Essential Reads

10 Psychological Concepts That People Don’t Get

Many aspects of human psychology that are consistently difficult for students to understand. Here is a list of 10 for starters.

Which Breeds of Dogs Are Best for Your Health?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 23, 2017 in Canine Corner
New data not only shows that dog ownership provides substantial health benefits, but also that some breeds have a more substantial positive impact.

The Eyes Have It: Limbal Rings and Attraction

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
The limbal ring is a part of the eye most of us never consciously notice. But this darkened part of the iris may signal health and beauty.

The Reality Sense in Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Sensory processing during REM may partially explain why we accept dream events as real.

What’s Different About Dog Owners?

By John Bradshaw Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Pets and Their People
Want to live longer? Check if you already have a dog.

This Thanksgiving, Don’t Mistake Getting Along For Giving In

By Andrew Shtulman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Inconceivable
Don’t let the pundits make you feel guilty about breaking bread with your family while refusing to break your commitment to evidence and logic.
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Practical Tips for Metabolizing a Compliment

We often deflect people's compliments because we're been taught to be self-effacing. But letting ourselves receive and metabolize a compliment can nurture us as nothing else can.

Describing Sexual Assault in a Language Men Can Understand

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Female victims' sexual assault stories often fail to resonate with men. But Terry Crews describes his experience in terms with which men can empathize.

Why Has Self-Harm Tripled Among Tween and Teen Girls?

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Why are three times as many girls harming themselves? There's a likely culprit.

The Best Way to Counteract Rude Behavior

Whether they intend to or not, people may at times behave rudely. A new study on incivility’s effects shows why rudeness hurts so much and how you can negate its effects on you.

Should Kids Be Allowed to Take Mental Health Days?

You wouldn't think twice about letting your child stay home from school for a physical illness like the flu. But should you let him take a mental health day?
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Relieving Severe Anxiety in Children

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on November 20, 2017 in Brain and Behavior
Behavioral therapy should be combined with medication for childhood anxiety.
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Will Internet Mechabots Destroy My Toddler’s Mind?

By Anya Kamenetz on November 20, 2017 in The Art of Screen Time
The existence of gross content on YouTube is not proof that children at scale are being traumatized by it.

Mindfulness Is Not Always Positive

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
It's everywhere these days. Mindfulness reduces stress and helps people clear their minds. Can it also reduce thoughts related to criminal behavior?

Why People Who Have Less Give More

By Utpal Dholakia on November 20, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
Every one of us can learn valuable lessons from the generosity and compassion of the poor.

When Post-Breakup Pursuit Becomes Stalking

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Relational pursuit is part of love stories and romantic comedies, even after a breakup. Unfortunately, glamorous depictions of unrequited love create a false sense of normalcy.

Cognitive Dissonance and the Franken Sexual Misconduct Case

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Democrats and feminists must honestly grapple with the uncomfortable feelings generated by the Franken case.

How “Manipulation Armies” Are Undermining Democracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Side Effects
A new report on the “closed loops” of disinformation stoking chaos and confusion almost everywhere.

Controversies in the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders

Why are diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders always so controversial? Different groups want and need different things and reaching an agreement is difficult.

Measurement Validity Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Cui Bono
How do we know that a test that allegedly measures shyness actually measures shyness?

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