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Should We Leave Our Romantic Doors Open?

Love is discriminatory in the sense that it focuses on one object. However, people have a natural tendency to keep their romantic (and other) options open. Can these two seemingly contradictory features coexist? Can we love while leaving our romantic doors open?  

Does psychology have a liberal bias?

Does psychology have a liberal bias?

Climate Change Confidential: What Doomsayers Don't Tell You

By Seth Roberts on March 09, 2011 in Personal Science
The usual arguments that humans have caused great global warming omit one itsy-bitsy detail: Evidence that climate models, the ones used to predict catastrophe, can be trusted.

Was Glee "Inappropriate" Last Night? Never Forget Context...

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on March 09, 2011 in Grand Rounds
What makes something "inappropriate?  Its in the story.

Five Ways Libraries Can Apply the Nature Principle

By Richard Louv on March 09, 2011 in People in Nature
The Naturebrary: A national library campaign to connect people to the nature of their communities could build the psychological and physical health of children and adults, and in the process expand the public constituency for libraries. 

Twin Injuries -- Genes or Environments?

By Nancy L Segal Ph.D. on March 09, 2011 in Twofold
Are your genes behind your injuries?

QUIZ: Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert? (And Why It Matters)

1. I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities.2. I often prefer to express myself in writing.3. I enjoy solitude.

PACE Study May As Well Say Cancer Is All in Your Mind

By now, many of you have heard news reports about the PACE study out of the UK, suggesting that cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise could cure chronic fatigue syndrome,and "proving" that the illness is all in people's minds. Understandably infuriating - and about on par scientifically as news reports about space aliens making Lindsay Lohan pregnant!

Even If It Doesn’t Feel Comfortable (At First), Why Not Give It a Try?

By Ian Newby-Clark on March 09, 2011 in Creatures of Habit
I like good habits for all sorts of reasons, but one of the best reasons is that my good habits help me feel in ‘the groove.' When I'm engaged in my daily routine, things feel somehow natural. It's so easy, though, to allow my good habits to run along, day after day, unchecked.

Using Little Routines to Create Stability

Routines may seem boring, but they provide stability and, if used properly, much-needed attention for couples impacted by ADHD.

The Pursuit of Happiness--Or the Quest for Wealth

If in fact happiness is conceived in monetary terms, then the more money gained, the more material objects acquired, the closer you are to reaching this most enviable of goals. Right? Hardly! As ironic as it may seem, pursuing happiness materialistically is a goal that's not reachable--ever. . . .

Abstinence Is Not the Only Option

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 09, 2011 in All About Addiction
While most people consider complete abstinence from alcohol to be the only option once a person has developed worrisome drinking habits, research and reality suggest that moderation is a very possible option.

Is Your Mind Controlled by Parasites?

By Jeff Wise on March 09, 2011 in Extreme Fear
You're having a bad day. You snap at your spouse, act short with your colleagues, and cut off other drivers on your commute home. Are you the victim of a bad mood? Or is your problem that your brain is infected with behavior-modifying parasites?

Empathic chickens and cooperative elephants: Emotional intelligence expands its range again

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 09, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Chickens feel one another's pain and elephants know when they need help and cooperate with one another to obtain a reward. When you eat chicken you're eating pain and misery and it's a matter of who's for dinner, not what's for dinner, because these amazing birds are highly sentient beings, as are elephants and numerous other animals.

Muslims Suffer Twice as Much as Christians from Eating Disorders

By Anneli Rufus on March 09, 2011 in Stuck
 According to a new study, Muslim teenagers suffer twice as severely from eating disorders and body dissatisfaction as do Christian teens. 

Take the Cultural Cognition Quiz

By David Ropeik on March 09, 2011 in How Risky Is It, Really?
Our positions and views are based in part on the facts, but even  more on our underlying drive to survive by being a loyal member of the tribe.

Video: Get Some Exercise (But It Doesn't Have To Be Very Much)

By Gretchen Rubin on March 09, 2011 in The Happiness Project
This month’s theme is Body. Last week’s resolution was to Get enough sleep. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness? 

Racism against whites: What's the problem?

Stereotypes--against majorities or minorities--prevent us from sitting down together at the same table, to hire each other, to elect each other to boards, to become friends. These small steps are part of the key to leveling the playing field.

Trouble in mind

By Dean F. MacKinnon M.D. on March 09, 2011 in Trouble in Mind
If you or someone you know has been troubled enough to enter a psychiatrist's office, she or he has probably emerged with a prescription and a diagnosis, possibly even a numerically coded label like 296.33: major depressive disorder, recurrent, severe, without psychotic features; or 309.81: post-traumatic stress disorder.

Aging Successfully—Is It Hogwash?

Susan Jacoby warns in her new book, The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age, that "Only a fool can imagine the best years are yet to come."