Essential Reads

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.

The Most Attractive (Invisible) Asset on a Date

If you set your device on the table on a date, beware: distraction signals disinterest. Instead, cultivate chemistry through the most significant silent compliment: your attention.
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Growing Up Too Fast? Early Adversity Affects Fear Responses

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Adopting Reason
The development of brain systems for detecting threats is affected in complex ways by early experiences of deprivation and neglect.

Logical Consequences: Helping Kids Learn from Their Mistakes

Punishment breeds resentment and retaliation. Logical consequences, when they're imposed with kindness and attention, can help kids take responsibility for their actions.

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Second Wedding Bridal Shower: Pictures from the Past

This is what women look like when we're really laughing, I thought. This was me, and us, all those years ago. This is me, and us, still. What a luxury.
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The Silent Treatment: How Silence Amplifies Your Callings

By Gregg Levoy on August 26, 2017 in Passion!
It’s often in silence that you figure out what you have to say to the world, get a bead on your passions and the source of those passions.

The Hidden Gifts of the Shadow

You may have noticed that the word “shadow” has been showing up with great frequency lately in popular culture and in the media.

What Makes a Dog Notice a Person

Is it the sight of you, the sounds you make, or your scent that is most likely to make a dog aware that you are nearby?
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What's More Likely to Increase Creativity—Netflix or Zumba?

Have some folks watch Netflix for an hour. Have some other folks take a Zumba class. Then test their creativity. What do you expect that the results will be? Here's the answer!

Plato, Phones, and That Embarrassing Silence

Is technology a problem? Was it in the past?
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Where to Go on a First Date? Why Scene Selection Matters

Sparks fly when distraction is low. Selective focus is seductive, so on a first date, set the scene to give your partner your undivided attention.

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.
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The Smartphone: Too Much of a Good Thing

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 phone t 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 Absolute Best Topic of Conversation on a 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?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in Keep It in Mind
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

By Vint Virga DVM, DACVB on June 28, 2017 in The Soul of All Living Creatures
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?