Essential Reads

Can Woodpeckers Save Football?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in The Human Beast
Woodpeckers hurl their heads at massive trees a hundred times a minute. Yet, they evidently experience no brain damage. How do they do it?

Are Simple Behavioral Interventions Cost Effective?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Governments, nonprofits, and companies all try to influence people’s behavior. They do that in lots of ways. How should behavioral science play a role in this influence?
Chris Chambers, "The 7 Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice," 2017, Princeton University Press

The Reign of Error

Driven by the imperative to publish in prestigious journals, psychologists, all too often, are producing studies with weak data, faulty methodologies, and questionable conclusions.

Loneliness Poses Greater Public Health Threat than Obesity

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
The loneliness epidemic is growing and becoming more costly by the day. But there is something you can do about it.
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Heroes, Statues, and Moral Standards

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Why We Blame
Judging people by the norms of their time is more complicated than it may seem.

Are Narcissists Able to Tell the Truth About Themselves?

Because people high in narcissism seem so focused on their impressions, you'd think they lie in psychological testing. New research shows when narcissists are most likely to lie.

High School Popularity Might Backfire Later in Life

By Christopher Bergland on August 22, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
High school popularity may be overrated, according to a new 10-year study.
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Lincoln's Reading List for a Divided Nation

What were the key books and documents that guided Lincoln toward his unique Presidency?

On Late Blooming

By Jen Kim on August 21, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
What happens when our milestones are met with disappointment.

Americans Now See the Truth as Relative

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 21, 2017 in Innovation You
Thirty years ago, University of Chicago Professor Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind.

Why Adultery Is Harmful Even Before It's Discovered

Kai Cole uses her experience of her marriage and divorce from Joss Whedon to show that the saying "what you don't know can't hurt you" is wrong.
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Top 10 Parenting Tips

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in In Control
Parenting is the greatest trip on earth. I wish you the ride of your life.

Male Risk of Autism: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Stigmatizing autism research as "sexist" for finding a gender difference in risk is not going to help us discover the truth about it.

Facing Your Depression

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Researchers are working on a new treatment for depression you can put on your mobile device—but a self-help version is already available.

On the Modern Self

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on August 19, 2017 in More Than Mortal
Writer Will Storr discusses his new book: Selfie.
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Do You Build or Discover Your Life?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 19, 2017 in Fixing Families
You can approach to your life as a builder, blueprint in hand, or a discoverer, where you see where a path leads you. Qualities of each, and a possible middle ground

How Social Contagion Helps Explain Our Pet Choices

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Animals and Us
The craze for flat-faced dogs may have been produced by the same mob mentality that caused a wave of pet euthanasia in 1939.

Confused About Successful Jerks? Get to Know the Dark Triad

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Most of us don’t wish success on selfish, nasty, and dishonest people, and yet many such people are successful. How come?

When Your Boss Is a Bully or Worse: What Can You Do?

By Peg Streep on August 18, 2017 in Tech Support
Our working lives take up a lot of time and, sometimes, emotional space. What to do when your work is wrecking your state of mind?

A Simple Tool for Greater Relationship Satisfaction

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
In today's hectic, sometimes lonely, day and age, proven tools to increase passion and relationship satisfaction are a sought after commodity. Research is illuminating, and useful.

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