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We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident:The Obese Candidate

Should a candidate's weight be a consideration or even a contraindication when he or she runs for higher office?

Why the Fight Against Terrorism Is like the Fight Against Cancer

By Ilan Shrira on October 02, 2011 in The Narcissus in All of Us
The campaigns against cancer and terrorism have changed from attacking the enemy head-on to a more indirect attack.

Compulsive Choices in Addiction?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in All About Addiction
Does the fact that our brain makes choices all the time preclude some from being compulsive? Addiction seems to suggest the answer is no.

Is Happiness Even the Point?

By Melissa Kirk on October 02, 2011 in Test Case
Why is happiness so important, and is it, in fact, even sustainable? And if we were happy all of the time, how would we learn to surf the waves of our emotions, and to gracefully dance with our shadows?

The Opposite of Payback Is Investment

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on October 02, 2011 in Pura Vida
Revenge creates a positive feedback loop, but so does altruism.

Are You Killing Your Hope for Lasting Love?

By Craig Malkin PhD on October 02, 2011 in Romance Redux
How our fear of love makes us destroy it.

Leave Your Shock at the Door

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in The Big Questions
Humans harm each other, constantly. Should we really be shocked then when people mistreat us?

Are You Ready for a New Personality?

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on October 02, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
What if our unique interests and capabilities are more than mere indications of vocational aptitude? What if, by honoring and pursuing them with the intensity they ask for, we can be more fully the person we are meant to be?

He Doesn't Hear Me

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Love Doc
"My birthday is coming up this Friday. You always forget it, and it's a big one, my fiftieth." Beth stretched out on the couch.

Looking down at his smart phone, Steve remarked "The stock market is plummeting."

Sitting up straight, Beth's voice rose "I'm talking to you. Why are you looking at your phone?"

I LOVE my iPhone: A Neuroscience Love Story?

As newer, faster, and cooler electronic devices get released at what seems to be breakneck speed, I thought a post about our love affair with the newest tech gadgets was in order. What I didn't expect to find was that the love affair I was planning to write about might actually be ... well, literal?

Accused of Doing Something Awful? Here’s How to Convince Others of Your Innocence

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Living Single
If you are accused of something seriously bad and you want to persuade others of your innocence, is it best to flat out deny the accusation?

Unnecessary Illusions and the Truth about Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Don't Delay
I recently delivered an invited talk for an authors' series around the theme of "unnecessary illusions and truth." The theme fit what I've learned about procrastination over the past decade. Here are 10 illusions about procrastination with relevant research that challenges each.

I'm Afraid that My Teen is Too Old to Trick-or-Treat

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if you think your teen is too old to celebrate Halloween.

Occupy Wall Street: Carnival or Protest?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Over the Edge of Politics

The “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration that has grown over the past few weeks has attracted growing media attention, but not always much respect. Reporters are captivated by the odd assortment of protestors that keeps showing up. Commentators sense it is important, but they don’t know what to make of it.

Home Alone on Saturday Night? No Call from Mr. Right?

By Rita Watson MPH on October 01, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Love is positive. It takes courage. But love is also reciprocal. If he didn't call and left you high and dry on a Saturday night -- then he was not the right one for you. But this brings us to the question: Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

Do You Really Love Your iPhone, That Way?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in The Decision Tree
A recent article in the New York Times purports to show that we love our iPhones the same way we love our spouses. It's science journalism of the worst sort.

Can You Have Too Many Friends?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Why can't we manage more than 150 real friends at a time?

Gossip Part 1: Portrait of a 20th-century Washington Gossip

By Nicholas DiFonzo on October 01, 2011 in Around the Watercooler
"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."

Executing the Innocent? Eyewitness Memory Errors Lead to Injustice

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
I’ve often been a proponent of the death penalty in some cases. Some crimes are so heinous, so horrific, that the death penalty feels like justice. But as a cognitive psychologist, I worry that we create injustice by condoning a system that allows execution. Sometimes we may execute the innocent.

The Meltdown in the Markets Is Leading to a Surge in Addictions among Traders

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Side Effects
Why addiction rates are surging among traders—and why that matters, especially now.

Twins and Non-Twins Switched at Birth: How Rare?

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Twofold
Switched-at-birth twins: how and when do they occur?