanding the Dynamics of Workaholism—Obsession

By Barbara Killinger Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in The Workaholics
In order to further understand one of the inner dynamics of workaholism—that perfectionism leads to obsession, and in turn, obsession leads to increasing levels of narcissism—our focus now turns to the role that obsession plays.

The Key to Getting the Relationship and Love You Want

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Peacemeal
Improve your relationships today with this essential, yet simple, question.

Dr. Neil Theise's Magnificent Time Wheels

By Maureen Seaberg on February 14, 2012 in Sensorium
Dr. Neil Theise's time appears in synesthetic wheel form and he can access specific times and dates with a mental "flick" motion akin to using an iPad or iPhone.

Escaping Relationship Armageddon Part II

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
If your relationship is on the brink this Valentine's Day, here are some steps you can take to turn it around.

How to Make Her Excited on Valentine's Day

By Donna Barstow on February 14, 2012 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Are you sure you are giving her what she REALLY wants for Valentine's Day? The heart wants what the heart wants.

Why Relationships Work: Partner as Peer

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in What a Body Knows
It is that time of year again when we are greeted by article after article on how to find the right match, our soul mate, the perfect partner, and then, make it work. But these lists miss the most important point: such differences don't matter, or not in the same way, if your partner is a peer.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Upon discovering that a mate has been unfaithful to you, which are you more likely to ask of him [or her]? "Did you have sex with her [him]?" or "Do you love her [him]?"

5 Tips for Postponing Procrastination

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Creating in Flow
I hate it when I'm not doing what I know and feel I ought/want/need to be doing. ... Here, then, are a few ways to think about what might be holding YOU back.