Smiling Depression

Think you know what a depressed person always looks and acts like? You’d be surprised.

Viva Enigma

My best friend died of pancreatic cancer. What did it mean when I visited her grave?

I Said No, Didn't I?

Cognitive processes, triggered by specific situations, are not as pan-cultural as once thought.

Why Testing on Monkeys Won't Help Kids

Studies done on monkeys do not result in benefits to humans. In fact, I am concerned with the psychological well-being of the children who are being targeted by researchers.

Reflections on Residency

Like any professional journey, becoming a psychologist has its triumphs and challenges, its ups and downs. Here are important things to remember along the way.

More Than Just Teddy Bears

Transitional objects like blankets, stuffed animals and rag dolls not only bridge the connection from home to school, but allow for the emergence of a child’s inherent sense of self.

Maintaining a "Winning" Focus Is Not the Way to Win

A focus on winning engenders a fear of losing—and that, paradoxically, can mar performance.

Husband of Joys and Sorrows

A tale of a promising marriage destroyed from within by addiction, by guest blogger Fran Simon.

OCD Is No Longer in Charge: One Kid’s Story

A teenager's frank account of his battle with OCD.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Personal Remembrance

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant actor who hated talking about himself.

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple assembles a remarkable list of ideas and exercises for couples that, in my view, will actually work.

Treating the Complexities of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Instead of arguing over whether addiction treatment leads to death, we should focus on the addiction epidemic itself and how to prevent it.

Can Physicians Learn From their Mistakes and Self-Correct?

Each year, over 200,000 people die in hospitals from preventable medical errors. My son Damon was one of them.

Healing War Trauma With Art Therapy

An art therapist filmed his work with Ugandan orphans.

Fear of Contagion

Ever since the 2009 flu pandemic, the specter of a deadly virus outbreak is never far from the minds of public health officials. By Fred Guterl

How Embodied Cognition Can Land You a Better Job

In today’s job market, staying late and volunteering for extra assignments are laughably commonplace. There's no competitive advantage when everyone on staff shows up three hours early. Workers need to up their game. They need to exploit actions and behaviors that their coworkers and supervisors aren’t even aware of. They need to become masters of the unconscious mind.

Keep Your Eye on the Path

In her recent blog post, Susan Blackmore raises questions that have fascinated me for over a quarter of a century.

Intuition's Impact

By Daniel Kahneman—Historians of science have often noted that at any given time scholars in a particular field tend to share basic assumptions about their subject. Social scientists are no exception; they rely on a view of human nature that provides the background of most discussions of specific behaviors but is rarely questioned.

The Intuitive Meeting

By Daniel Kahneman—My current understanding of judgment and decision making has been shaped by psychological discoveries of recent decades. However, I trace the central ideas to the lucky day in 1969 when I asked a colleague to speak as a guest to a seminar I was teaching in the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Power of Intuition

Every author, I suppose, has in mind a setting in which readers of his or her work could benefit from having read it. Mine is the proverbial office water-cooler, where opinions are shared and gossip is exchanged.

Fifty Shades Minus 49

We are talking about a book series that women are reading behind closed-doors. Why are they drawn to this? Simple. It is about sex.

The Secret Novelist

Lawyers are secret novelists. Not all of them, but most. I know this because of all of the writing workshops I’ve been in that were full of lawyers. But it’s not just lawyers that are secret novelists. Every other person has a novel in a drawer somewhere.

Is Dance “The Next Wave” in Cognitive Neuroscience?

In the last 10 years, music's status within cognitive neuroscience has moved from being a fringe area to a topic of central interest to neuroscientists. Dance seems poised to be "the next wave" in cognitive neuroscience.

A Reply to Sax on the Dangers of Single-Sex Schools

The article we published last week in Science has received much attention, and for good reason. Contrary to what Leonard Sax has led many parents, teachers, and principals to believe, scientific studies have all concluded that single-sex schooling is not more effective than coeducational schooling.

Pseudoscience in Sax on Sex

Gender segregation in schools is not supported by the voluminous existing research that compares single-sex to coeducational academic outcomes. Yet PT blogger Leonard Sax disavows science to advocate single-sex education.

Brotherly Love and the Sibling Effect

Jeffery Kluger begins his latest book, The Sibling Effect, with a tale of sibling survival. In an all for one, one for all attempt at deceiving their ornery father, Kluger and his three brothers devised a plan they called the scatter drill.

Conflict Happens

We all get angry, but expressing it is not important. Anger is always informative. It tells us that something is up. Once we learn how to steer around those depth charges and go for the connection we are moving in right direction, toward resolution.

The King's True Trauma

Therapist Fred Wooverton, Ph.D., on the Academy Award Winning film.

Daring to Be Ourselves

Marianne Schnall, founder of, on powerful women.

Maria Shriver Raises Awareness of Alzheimer's Disease

She follows in esteemed footsteps, but Maria Shriver has become a trailblazer in her own right.