Highlights: June 30–July 6

Here are our top picks of the week, including: why rejection stings so much, how our definition of happiness morphs as we age, and what parents can learn from Olympic medalists.

Profiles in Scientific Awesomeness: Von Economo

By Tim Verstynen Ph.D.
Sometimes, real science role models are more amazing than fictional ones.

Olympic Gold Medalists and Raising Resilient Kids

By Michael Ungar Ph.D.
Recent research on how elite athletes succeed is useful to parents.

The Sound of a Leader: CEOs With Deep Voices Do Better

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D.
Why your voice pitch could determine your success in business and politics

How Happiness Changes As We Age

By Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D.
Your happiness has evolved, just as you have.

Donuts Trump Healthy Desires, Hands Down

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
We want one thing yet often act against self-interests.

Ten Surprising Facts About Rejection

By Guy Winch Ph.D.
Research finds that rejection affects intelligence, reason, and more.

Two Psychological Theories All Leaders Should Know

By Thomas G. Plante Ph.D., ABPP
Attend to observational learning and social contagion and you'll lead better.

Are You Stuck in the Jealousy Trap?

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Research reveals what to do if you or a partner can't get past jealous thoughts.