Essential Reads

Fragmentation of Personality

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
Given the complexity of our online lives, how do we define the totality of who we are? Is this changing how we think of being integrated human beings and our creative lives?

Need a Midday Energy Boost? Skip the Caffeine, Take a Walk

Brief bouts of low-to-moderate intensity physical activity are more energizing than a 50 mg dose of caffeine (such as a can of soda or shot of espresso), according to a new study.

Why Hitler Did Not Use Chemical Weapons on the Battlefield

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Without Prejudice
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently stated (incorrectly) that Hitler did not use chemical weapons on his own people. How can psychology inform this discussion?

Speeding Up Your Creativity by Slowing Down

New research on making creative headway through attentive looking

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Why Relying on GPS Does Your Brain No Favors

It's all too easy to let tech such as GPS do all your thinking for you, isn't it? But you might want to consider what invaluable mental resources you're losing in return.
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Lessons from Zen Master Grandpa Jerry

By Steve Albrecht DBA on April 19, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Learn to love life's little moments.
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Can Paying Attention to Dreams Increase Creativity?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Creativity for You
Do you reflect on your dreams when you wake up in the morning? Would it help you to think more creatively if you did?

Sports Are Games Played by Humans

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Sports are played basically everywhere--but they aren't played at crime scenes. Time to push back on instant replay and slow-motion dissection of every event.

The Nature of a Dog's Eye Can Make Problem-Solving Difficult

Dogs have limited visual abilities when compared to humans, and this may make solving certain problems difficult.

Ladies, Want Your Man to Pay More Attention to You?

By Steve Albrecht DBA on April 09, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Ladies, men need more praise than you think.

Pop Music Shows That Our Attention Spans Are Getting Shorter

Do you fast forward if a song's intro doesn't grab your attention quickly? Since the 1980s, musical intros are much shorter due to a competitive "attention economy," study finds.

Why and How You Should Take Breaks at Work

It’s wise for employers to support brief rest periods for workers, too.

Consciousness in Other Animals

This post discusses the challenge of determining whether or not the experiences of other organisms have the same phenomenal quality of our typical conscious experiences.

This One Skill Can Immediately Transform How You Feel

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Living Forward
Changing how you feel is easier than you think. Learn how to shift your attention and improve your emotional well-being.

Why Do Dogs React to Cats?

Is it the sight of the cat, the sound of a cat, or the smell of a cat that excites dogs the most? The answer might surprise you.

Randomness and Intentionality

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
How can intentionality affect how our lives evolve?

What I Learned From Taking Part In A Silent Dinner

By Tim Leberecht on March 21, 2017 in The Romance of Work
In a time when everyone's constantly talking and rudeness seems legitimate, silence is not only golden - it can be disruptive.
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Tears of Pain and Tears of Joy

Crying can be a powerful expression of pain or joy; however it can also be used as a manipulative device. Genuine crying is a window into a person's emotional condition.

Bilingualism in the Sky

English is the international language of civil aviation and hence many airline pilots and controllers have to communicate in a language other than their own. What does this entail?

Welcome to the Madness and Mystery of Surprise Egg Videos

By Kevin Bennett on March 11, 2017 in Modern Minds
Children are obsessed with the online sub-culture of surprise egg videos and the micro-universe inhabited by family finger people.

Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How

By Nir Eyal on March 07, 2017 in Automatic You
Having a hard time focusing lately? You’re not alone. This article provides practical research-backed tips for staying focused.

Millennial Cognitive Tunnel Syndrome

By Caroline Beaton on March 04, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
What are you looking at but not seeing?

Elasticity of Belief

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Attitudes based on little experience can be changed.

Memo to Our Sons and Grandsons: The Future Is Female

When I read of Hillary Clinton’s video proclamation to the women of MAKERS that “the future is female,” my mind immediately raced to my four grandsons, ages 3, 7, 10, and 11.

A Crisis of Noise - Messages To/From Our Brains

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
Confusion and overwhelm reign! Our brains are battlegrounds where messages are vying for attention. What can we believe? Our physical, mental, and emotional health are at stake.
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When “I’m Sorry” Just Isn’t Enough

Since we are all (no exceptions) mistake-prone to varying degrees, it behooves us to become adept in the art of making effective repairs and corrections.

Low-Intensity Aerobic Exercise Has Surprising Brain Benefits

By Christopher Bergland on February 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There is growing evidence that low-intensity physical activity has multiple brain benefits. A new study reports that easy aerobic exercise boosts visual sensitivity and perception.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Giving

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 12, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Give time, caring, and attention as well as gifts, experiences, and words.

How Dogs Respond to an Angry Expression on a Human Face

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 08, 2017 in Canine Corner
Whether your dog looks at your face may depend upon your emotional expression

Anticipation

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Anticipatory thinking is the way we imagine how unexpected events may affect our plans, alerting us to potential threats. But what are the dysfunctional tendencies that block it?
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Making Time for Intimacy

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on February 07, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
Intimacy and sex are great when they are part of the same event. They aren't always. Be aware that intimacy needs to be cultivated even when sex takes care of itself.

The Solution to Your Mind Wandering Problem

By Rob Henderson on January 30, 2017 in After Service
Are you often distracted? Some tips to stay focused.

Three Strategies That Transform Classrooms and Change Lives

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Peacemeal
Is your classroom suffering from disruptive conflict and student disengagement? These restorative tips have worked in real classrooms and schools to improve climate and connection.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Listening

Intimacy can be created through clear communication, but doing so requires listening to many aspects of a message and appreciating how they affect its transmission and impact.