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Kids On Color: New Site Helps Parents and Kids Talk About Race

Sometimes the conversations we shy away from having with our kids are exactly the ones we most need to have. Professor of media, culture, and communication, Charlton McIlwain, hopes his new website, Kids on Color, helps families do just that.

Loving Day

This Sunday, June 12, is Loving Day; and celebrations and commemorative events will take place around the nation. Loving Day is the 44th Anniversary of the 1967 unanimous Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, striking down anti-miscegenation laws.

Don’t Let Your Child Be a Weiner Online

Use these 7 tips to help your child become clear on what behavior is acceptable online, so they don’t ever become a Weiner!

Metaphors Shape Moral Judgments

Holding a warm cup of coffee, compared to a cold drink, makes people think other people have warm personalities.

Is Your Ex a Psychopath?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in Ambigamy
How can you tell who is or isn't clinically cold-hearted, a sociopath or a narcissist when all of us are a little bit? That's a question that's with us always, but especially in the political season.

Acceptance Means Never Having to Say You're Disappointed

By Melissa Kirk on June 08, 2011 in Test Case
Disappointment means we haven't accepted that the person who disappointed us is not, in fact, us.

3 ways to be insanely creative by dissecting the world's greatest, maverick scientist

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in Curious?
There is a maverick thinker and scientist that never gets his due. By combing through his life and accomplishments, I will share 3 lessons about how to be a more creative person.

Want to know who the maverick is?
Want to know how to create good, innovative ideas?

Read on...

Lack Of Empathy In Any Community Leads To Increased Incidences Of Collective Cowardice

"When we allow ourselves to follow rules that go against our nature of being assertive and caring to ourselves and others, we are in essence engaging in an act of cowardice, and that's not okay. Therefore it makes sense if our children are willing to be bystanders and passive witness to any of their peers getting hurt."

Weinergate Boggles the Sociological Imagination

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in Love, Inc
Sociology can explain why Weiner's political career is over. It cannot begin to explain why he ever risked such huge loss for so little in return.

The body has a mind of its own

By Alan Fogel on June 08, 2011 in Body Sense
As odd as it may sound, being aware of our own discomfort -- including that sickening feeling of breath holding -- is actually a good thing.

Education: Punish the Parents of Failing Students?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in The Power of Prime
A recent article in The New York Times indicates that punishment is exactly what some states are beginning to mete out to parents of struggling students.

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie: A Book Helps Parents Help Kids with Loss

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in Stepmonster
Summer is a season of transition and change for your child or stepchild. Rather than trying to "fix it" when your child faces a loss, you can use it as an opportunity to foster growth and resilience

Why immoral foods are good for your brain

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on June 08, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
..and why foods that are good for your brain are not always good for your body.

Global Commission on Drug Policy: Legalization, decriminalization, and the war on drugs

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in All About Addiction
The legalization discussion rages on and this time it's picked up Richard Branson and Kofi Annan. But is there anything new or news worthy in the Commission on Drug Policy's report?

Don't Touch That! Avoiding Impulse Spending

When you touch an item, you are 60% more likely to buy it.

Cultivate a Shrine

By Gretchen Rubin on June 08, 2011 in The Happiness Project
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Last month's theme was Time, and last week’s resolution was to Observe the one-minute rule. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Why People Live With "Private Truths" Beneath Their "Public Lies"

Many people live with a contradiction between their private lives and their public behavior, not just politicians and celebrities. Here's why.

Everything Said About Anthony Weiner Is Wrong

It's fine to be upset with Anthony Weiner for hurting the Democratic Party with his sexual shenanigans. But since we will never know a single thing about his personal psychology, everything we infer about it represents our own projections.

Who Feels the Pain of Rejection--And Who Doesn't

Anthony Weiner's personal indiscretions are creating a level of rejection that few of us will ever experience. Does he care? How people respond to rejection is a stable personal trait that has important implications for work, love, and life. It is also crucial in understanding how children react to being bullied.

Are you too busy to change your mind?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Over the course of your life, attitudes shift. Your attitudes are not just there to be changed, of course. Your attitudes also help you decide how to act. How does the need to act affect your ability to change your attitudes?

When a friend is unreliable

Some people are nice to be around -- but unreliable and hard to corral into getting together.

Giving Unconditional Love Even When It's Not Easy

Children (And Teens!) need parents who can give them unconditional love and unwavering support. If there is ever anything that gets in the way of your being able to do this, don’t hide in shame. Instead, take the steps to fall back in love with the child you've never stopped adoring.

From Fruit Flies to Anorexia

By Aimee Liu on June 07, 2011 in Life After Recovery
Anorexia nervosa "is primarily a metabolic disorder caused by defective regulation of the starvation response."

Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on June 07, 2011 in Minding the Body
Mowing the grass has mind-body health benefits. There's something meditative about traversing that patch of green. Plus, it's a practical way to work in a workout while burning serious calories.