Top Posts: June 2017

Top Posts: June 2017

For your summer reading, see posts about the epigenetics of music, a periodic table of behavior, the upside of being average, and more. Cover Image:
The Upsides of Being Average

The Upsides of Being Average

By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Ph.D.
Are you less special than you think? That’s okay.
Epigenetics of Music: A Karaoke vs. Bach Genetic Conflict?

The Epigenetics of Music

By Christopher Badcock Ph.D.
A karaoke vs. Bach genetic conflict?
A Periodic Table of Behavior for Psychology

A Periodic Table of Behavior

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D.
Psychology needs a periodic table of behavior.
Income, Education, Social Support, and Brain Development

Poverty on the Brain

By Eugene Rubin M.D., Ph.D.
Environmental factors can powerfully influence brain growth in kids.
BA CEO Shouldn’t Be Sacked But Should Be Docked Pay

Don't Sack the CEO

By Chengwei Liu Ph.D.
Firing the CEO will not change corporate culture.
Why Should We Slow Down? The Lost Art of Patience

The Lost Art of Patience

By Alan Castel Ph.D.
Slowing down may make us healthier and happier.
In Pursuit of Happiness: Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

By Brock Bastian Ph.D.
New research on why painful experiences increase our happiness.
Why Some People Just Have Difficult Relationships

Why Some People Have Difficult Relationships

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
The causes of difficulty
I Turned Off My Cellphone for You

I Turned Off My Cellphone for You

By Jan Albert
Challenging young designers to create worthy alternatives to the cell phone.
Do Women Prefer Partners Who Resemble Their Brothers?

Filial and Romantic Love

By Robert Burriss Ph.D.
Do women prefer partners who resemble their brothers?
What's So Special About Dads

What's So Special About Dads

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D.
The science of what makes dads unique
Is Tinder Really a Hookup App?

Is Tinder Really a Hookup App?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D.
Tinder and the types of connections it helps make.
The Lord of the Wedding Ring: J.R.R. Tolkien’s True Love

J.R.R. Tolkien’s True Love

By Jason Whiting Ph.D.
Tolkien’s newest book was inspired by his own passion and commitment.
Can Pet Crickets Improve the Well-being of the Elderly?

Can Pet Crickets Improve Well-being?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D.
New clinical trial finds surprising beneficial effects of caring for insects.
Going Cold Turkey on Screens

Going Cold Turkey on Screens

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
The benefits of quitting electronic screens are underappreciated.
For a Profound Sense of Meaning in Life, Have Sex

For a Profound Sense of Meaning

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.
Have sex.
The Upside of Chance

The Upside of Chance

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
How can you make chance work for you?
It’s Not the Sex, But the Afterglow

It’s Not the Sex, But the Afterglow

By David Ludden Ph.D.
Quality over quantity in intimate relations.
The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility

The Waist-to-Hip Ratio

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D.
Research from traditional societies provides dramatic new evidence.
Death Is Inevitable but Not Inevitably Dreadful

Death Is Inevitable

By Becky Ready Ph.D., ABPP
Not inevitably dreadful
Nobody Does It Better

Nobody Does It Better

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D.
The role of humor in romantic relationships
Why We Think We Are Invincible

Why We Think We Are Invincible

By Jen Kim
Is there a downside to optimism?
When Words Are Deadly Weapons: Michelle Carter´s Conviction

When Words Are Deadly Weapons

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D.
Michelle Carter´s conviction
Innovation Handmaids

Innovation Handmaids

By Moses Ma
What "The Handmaid's Tale" can teach us about innovation and the human spirit.
The Anxiety Epidemic

The Anxiety Epidemic

By Larry D. Rosen Ph.D.
Our smartphones may be a major cause.