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Being Dexter Morgan

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Sex at Dawn
Both "Dexter," the program, and Dexter, the character challenge us to join in, if we dare, for a journey along the razor's edge separating the cleansing execution of moral justice from the sticky evil that oozes from numbed slaughter-and, frankly, from the numbing depiction of killing.

Why You Should Stop Searching for Your Soul Mate

By Bjarne Holmes Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Love by the Numbers
Searching for your soul mate? There's a better path to real happiness.

Parents, Adolescents, and the Internet

The Internet is not the enemy of adolescence, but it does create additional parental challenges.

Working Memory in Any Language: Is It the Same?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Keep It in Mind
Working memory is critical for many activities at school, from complex subjects such as reading comprehension, mental arithmetic, and word problems to simple tasks like copying from the board and navigating the halls. We have a limited space for processing information, and the size of various individuals' working memory capacity can vary greatly.

Should Your Doctor Talk With You About the Cost of Your Pills?

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on February 13, 2012 in Critical Decisions
In the last few decades, medical schools have been teaching us doctors to inform patients about their treatment alternatives, so our patients can pick the alternative that best fits with their individual values. Which raises the question: Should doctors take the time to figure out the cost of treatment alternatives and communicate such information to their patients?

Personalized Medicine: Coming Soon to a Clinic Near You

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on February 13, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
New technologies are radically changing how medical care is adapted and tailored to individual patients.

Why Do We Call It World Wide Web?

By Maureen Seaberg on February 13, 2012 in Sensorium
The co-inventor of the Internet named it World Wide Web for his synesthetic green "w's".

In Praise of "Boyfriends"—for Married Women

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Laugh, Cry, Live
In The Secret Lives of Wives, author Iris Krasnow explores how boyfriends can be bright spots in a married woman’s life. The best boyfriends tickle your fancy and in turn are captivated by you. It’s super fun when there is flirting, witty banter, and physical affection. Boyfriends are also meant to be platonic, thereby rejuvenating you and bolstering your marriage.

A Lost Love Art Exhibit

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
Art galleries don't usually feature exhibitions based on lost love, but the Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) is doing just that.

Forget About Love This Valentine's Day, Celebrate Lust Instead

By Simon M Laham Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in The Science of Sin
Learn how lust can make you smarter, more creative, and even more virtuous this Valentine's Day.

Is Your Ideal Living Situation Different at Different Points in Your Life?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 12, 2012 in Living Single
Living alone, living with friends, living with a partner, living with family, and all the other endless permutations and possibilities – are different options more appealing at different times in your life?

The Devil Made Me (Not) Do It!

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on February 12, 2012 in The Big Questions
Would you be more likely to rape, steal, murder or cheat if you did not believe in Hell? Recent research assessed the correlation between belief in Heaven and Hell and anti-social behavior.

What's New in Eating Disorders?

No longer do whites have an edge when it comes to eating disorders. Lifetime prevalence of anorexia and binge eating disorder is now similar for all major ethnicities (American African, Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic whites).

The Whitney Houston Story – A Warning to Young Girls

By Allison Conner Psy.D. on February 12, 2012 in Therapy in Mind
Whitney Houston's mistakes can positively impact young girls.

How Do We Get Kids to Want to Be Einstein?

A conversation with Alex Knapp—writer, futurist, and knowledge evangelist. Here are his thoughts ... On writing: “There are lots of writers with great prose who, in the end, have nothing to say.” On imagination, creativity, and knowledge: “Imagination is a key aspect of creativity, but imagination is useless without a body of knowledge to build from.”

Do Corporate Managers Make Each Other Overconfident?

By David Hirshleifer Ph.D. on February 12, 2012 in What Lies Beneath
Does overconfidence spread from CEO to CEO like the flu?

Improve Your Relationship in Five Minutes

By Stanley H. Block M.D. on February 12, 2012 in Come To Your Senses
Can you really improve your relationship in five minutes? The answer is yes. Find out the "how to" of this powerful clinically proven way to improve your most important relationship.

Winning Your Lover Back After a Breakup: A Most Difficult Ch

By Stephen J Betchen D.S.W. on February 12, 2012 in Magnetic Partners
Have you ever tried to win somebody back you've previously broken up with? Man, is it hard.

Paying Attention to Complementary Medical Treatment

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on February 12, 2012 in Attention Training
Tens of millions of people in the U.S. are using complementary and alternative therapies in combination with other treatments to enhance their quality of life.

Emotional Yoga: Why Flexibility Is Good for Relationships

Like an asana, a healthy relationship requires flexibility, commitment, and alignment with our internal sources of vitality and well-being—loving ourselves unconditionally, for example—even while enduring periods of discomfort. Making yourself a little uncomfortable for someone you love can stretch the relationship into new levels of health and vitality.

How Good Are You at IDing Spoken Languages?

By Michael Erard Ph.D. on February 12, 2012 in The Will to Plasticity
There are 7,000 languages on the planet. This book video features a very small subset. But which ones? Can you identify them?

How to Live With Your Mind When You’re in Love

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on February 12, 2012 in Ironshrink
Like an overly protective sibling, the mind has a knack for getting in the way. It's especially true when we're most vulnerable, and few things make us feel more vulnerable than love. Luckily, overly protective minds can be managed.

Do Something That Scares You

I have a sign up in my office that says, "Do one thing every day that scares you." It is inspiring to my patients and lets them know that the goal of our work together will not be for me to talk them out of being anxious, but for them to behave themselves out of being anxious.

Death and Drugs and Whitney Houston

The tragedy of Whitney Houston's early death leads us to ask: What price does creativity have in a world of quick-fix perfection?

What Is It Like to Be a Bat?

By Mary Bates Ph.D. on February 12, 2012 in Animal Minds
What is it like to be a bat? Or any kind of animal? Join Mary Bates, Ph.D., on a journey into the incredible sensory experiences of animals.

Making the Most of Milestones

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on February 12, 2012 in Happiness in this World
I remember thinking when I turned thirty not only that it wasn't so bad, but that it was actually pretty great. I felt I'd come to the end of the beginning of my life, had lived it vigorously, honestly, and meaningfully, and as a result was well-prepared to launch forward into the middle of it.

Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts, Part 3

Why Harry Potter will never find a lasting romantic relationship.

Are Man and Woman Equals in Nonverbal Communication?

By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on February 12, 2012 in Beyond Words
A considerable amount of research has been conducted in nonverbal communication with some dedicated to the differences between men and women. Read about women being smarter, all about beards, and if being 'hot' is really good for your career.