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Alcohol and Sleeping Pills—A Strange Combination

Did Ambien make a sleepless paramedic guzzle vodka and drive asleep in his underwear?

10 Traits of Good Interactive Apps for Pre-schoolers

It’s time for people to get used to the idea that kids think media is for interacting and not watching. Parents can take comfort, however, in knowing that interactive technology allows children to actively engage in their own learning. Here are 10 things about Endemol’s Wendy’s Giant List iPad app that would make Piaget proud.

Do Therapists Live Vicariously Through Their Clients?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 17, 2011 in Evolution of the Self
My short answer to this question is: "I certainly hope so!" And here's why. . . .

Students Criticizing Professors Online: A Right or a Violation?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 17, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
A recent court case in Canada pitted students’ rights to publicly criticize their professor (on Facebook) against a university’s right to impose an internal code of conduct in the pursuit of its mission statement. Who’s right?

Boosting Your Serotonin Activity

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on November 17, 2011 in PreFrontal Nudity
Decreased serotonin activity can lead to feeling a little down, or having difficulty finishing things, or getting annoyed easily, or being impulsive. Fortunately there are several easy ways to boost serotonin that don't involve a prescription or buying "supplements" from some website in your spam folder.

Elitism Has No Place in Psychology

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on November 17, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
A Plea for Therapists' Openness and Accessibility

Over 60 and Looking for Love: Why Not?

The vein of agelessness that runs through our being refuses to feel “old” in relation to a new love.

Herman Cain and the Souls of Black Folk

By George Davis on November 17, 2011 in Modern Melting Pot
No one can listen to “Imagine There's No Pizza” and deny that Herman Cain is a “soulful” singer.

Forget a Name? 6 Tips for Faking It

By Gretchen Rubin on November 17, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I have a lot of trouble remembering people's names. (My husband, on other hand, is freakily good at remembering names and faces—a very handy virtue in a spouse.)

Shootin' the Blues Away

By Eliezer Sobel on November 17, 2011 in The 99th Monkey
“Shootin’ the blues away” was the subject line. The email was from D., a new acquaintance I met at an art opening a few months ago, a 70+ writer guy with Parkinson’s. The content of D.'s email was a single line: "Would you like to go out in the woods and shoot some beer bottles with a .22 single action six-shooter?"


The Thanksgiving Day Massacre: A House of Horrors

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 17, 2011 in Animal Emotions
If you knew the truth about the turkey you eat, a genetically engineered and tormented animal, you would seriously consider choosing another main course. Turkeys are highly sentient beings who suffer enduring pain, misery, and terror on the way to a platter. It's easy to make more humane choices. Please do so now and add compassion to a world that sorely needs it.

Learning from Death and Detachment

Being part of destructive events that cost lives, even witnessing them remotely and repeatedly through the media, can change a person's attitudes and alter the trajectory of their spiritual journey.

So Does It Run in Your Family?

At book readings, I would always be asked whether OCD ran in my family, and my answer would have to be, 'Well, not officially, no.'

EEG Detects Brain Activity in Some in Persistent Vegetative State

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 17, 2011 in Am I Right?
The problem with this information is that it may well offer false ho

Effective Listening & Aphorisms

By Jeff Thompson on November 17, 2011 in Beyond Words
Awareness of your body language while listening can contribute to a positive (or negative!) interaction with someone. Aphorisms can be friendly reminders and raise that awareness for you. This article provides some basic tips as well as photographs of well-known people to help you become a more effective listener.

Mussel Power

By Ian Stewart on November 17, 2011 in Math's Eye View
How mussel genes influence collective behavior

The Disloyal We: Pronouns, Self-Exemption and Psychology Today

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in Ambigamy
For a sense of superiority there's the "royal we" but also "the disloyal we" whereby you and I can talk about the folly of we humans without really including ourselves, feigning self-inclusion, a faux-loyalty to our race while secretly exempting ourselves. Its downsides are something to name and tame.

It's Family Caregiver Month and Alzheimers Awareness Month

Its odd that we celebrate Family Caregiver Month and Alzheimer's Awareness Month in the same month. The theme we need to take away from this pairing is that each of our loved ones feel safer, stronger and on two feet when we learn how to take care of ourselves.

Philosopher Peter Singer, Ethical Theory, and Down Syndrome

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in For the Love of Wisdom
Peter Singer, our best known ethicist, has outraged disability rights activists with his description of people with Down syndrome. Is Singer's approach at fault? Or did Singer fail to use the ethical theory he espouses?