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By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on January 24, 2019 in The Fallible Mind
Who knew tomatoes naturally have genes, or that all living things do? Foes of GMOs got this and more wrong.
By Stacey Wood, Ph.D. on January 23, 2019 in The Fraud Crisis
A new conceptual approach to understanding scam victims and power dynamics.
By Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D. on January 21, 2019 in Surviving (Your Child's) Adolescence
Although I don't believe the basic developmental process of adolescent growth has changed much one generation to the next, the technological context is dramatically different today
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on January 21, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
We are naturally drawn to price points, and they simplify our buying decisions. But they can also encourage us to purchase thoughtlessly.
By Bruce Grierson on January 19, 2019 in The Carpe Diem Project
Why does being told something's unavailable make us crave it all the more?
By Constance Scharff Ph.D. on January 14, 2019 in Ending Addiction for Good
Not sure when the right time is go to to rehab? Truth be told, it's now.
By B. Janet Hibbs, Ph.D., Anthony Rostain M.D. on January 13, 2019 in The Stressed Years of Their Lives
Our market-driven, individualistic, and fragmented approach to college mental health is simply not up to the enormity of the challenges ahead.
By Stephen Garcia Ph.D. on January 11, 2019 in Keeping up with the Joneses
Is there a downside to having status?
By David J Bredehoft Ph.D. on January 11, 2019 in The Age of Overindulgence
Overindulging children can lead to external rather than internal life goals, resulting in greater risks of unhappiness, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and intimacy problems.
By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 10, 2019 in Mood Swings
Are mental health apps helpful?
By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on January 09, 2019 in Jacob's Staff
Getting attention through notoriety, controversy, or outrageous behavior is easy. What lasting impact can that have? How can we have a positive influence on others?
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on January 07, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
American sellers focus on consumer psychology while Asian sellers emphasize luck.
By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 04, 2019 in In Excess
Social media operators have been accused of using psychological techniques to hook its users—particularly adolescents. Is there any evidence to support the claims?
By Jean Kim M.D. on January 02, 2019 in Culture Shrink
What do our current technology-driven, resource-draining societal behaviors indicate for our future survival?
By Eva M. Krockow Ph.D. on January 02, 2019 in Stretching Theory
Instead of committing to yet another diet this January, let’s try something different to lose those pesky holiday pounds.
By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on January 02, 2019 in Scientocracy
A series of studies using brain imaging raise the possibility that sometimes we think we like or dislike things, but our brains know better.
By Jeremy Nicholson M.S.W., Ph.D. on December 31, 2018 in Persuasion, Bias, and Choice
Why is scarcity so persuasive? Can you really make something more desirable, just by getting others to believe it is in limited supply—or in high demand? Read on to find out...
By Donna Barstow on December 30, 2018 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Is shopping a form of entertainment for you, or is it a nagging constant pressure of FOMO that you have no control over? Maybe this little 3-word phrase can help!
By Zazie Todd Ph.D. on December 29, 2018 in Fellow Creatures
Adverts are often aspirational. If they use pets, should they be aspirational about animal welfare too? New guidelines explain how.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on December 24, 2018 in The Science Behind Behavior
The shoe retailer's prank teaches us 3 vital lessons on how to purchase wisely.
By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 23, 2018 in The Intelligent Divorce
Seven ways to react when the stock market falls.
By Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D. on December 22, 2018 in Lifetime Connections
It's not about how much money you spend on a particular new possession, it's about the social context and the relationships with others that influence the value of what you have.
By David J Bredehoft Ph.D. on December 19, 2018 in The Age of Overindulgence
A majority of parents think we buy way too many gifts for children. Here are 11 common-sense suggestions for families to help curb this overindulgence.
By Ellyn Kaschak Ph.D. on December 17, 2018 in She Comes a Long Way, Baby
Does looking the part get you the part? Only if you are a woman.
By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on December 16, 2018 in Sense of Time
Research in time psychology has found out that a stronger future orientation and a mindful present orientation are positive predictors of