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Game of Zoë

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in One Among Many
Following simple rules, people move around in a group until interesting patterns emerge. One sees this more clearly, though, in a computer simulation.
How Does a Rebel Change Habits?

How Does a Rebel Change Habits?

By Gretchen Rubin on April 28, 2015 in The Happiness Project
I love it when people tell me about their ingenious ways of working with their Tendency, in order to change their habits.

The Magic Years

The history of psychiatry through the eyes of a psychiatrist.

Why Are Cannabis Users Susceptible to Memory Distortion?

A new study reports that chronic cannabis use can make imaginary memories seem like reality.
Why Loneliness Hurts So Much

Why Loneliness Hurts So Much

Just we feel hunger when we haven't enough food, we feel affection hunger when our needs for connection go unmet. Close relationships aren’t a luxury, but a necessity. The need for social connection is innate, just like the need for food, sleep, and air.

Memory Thieves

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Mental Mishaps
Have you, or anyone you know, ever been the victim of memory theft? Has someone ever stolen one of your memories and told the story as his or her own? You might be surprised by how frequently this crime happens—you aren’t alone if your memories have been stolen.

Advance Directives 2.0

How video technology can disrupt health care and make it a saner system at the end of life.

Couldn't Have Said It Better: Baltimore Riots 2015

A short piece that explains why some of the responses in the media to the Baltimore riots feel particularly damning to Black Americans, especially when considered in context.
Why Meditation Is a Great Idea

Why Meditation Is a Great Idea

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Let's Connect
This page 1. of a long paper suggests that meditation can help everyone. A well-known division of the self is described: a highly aware but hidden part, and a virtually automated visible part.

What's New with Mac n' Cheese?

American kids deserve the same treatment that European children have been enjoying for decades.

The Horrors of Self-Esteem

Our predecessors thought that self-esteem was a horrible notion. They were right.

The Deepest War Wound May Be the Anguish of Moral Injury

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Afterwar
That the military code—never abandon a buddy, bring all your troops home, don't put innocents at risk—is impossible to meet doesn't always register deep down. The result may be shame, and all too often suicidal shame.

Why Warm Weather and Hot Tubs Make Us Happy

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on April 28, 2015 in Minding the Body
Feeling warmer physically leads to feeling better emotionally - a conversation with researcher Christopher Lowry.

Please Keep Your Mind in Your Body

By Hal Mathew on April 28, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
The look of being present

The Misery Checklist

The Misery Checklist: A made-up story about a real problem

Can Women Ever Be Taken Seriously?

Gravitas, or the assertion of power through body language, is a concept usually associated with men. However, it is possible under the right circumstances for women to have a piece of the power dynamic pie.

Parenting: From Well-Doing to Well-Being

A strengths-based approach to parenting.

This Is How You Should Learn

By Jen Kim on April 28, 2015 in Valley Girl With a Brain
According to research from the National Academy of Sciences, the most effective (and exemplary) teaching methods are those that truly engage its students.

Is It Time to Ban Food Ads?

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic that is linked to 18 percent of all deaths for those ages 40-85. It has boosted medical costs by an estimated $150 billion annually and has sent the incidents of related illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease soaring. Obesity is also related to depression and diminished quality of life. It’s never been more apparent

Moving Past Anger in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on April 28, 2015 in Splitopia
Anger is a backward-looking emotion. It can keep you trapped in the past you no longer have. Moving on can mean moving past anger.

The Communicative Advantages of Interrupting

The Sermon on the Mount takes 8 minutes to read aloud, so be wary of any speech act that goes on for longer than that.

Life in the Slow Lane

Modern middle American life is a blessed experience from an evolutionary perspective. If you're "in the middle," then you have the luxury of experience a "high k" life history strategy. Read on to see how lucky you are for this fact!

When Is a Belief in Talents Helpful?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
I have written often in this blog about the how people’s belief in talents and skills affects their behavior. Talents are abilities that you are born with, while skills are abilities that can be acquired with significant hard work.

All The Rage

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in In Excess
Beserkers is a culture-bound condition historically affecting Norsemen. The condition manifested itself among males only as an intense fury and rage (berserkergang, i.e., “going beserk”) and mostly occurred in battle situations. But what more do we know about it from a psychological perspective?

Can Orange Glasses Improve Sleep Quality? Testing it Out

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on April 28, 2015 in Brain Babble
Can orange-tinted glasses improve sleep quality by blocking out blue light? I did an experiment.

Dogs and Underdogs: Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Elizabeth Abbott's "Dogs and Underdogs: Finding Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash" and Toni Shelbourne's "Among the Wolves" are excellent reads. Both books are filled with personal stories about these amazing beings and show how we can rescue and help them and they can in turn rescue and help us. Both also raise numerous questions about human-animal relationships.

7 Signs You May Be A Workaholic

Could you be addicted to your work? Researchers have identified seven warning signs that could indicate you have a problem.

Mitch Lafon’s Heavy-Metal Heart

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Many people know Mitch Lafon as the host of “One on One with Mitch Lafon,” a part of Talking Metal Digital. But, what many don't know is that Lafon suffers from a cardiac condition known as atrial fibrillation. He shares his story of how he has learned to never miss a beat!

6 Natural Ways To De-Stress

De-stressing is not just about self-soothing and making ourselves feel better after a hard day. In today’s society, de-stressing is as important for our health as brushing our teeth and exercising.

The Contradictions of Cliches

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in The Prime of Life
What common clichés reveal about the popular psychology of our time.