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Is Your Personality Making You More or Less Physically Attractive?

Ever wanted to be more physically attractive? The solution could be a personality change, not a gym membership or makeover. Read on and find out!

Can music slow down the aging process?

Research on cognitive functioning in older adults suggests that musical practice in the early years can have effects that persist throughout life. Music may not only be the food of love, but also of memory, perception, and attention.

Is Storm Chasing Immoral?

By Jeff Wise on May 24, 2011 in Extreme Fear
Storm chasers enjoying immersing themselves in a weather phenomenon as brutal and violent as a battlefield. Indeed, their activities may actively contribute to the death toll. Twelve years ago, I went storm-chasing and got caught up in the aftermath of a deadly F5 twister. There was one death in particular that made me forever question the morality of storm chasing.

The Belief That’s Sabotaging Your Life

What happens when someone who thinks that her intelligence is fixed finds out that she has, in fact, gotten smarter? A recent set of studies by Jason Plaks and Kristin Stecher provides the answer: It freaks her out.

Can a Negative Emotion Like Regret Help Make You Happier? I Think So

Assay: Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the important role of negative emotions in a happy life.

Why It's Hard To Find Your "Life Purpose" In Today's World

Many turn to the various books and programs purport to identify their life's purpose, but most come away dissatisfied. No closer than they were before, they identify with Bono's plaintive cry in the U2's song, "I still haven't found what I'm looking for."

"It Gets Better" But For Some Youth Not Soon Enough

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on May 24, 2011 in Therapy Matters
There has been growing media attention devoted to the recent wave of suicides among LGBT youth. It's about time. But it's going to take more than media campaigns to stop the epidemic.

Selfish, Altruistic, or Just Plain Lazy?

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on May 24, 2011 in Pura Vida
How long does it take for a community to clean up its roads? A case of the tragedy of the commons.

Calling a Spade a Spade: Should A Physician's Weight Matter?

Does the weight of your physician affect your own weight control? The words your doctor uses to describe overweight and obesity can matter to a patient.

Wolf love in The New York Times

There's a basic selfishness to sexual arousal. We might feel more connected to our partner during sex, but at that moment we don't necessarily want to hear all about their day.

How to set boundaries with an oddball co-worker

My intuition is telling me to stay away and keep my distance. I want to know what is the best way to handle a person like that. I hate feeling like this in my office.

How One Taxi Ride Changed My Life

Kindness begets kindness. This is one such story of miracles that wrapped its arms around the world.

Where Do Demanding, Unweanable Babies Come From?

By Jena Pincott on May 24, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Why dads make babies demanding and dependent

New Ways to Make Married People Seem Better Than They Are

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 24, 2011 in Living Single
An analysis of a fabulous dataset on marital status and happiness still manages to produce a misleading conclusion.

Are You Culturally Literate?

Here is a short test of your cultural literacy. Are you able to place the following terms in context?

Slimy rivals? Slime back with clean hands

If you lag behind a competitor who's cheating, you can use the system to your advantage - but only if you keep your own hands clean.

What We're (Not) Eating

By Carrie Arnold on May 23, 2011 in Body of Evidence
Doing something for reasons of health seems to make it above reproach. Coworkers or relatives might call you out if they think you're doing something extreme for vanity reasons. But health? And with doctor's orders? It's like a Get Out of Jail free card!

Your Chance Not to Be a Bystander

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on May 23, 2011 in Time Out
The actions of bystanders can stop mass violence.

A Scientific Breakthrough on Free Will

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 23, 2011 in Ambigamy
Emergent Dynamics Theory shows how there's no freedom without constraints, but with constraints, there's freedom.

Why decaf coffee is just as healthy

Coffee is rich in biologically active substances that make it worthwhile even without the caffeine.

The inauthentic life: A threat to your physical and financial health?

It can be easy to stay stuck in a life that's not really "yours", a life that doesn't honor your greatest gifts and dreams. It may even seem like it's safer, both personally and financially, to stay where you are. According to Dr. Susan Biali, MD, sustaining an inauthentic life may be more costly to your life and health than you realize.

Never Giving Up Hope

By Kymberly Grosso on May 23, 2011 in Autism in Real Life
When you face the unknown, the joy of witnessing a huge accomplishment can bring you to your knees. It is the feeling of finally letting yourself feel happiness and allowing yourself to dream again for what the future holds for your child. Positive dreams.