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Existentialism and Procrastination (Part 2): Bad Faith

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 07, 2008 in Don't Delay
"I'll feel more like doing it tomorrow." Self-deception.

Psychology of Sport - Will playing sports get our kids into college?

By Richard D Ginsburg Ph.D. on April 06, 2008 in Psychology of Sport
What if playing sports had absolutely no influence on college acceptance? What if playing for THE elite travel team meant only that our children were playing more games at a higher level with no free time for weekend relaxation? Would playing youth sports hold the same importance it does in present day culture?

Open letter to Nora Volkow

By Stanton Peele on April 06, 2008 in Addiction in Society
We can never, ever reduce addiction and alcoholism to biology.

The Anguish of Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 05, 2008 in Don't Delay
What is life really all about? Perhaps the more accurate way to phrase this as a question is "What is your life really all about and why don't you get on with it?" Does this mean procrastination is an existential issue?

Does My Partner Belong to Me? The Justification for Jealousy

Despite various challenges to the requirement for exclusivity in love, this constraint does have a basis, as it expresses a genuine psychological concern. Married people who are having an extramarital affair may still feel intense jealousy if they suspect their lovers of having an additional affair. The bad news for our future is that jealousy will be part of romantic relationships for a long time; the good news is that people will gradually give less weight to it.

Facebook—a Whole New World of Wasting Time

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 03, 2008 in Don't Delay
  We've truly reached a new level of technological time wasting, and it's called Facebook. Talk about a study in procrastination!

How Ideology Colors Morality

Do you think members of the opposition party are a bunch or idiots? Or worse, might they bad people deliberately trying to achieve reprehensible ends? The real problem is that liberals and conservatives have different basic values, and political debates are just cross talk.

An Upper Class Morality Play

By Steven Kotler on March 31, 2008 in The Playing Field
How baseball inverts traditional morality.

All men are Beavis and Butt-head

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 30, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
You may think that Beavis and Butt-head are buffoonish cartoon characters, and real men and boys don’t behave like them. Well, you’d be wrong, and I have a Federal class-action lawsuit to prove it.

The Walkaway Wife Syndrome

By Michele Weiner-Davis MSW on March 30, 2008 in Divorce Busting
Why are women leaving their marriages in droves?

Being and Nothingness

By Jay Dixit on March 28, 2008 in Brainstorm
There are two kinds of vacations: the kind where you’re trying to actually do something—explore a foreign country, see the sights, climb the mountain, learn to scuba dive/ski/blow glass, and the kind where you do nothing at all—you lie out on a beach, read the paper by the pool, or simply slowly decompose in front of the TV. In the movie Office Space, when asked what he would do if he had a million dollars, the antihero replies, “Nothing. I would relax, I would sit on my ass all day… I would do nothing.”

Procrastination: It's Not Me, it's the Situation!

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 28, 2008 in Don't Delay
Psychologists call this task aversiveness. So, what makes a task aversive?

Why do we believe in God? II

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 28, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Religion is a cultural universal. Humans in every known society practice some type of religion. So it’s tempting to believe that religiosity is part of evolved human nature, that humans are evolutionarily designed to be religious. Well, the answer is yes and no.

To Indulge or Not to Indulge

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 26, 2008 in Cravings
There are two ways to deal with compulsive overeating: Avoid your favorite binge foods, or embrace them.

Just Get Started

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 26, 2008 in Don't Delay
If you're reading this, chances are you're procrastinating right now. 

Does Donating Money Make Us Happy?

As my second official post, I'll point our readers to a finding that recently appeared in Science. Elizabeth Dunn (UBC) and her colleagues demonstrated that giving money to others makes us more happy overall than using that money for ourselves.

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

By Matthew Hutson on March 26, 2008 in Psyched!
What do Barack Obama and televangelist Benny Hinn have in common? Take a look:

No Time to Delay

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 24, 2008 in Don't Delay
Trust me. It’s tempting to go to bed right now and put this off. It’s been a long day. 

Why Do We Believe in God?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 24, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Question: Why do we believe in God?Answer: Beavis and Butt-head.Good night, everybody! Drive home safely, and don’t forget to tip your waitress!

Loving Two People at the Same Time

Empirical evidence clearly suggests that humans are capable of loving and having sex with more than one person at the same time. Nevertheless, it is not obvious how to explain this phenomenon as emotions are typically partial and exclusive.

The Technology of Mind Reading

By Gregory S. Berns on March 21, 2008 in plus2sd
A recent fMRI study brings us one step closer to mind-reading.

Do you need to have a body to have a mind?

By Joshua Knobe on March 20, 2008 in Experiments in Philosophy
Philosophers have long wondered whether the mind depends on the body or whether our thoughts and feelings reside in an immaterial 'soul.' Though intellectuals are still arguing back and forth about the right answer to that question, experimental studies have revealed some surprising facts about how ordinary people think of these issues.

To Forgive or Not Forgive: That is the Question

"I get so tired of people saying that you should forgive. What if you can't? Does that make you less of a person?" As a psychotherapist with over 30 years experience I hear comments like this all the time.

Food Abuse

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 20, 2008 in Cravings
Is there such a thing as a food addiction? Researchers are saying "quite possibly."

How Racist Are You?

By on March 19, 2008 in Credit and Blame at Work
We all take our biases to work with us.
Male Brain vs. Female Brain I

Male Brain vs. Female Brain I

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 17, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Why do men try and figure out their relationships? Why do women talk to their cars?