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Get Smart: Take a Nap and You'll Learn Better

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on February 22, 2010 in Brain Sense
New evidence suggests that naps do more than refresh the mind. They can actually make us smarter!

A Different Approach To Drug Prevention With Teens

By Ugo Uche on February 22, 2010 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
A good drug prevention advertisement need not mention drugs at all, but promote the normalcy of negative and difficult feelings people experience from time to time.

What happens after happily ever after?

By Jen Kim on February 22, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Do Disney fairy tales make you happy?Evil stepmothers, true love, and talking crabs. Why I never became a princess.

Identity Exploration, Redux

By Kristine Anthis Ph.D. on February 22, 2010 in Who Am I?

Confront the Difficult While it is Still Easy

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on February 22, 2010 in Don't Delay
My post today is short passage taken from the Tao Te Ching. It's a little something for our reflection as we face the tasks ahead of us today.

Thriving Relationships

The sexual relationship of a respectful relationship is soulful sex.

Don't Call Us, We’ll Call … Well, No, Actually We Won’t...

By Sophia Dembling on February 22, 2010 in The Introvert's Corner
Why do so many introverts hate the phone so much? Some theories.
Raising Hellions
Parent, Not Patsy
Frightened Into Felony

Genes for Monarchy?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on February 21, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Does human nature naturally crave hereditary monarchy?

Stepping Out of Automatic Pilot

By Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. on February 21, 2010 in Get Out of Your Mind
Thoughts cause our actions, or do they? We need to stop treating out own minds with the automaticity of tying our shoes or any idiot with a microphone has access to buttons to control us. In between agreeing with thoughts and disagreeing with thoughts, there is a middle path. In the noisy culture we have created we need to learn how to get there.

Take Time for Projects and Keep a New Family Tradition.

By Gretchen Rubin on February 20, 2010 in The Happiness Project
Many of my resolutions are meant to push me to wander, play, experiment, and appreciate. For example, the resolution to Take time for projects reminds me to undertake big family projects, like making homemade books or putting up holiday decorations. Keep a new family tradition reminds me to look out for new traditions (excuse the oxymoron) that can add to the richness of family life.These resolutions are hard for me to keep, even though I know they make me happier, because I always have to fight the urge to work. Instead of using the time in these ways, I want to work, or if I’m not working, I want to read in bed. Which sometimes is work, and sometimes is play.
French Paradox—Solved
Mindful Eating
The Smartest Food
Building a Better Self

The Importance of Weather

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 20, 2010 in Hidden Motives
Our National RitualAs a nation, we have become preoccupied with the weather. As The New York Times noted the other day: "No one remembers precisely when it happened, when the weather - or more often than not, the mere prospect of weather - automatically became a top story on local newscasts."But why? 

Listening to Prozac, but Hearing Placebo

By Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D. on February 20, 2010 in Charting the Depths
Irving Kirsch is an expert in statistics and in clinical trial methodology. In The Emperor's New Drugs, he absolutely dismantles the case for antidepressants as a pharmacologically effective treatment.
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College Rejection Letters -- How to Cope When They Arrive

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 19, 2010 in Off the Couch
Nobody likes to be rejected; but painful as it can be, not getting what you want can sometimes be every bit as -- maybe even better than -- good as getting it.

Infant Brains Are Hardwired for Language

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on February 19, 2010 in Brain Sense
Studies suggest that babies learn to recognize their native language while still in the womb. Babies whose mothers speak two languages during pregnancy appear "hardwired" for bilingualism at birth.

How to Stop Overeating

By Susan Biali M.D. on February 19, 2010 in Prescriptions for Life
Dr. Biali shares simple, highly effective tips from her own successful battle against compulsive overeating (and dieting) that you can start to implement today.
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