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How to Make To-Do Lists Work for You, Not Against You

We all have tasks on our to-do lists that we dread, tasks that we keep pushing further and further down the list, which only adds more stress to our lives as they hang out there in a state of perpetual incompleteness. Here are some simple steps to make to-do lists work for you rather than against you.

From My Research: 12 Facts About Lost Love Reunions

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on October 30, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
As people age, friends from the past - even estranged relatives - can make life sweeter. They are the keepers of memories; they help us make peace with aging. But what about lost loves? Can contact resolve unfinished business? Here is some information from my many years of rekindled romance research, surveying participants 18 to 95 years old in 42 countries.

Are You Agitating or Thinking?

How is it that some people seem to be able to think through problems in a way that leads to creative solutions while others just get increasingly agitated and anxious? The key may lie in one little three-letter word.

Time Passes...

Time passes, so I must not pass up opportunities. I must not pass by a friend who is struggling and not offer to help. I must not pass through a day without telling my children that I love them. I must not pass up the chance to laugh or appreciate the world around me.

If You Speak Negativity, It's Time to Learn a 2nd Language

Depression is triggered by interactions that leave you feeling a sense of loss, disappointment and hopelessness about getting what you want. Three speech patterns, which I call the 3-D's, are especially likely to trigger depressed feelings in the receiver. Do any of these sound familiar to you?

10 Ways to Say Sorry: From the Most Condescending to the Most Authentic

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 30, 2011 in Ambigamy
A handy way to get straight, clear and honest about the many different variations on "sorry."

How Does Communication Flow in your Relationships?

Water, traffic and words all flow. When the flow is laminar, that is, smooth, the interactions feel cooperative. Blockage and turbulence in the flow of speech signal that cooperation has broken down, replaced by listening blockages and adversarilal stances.

Help Wanted: Bullying Researchers with True Grit

By Izzy Kalman on October 30, 2011 in Resilience to Bullying
If you are a bullying researcher with the courage to buck the popular paradigm and are interested in bringing to the schools of the world the solution they have been desperately seeking, this just may be your golden opportunity.

The Power of Narrative in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on October 30, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
Our first crisis in dementia care struck recently. A seizure, a hospitalization, invasive tests and a horrific drug reaction were the beginning of our experience. But the real crisis was in the understanding of events. The path to survival involved a new story – a narrative of Alzheimer’s disease.

Lessons from Dying Patients: Mrs Cruikshank

I came to realize that there is a special kind of work to do in medicine, in addition to attempting simply physical cures: work involving the promotion of emotional healing and the fostering of personal growth.

Kristof's Non-Sequitur—I Run and Have Sex, Therefore I'm Addicted

By Stanton Peele on October 30, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Nicholas Kristof of the Times, recounting tales from a new book on neurobiology, claims it proves drugs—then sex, then exercise—are special objects for brain addiction, while in fact it makes the exactly opposite point—addictive temptations are available to all of us, many have succumbed, but most of us right our lives in service of broader goals and desires.

Batter Up! Lessons from the 2011 Baseball World Series

By Marietta McCarty on October 30, 2011 in Life Saving Philosophy
As I watched this year's World Series, I was struck by insights subtly delivered by leaping outfield catches and infielders' jogs to the mound to encourage their pitcher. Here's a philosophy sampler from this year's Fall Classic....

Prevent New Year's Loneliness Now

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on October 30, 2011 in Love Doc
Successful in her career, with a svelte body, a winning smile, and good friends, Elise, nevertheless, felt sad and alone. It is not that Elise is prone to fits of self-pity or that she is ungrateful for what she has. It's that she wanted a more intimate relationship with her partner Adam.

Diseases of the Free Will System

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on October 30, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Tourette Syndrome is a valuable tool in the arsenal of techniques neuroscience can use to help advance the philosophy of free will.

Marriage Angst: Are Single People the Cause?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 30, 2011 in Living Single
Purveyors of matrimania are busy trying to persuade singles that they will never be truly happy or complete or worthy unless they marry. Perhaps, though, people who actually are married are noticing something different.

Why are Millennials Outspoken?

Millennials were raised by the generation that rode bicycles without helmets, were told that children should be seen and not heard, played in playgrounds made of cement and steel...

Neuroscience Insights from Video Game & Drug Addiction

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on October 29, 2011 in Radical Teaching
Video games are not the enemy of children’s successful and motivated learning, but rather a model for best strategies to apply to all learning. The same brain processes and neurochemicals that compel video gamers can be activated to increase children’s brains’ motivation to do homework with focus, reverse school negativity, & reignite their joy of learning.

The Mystery of Trust

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 29, 2011 in One Among Many
The very notion of trust requires that we do not solve its mystery. Trust me on this one.

Navigation: It's All In Your Head

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on October 29, 2011 in Eyes on the Brain
How do you find your way? Do you always follow a familiar route or do you carry a map in your head? People who use different navigational strategies use their brains in different ways.

The Art of Constructive Criticism

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on October 29, 2011 in Think Well
Do you want to master the art of giving constructive criticism? Here are three keys to doing it well

Attachment, Grief, and Complicated Grief

By Mitchell A. Levick Ph.D. on October 29, 2011 in Am I Normal?
We recently buried my grandmother.People say she lived a good life; she did. People say she was fortunate to live a long life, especially without tremendously debilitating ailments; that's true, too. People say how fortunate my family and I have been to have had such a vital addition in our lives for so long. True, true, true: it's all true.