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How to Choose a Mate

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on November 25, 2009 in Thinking Matters

Monday Morning Quarterbacking: The Case of the Hindsight Bias

By John Tauer Ph.D. on November 25, 2009 in Goal Posts
The hindsight bias is pervasive – it is certainly not limited to the world of sports. Whether it is gamblers saying after the fact they knew what would happen, or the media after a tragedy explaining how we should have known it would happen, we all fall prey to the hindsight bias.

Rehabbing "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew"

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on November 24, 2009 in Reel Therapy
"Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew," is a reality television show that tracks a group of celebrities whom enter psychiatric treatment for sex addiction. Enticing, right? Unfortunately this show breaks few barriers in following the traditional reality TV recipe: one part spontaneous behavior, one part rehearsed behavior, and a dash of structure. It is an entertaining show that does many things well, and in the service of being effectively persuasive I am going to list those pros before diving into the cons.

Growing the Habit of Gratitude

By Jenny Lind Schmitt on November 24, 2009 in Lifestyle Design
"Fostering gratitude" is easy to say and harder to do. How do we practice on the little things, so that our mindset is one of thankfulness even when the stakes are higher? Is it possible to develop a habit of gratitude strong enough to endure even when there's no longer the money for cell phones and delivery pizza or when the medical procedure didn't go as planned?

The Holidays: Survival Guide for Sober Alcoholics

The holidays can be a triggering and challenging time for sober alcoholics, particularly for those in early sobriety. But why? There are a variety of reasons and this time of year can prove to be emotionally charged even for non-alcoholics.

Cheapskate Heroes

By Anneli Rufus on November 24, 2009 in Stuck
The Great Depression transformed ordinary consumers into resourceful hunters and gatherers who learned how to salvage, recycle, and re-use clothes, food, building materials and other things that in a more prosperous era would have been shunned or discarded as trash. Shame and embarrassment fell away as this new mindset spread. Now I'm wondering whether we will see a similar societywide psychological transformation during the New Depression, or whatever we're going to call a crisis that currently finds over 17 percent of Americans unemployed. As money grows surrealistically scarce, will our values change? And will scavengers -- thrift-shoppers, Dumpster divers, Freecyclers, and barterers -- become role models admired by millions?

Death, Taxes . . . and DNA?

By Jim Silver J.D. on November 24, 2009 in Crimes, Courts, and Cops

When Cigarette Warnings Backfire

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 24, 2009 in Ulterior Motives
Warnings may not work as intended.
Savoring the Moment
Seasonal Mindfulness
The Art of Now

Homicide and Envy

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 23, 2009 in Hidden Motives
The Roots of Killing in America"Nearly 1 of every 200 children born today will be murdered," writes Randolph Roth in his new book, American Homicide. He adds that, ever since the early 19th century, we have been the most homicidal country in the West. The statistics are not in dispute, but what about the reasons? 
Acting Up
Fleeing Responsibility
Hello Inner Child

Why Do People Vote? II

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 22, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The paradox of voter turnout – why do millions of people bother to vote in large national elections when they have virtually no chance of affecting the outcome? – is one of the major theoretical puzzles in the rational choice theory of politics. It’s a theoretical puzzle that I attempted to tackle when I was a rational choice theorist.

Do Dogs Laugh?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 22, 2009 in Canine Corner
Dogs make laughing sounds when they are playing. These same sounds, whether recorded or imitated by a human being can be used to calm a dog or invite it to play.
The Water Cooler Effect

The Water Cooler Effect

By Alex "Sandy" Pentland on November 22, 2009 in Reality Mining
Imagine you're the manager of a call center and a researcher told you of a simple way to increase your workers' overall productivity by 10-15%. You'd be interested, yes? What about when the researcher told you that the key to this was "fewer memos and more coffee breaks"?

Effective punishment for the adolescent.

The healthy purpose of punishment is to apply a consequence that discourages repetetion of a misbehavior that mere words have been unable to correct.

Missing Mad Men

By Abigail Pogrebin on November 22, 2009 in One and the Same

Think French, Stay Thin

By Susan Carnell Ph.D. on November 22, 2009 in Bad Appetite
What is it about French actresses that makes them so attractive? The beautiful accent certainly helps. But they also tend to be gorgeous, leggy, toned and slim. And there's a popular belief that, despite a predilection for cheese, steak frites, and pain au chocolat, regular French women don't get fat either. Why should this be so?

The Foundation of Self-Esteem

Anxiety, by its very nature, will lead you to lose objectivity about the complex, wonderful, flawed, ever-changing person you are. 

Humor and Poignancy

By Carole A Travis-Henikoff on November 21, 2009 in All Things Human

Still Not Happy?

By Ran Zilca on November 20, 2009 in Confessions of a Techie
The quest for true happiness is perceived by many to ultimate goal of human existence. When asked what they wish for themselves, most people say that they would like to be happy. Everything else they wish for themselves is just means to an end. While happiness has always been a topic of interest and aspiration, its study, understanding, and the means to accomplish it recently has become a focal point of Western civilization.

Get Kinky With It

By Jen Kim on November 20, 2009 in Valley Girl With a Brain
The mere mention of the word "fetish" usually makes people squirm and feel really uncomfortable--like they just wet their pants.

Do you have a digitial addiction?

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on November 20, 2009 in The Power of Slow
Night School
That Damn Dream Again!
Daydream Believer
The Dream Notebook

The Problem of Giftedness

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 19, 2009 in The Power of Prime
How many times have you heard "Tiger Woods was born to play golf" or "Sarah Chang was destined to be a violinist"? Well, let me clear something up: No one is born to do anything.

Do Psychologists Reject Science?

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on November 19, 2009 in Thinking Matters