Walking to Well Being

In this season of family gatherings and expansive meals, imagine a miracle drug that manages your weight, gives you energy, increases your longevity, strengthens your heart, and makes you more alert – with no side effects. Would you use it?

Remembering Our Selves

Our memories can be changed by our beliefs and by our social environment, but our memories can also be remarkably accurate – depending on the strategies we use to remember.

The Good Intentions of Violent Perpetrators

Any study of collective violence confronts a fundamental paradox: the abundance of cruelty in the world and the absence of people who think of themselves as cruel. How do we resolve that paradox and find out about the motivations of violent perpetrators?

Finding Romance in Middle-age

Being single in middle age is complicated. Working long days, staying in touch with grown children, managing medical and financial complexities . . . how do people summon the energy to manage break-ups and pursue romance?

The Golden Ages of Television

As the baby boomer generation moves increasingly into old age, it is gratifying and inspiring to see older actors performing on television into their eighties – and beyond.

Fathers and Sons

Boyhood memories of our fathers provide lessons for our own fatherhood

What Edward Snowden Teaches Us about Heroic Disobedience

Most of us believe we would never dangerously shock an innocent person – as participants in the Milgram experiments thought they were doing. But what about disobedience in real life? One way to assess the costs of such disobedience is to observe what happens when people defy a powerful system they consider morally wrong.

Videos of Violence and the Primacy of Perception

We believe what we see – and that has made a big difference in public responses to violence, from Ray Rice’s assault of his fiancée in an elevator several months ago to the killing of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Teaching Teaching

As with conversation or jazz, effective teaching combines structure and improvisation. Although each teacher must find the right blend, there are generalizations that apply to most teachers most of the time.

Living with Someone Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Illness of a spouse directly and continually challenges a marriage. How can caregivers support their loved one while also maintaining the loving reciprocity required of an intimate relationship?

What’s Wrong with Inaccurate Memory?

With laboratory research demonstrating numerous examples of incorrect memory and journalistic reports repeatedly emphasizing memory’s unreliability, how can we depend on our memories at all?

Appreciating the Delights of Wine

Wine has been described as “Earth’s answer to the sun.” A little preparation can bring out even more of its earthly delights.

Where Are Hollywood’s Women?

What are the facts about the number of women who direct movies? In a highly visible industry that strives to stay current, women are left out of the picture.

Explain Yourself!

We arrive late for a meeting – or miss it altogether. We perform poorly during an interview. We lose our temper over a trivial matter. We are inconsiderate to a friend. How do we explain ourselves?

Dogs That Go Bark in the Night

Even though there are larger problems to solve, the dog that regularly disturbs your sleep can become a serious problem. How can that problem be solved?

With Wine, You Drink What You Eat

The next time you smell a rose or eat a strawberry or drink a cup of tea, savor and remember. Those aromas and tastes are in your glass of wine.

Why Your Memory is Far Better Than You Think

We often forget and we frequently misremember, but we are also capable of remarkably accurate memory.

Doing Justice to Mandela’s Legacy

Many people remember Nelson Mandela’s transcendent wisdom in negotiating the stormy transition from apartheid to democracy, but few recall the remarkable events that followed.

Adventures in the Archive

The pages of history may be dry and dusty, but they reveal a provocative and colorful past.

Considering Gun Culture

The debate on guns and gun control is vitally important, but one word is shutting down a meaningful exchange of views.

Against "Evil"

Nearly every day, we see news reports about morally shocking behaviors – behaviors that seem to be explained only by the presence of evil. But what do we lose by invoking the concept of evil?