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Let's Play Psychology Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! champs have to know a little about everything. As it turns out, they also need to know a lot about psychology. Test your own psychology knowledge using 20 actual questions from the televised game show. Bonus: find out if Alex Trebek is as smart as you think he is!

Thinking Without Words

Unsymbolized thinking is the experience of an explicit, differentiated thought that does not include the experience of words, images, or any other symbols. Many (perhaps most) people think unsymbolized thinking is impossible, but in fact it is common.

Learning More Than You Teach: The Mark of a True Master

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in Laugh, Cry, Live
“Who am I to tell a teacher who has dedicated 30 years to educating children in her own community how to run her classroom and, in part, her life? … honestly, I’m no one. So, just what am I a master of? … If anything, I’m a master of I don’t know. I don’t know but I can help you find out. I don’t know but if you will teach me, I can teach you too” .—Jared Jones, Ed.M.

Can Parents Substitute for Friends?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
Over the years my daughter has struggled with social issues and having friends. Like many of the stories I read, our daughter is beautiful, athletic, top grades, straight (no drinking or smoking), good at conversations etc. etc. Yet, her friendships seem to fizzle out.

Brain Freeze

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
Rick Perry’s brain froze on national TV. He was trying to remember the third federal department he would cut and he completely failed. He knew the answer, struggled mightily to remember it, but nonetheless failed. We have all experienced similar moments, but his is a video sensation. Does it tell us anything about Perry's cognitive abilities?

5 Things to Do When You Didn't See The Argument Coming

Often it's not the subject of the argument itself but the sudden, unexpectedness of the occasion that throws you.

Does Compatibility Predict Marriage Success?

Research has made it clear that who shall stay married and who shall divorce depends on skills for staying cooperative. If instead you get argumentative.....

Paterno and Penn State: What the Rest of Us Can Learn

By Michael W Austin on November 10, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
I've always respected Joe Paterno and the Penn State program, and as many people are right now, I'm disappointed in all that has come to light in recent days. Rather than comment on the failures, though, I'd like to consider what moral lesson the rest of us might take away from this scenario.

Rethinking Organizations with the Brain in Mind: The Big Pic

By David Rock on November 10, 2011 in Your Brain at Work
Big ideas from day 1 of the NeuroLeadership Summit

ADHD, Sleep Disorder, Or Both?

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on November 10, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
A reader wrote in questioning whether her son with large tonsils and loud snoring might have a sleep disorder versus early ADHD.

Forging a Soul of Iron

By Jeff Wise on November 10, 2011 in Extreme Fear
Gerry Duffy, a rangy, chiseled 43-year-old from Ireland, ranks one of the most formidible endurance athletes in the world. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about him is that he used to be just like the rest of us.

Late-Life Moral Collapses Are Rocking Our Worlds

By Stanton Peele on November 10, 2011 in Addiction in Society
People live and are productive far longer than ever before in human history—but with results that can be catastrophic. Four legendary leaders have recently hit the skids in their seniority,and the implications are frightening for all of us.

Joe Paterno, Psychology, and Positive Ethics

Paterno, Penn State students, the graduate assistant who reported the abuse, the Board of Trustees, all faced ethical choices and dilemmas. Making choices involves weighing competing principles, feelings, and values.

Judgment and Decision Making in the Age of Conquest

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in One Among Many
450 years ago, a German conquistador came to grief on the shores of South America. He left invaluable texts, however, and thus a window into what he was thinking. I attempt here to answer the question of why he did not cut his losses when he had the opportunity.

The Promise of Eternal Youth?

Eternal youth may not be around the corner—but the theories to make it possible are advancing.

Not Taking Responsibility Makes Us Responsible

Whether it is leaving a two-year-old to bleed to death in the street, failing to report an incidence of child abuse, neglecting to report the ethical transgressions of a colleague or the flat out denial of sexual impropriety, when we are faced with certain knowledge and do not act, we are making a choice that indirectly condones the transgression.

Managers Need to Listen Too

Listening to employees is more than just good manners. It can increase production and profit, too.

Who Are You to Judge?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 10, 2011 in Am I Right?
We want others to prefer some things to other things; we want people to act in certain ways