Essential Reads

Get Your Students to be More Engaged

Break up your teaching into smaller chunks, and provide your class with feedback about how well they are understanding the material.

How to Increase Your Chances of Coincidental Discoveries

Are you hoping for a sudden realization? It may be closer than you think.

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.

Dogs Are More Expressive When We're Looking at Them

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new study shows dogs display more, but not different, facial expressions when we pay attention to them. The presence of food didn't have any effect, so they're not just using us.

More Posts on Attention

Are We Allowing Social Media to Dictate Our Happiness?

“A fixation with connecting with 'friends' online comes with the risk of disconnection with friends waiting for you to be present in the offline world.”

What If You Could See What's Coming?

By Peter Bregman on December 04, 2017 in How We Work
Discover your seventh sense for perceiving tipping points, why there’s no “second place” in the connected world of the future, and what you can do to prepare your business.
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Create Your Ideal Sports Training and Competitive Focus

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Focus is so important to athletic success because you if you’re not focused, you have little chance of doing the things that will enable you to perform your best.

Neuroscientists Uncover Sleep Timing Secrets

Is a good night's sleep a battle? Understanding how it works might help you get more rest..

What We've Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Although music is not a universal language, it can be the perfect medium to express feelings.

“Don't I Know You?” How Curious Strangers Become Stalkers

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Familiarity breeds contentment. Be alert for signs that someone has formed a unilateral, imaginary relationship with you — and may expect something in return.

The Practice of Mindfulness

Be mindful of this life you are living. It is going to happen, day by day, until it expires, regardless of how you approach it. Might as well enjoy the ride.

You Just Got Dumped – Nice Timing, Right?

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Attention Training
These 5 energy changers can help heal your broken heart.

Young and Cueless: Thinking about the Big Rise in Anxiety

By Scott M. Stanley Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Sliding vs. Deciding
Anxiety and depression have increased sharply for teens and young adults. Why? Does cuelessness about relationships play a role?

Metacognition and Motivation

By Karen Ethridge Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Cognition Cafe
Thinking in a fast-paced society will often leave you wondering, "how can I process all this information at once?" Thinking about "how you think" may give everyone clues to use.

Paying Attention: Consciousness of What?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?

The Surprising Power of an Unscratched Itch

Could you use a little more self-control in your life? Good news! You can start to acquire it, right here and now.

Advice for Couples Living With Attention Deficit Disorders

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in In It Together
Knowledge, hope, and compassion are much needed for those who have ADD/ADHD, and for their partners.

Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

The power of the Internet is due to its unique speed, ease of access, and reduced threshold to the world's most potent content.

Why Would Daredevil Say Sight is Overrated?

Is it really possible for eyesight to be a hindrance? If so, when and why?

Digital Distraction: Internet and Smartphone Addiction

The Internet and smartphones have been adopted in the U.S. at a faster pace than any technology since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and we can't seem to stop using them.

Brainy and Bored: Why Whiz Kids Require Special Attention

By Dena Kouremetis on October 19, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
Gifted kids need just as much guidance as everyone else.

Confirmation Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

By Nir Eyal on October 17, 2017 in Automatic You
Confirmation bias is a cognitive shortcut that can lead to some pretty horrendous decisions. Here's how to recognize and overcome it in your life.

Does Raising a Dog's Excitement Level Improve Performance?

Attempting to generate higher levels of motivation and excitement may be detrimental to the performance of some dogs based upon their personality or temperament.

Listening Patience

On several occasions, I have observed patients who seemed to be listening when I was talking to them, but left me doubtful about just how much they actually heard.

Longing for Redemption

When we feel ourselves to be incomplete or lacking a sense of wholeness, we often seek out others to fill our emptiness...

ADHD in Some Children Could Be Due to Insufficient Sleep

Biological delays in sleep onset at night, hectic family schedules, and artificial lighting have been linked to too little sleep and lower attention span in ADHD.

This One Exercise Can Improve Your Relationship Today

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on October 01, 2017 in Living Forward
Do you wonder what happened to the parter you once adored? See how learning to shift your attention can bring back the loving feelings in your relationship.

‘Why is Everyone All Up in My Business?’

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on September 30, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Learning to cope when social interaction proves a distraction. If we are hard-wired to be social, why do we sometimes find the attentions of others so frustrating?

The Trump-Goldfinger Illusion

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Perceptual similarity as political weapon.

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

Can we please stop pathologizing the desire to love and help?

Just Enough Focus

Stop fretting and keep "wasting" your time. You might be solving some seemingly intractable problems when you're not actually staring at a page.

3 Relationship Compromises You Should Never Make

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
All long-term relationships involve compromises, but some of them can be destructive.

Size Matters

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Social Lights
Advice for teaching large classes.

The Modern Shrinking of Attention Leads to Social Rancor

By Eric Leuthardt M.D. on September 20, 2017 in Mind Blender
Why is the world becoming so polarized?