Essential Reads

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.

Why Does God Want to Kill Me?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in iAge
We are meant to die. It is nature's way of making our species survive. But our strategy as humans has been to develop a large brain and to live longer, to which there's a downside.

Mend the Gap Between Rich and Poor in School Achievement

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
The more rigid and authoritarian the school program is, the greater is the achievement gap between rich and poor. The more trusting and empowering it is, the smaller is the gap.

Praising Children May Encourage Them to Cheat

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Praise is important for emotional growth. But new research shows that the way praise is worded—even for three-year-olds—can have a significant impact on their moral choices.

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.
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The Emotional Toll of Childhood Obesity

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on September 19, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Why is still okay to tease "the fat kid?"

Schizophrenia in a Vial? The Story of Ketamine

A back-of-the-shelf anesthetic induces all the symptoms of schizophrenia—but only in adults. What does this reveal about brain development and the nature of schizophrenia?

The Neurobiology of Fear-Based Learning—and Unlearning

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study identifies how the brain learns and unlearns fear.
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Animating Dreams and the Future of Dream Recording

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Dream Factory
A proof of concept study explores muscle signals during sleep to recreate an animated dream avatar.
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The Winner Shouldn't Take It All

By Chengwei Liu Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Decisions Defined
The winner shouldn't take it all because many of them are simply the luckiest.

Anger and Cancer: Is There a Relationship?

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Might being overly angry put one at risk for certain kinds of cancers?

Early Adolescence and the Fear of Change

Although parents sometimes feel critical of adolescent changes, they should also be admiring: Separating from childhood and starting to grow takes a lot of courage.

Low Brain Cholesterol—Separating Fact from Fiction

By Georgia Ede MD on September 17, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
How vegan diets and cholesterol-lowering drugs affect mood and memory.

Right Brain and Left Brain Share Duties On "As Needed" Basis

By Christopher Bergland on September 17, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Growing evidence debunks the myth of creativity being seated in the "right brain." A new Duke study illuminates how the left brain and right brain can share duties when necessary.

Cover Story: Clothing Items That Make Women Attractive

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on September 17, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Fair or not, women are often approached based not on who they are, but on what they wear. Research reveals the appeal of heels, and why the color red looks red hot.
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The Power of Placebo

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The placebo effect is more than belief - again and again, it has been shown to produce real physiological and neurological changes. Does this mean that the mind can heal the body?

The Sound of Memory

By Mark D. Humphries Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Neural Processing
"You must remember this song!" How your brain remembers what you hear

14 Questions to Ask About the Quality of Your Relationship

Considering the many factors involved in relationships, it might seem impossible to narrow them down to a reasonable number. New research shows which are the 14 common elements.

Sick of Sycophants

The stories we tell about sycophants.

Cultivating Empathy

By Jennifer Verdolin Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Wild Connections
It seems timely to ask the question: What is empathy and how can we get more of it?

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