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How to Choose an Elementary School by the Numbers

By Garth Sundem on February 09, 2012 in Brain Trust
Lately, my wife and I have been staring slack-jawed at elementary school options—and so we’ve decided to cede our choice to the numbers. Unlike test scores alone, here are three unexpected numbers that actually DO mean something about school quality.

Preventing Alzheimer's Disease, Regenerating Your Body

New research understanding how Alzheimer's spreads in the brain are a long way from clinical utility. The costs of Alzheimer's are exploding—and we have to do something now.

Gain From the Pain

By Helen Adrienne L.C.S.W. on February 09, 2012 in On Fertile Ground
Find the bless in the infertility mess. Learn to grow from this challenge.

How Fun Is Your Workplace?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 09, 2012 in The Happiness Project
In "The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up," Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher make an interesting argument that “levity” is an extremely effective tool for helping people to work better. An atmosphere of light-heartedness, it turns out, helps people pay attention, eases tensions, and enhances a feeling of connection.

Do You Have the "Quality of Keeping People Together"?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 09, 2012 in The Happiness Project
The "quality of keeping people together" seems an important and rare attribute, and although it doesn't come naturally to me, I'm trying to do a better job of it myself, and also to appreciate more the work of the Apollinaire-ish types whose efforts benefit me.

Sex and Heart Health: Treadmill or Titillation?

Valentine's Day is coming, but you don't have to wait until then to get your heart pumping and burn some calories; and would you rather be on a treadmill, or engage in hour-long titillation?

Not to Be Antisocial, But ... Why Don’t You Leave Me Alone? Part II

By David Hirshleifer Ph.D. on February 09, 2012 in What Lies Beneath
In Part I, I discussed how the conviviality externality can cause people to issue too many social invitations, which on average makes people worse off. We'll now see that the problem of over-conviviality is exacerbated by the friendship paradox from the theory of social networks.

Maps of the Mind and the World

By Maureen Seaberg on February 09, 2012 in Sensorium
Blue cats, chartreuse kittens and multi-hued Haitian taxis color synesthete Patricia Lynne Duffy's world.

Social Justice and the Autism Spectrum

By Lynne Soraya on February 09, 2012 in Asperger's Diary
As the debate about the DSM 5 proposed revisions rages on, the focus of the media turns more and more to the upsurge in autism diagnoses. What does the increase in autism numbers mean? Are the standards for diagnosis too lax? Is autism really becoming more common? Or, is it that we are getting better at recognizing it?

Want to Escape Blame? Be a Victim!

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in The Big Questions
Say you do something good. Then, you do something immoral. Are you going to get less blamed because you did that "good" thing?

Rage—Coming Soon From a Narcissist Near You

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on February 08, 2012 in Just Listen
Hell hath no fury and contempt as a narcissist you dare to disagree with, tell they’re wrong or embarrass.

Why Caring for Yourself Makes All the Difference

If we lack connection in the external world, we have the ability to create it in our internal worlds through compassionate practices, and thereby reap some of the health and psychological benefits.

JFK’s Young Intern Lover Reveals Long-held Secrets; Would You?

Would you ever write a tell-all memoir? If so, why? Would it be to free yourself of the journey's twists and turns and what effect it had on your life? Would it be to do the big reveal–to finally explain to others some "whys" of situation and reactions gone by? Is it to brag? Is it ...[what]?

13 Lessons for Aging Well—Lesson 3

By Meika Loe Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Aging Our Way
The generation that came of age during the Great Depression learned how to live in moderation, and some are still practicing this ethic today.

Do You Mate Like a Cavewoman?

By Donna Barstow on February 08, 2012 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Finding the right person requires savvy and skill. Perhaps Darwin could shed a little Love Advice your way.

What Sexy Is

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Insight Therapy
The American concept of sexy is to true sexiness what Hallmark greeting cards are to deep human emotion. Yet it is possible to find sexy moments on the web–mysterious, subtle, original, and alive. Here is a sampling of sexy web finds, clips that capture–for me–the slippery, intoxicating essence of what sexy is.

Emotions and the Body

By Julie Jaffee Nagel Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Music to My Ears
As a psychoanalyst, I listen to people tell their personal stories through the use of words. As an audience member at a concert, I listen to musicians tell their stories through the use of music. This sometimes includes lyrics but often does not In both scenarios, I often find myself affected by strong feelings.

Time to Eat

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 08, 2012 in Eating Mindfully
The clock hits noon—that means its lunchtime. My co-worker brought cookies to work—I might as well eat one (or three). That chips ad on television looks so tempting—I'll go into the kitchen and grab a handful. These are just some examples of eating in response to external cues.

Not to Be Antisocial, But—Why Don’t You Leave Me Alone? Part I

By David Hirshleifer Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in What Lies Beneath
Have you ever felt deluged by invitations, festivities, celebrations, get-togethers, gatherings, blasts, soirees, shindigs, and Super Bowl tail-gates, when all you wanted to do was spend a nice quiet evening with your dog and the Internet?

Life Imitates Class

By Frances Kuffel on February 08, 2012 in What Fat Women Want
I didn’t notice the man weaving in and out of the foot traffic and I was so involved with my doughnut-thingie that I didn’t hear him say, as he stepped off the curb to circumvent all of us mortals, “Keep eating. That’s why you take up too much space.”

Too Posh for Pregnancy?

By Marcy Darnovsky Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Genetic Crossroads
How many women hire surrogates because they are too busy to be pregnant or want to avoid stretch marks?

Are You Under the Influence of Implicit Attitudes?

By Jeffrey S. Nevid Ph.D., ABPP on February 08, 2012 in Get Psyched!
Our automatic responses to people may be based more on their physical features than the content of their character. Although we may think of ourselves as free of prejudices based on skin color, our behavior may belie that belief.

The Science of Love: A Pre-Valentine's Day Live Chat

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Join a live chat on the nature of love on February 9 hosted by Science Live. While some people still debate whether nonhuman animals can "fall in love" there are ample data that show they can and do. And it's real love, not "love". We don't need to use quotation marks when talking about animal emotions as if they're not real or not the same as ours.

Digital Dirt: Managing Your Online Identity

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on February 08, 2012 in Career Transitions
It is no longer an option to monitor your online presence – it's imperative. Does your current online image reflect you at your best and convey the message you would want potential employers, customers, or clients to see?

Banishing Your Heartache on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day can be a challenge if your heart is aching. Here are some creative strategies to add some "zing" to your love life ...