The Power of Scent

A favorable scent goes a long way. Want to boost your mood or stir up old memories? Just use your nose. And, most important, scent can even drive one to romantic distraction. Think of your partner's pajamas. Indeed, the nose can suss out something as complex as sexual compatibility.

Recent Posts on Scent

Can You Get Drunk Off of Water?

Don't blame it on the alcohol! Blame it on your expectations about drinking.

A Mother's Love: Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths

By Peg Streep on February 26, 2015 in Tech Support
Commonly held ideas about motherhood shape the dialogue we have culturally, get in the way of understanding parent-child conflict, and affect each of us individually by setting a high and sometimes impossible standard. Why it's time to banish some of the myths that animate the discussion and start a new conversation.

Resolving Social Conflict Between Familiar Cats

Cats may abruptly begin fighting with a cat they have known for years. Other times, a cat may dislike a new cat from the very first introduction. Have you ever had cats that did not get along? Please share your cat’s story and how you resolved the problem of quarreling kitties.

There Is No Choice but to Trust

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 23, 2015 in Am I Right?
Whenever we lie to a friend or don’t keep our word to colleagues or jump the line at the checkout counter, we undermine the very thing that makes life doable.

Tossing the Soap

By Judith E Glaser on February 22, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
When you are playing at Level III you are at the top of your game – in fact you expand the game beyond the obvious – stretching your ‘toss’ to reach farther with others – opening the space for better tosses and better adjustments as you co-create for mutual success.

“Islamic Extremism” vs “Violent Extremism”

Some refuse to use the term "Islamic Extremists" to describe the terrorist group, ISIS, calling them "Violent Extremists." By attributing cause and accountability, we are better able to define who they are, delineate their mission and goals, and derive solutions to stop them. Naming them DOES NOT blame, or indict non-violent Muslims - not guilt by religious association.

21 Ways to Get Closer to Your Child Today

Research shows that we need at least five positive interactions to each negative interaction to maintain a healthy, happy relationship that can weather the normal conflicts and upsets of daily life. This is true for our relationships with our children as well.

The New Pleasure Principle

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in Sensoria
Looking at sexual practices through the lens of geosocial sexual networking apps.

Dogs Can't Cure Cancer

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 10, 2015 in Animals and Us
How much do cancer patients benefit from playing with therapy dogs before their radiation or chemotherapy treatments? There's good news and bad news...

Learning to Enjoy Life by Watching Dogs

Research shows us that owning a dog can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Dog lovers know that dogs teach ways of living that we might want to emulate. Watching your canine friend—or someone else’s—and imitate some of their behaviors. This can be your guide to improving moods and learning to enjoy life more.

Can Therapy Dogs Help Cure Cancer?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 05, 2015 in Canine Corner
Do therapy dogs have any effect on the physical, functional, or emotional well-being of cancer patients?

Selfish Politicization of Vaccination is Dangerous

By David Ropeik on February 04, 2015 in How Risky Is It, Really?
Making vaccination a political issue is selfish, dishonest, and dangerous.

How to Use All 5 Senses to Beat Stress

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on February 04, 2015 in Head Games
With the hassles of everyday life, it's easy for a bad day to take a downward spiral. Studies show that you can feel better by engaging the five senses. Here are five research-backed ways to de-stress and connect more deeply to your senses.

Cats Get Bad Press (Again)

By John Bradshaw Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Pets and Their People
British columnist Caitlin Moran confesses to hating one of her cats—but it’s all down to a misunderstanding (or two).

You Can't Be Mad At Your Mind!

By Elizabeth R Thornton on February 03, 2015 in The Objective Leader
You can't be mad at your mind!

Aging Gracefully

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
Decline is inevitable but how we deal with it isn’t.

Synesthesia and Neurodiversity

By Maureen Seaberg on January 27, 2015 in Sensorium
The neurodiversity movement grew out of the autism community

Three Steps Towards Simplifying Our Lives

Simplification is really an important lesson to learn as we go through life; because life will throw us many things that can overwhelm us, wear us down, and exhaust us. So we need to learn three important lessons in order to keep our lives simple and be happy.

Food Cravings: Those "Torments of Expectation"

Food cravings are generally considered benign and extremely common among people in many, though not all, regions of the world. Cravings, however, may be associated with so-called “food addiction,” as well as disordered patterns of eating, and even less dietary restraint and ability to control one’s weight.

Apostles and Terrorists: The Anatomy of Customer Loyalty

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 17, 2015 in A Sideways View
What makes you a blindly loyal customer of some restaurant or branded food-stuff? What do you do if you get really bad service or buy a product which is a dud? Organisations love the brand-loyal apostle who sings their praises. And they are rightly in fear of the media savvy brand-terrorist who wants to let everyone know how unhappy they have been with their purchase.

10 Ways to Overcome Fear of Missing Out

In our previous blog we addressed the concept of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and the dangers of being possessed by this insidious condition. In this posting we are offering ten valuable practices that are guaranteed to help to free you from the grip of FOMO and to enhance the quality of your relationships as well as the overall quality of well-being in your life.

What To Do When Having "Too Much To Do" Takes Over Your Life

By Gregg McBride on January 17, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
Although an old addage, taking time to stop and smell the roses really is sage advice for those of us rushing around from sunup to sundown -- trying to accomplish all of the tasks on our massive to-do lists. The fact is, no matter how busy we are, stopping to take in life's beauty that is happening all around us isn't just a luxury; it's a necessity.

Why Writing Matters

At the end of life, people sometimes find time and focus to do things they've always wanted to do. Often, surprisingly, it's writing.

When a Dog Has "Accidents," the Detection Game

Borrowing a scientific technique from crime scene investigators may help to solve problems associated with house cleanliness "accidents" which occur when a dog owner is not at home.

The Psychological Value of Public Art

By Colin Ellard Ph.D. on January 15, 2015 in Mind Wandering
Public art reaches inside us to influence our senses, attract our attention, and even change our habits. A simple experiment shows the power of art to influence how we use the city.

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 12, 2015 in The Power of Prime
Children love the Earth. They really do hug trees. Kids care in the purest and sweetest way for birds, flowers, plants, and animals. Help your children develop a deep connection to nature that can result is a commitment to and sense of stewardship for the future health of our planet.

Day 10: Tackling the Boredom Behind Our Frantic Busyness

Effectively dealing with the boredom that masks meaning problems and causes us to keep ourselves over-busy

Smells Ring Bells: How Smell Triggers Memories and Emotions

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on January 12, 2015 in Brain Babble
Why do smells sometimes conjure such vivid memories and emotions? The answer may come down to our brain's anatomy.

Sex Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

Trying to pigeonhole sex into one or two “real” explanations is fruitless and damaging.

What Is Body Language?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 10, 2015 in A Sideways View
Most people are fascinated about body language: how, how much, when, where, and why we communicate not be spoken but unspoken language. The topic has been investigated for more than 100 years by scientists from many different backgrounds. Yet, there remains many unsubstantiated claims by self-appointed experts. What do we know, and not know, about nonverbal communication?