Gaming Your Way to a More Focused Brain

Gaming Your Way to a More Focused Brain

Is it possible to gamify the way we treat neurological disorders like ADHD?
The Truth About Sacrifice

The Truth About Sacrifice

Is our first impulse to be selfless?

Abby Bales: Battling Ulcerative Colitis on a Blog

Three years ago, Abby Bales, a personal trainer in New York City, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Considering what a taboo topic bowel diseases are to many people, most patients would have likely remained silent about their experience. But not Abby. "I have colitis. I had a colostomy bag. I have a J-pouch now. And I am a BADASS," she writes on her fitness blog.

Sex Scandals in Politics: Who Cares?

Although studies have shown that, in theory, most Americans disapprove of infidelity, they can be incredibly forgiving when it comes to politicians cheating on their wives.

Secrets of the Whistleblower

It is far easier to keep secrets of state than secrets of the heart. When the two become conflated, beware. Bradley Manning needed to air the combat footage that haunted him, such as the “Collateral Murder” Apache helicopter attack video, but equally he needed to air his emotional torment. Multiple secrets are, for most people, multiply difficult to contain.
The Hidden Costs of Resilience

The Hidden Costs of Resilience

Many children do surprisingly well in the face of adversity—at least superficially. But are we missing the big picture?

Enter Psychopath, Exeunt Certainty

To say that you can spot a law-abiding psychopath is almost an oxymoron, though it’s never stopped me from trying. Psychopaths are by definition masters of emotional disguise.

Missed Connections

A fascinating map of the most common locations where Craigslist "Missed Connections" occur.

Writing Thoughts Down Can Help Quell the Bad, Keep the Good

We can strengthen good thoughts and weaken bad thoughts by changing what we do with our bodies.

Does Temperament Predict Addiction?

A new animal model of temperament reveals why some brains gravitate towards addiction.

Judging Books—and Leaders—By Their Covers

Has Obama really aged ten years since 2008? Would Lincoln's visage preclude him from contemporary politics? Our judgments about faces will always be a blend of science and subjectivity, hard to untangle and rife with intrigue.

The Cost of Sobriety

How helpful are interventions in getting people to give up alcohol or other substances of abuse? The data are clear. And such confrontational methods can have lingering negative effects.

Don't Talk (or Listen) and Drive

Some types of conversation are more dangerous for drivers than others.

The Gentle Intellectual Giant

Remembering a mentor and friend.

Other People Matter

Colleagues, friends, and PT bloggers share their memories and reflections of Christopher Peterson—one of the liveliest minds in the field of psychology.

Remembering Chris Peterson

A pioneer of positive psychology will be sorely missed.

What Your Shopping Habits Reveal About You

Do you diligently read product labels and ask dozens of questions before buying a toothbrush? Or do endless descriptions of features and functionalities bog you down?

Seeing Red

Images of destruction induce our minds to think about death, the researchers write, and in response, we hold on more closely to our beliefs.

Is Text-Messaging About to Revolutionize Therapy?

Text-messaging software may prove to be an effective method for bringing therapy to the world's poorest communities.

When Waiting Pays Off

Author Frank Partnoy evokes Goldilocks in championing approaches to athletics, stock trading and communication that “optimize delay."

Life Lessons, Learned By Accident

Babies are our greatest prizes and our greatest teachers. This year, the lessons I’ve learned and relearned come from my second child, Mileva. When she was born, I thought I knew everything about parenting. I quickly reailzed that in key ways I know nothing.

The God Problem: An Interview with Howard Bloom

Howard Bloom believes in two rules of science: Find the truth at any price—even your life—and look at the things right under your nose as if you've never seen them before.

Milgram Revisited: Craig Zobel's "Compliance"

Psychology Today recently co-hosted a screening of Craig Zobel's acclaimed film Compliance. The film is an examination of a real-world Milgram experiment, conducted not in the name of science but as part of a sick criminal act.
Hunting for Coincidences

Hunting for Coincidences

The tendency to learn a new word or concept only to "suddenly" encounter it everywhere strikes people as somewhere between notable and miraculous, even though it can be explained by our brain's capacity for selective attention: We home in on novel stimuli while filtering out myriad unrelated data.

Sex, Love, and Other Drugs

Years of neuroimaging research show that our brains, not our hearts, are by-and-large responsible for hurtling us into consistently craving a certain someone. A recent study finds that a specific group of structures are uniquely geared to process these intensely passionate inclinations. Intriguingly, these regions are the same neuronal locales that process sexual desire.

Can Victoria's Secret Twist Time?

Meditation not working for your man? Try flashing him a couple Victoria's Secret ads. A new study shows that's a surefire way to get him more focused on the present moment.
When You're the Difficult Person

When You're the Difficult Person

If you’re consistently annoyed by (and annoying to) a select few—congratulations, you’re human. Knowing the person or situation that sets you off is half the battle.

Fear Thyself?

Not only are homophobic individuals more likely to harbor unacknowledged inclinations towards the same sex. The divergence between what they say they want and what they truly desire may derive from having been denied their own autonomy in childhood.

A Second Take on Swedish Parents

As a Swedish parent, allow me to correct a PT blogger's summer-vacation observations about kids and parents in Scandinavia.