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The Voice of Science to Houston Control

A psychiatric patient who throws a tray table has committed a criminal offense and may be the object of “lethal force.” Any concept that the symptoms of psychiatric patients may involve aggression and agitation – and should be the object of medical not police attention -- has been lost here.

What Does Black Friday Do to Your Brain?

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 21, 2015 in On Vitality
Did you know that Black Friday is bad for your brain? Based on neuroscience, we've got the perfect way to turn Black Friday into Bright Friday.

In Defense of the Bagel

Americans have an endless obsession with diets and eating or not eating foods in an effort to lose weight, bloat or fat. Often the food restrictions or diet imposed serve to induce bingeing at some point. The gluten-free environment has left the friendly bagel maligned or at least misrepresented.

Do Crocodiles Really Cry?

What's up with crocodile tears? Do crocodiles really cry? Scientists find out.

Why We’re Addicted to Our Smartphones, But Not Our Tablets

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in Behind Online Behavior
As mobile technology has become integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, our smartphones are shifting from device to dependency.

How to Feng Shui Your Workspace

By Caroline Beaton on November 21, 2015 in The Gen-Y Guide
The science behind your office environment.

Stop Making Sense

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in Social Studies
Some historical moments are more contradictory than other. The US has entered into a state of so many competing and contradictory forces that it has stopped making sense.

Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on November 21, 2015 in Mental Wealth
Whether a parent senses screen-time is having a negative impact on a child or simply feels there's way too much of it, constantly managing electronics use can drive parents crazy. Here are three tips to help parents go from thinking "something needs to change" to taking decisive action.

7 Tips to Create Healthy Boundaries with Others

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on November 21, 2015 in In Flux
Healthy boundaries help you form and maintain healthy relationships. Knowing what you need, what personal space is yours helps to to prevent unwanted overtures and violations of what you consider personally sacred.

Getting More Purpose at Work With Feedback​

By Paul Dolan Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in Happiness by Design
Feel like your job isn't worthwhile? The right feedback could change your outlook.
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Work and Suicide

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in Impossible to Please
The specter of suicide looms large for white males in our struggling economy.

What to Do if Your Kid Is a Sociopath?

Recent neuroscience suggests there might be hope.

The Evolution and Ethology of Terrorism: We Are Unique

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Detailed ethological data show that human exceptionalism reigns uncontested in the arena of within-species violence.

Inequality Aversion, Evolution, and Reproduction

By Jesse Marczyk on November 21, 2015 in Pop Psych
What determines how quickly a gene spreads throughout a population is how well it reproduces itself, relative to its competitors. What does this tell us about how we respond to inequality, and the shape of cognitive mechanisms more generally?

Self Help Books that Work

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 21, 2015 in Open Gently
Some self-help books really work; others are bunk.

Why Meds Are Not a One Stop Cure for Anxiety and Depression

By Kristen Lee Costa Ed.D., LICSW on November 21, 2015 in Reset 24/7
Have you seen all the drug commercials lately? The rise in prescriptions for anxiety and depression in America, along with increasing lifestyle illness begs our individual and collective attention and action.

The Psychology of Terrorism

By Ray Williams on November 21, 2015 in Wired for Success
We need to restrain ourselves from retributive justice and focus on restorative justice, one not fueled by vengeance.

Lessons From the Paris Attacks

In the words of the next door neighbor of the ax-murderer, “But he . . . (say it with me) seemed like such a nice guy!” Why did she have that impression? Because her neighbor, whom she knew nothing about, had become familiar.

Can Us Dieters Really Have Our Cake and Eat it, too?

By Gregg McBride on November 21, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
When working to get or stay healthy, any food and drink requires portion control. This is as true for green beans as it is for fresh-baked treats. That's what moderation is all about. And whether you incorporate moderation into your lifestyle before, during or after a diet, it's something you're going to want to master at some point.

Why It's Hard to Be Thankful on Thanksgiving

New research reveals what stops us from being grateful during the holidays.

Shame and Envy in the World of Social Media

From a mental health standpoint, you should be more likely to browse through the Facebook posts of your friends and acquaintances to make yourself feel better. The reality is that social networks can just as often stimulate the unpleasant emotions of shame and envy. Here's how to shrug off those posts that peeve you.

The Unparented Child

By Atalanta Beaumont on November 21, 2015 in Handy Hints for Humans
Wrong child/wrong parent: how to heal a mismatch and champion your neglected inner child

3 Things to Do When You're Not Sure About Your Relationship

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Ambivalence is common in long-term relationships because it’s easy to drift apart over the years, but you stay because leaving is too complicated. And yet ambivalence is a stressful place to park. Is your marriage really worth saving? Here are some reasons to set yourself free from indecision and tips for moving toward a more peaceful, fulfilling existence.

Lifting the Covers: Sex with the Undercover Police

Has reporting over-simplified the predicament of undercover agents and their relationships?

Life in the Slow Lane in the Fastest City on Earth

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on November 21, 2015 in The Power of Slow
Is it possible to decelerate when everyone else around you is going at the speed of light. Journalist Bill Powers gave it a try. And discovered you can shape society by going slower.

Figuring Out What Sort of Work to Pursue

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 in How To Do Life
An excerpt from a career counseling session

This Is Your Brain at 100%

By Kevin Bennett on November 21, 2015 in Modern Minds
Is your brain operating at only 10% capacity? Here is why the answer is a lot like Bigfoot.

Examining the Effects of Mobile Phones on Kids and Teens

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Navigating technology with children and teenagers isn’t easy, especially when it comes to nighttime and sleep.

Is Keeping Muslims out of US Un-American?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 20, 2015 in Am I Right?
"America First" or "I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door" are competing versions of American history. Both are accurate.

7 Questions to Get You Through Any Challenge

If stress is a given, how can you build your resilience to it? How can you evaluate the challenge in a flexible and accurate way? Whether you’re dealing with a minor adversity or going through a big life crisis, these seven questions will give you some perspective and build your resilience.