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He Doesn't Hear Me

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Love Doc
"My birthday is coming up this Friday. You always forget it, and it's a big one, my fiftieth." Beth stretched out on the couch.

Looking down at his smart phone, Steve remarked "The stock market is plummeting."

Sitting up straight, Beth's voice rose "I'm talking to you. Why are you looking at your phone?"

I LOVE my iPhone: A Neuroscience Love Story?

As newer, faster, and cooler electronic devices get released at what seems to be breakneck speed, I thought a post about our love affair with the newest tech gadgets was in order. What I didn't expect to find was that the love affair I was planning to write about might actually be ... well, literal?

Accused of Doing Something Awful? Here’s How to Convince Others of Your Innocence

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Living Single
If you are accused of something seriously bad and you want to persuade others of your innocence, is it best to flat out deny the accusation?

Unnecessary Illusions and the Truth about Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Don't Delay
I recently delivered an invited talk for an authors' series around the theme of "unnecessary illusions and truth." The theme fit what I've learned about procrastination over the past decade. Here are 10 illusions about procrastination with relevant research that challenges each.

I'm Afraid that My Teen is Too Old to Trick-or-Treat

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if you think your teen is too old to celebrate Halloween.

Occupy Wall Street: Carnival or Protest?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Over the Edge of Politics

The “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration that has grown over the past few weeks has attracted growing media attention, but not always much respect. Reporters are captivated by the odd assortment of protestors that keeps showing up. Commentators sense it is important, but they don’t know what to make of it.

Home Alone on Saturday Night? No Call from Mr. Right?

By Rita Watson MPH on October 01, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Love is positive. It takes courage. But love is also reciprocal. If he didn't call and left you high and dry on a Saturday night -- then he was not the right one for you. But this brings us to the question: Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

Do You Really Love Your iPhone, That Way?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in The Decision Tree
A recent article in the New York Times purports to show that we love our iPhones the same way we love our spouses. It's science journalism of the worst sort.

Can You Have Too Many Friends?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Why can't we manage more than 150 real friends at a time?

Gossip Part 1: Portrait of a 20th-century Washington Gossip

By Nicholas DiFonzo on October 01, 2011 in Around the Watercooler
"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."

Executing the Innocent? Eyewitness Memory Errors Lead to Injustice

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
I’ve often been a proponent of the death penalty in some cases. Some crimes are so heinous, so horrific, that the death penalty feels like justice. But as a cognitive psychologist, I worry that we create injustice by condoning a system that allows execution. Sometimes we may execute the innocent.

The Meltdown in the Markets Is Leading to a Surge in Addictions among Traders

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Side Effects
Why addiction rates are surging among traders—and why that matters, especially now.

Twins and Non-Twins Switched at Birth: How Rare?

By Nancy L Segal Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Twofold
Switched-at-birth twins: how and when do they occur?

What Is the Intellectual Elite Worth to the American Economy?

What are intellectuals worth to society? A recent study of “human capital” examines the links between IQ and national wealth across 90 countries, and puts a (surprising) dollar value on each additional IQ point amongst the free-thinking intellectual elite.

Russell Banks' New Novel Explores Sex Offender Banishment

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Witness
The Kid is all alone in the world, hiding in the shadows under the freeway, part of an ever-growing mass of exiles electronically shackled to a society that despises and shuns them.

If Johnny Wore Pink

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in The First Impression
Dance on Chaz Bono, dance on.

10 Awesome Health Tips I Learned From Dr. Andrew Weil

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 30, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Medical doctor and life coach Dr. Susan Biali shares ten favorite wellness tips she learned while presenting alongside her health hero, Integrative Medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What's Love Got to Do With It? Part One

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in Evil Deeds
When it comes to matters of love and intimacy, most people tend to think that all they need to do is identify, meet, and choose the right person. Find the right fit. But what if, as the flamboyant father of Gestalt therapy, psychiatrist Frederick "Fritz" Perls suggested, finding love has at least as much to do with becoming the right person as meeting him or her?

Eleven Year-Old Debunks Therapeutic Touch: The Case of Emily Rosa

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
The scientific method is the best framework available to us when seeking to establish the veracity of a given claim. Emily Rosa, who in 1998 was only eleven years old, published a paper in JAMA that debunked the central claims of Therapeutic Touch. Now that’s a democratic system!