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The Most Important Thing To Know During Bipolar Episodes

By Tom Wootton on April 23, 2015 in Bipolar Advantage
There is one specialized type of knowledge that trumps all of the others during states of mania and depression, knowing how to function while in the state. While all the other types of knowledge are interesting, knowing how to function can literally be the difference between life and death.

What is a Psychological Doctor?

By Gregg Henriques on April 23, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
A psychological doctor is different than a psychological researcher, psychiatrist, or a counselor. This blog explains why and offers a case example.

You're Awake but You Can't Move

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
If you experience sleep paralysis, don't panic, because it's a temporary and harmless condition that will soon pass.

Men Lose Their Memory Faster With Age

By Temma Ehrenfeld on April 23, 2015 in Open Gently
Men lose their memory faster than women.

Why Social Media Will Dominate the 2016 Campaigns

We should expect all candidates to be investing heavily in social media. Why? Because social media isn’t just the NEW way to campaign; it’s THE way to campaign these days. Here are four reasons why.

Dementia and the "Obesity Paradox"

By Harriet Brown on April 23, 2015 in Brave Girl Eating
Why are we still surprised that obesity isn't all bad?

Is it Time to Change our Narrative about Climate Change?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in More Than Mortal
One thing I have learned from my own research as a social psychologist is that fear is not always a good tool for changing attitudes. But fear is what we often use to get people to care about the environment.

Ex Machina: Oedipus Ex?

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on April 23, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
Ex Machina opens wide this weekend. What does it mean to us to create life technologically? What does it say about our fears and hopes? Thoughts on Ex Machina and Her.

Making Room for the Now

By Sheila Weinstein on April 23, 2015 in What Do I Do Now?
Discarding things from the past makes room for today.

What Is Confirmation Bias?

People are prone to believe what they want to believe.

Enjoy Yourself... or Else!

Everywhere we go we are bombarded with stimuli to keep us entertained. Do we have no right to silence?

Walking to Boost Creativity

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in The Human Beast
We are all familiar with the health problems caused by obesity. These problems are peculiar to a modern sedentary way of life and are virtually unknown in physically active subsistence societies. Now evidence builds that physical activity is crucial for brain health, and even for creativity.

Returning to an Unchanged Place Reveals How You Have Changed

Returning to a place from your past that remains unchanged can reveal how you've evolved and give you clues as to where you should go with your life from here.
Is Your Workplace Stressing You Out?

Is Your Workplace Stressing You Out?

Being constantly stressed out is so universal in America that many laborers have accepted it as unpleasant, but a way of life. Remember, you are not powerless, and the biggest changes in life can sprout from a small change in self. Take charge of your life by following these steps to alleviate some stress.
I Feel Your Pain: The Neuroscience of Empathy

I Feel Your Pain: The Neuroscience of Empathy

Mirror neurons help us detect pain and emotion in others and evidence that empathy has biological roots.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on April 23, 2015 in Your Brain on Food
The bugs in your gut can positively or negatively influence your mental function and stress response; it is definitely worth your effort to keep them very happy with a healthy diet.

Is Your Cell Phone Conscious? On Information Integration

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in Hot Thought
The theory that consciousness is just information integration suffers from vagueness, mathematical problems, naïve claims about self-evidence, and misattribution of consciousness to entities such as smartphones.So it is less plausible than alternate theories that explain consciousness as the result of brain mechanisms.

9 Important Technology Rules for Children

The unhealthy relationship children have with technology is a mounting epidemic with uncharted consequences. These nine steps below will help keep your family balanced amidst this technology-addicted world.

Environmental Values Don't Justify Ignoring the Facts

By David Ropeik on April 23, 2015 in How Risky Is It, Really?
How one liberal community made a brave choice, choosing an objective review of the evidence rather than letting environmental passions determine policy on two hot-button 'green' issues.

Writing by Hand Makes It Easier to Think

By Temma Ehrenfeld on April 23, 2015 in Open Gently
Remember pens and paper? They help us think.

Loneliness And Death

Loneliness may reduce life expectancy more than obesity or smoking.

The Perfect Storm: Twitter, Marijuana and the Teen Brain

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in Singletons
Young Twitter users favor marijuana. Teen Twitter chatter about “pot” is high and influential for the risk-prone teenage brain. Twitter, marijuana and the developing teenage brain create the potential for a perfect storm.

Metaphors in Therapy

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in The Literary Mind
A short animated video about how words change us.
Apple Watch or Apple MD?

Apple Watch or Apple MD?

If the body is information, is living better through quicker information?

7 Research-Based Reasons Internet Dating Doesn't Work

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in Love, Digitally
Be wary of online chat
Online dating is not a quick fix
We make bad decisions in online dating

“Let’s Move In Together!” Famous Last Words?

Test-driving a relationship by moving in together before marriage seems like the cautious thing to do. But couples who live together prior to marriage are at higher risk for relationship troubles and divorce. Why do these relationships falter and how can you avoid possible negative effects of premarital cohabitation?
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, Inaugurated

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, Inaugurated

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's inaugural speech calls for civic leaders to ignite discussions on mental health, and to bring the topic "out of the shadows".

What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight

How do we keep our girls from being weight obsessed in a culture that values thinness?