Top 25 List: December 2012

Here's a look at the most popular reads of the month.

8. Porn Stars and Evolutionary Psychology

By Scott A. McGreal MSc.
Porn stars may be following unusual but evolved mating strategies.

1. Asperger’s, Autism, and Mass Murder

By John Elder Robison
Let’s stop the rush to judgment.

3. Would You Know Atheist Discrimination If You Saw It?

By David Niose
Many statements seem theological, but actually promote prejudice

4. We're Not Hardwired to Catch Con Artists

By Berit Brogaard D.M.Sci., Ph.D
Why we fall victims to scams and bad sales tricks

12. Foods That Soothe You to Sleep

By Linda Wasmer Andrews
When you eat right, you sleep better, research shows.

5. The Brain's Ability to Look Within: A Secret to Well-Being

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.
Tapping into our ability to turn attention inward empowers and heals.

2. DSM 5 Is a Guide, Not a Bible

By Allen J Frances M.D.
APA approval of DSM-5 is a sad day for psychiatry.

6. Why Too Much Data Disables Your Decision Making

By Ron Friedman Ph.D.
Best known for killing cats, curiosity can also slay your judgment.

9. I Never Want to Have Sex Again

By Laurie J Watson LMFT, LPC
Eight ways to diagnose low libido in a woman

10. Different Types Of Female Orgasm: The Debate Continues

By Kristen Mark, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Recent research adds further evidence to the contentious female orgasm debate.

11. How to Be Disrespectful Respectfully

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D.
Seven strange secrets to showing maximum respect.

7. Eleven Dogmas of Analytic Philosophy

By Paul Thagard Ph.D.
Natural philosophy uses scientific evidence, not intuitions.

13. Delaying Parenthood May Come at a Cost

By Robin Marantz Henig
Our great natural experiment in late parenthood might yield some harsh surprises

21. What is the Passion in Passionate Love?

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Does—and should—passion matter for long-term relationship happiness?

14. Who Are You?

By Matt James Ph.D.
Whoever you think you are, you’re more than that.

16. Survival Mode and Evolutionary Mismatch

By John Montgomery Ph.D.
Environments ill-suited to our biology often trigger stress and pain.

17. Ten Ways Your Brain Is Smacking You Around

By David DiSalvo
Sometimes it seems like your brain just isn't on your side.

25. The Loss of Passion In Marriage

By Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D.
... and when you can expect it to return.

18. How Deep Is Your Sexual Desire?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D.
Explaining superficial casual sex

15. This Is Your Brain On Holiday Shopping

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D.
When you're shopping, you're the subject of a multi-pronged sensory campaign.

19. Skills You'll Need to Beat Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D.
Five essential skills for overcoming anxiety and getting on with a happy life

22. Five Tips to Becoming a Killer Scientist Who Changes the World

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.
And enjoys life on the journey

23. How Intimate Relationships Fail

By Randi Gunther Ph.D.
How to identify those warning signs and put your relationship back on track

24. Mirror Neurons: The Most Hyped Concept in Neuroscience?

By Christian Jarrett Ph.D
Mirror neurons are fascinating but they aren’t the answer to what makes us human

20. Can't Think of a Good Holiday Gift? Give a Bad One

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
The proliferation of gift cards says something about us as a culture.