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Goofing Off
The Secret of Successful Scientists
Putting the Fun Back in Parenting
The Power of Play

Music On Your Child’s Mind: Improving Focus Through Song

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on February 18, 2010 in Attention Training
Helping children find their focus and sharpen their concentration.

The Wage Gap -- Unconscious Bias in Judging the Value of Predominantly "Female" Professions

By Shankar Vedantam on February 18, 2010 in The Hidden Brain
 Apologists for the wage gap blame women for choosing low-paying jobs. Here is why they're wrong.

Does God exist, and if so, who cares?

Why do people believe in God?  This is a question several evolutionary psychologists have been asking of late, and it’s one that the Coen Brothers address in A Serious Man. Will this movie stand as a deep comedic treatment of the meaning of life, next to Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, or is more like a philosophical treatise written by the stoner Dude in the Big Lebowski?  

Seven Tips to Make Working Out Easier

By Debra Shigley J.D. on February 18, 2010 in Second Act

Insolvent Debtors: The International Version

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 18, 2010 in Hidden Motives

Why No Job Can Ever Be Perfect

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on February 18, 2010 in Happiness in this World
Emotional Extortion
The Stealth Saboteur
Get What You Want
Heel, Master!

Anxiety Is a Mean Trickster

It makes no difference whether you view your anxiety as a product of your genes, faulty brain circuitry, early trauma, current stress, world events, or the moon and stars and grace. Whatever your perspective, one thing is certain.

Anxious at Work: Is it Me or This Damn Job?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on February 17, 2010 in The Human Equation
For every nine employees at your company, odds are that one of them will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in his or her life.   Here's how to tell if the problem is with you - or your job.

Sports: 46-Year-Old-Man Brings Home Olympic Gold!

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on February 17, 2010 in Adventures in Old Age
Citius, Altius, Fortius.Swifter, higher, stronger is the Olympic motto, and for the past 100 years it has been true.In 1912, at the Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, Arnold Jackson-who was to go on to become in World War I the youngest British general at age 29-won 1500 meter Gold with a time of 3:58.8. It was the only photo-finish of the games. In what has long been called the "greatest race of all time," Jackson edged out the silver and bronze medalists, both from the U.S., in the blink of an eye.

Poll: Are You Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 17, 2010 in The Happiness Project
It’s now mid-February – which means that about 80% of New Year’s resolutions have been abandoned. I started keeping my Resolutions Chart as a way to do a better job of sticking to my resolutions. I’ve made resolutions my whole life, but until the chart gave me a way to hold myself accountable, I didn’t do a very good job of keeping them.  

Technology: In Praise of the Blog "Commentariat"

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 17, 2010 in The Power of Prime
A few months ago, I wrote a post titled The Blogosphere Jungle in which I described the truly uncivil nature of the blogosphere in which respect for opposing views and dispassionate discourse were out and ad hominem attacks and demonization were in. Yet, as I have followed and responded to many comments to my own blog posts and read many other blogs, I have come to see the "commentariat" in a very different light.

Can fear and grief be pleasurable?

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on February 16, 2010 in Let's Connect
 Happy while crying or shaking with fear?

Saving endangered languages

By Derek Bickerton on February 16, 2010 in Strange Tongue
The Whorfian hypothesis, the search for language universals, and the cultural freight every language carries are good reasons why we shouldn'ty let even the obscurest languages die.

THE POWER AND PURPOSE OF DREAMS

By Gayle Greene PhD on February 16, 2010 in Insomniac
A Matter of Taste
Lessons in Fashion
The Style Imperative

Offering Condolences

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in Raising Grieving Children

Want to Show off Your Wealth and Status? Buy a Hybrid!

What can you do if you want to engage in conspicuous consumption right alongside Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio? Three clever experiments by Vlad Griskevicius and his colleagues suggest that status goals motivate conspicuous displays of environmentalism, and inspire people to go green.

Are Children With Special Needs Favored?

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in The Favorite Child

To Ignore or Confront? Dealing with Racially Stereotyping Comments

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in Mental Mishaps
The man continued to make racially inappropriate remarks. He was a work associate of a friend of mine, we were all having a drink together, and I was getting uncomfortable. I knew that if I said nothing, I would continue to feel bad and awkward. I worried that if I confronted him, that both my friend and his work associate would be mad at me. A classic no win situation.