Essential Reads

The Silver Lining in the ADHD Cloud

Is your ADHD getting in your way? Learn how to turn it into a valuable asset.

Dementia of Youth—Why Our Memories Are So Unreliable

Do you feel a little lost in your life choices? Small mindset shifts can go a long way

Four Reasons Why Paradox Helps Research Get Attention

Do Paradoxes Command Better Attention or Disbelief? The Answer Will Surprise You.

Four Underappreciated Markers of Female Beauty

It is no secret that when it comes to physical beauty, women are held to higher standards than are men; here are a few of the subtle things that seem to matter a lot.

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The Smartphone: Handle With Care

The retreat that technology offers can be a dream come true for introverts--but it can become a nightmare.

Loneliness and Dis-Connection

Do you pick up your phoned look at the various iterations of Facebook and Twitter when you are with others or feeling somehow lonely? This strategy will only make you more lonely.

The Power of Wakeup Calls

By Gregg Levoy on July 18, 2017 in Passion!
The purpose of wakeup calls is to awaken you to something you're ignoring. Here's how to make the most of them.

The #1 Conversation Topic for a Great First Date

Research reveals that the number-one topic of conversation of a successful first date is the woman.

How "Only Having Eyes" for Your Date Creates Chemistry

Research indicates that when it comes to building chemistry, first date partners are uniquely attracted to others they believe are uniquely attracted to them.

Do Brain-Changing Games Really Work?

By Lydia Denworth on July 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
Want to improve your thinking and memory? Think brain-changing games might help? A new study looked at their effect on the brain, on cognitive performance, and on decision-making.
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Mindfulness for Beginners

Mindfulness is all the rage, and with a promise to improve concentration, mood, and energy, reduce stress, improve immune function, and even fight obesity, it should be.

Listening to Difficult Emotions

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Pieces of Mind
Difficult emotions may be trying to keep you out of trouble.

The Cognitive Audit

Ten cognitive requirements designed to help instructors inject cognitive skills into their training programs.

Creativity—what's Curiosity Got to Do with It?

Are inquiring minds creative minds?

Fidget Spinners — Toy or Therapy?

Are Fidget Spinners the new Therapy for ADHD and Stress?

The Overlap of ADHD and GAD

Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be similar and occur at the same time. Learn about symptoms and treatments.

If for Just One Day We Could Smell as a Dog Does

Imagine, for a moment, walking into a large gathering and instantly, with just a sniff or two, knowing intimately more about the people around you.

Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Hooks You

By Nir Eyal on June 26, 2017 in Automatic You
Voice interfaces like Amazon's Alexa are very engaging. A four-step model explains the psychology behind what makes the technology so habit-forming.

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

A new study reports that the mere sight of one's own smartphone—even if the phone is turned off and face down—can create "brain drain" by depleting finite cognitive resources.

ADHD and Opioid Addiction

ADHD and substance abuse are commonly co-occurring disorders. Let's look into the correlation vs. causation.

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out, Part 3

Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life, discusses the challenges and opportunities for introverts as listeners.

Is Your Mind Wandering?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Controlling your attention, by pulling it away from what's bothersome or pointless (such as mental grumbling or self-criticism) is the foundation for changing your brain.

How Our Bodies Age (Part 3)

What changes in our nervous system can we expect as we age? And what are the implications?

Three Habits Calm People Never Practice

Are you sick and tired of feeling stressed? Research explains the link between unhealthy mental habits and anxiety. Learn what to do instead.

In Mediation, Is Empathy Enough or Even Necessary?

Proper mediation involves learned skills, some of which require an understanding of complex concepts.

Does White Noise Help You Learn?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
How do you promote focus in an environment of distractions?

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out, Part 2

Adam S. McHugh, author of "The Listening Life," shares insights about how to listen deeply to yourself, including a refreshing way to manage negative self-talk.

Connecting the (Hidden) Dots

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
What dots do we choose to form patterns? What patterns make sense to us, and which dots are discarded? What dots do we infer?

What Your Radio Knows About You

One day not so long ago, I was flipping through channels on my car radio, looking for the song that would hit the spot.

How Is Adult ADHD Treated With Medications?

Adult ADHD - What are the Treatments and Side Effects of the Medications?

How are the Trump Troubles Like the Army-McCarthy Hearings?

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Pura Vida
I'm sure that I'm not alone is finding myself glued to the latest Trump Troubles, including Russia Revelations. It brings back memories of sunshine in some bad old days.

To See Your Status Soar, Be More Curious

Next time you leave an algorithm to decide your choices, consider what this is doing to your curiosity quotient -- and why it matters.

Dogs Steal in the Dark

Dogs can recognize what we are paying attention to and what we are likely able to see. They then can take advantage of that situation to steal or do things that they shouldn't

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out, Part 1

Even if you think you’re a decent listener, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life, shows you how to connect at a much deeper level.