Essential Reads

A Nation Advances on Its Stomach

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Human Beast
Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Now, economists conclude that how well fed a nation is drives the economy.

Specific Commitments Can Change Behavior

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Psychology has learned a lot in experimental studies about how to change behavior. Will that work in the real world?

The Role of 'One-Sided Sex' in Relationships

Peace-inducing sex is one-sided sex intended to maintain industrial peace within one’s relationship. Is it beneficial? Yes and no.

Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Singletons
More young adults are moving home than are getting married or living on their own. Here are 6 ways to the smooth transition.

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6 Ways to (Tactfully) Bring Up Personal Hygiene Issues

By Kerry Patterson on October 12, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
Set the tone in helping an awkward discussion go quickly and smoothly.

Are Fictional Heroes Making Us Stupid About Gun Control?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Ambigamy
Those who oppose gun control could be influenced more by their Netflix account than by the NRA. Availability bias explains why.

Why Wait? The Psychological Origins of Procrastination

By Elliot T Berkman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in The Motivated Brain
We all procrastinate. New research in psychology provides clues as to why--and how to stop.

13 Ways to Tell If It's Love or If You're Being Manipulated

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in Ambigamy
Understanding how affirmations work will help hone your ability to discriminate between genuine and manipulative flattery.
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Why Do We Remember Certain Things, But Forget Others?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in Science of Choice
Much of learning takes place in the form of emotional learning.

Cooperation and the public good

Social scientists differ about the relative virtues of top-down verses peer-to-peer actions to secure public goods like clean water and air and safe foods and pharmaceuticals. Recent decision experiments suggest that in modern societies, both dimensions are necessary, and that they’re complementary to each other.

Do You Work for a Demanding 'Type A' Boss?

By Victor Lipman on October 03, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
Type A managers, of which there are many, can at times be impatient, stressful, and plain old hard to work for. Here are practical tips to help you survive, and even succeed.

The Psychology of Pumpkin Spice Lattes

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 in Happy Trails
"Get it while it lasts!" "Limited time only!" Why scarcity creates cravings.

5 Reasons Not to Fear Public Speaking

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
Great speakers are made, not born (as are plain old good ones). Consider the examples of this famous five. All overcame significant public speaking confidence problems — and so can you.

The 30-Day Money C-H-O-I-C-E Challenge

By Michael F. Kay on October 01, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Ever looked at your stack of bills and wonder how the heck you're going to get these paid? How did that feel? Rotten, right? Of course it did. No wants to live with the weight of debt—to carry that hopeless frustration deep into their bones.

Volkswagen, Why?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 in Hidden Motives
What could have possibly motivated VW to take the risk?

Are Your I-Centric Habit Patterns Getting the Best of You?

By Judith E. Glaser on September 29, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
As you read the followng seven I-centric habit patterns, identify ones that do not serve your organization and see them as opportunities to develop WE-centric patterns. Monitor your impact. Notice how, by shifting to WE-centric patterns, you increase positive energy, focus your colleagues on creating the future, and enable greater leadership behaviors in everyone.

Psychology of Deep Connection

By Judith E. Glaser on September 29, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
There is a part of the brain that activates when we meet people. It’s called the "like me/not like me" part of the brain or the Rostromedial Prefrontal Cortex. However, there is another part of our brain that has a bigger impact on us — and one that explains deep connection.

Earth to Humans: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Perceived Risk

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 in The Green Mind
What are the psychological roadblocks that explain why we’re not doing much to solve global climate change—a phenomenon that threatens the core of our society? This is the sixth post in a seven-part series.

Make Candor a Priority

By Judith E. Glaser on September 28, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
Here are 5 things you can do, as a Leader of Change, to elevate candor and TRUST as the foundation for healthy conversations in your organization.

Is This the Kind of Country We Want to Be?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 28, 2015 in Saving Normal
"Fraud, Theft, Waste and Private Profits: The Fate of Money Intended to Treat People With Serious Mental Illness” is an shocking report exposing a disastrous misallocation of resources that leads to shameful neglect, avoidable imprisonment, and massive homelessness.

Escaping the Grief of Financial Disaster

By Michael F. Kay on September 24, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
There doesn't seem to be a path to a comfortable solution. Dread and depression become partners with despair and devastation. We can sit in self-blame, self-pity or denial—or recognize that the only way out is through positive action.

One Skill to Curb Unconscious Gender Bias

By Joseph Grenny on September 23, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
What if your colleagues discriminated against you just for being assertive? Unfortunately for many women, gender bias is a reality in today’s workplace.

A Foundational Approach to Economic Anxiety

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
Capitalism is vulnerable. What will replace it, and how can you be happier?

Finding the Right Job

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 20, 2015 in Fighting Fear
Bad advice--and good advice-- about how to find a job when finding a job seems impossible.

Disaster Shapes Chile's "National Psychology"

By Anneli Rufus on September 17, 2015 in Stuck
Living in a land beset by frequent natural disasters creates a sense of solidarity.

Giving Feedback Is Fundamental - Why Is It so Hard?

By Victor Lipman on September 15, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
All too often employees receive no management feedback, or feedback that is emotional and not business-focused.

How Have Children Been Affected By the Great Recession?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 14, 2015 in Media Spotlight
How have economic fears brought on by the Great Recession affected children? As adults lose their jobs and their homes, the emotional impact this has had on their children is just beginning to be understood. A new research study take a comprehensive look at the long-term problems shown by children affected by parental job loss and other financial woes

How Do We Really Feel About Mass Syrian & Other Immigration?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 14, 2015 in How To Do Life
An internal debate exploring this psychologically & practically difficult issue.

Harsh Justice

By Michael Cholbi Ph.D. on September 13, 2015 in Ethics in Question
It seems natural to think that the harsher the punishment, the more it will deter crime. But some recent studies suggest that isn't the case. Here some tools from economics and philosophy are used to explore why.

Who Invented Your Phone?

Gossipers and journalists alike greeted rumors then announcements this month about the latest variations-on-a-theme from Apple telephony with breathless excitement. A new weight was required when pressing on part of the phone! Astonishing! Hold the presses! Why are we so fascinated by these tiny 'improvements?' And who makes these changes?

Financial Decisions and Emotions

By Eyal Winter on September 12, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Why do we decide for ourselves on health but want others to decide for us on money?

Financial Security for the Light Sleeper

By Michael F. Kay on September 10, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Have you ever had trouble falling asleep, worried about what would happen if you—fill-in-the-blank with your nightmare—lost your job, tanked your business, got sick and needed expensive treatment?

How to Negotiate with a Liar

We all negotiate. But how can we negotiate effectively if we don't know whether the other side is lying? We can't control their behavior, but we can control our own - which includes developing skills to guard against deceptive tactics.

Investment Advice Based on the Latest Behavioral Research

The market has been acting a bit crazy lately, and for investors who are watching it daily, the intense fluctuations may be driving them a bit crazy too. By reading about prior research on investor psychology and even participating in current research described here, investors can gain greater insights into how to manage both their money and their emotions.