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What Nematodes and Sea Slugs Tell Us about Our Brains

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on December 27, 2011 in Brain Sense
One way to study the human brain is to look at the brains of other animals. Nematodes and sea slugs can tell us a lot about how our senses work and how we learn. What we discover has many practical applications--from smoking cessation to the treatment of learning impairments.

Five Dimensions of Adult ADHD in Everyday Behavior

Adult ADHD can reflect an individual's "executive functioning," or ability to make plans and carry them out successfully. Surprisingly, neuropsychological tests don't always pick up altered executive functioning. In a new self-rating test, adults can now determine how ADHD is reflected in their everyday behaviors.

Centenarians: It's All in the FOXO3A Gene?

Could variations in two genes give us the key to longevity? For one gene, it depends on your gender.

A Dangerous Method: Relationships, Sexuality, Ideas and Ego

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on December 27, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
Two thumbs up for David Cronenberg's biopic about Freud, Jung, Speilrein and the early days of psychoanalysis! The film explores sexuality, personality, relationships and the egos of the "founding figures".

Time to Worry About Worrying Too Much

By David Ropeik on December 27, 2011 in How Risky Is It, Really?
Worrying can be really bad for our health, worse by far than some of the things we worry about. It causes the biological harms of chronic stress, which are broad and profound.

Get Outta Dodge!

By Hank Davis on December 27, 2011 in Caveman Logic
Getta Outta Dodge! From Matt Dillon to Dexter, we still love those who detect and punish cheaters.

Beta Wealth

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on December 27, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Preoccupied as we are with the 1% at the top, we lose sight of how volatile all wealth today has become....

Seligman's Psychology

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 27, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
Martin Seligman's positive psychology has brought many benefits, but his conception of the field as a whole is lacking in theoretical and philosophical depth.

The Solid Science of Autism

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on December 27, 2011 in Brain Sense
Autism spectrum disorder has attracted intense interest from the public and scientists over recent years. A new web page from Nature sorts fact from fiction with a collection of news and comment articles.

Digital Politics in a Multicultural World

By George Davis on December 27, 2011 in Modern Melting Pot
We created a deadline of June 12, 2009 for transitioning our television stations from analogue to digital. Changing our politics will take longer.

Addicted to Smiling

By Gary L. Wenk Ph. D. on December 27, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
Can forcing yourself to smile produce the same kinds of good feelings as a real smile does?

If, When—and How—to End an "OK-But-Not-Great" Relationship

Are you in a relationship that's OK but not great, one in which you're content staying but, at the same time, not as happy as you think you could be with someone else? How do you know when it's time to leave such a relationship?

The Joys of Retreating from the World (for a while)

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 27, 2011 in Out of the Darkness
It's important for us to retreat from the whirlwind of everyday life every so often, and winter is the ideal time to do this. Quietness helps us to recover stability and wholeness, and triggers the natural creativity of our minds.

Gratitude: An Inspired Year Starts With A Small Spark

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 27, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Whether you talk about Christmas, Chanukah or New Years, the message is about renewal. We are inspired to believe that even in the darkest hour, redemption – either spiritual or secular – will indeed triumph. This is why, in the Northern Hemisphere, our holidays correspond so beautifully with the Winter Solstice and the cold, grey days that have enveloped us.

Presence, the Greatest Gift

Simply being and being simple together

The Circular Nature of Pathological Stereotypes

Pathological stereotypes affect everyone, even those who consider themselves progressive and open-minded. Simply knowing about a pathological stereotype can result in responding in a pathological manner, causing the stereotype to become true.

Accomplish Your New Dreams in the New Year

Inspiration is a quality of leadership and entrepreneurial endeavors; the guiding force that allows us to navigate the stormy seas of life, never taking our eyes off the desired endpoints. Philosophers throughout history have attempted to define what it is to be inspired, committed, and creative in the pursuit of what we value or what is most meaningful to us.

African Americans and Pathological Stereotypes

Although there are many negative stereotypes about African Americans, most people are surprised to learn that stereotypes are wrong. Social status determines the content of stereotypes, not the actual characteristics of the people in the stereotyped group.

Instant Happiness

It had been a long day, and an even more excruciatingly long weekend. It was the end of our annual pilgrimage to the mecca of popular culture and uber-materialism...Orlando, Florida-home of Disney World...need I say more?!

The Art of Saying No

A few simple remedies for overcommitment, and all it takes is a little practice.

Do You Want A Piece of Me? Psychology Blog Comment Boards

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Millennial Media
People love voicing their opinions. While healthy dialogue is always welcome, when do inquiries become attacks? How can we have intelligent debates while leaving the boxing gloves at home? This year, let's practice kindness, respect, and an appreciation for diversity.

The Will and Ways of Hope

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
Hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get there.

Giftedness Doesn't Guarantee Creative Achievement

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in The Human Beast
There is a dirty little secret that you will never hear from educators involved in programs for the "gifted." These intellectually precocious youngsters generally go on to lead lives that are, well, boring.

Heartless Hunting: Maiming Then Killing Deer With No Remorse

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Animal Emotions
The writer of a failed attempt at a poetic essay claims "I hate to kill" but nonetheless does it thoroughly irresponsibly. Clearly a poor shooter, he portrays everything that is bad about hunting, and other hunters should be angered by his heartless, dismissive, and pompous attitude with no concern for the deer he first maimed then later killed.

7 Reasons Your Book Lives in a Drawer

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Are your in-boxes and mailboxes flooded with form rejection letters? Here are some of the reasons, including a few you may be able to fix.