The Secret to Happiness, According to Strangers

What does happiness even mean, and what is the right way to achieve it? In order to answer this question, I walked around Madison Square Park in Manhattan and asked strangers about happiness.

The Adolescent Brain on Meditation

How mindfulness heals

How the Brain Can Hear Voices That Don't Exist

Schizophrenic individuals who experience auditory hallucinations seem to hear voices emanating from within. Neuroscientists are investigating how and why this happens.

Dr. Google

The social stigma of mental illness on campus is so pervasive that the only place many look for help is online.

Medical Marijuana Laws Haven't Endangered Teens, Study Finds

Research suggests that cannabis may help treat pain, inflammation, nausea, epileptic seizures, and other conditions. Despite these potential benefits, many people express concern that legalizing pot for some adults will lead to a spike in recreational use by adolescents.

What Divorced Dads Really Want for Father’s Day

If we want authentic relationships with our children, we have to begin by being authentic ourselves.

The Adjustment of Adoptees

Does the emotional, behavioral and academic adjustment of adopted children differ from that of non-adopted children? New research sheds light on the differences—and similarities—between both groups.

It’s Complicated: Ten Years After

Grief is a fickle and complicated lifelong journey that can assault its victims with debilitating symptoms at any time after its origin. Understanding that grief knows no time limit can ease the path toward acceptance.

To Prevent Sexual Violence, Campuses Turn to Bystanders

To combat attacks on college-aged women, researchers are developing programs to teach incoming students to be better bystanders.

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.

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