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Traveling Abroad? Eight Tips for Keeping Your Foot OUT of Your Mouth

A little observation, a tiny bit of work, and a smidge of courtesy can keep you from sticking your foot in your mouth and help you truly enjoy your visit.

Can We Learn Anything From Tornadoes About Resilience?

As coverage of tornadoes has proliferated, I find myself speculating about the larger lessons that may lie beneath the shattered landscape: coping with loss, recovering from devastation and seeking support are universal in many tragedies we face over the course of our lives.

Are You Turning Into His First Wife?

He stays up later than you, or goes to bed much earlier.

Reaching Your Goals...Vicariously

The researchers wondered whether merely watching someone successfully complete a goal would lead people to be less motivated when they subsequently performed the same task.

Memory is Biased Towards Fairness

Do we misremember events in ways that promote the perception that they were fair and just? Is memory a carbon copy of events?

Why Are Cell Phones So Annoying?

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on June 02, 2011 in Therapy Matters
Annoyance is an universal emotion but one that is often misunderstood. Why is listening to another person's cell phone conversation so annoying to us?

Parents and Their Kids' Technology: Don't Cede Information to Wisdom

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on June 02, 2011 in Grand Rounds
If we can use this technology to foster inquiry, and also step away from it and think together, then we're back on solid parenting ground.

Not Everyone With Mild Cognitive Impairment Progresses To Dementia

A great deal of research has been published about the psychosocial characteristics of those more likely to progress to dementia. By contrast no systematic study has been reported about those behaviors and lifestyle habits that distinguish MCI patients who do not progress to dementia., who remain stable or who revert to normal cognitive aging.

"When My Mother Died, She Basically Told Me To Try to Enjoy My Life More"

By Gretchen Rubin on June 02, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Meghan O'Rourke is a writer in many incarnations: an essayist, poet, critic, and editor. I got to know Meghan during the time that this blog appeared on Slate, and I was very eager to get my hands on her new book.

Diet and Exercise Won't Solve Obesity

Though recent studies argue work changes have markedly decreased physical activity since 1960, there's much more to our obesity epidemic than how we move and how we eat - much more.

Why Barack Obama Loves the War on Drugs

By Stanton Peele on June 02, 2011 in Addiction in Society
A new Global Commission on Drug Policy rejects the U.S.-created, worldwide War on Drugs, saying it is demonstrably ineffective and oppresses other nations. The Obama Administration's reaction, "Screw you!" (a) We're the United states; (b) everyone knows drug use is a disease.

A Friendship that Is Too Close for Comfort?

What I noticed throughout our friendship was that (for some reason, and I believe this is my problem) I always felt as though I cared about him, liked him, and thought about him much more than he did about me. I felt like it was an unbalanced friendship; I mean, I've already told myself that I could even die for him.

Forecasting Rogue Waves

By Ian Stewart on June 02, 2011 in Math's Eye View
Mariners had told tall tales of giant waves coming from nowhere and sinking ships. No one believed them. Until 1995, when an oil rig measured a wave 26 metres high, coming from nowhere. Now mathematics is helping ships to stay clear of regions where rogue waves are unusually common.

Which is More Important to You, Love or Chocolate?

By Donna Barstow on June 02, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Addiction might mean dark, bitter, milk, or white chocolate, however- all are valid flavors. This cartoon probably won't help solve your problem, unfortunately. A cartoon about craving chocolate - everyone does it.

Keeping Marriage Alive with Affairs, Asexuality, Polyamory, and Living Apart

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 02, 2011 in Living Single
What can couples do to enliven a melancholy marriage? Author Pamela Haag offers some bold suggestions. I think what she is actually describing is a wonderful version of single life.

Refusing to Speak a Language

For many monolinguals, being bilingual and hence being able to know and use two or more languages in everyday life is seen as a real advantage. And yet some bilinguals, be they adults or children, refuse to speak one of their languages. Why is that?

Of Weiners and Wieners: The Personalization of Policy and Its Dangers

What does the current Twitter "scandal" involving Congressman Anthony Weiner tell us about American political dialogue. Is America being corrupted by "Candid Camera politics"?

In anorexia, separating mind from body is impossible

By Carrie Arnold on June 01, 2011 in Body of Evidence
Treating anorexia with solely behavioral approaches isn't likely to help what the authors believe is a metabolic disorder. You can't treat diabetes that way, the authors argue, and you can't treat anorexia that way.

Capturing Mladic

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on June 01, 2011 in The Me in We
Ratko Mladic, former Serbian general, was captured last week after being indicted for crimes against humanity during the Balkan wars. What does psychohistory tell us about this man's actions? Psychohistory uses the insights of psychology to understand history.

New study on risk and benefits of serious relationships

This week we published a new study in the journal Health Psychology that found that young gay and bisexual men in serious relationships have nearly eight times the rate of unprotected sex as compared to when they are in casual relationships.