A Visit to the Psychiatric Hospital Made Me Sick

Our psychiatric inpatient care system is insufficient and often detructive. But the inpatient population is not a wealthy, vocal, or well-organized pressure group. In our current cultural moment, without a strong voice in the Halls of Power, you may well end up wandering aimlessly down the corridors of an ill-staffed and ill-equipped hospital ward, talking to yourself.

Why We Can't Stay Focused During Sex, and Why It Matters

We frequently think about sex when we’re not having it. But when we’re actually having sex, our thoughts often wander, undermining our sexual functioning and enjoyment.

How to Stop Worrying and Get on With Your Life

The solution to the problem of excessive worry is in asking the right questions.

Laws of Attraction: How Do We Select a Life Partner?

What makes two people pick one another from among the myriad available candidates? Psychology studies have long been trying to answer this question, and with considerable success.

Why Do Men Sexually Assault Women?

More often than not, sexual violence against women is an expression—rather than a violation—of deep themes within the American social consciousness.

Fast Company: Figuring Out Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation has been around a long time. But it is now better understood and treated than in the past.

Looking for a Soul Mate? You Can Do Better.

The idea of the soul mate is great for what it is: glorious fiction. In real life, it may be a recipe for trouble.

The Surprising Science of Pillow Talk

The time period right after intercourse may serve an important function in solidifying relationships

Silence of the Facts: Sexual Values Aren’t Beholden to Data

Science can discover what was, observe what is, and predict what will be. But it is agnostic on the question of what should be.

Why You Might Share More Intimately Online

Do we communicate more honestly and intimately online than in person? Or is "cyber intimacy" a contradiction in terms?

How We Remember Our First Sexual Experiences

Remember the first time you had sex? How pleasurable was it for you? How anxious were you? How guilty did you feel? The answer depends in great part on your gender.

Sexual Communication 2: Non-Bedroom Edition

Parents could help their children, and physicians their patients, if they had the courage and the skills to broach the topic of sex. They don’t.

Why Aren't We Talking to Our Partners About Sex?

We love to read about it, watch it on TV, in the movies, and on the Internet. We even enjoy having it. But talk to our partners about sex, the sex that we are—or about to be—having? Not so much.

Sexual Satisfaction: Highly Valued, Poorly Understood

Sexual satisfaction is an easy concept to grasp, but not to study. Despite recent advances, we are still far away from a thorough understanding of the causes and implications of this important component of a happy life.

Feminine Foes: New Science Explores Female Competition

A host of studies in recent years have shown convincingly that the traditional view of women as passive and uncompetitive is wrong. Women, it turns out, are engaged in a competition of their own, aggressively jockeying for position in a battle to secure a suitable mate.

Mating Motives: Hook Up Orgasms and Relationship Mercy Sex

New studies show that women achieve orgasm less frequently in hook up sex as compared to sex in a relationship. But that may not mean the sex is not worth having. In understanding both hook up and relationship sex, the question of motive looms large.

What’s in a Kiss?

Recent research suggests that we kiss for different reasons, depending on gender and relationship type.

Fact and Faith: Combatants or Collaborators?

On the surface, our need to believe and our need to know appear to be in constant conflict, but on a deeper level, they are close collaborators.

Your Happiness and Health Don't Belong to You

Our happiness and health are not individual characteristics that reside within ourselves but social properties, defined and shaped by our social rank, judgments, and comparisons.

What Do Women Really Want?

What do women want? Not what we used to think.

The Folly of Frequently Foregoing Foreplay

It is well accepted, with regard to varied goals and pursuits, that preparation improves performance and facilitates succes. And yet when it comes to sexual intercourse, adequate preparation is often neglected. Such neglect may come at a price.

If Only... Gender Differences in Sexual Regret

New research suggests that men and women differ in what they regret about casual sex. Why? Evolution may be involved.

The Price of Sex: Women Rule, Men Drool, the Market's Cruel

Can viewing heterosexual sex from an economic perspective that sees women as sellers and men as buyers deepen our understanding of our sexual behavior?

Can Your Sexual Debut Predict Your Future?

Most of us don’t remember every time we had sex, but we remember the first time…

Shoes, Marshmallows and Dogs: Mental Health 101, Part 2

In addition to accurate thinking, discussed earlier, learning the basic principles of effective behavior and emotion management can lead to better mental health.

Shoes, Marshmallows and Dogs: Mental Health 101

For improved mental health, learn the basic rules for managing thought, behavior, and emotion.

Red Alert: Science Discovers The Color of Sexual Attraction

When it comes to sexual attraction, we respond to many unconscious cues regarding potential mates. One of those appears to be the color red.

Bystanders and Heroes: The Dance of Defiance and Conformity

The presence of others affects our behavior, but not always in the same way. The presence of others may inhibit helping behavior. At other times, however, it may enable and sustain heroic efforts.

Announcing the Real Election Winner

For those who believe in the unique power of the scientific method to referee competing claims, figure out actual truths about how the world works, and guide successful adaptations, the recent election was a moment to celebrate.

The Cougar Conundrum

Cougars (older women in relationships with younger men) may serve an important social function, and their increasing visibility is a signal of rapidly changing gender roles and expectations.