Using Intuition

We think of intuition as a magical phenomenon—but hunches are formed out of our past experiences and knowledge. So while relying on gut feelings doesn't always lead to good decisions, it's not nearly as flighty a tactic as it may sound.

Recent posts on Intuition

Lies, The Election, And A Grandmother's Intuition

By Rita Watson MPH on October 25, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
New research confirms what we learned from my grandmother, "Lies generate more lies."
Judith Orloff

Beware of the Go-For-the-Jugular Vampire

By Judith Orloff M.D. on October 20, 2016 in Emotional Freedom
This vampire is one of the most malevolent of bloodsuckers, this person is vindictive and cuts you down with no consideration for your feelings. Learn how to protect yourself.

Our Evolving Sense of Identity

Renew you spirit with these scientific discoveries.

Can We Trust the Decision Researchers?

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
The Heuristics and Biases (HB) movement has had a tremendous influence and has generated the field of Behavioral Economics. However, the HB community has its own set of biases.

Trust Your Gut—There's Nothing Woo-Woo About the Vagus Nerve

By Christopher Bergland on September 23, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study found that financial traders who trust their gut feelings and have grace under pressure are more successful. What is the physiological explanation for this phenomenon?

Can You Read Your Partner’s Mind?

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Dating and Mating
The ability to accurately read your partner’s thoughts and feelings may enhance your relationship.

From Chimps to Champs

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
There seems to be a growing perception that experts are hopelessly biased and shouldn't be trusted to make important decisions. This belief is clearly mistaken and also dangerous.

How Others See You

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our intuition is a powerful information processor that helps us make quick judgments of others, but it also has built-in biases that lead us astray.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Beautiful Sights and Things

By Carrie Barron M.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Creativity Cure
Sometimes the seemingly superficial can have profound importance. An overloaded mind craves lightness.

Can We Trust Our Feelings?

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Critical Feeling
Learn when you can trust your feelings.

Are Conservatives More Anti-Science Than Liberals?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Talking Apes
Skepticism about scientific findings depends on your core beliefs, not your level of science literacy.

The New Science of Empathic Accuracy Could Transform Society

Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that the ability to interpret other people's emotions accurately requires more cerebral thinking and less intuition.

We Worry About the Wrong Things

Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.

A 60 Second Journey Deep Into Your Unconscious

Venture into the unknown...if you dare!

Why It Is So Easy to Hate Each Other

One of the oldest and most pernicious of human qualities is the ease with which we put people into categories.

Spotting the Gaps

It is important to notice what doesn't happen: events that were expected but didn't occur. Why are some people better at this than others? What does it take to spot the omissions?

"There Are No Coincidences"

How can people claim that there are no coincidences when research clearly shows we experience many of them?

Missing Pieces

We use our expectancies to detect events that were supposed to happen but didn't. Parents worry when it gets "too quiet" in the next room where the young children are playing.

Signs Your Children Are Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on June 24, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Summer is here and that means teenagers are out of school. Here are signs to look out for to tell if your teenager might be abusing drugs and alcohol in their free time.

The Flawed Psychological "Truths" of Yesterday

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
When expert opinion contravenes your intuition.

The 5 Most Common Coincidences

What do you think are the most common coincidences? Two different statistical approaches find answers vary.

Enhanced Cerebellum Connectivity Boosts Creative Capacity

A new study from Stanford University suggests that the "right brain" is not the seat of creativity.

The Lure of Beauty

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Critical Feeling
That beauty attracts is well known – from people to mathematical proofs. Do we always have to circumvent the lure of beauty?

The Anatomy of an MBTI Personality

We can’t go through a single day without using all 8 preferences of the MBTI: extraversion, introversion, intuition, sensing, feeling, thinking, perceiving, and judging.

Are Christians Happier on the Internet than Atheists?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on March 25, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Do Christians and atheists behave differently on the Internet? Research examines differences in emotionality, sociality, and analytical thinking by analyzing tweets.

Can Your Heart Predict the Future?

Psychophysiologists claim cardiac clairvoyance is real.

Gut Feelings

Minions rule: how your gut microbiome impacts your health

Advice For a Champion

Top human Go (baduk) player faces artificial intelligence this week. Our advice to the champion for taming the beast: Play as usual.

Are You an Intuitive or Analytical Thinker?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 21, 2016 in Talking Apes
There are significant life consequences for people who are willing to engage in analytical thought processes.

10 Traits of Empathic People

By Judith Orloff M.D. on February 19, 2016 in Emotional Freedom
How to know if you're an empath, and how to take care of yourself if you are.