September 2017

Psychology Today Magazine September 2017

How We'll Survive When Artificial Intelligence Gets Smarter Than Us

Eccentric's Corner: The Seer of AI

By Gary Drevitch
Our future depends on how we handle artificial intelligence.
When the Ground Cracked

2-Minute Memoir: When the Ground Cracked

By Tova Mirvis
Doubts in Tova Mirvis's faith led her to leave more than just her religion.
From Food to Mood

Supplemental Science: From Food to Mood

By Hara Estroff Marano
The bugs in your gut have hidden ways of helping you master your emotions.
The Big Picture

Social Life: The Big Picture

By Stephanie M. Bucklin
The snap judgments we make based on people's online photographs may predict how we act toward them in person.
Talking of Taste

Nature's Bounty: Talking of Taste

By Kirsi Goldynia
Umami? Kokumi? The search for new tastes goes way beyond gastronomy.
Unconventional Wisdom: Cruise Control

Unconventional Wisdom: Cruise Control

By Hara Estroff Marano
It's easy to be a hero to someone who is clueless about managing her own life. It's harder to be a hero in your own home.
Doctors Who Sport a Healthy Lifestyle May Repel Some Patients

Human Like Me?

By Micaela Heck
Avoid looking too perfect to those you hope to aid.
What Difference Does Charisma Make?

The Lure of Charisma

By Matt Huston
Colorful leaders inspire, but they may have unexpected limits.
Weapons of Mass Persuasion

Weapons of Mass Persuasion

By Abigail Fagan
"The Influential Mind" introduces less-than-intuitive tactics for changing beliefs and behaviors.
Our Responses to Fear Help Us Understand Compassion

States of Alarm

By Matt Huston
Fear is powerful, but so is the feeling it often sparks in others: compassion.
Conquering the Divided Self

One Question: Conquering the Divided Self

By Nando Pelusi Ph.D.
What happens when you get a degree in chemistry from Harvard, but want to be a novelist?
How Fathers Interact Differently With Daughters and Sons

Singing With Daughters, Winning With Sons

By Colleen Park
Gender influences how fathers interact with toddlers.
Why Do We Lash Out?

Why Do We Lash Out?

By Shira Polan
It might be more than a bad mood.
The Secrets We're Most Likely to Keep

Under The Skin

By Micaela Heck
The negative impact of secrets may stem from the way they lurk in our minds.
Image Gurit Birnbaum

Tell Me More

By Matt Huston
How much sway does sex have over what we keep secret?
Bound by Laughter

Bound by Laughter

By Abigail Fagan
Laughter may support relationships by triggering the release of feel-good chemicals.
Babies’ Sixth Sense

Babies’ Sixth Sense

By Ellen Airhart
Infants can become physically attuned to their mothers’ stress levels.