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Multiple Personality or Malingering?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Human Equation
What happens when a person with multiple personalities kills? Pamela Moss claimed her alters were linked to two murders committed years apart but insisted she, the host, was not.

The Science of Toy Giving

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Overwhelmed by holiday shopping? Science can help provide some helpful recommendations about toys that might promote exploration and learning in your children.
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10 Factors That Influence Your Purchase Decisions

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Science of Choice
Consumers are powerfully influenced by their emotions, environmental cues, as well as by how options are presented to them.

The Many Mini Ways to Show You Care

It doesn't take a grand gesture to show someone that you care. With a "micro" act of kindness, according to new research, the payoff can be surprisingly high for both of you.

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Homo Dichotomus

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in One Among Many
When statisticians call each other mad.

Over Half of Bisexual Youth Don't Have Family Support

What can straight parents do to support their bisexual children?
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Fine, Take My Phone—at Least Grandma Understands Me

Is it possible that grandparents understand and empathize with their grandkids’ use of devices more than parents?

Racism Is Everywhere…Is It, Really?

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Should some issues never be discussed because some ideas might lead to policies we don't like?

A Simpler, Smarter Response to Accusations

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
"Well, of course, I'm biased, like you, like everyone. The only question here is whether I'm biased appropriately."

All-Female "Lord of the Flies" Remake

How would a Muslim girl, a transgender boy, a girl suffering from autism (and, of course, a female 'Piggy') influence dynamics in an all-female Lord of the Flies remake?

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Minding the Mind
We all have an ethical responsibility to fight stigma, but mental health professionals have a bit more.

How To Design Your Best Future

By Peter Bregman on October 03, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the five design mindsets, how to make decisions in the face of uncertainty, and whether you should work through or around your problems.

Virtues, Values, and Moral Bullying

Who shouts loudest on social media probably isn't the most critical of thinkers.

Why Does the Man Without Fear Become a Loner Among Heroes?

Why is the superhero nicknamed "the Man without Fear" arguably the biggest loner among Marvel superheroes? Do both disability and ability make Daredevil distant and disconnected?
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Why Is It Important for Black Parents to Talk About Racism?

Research shows that talking about racism is protective against negative mental health for Black youth.

It Won't Take Long

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
Do those in power estimate the time things will take to be completed more than those not in power?

Cognitive Dissonance

What happens when you receive information or behave in a way that is totally contradictory to your beliefs? You experience cognitive dissonance.

When Pretty White Women Kill.

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
When an attractive young, white woman goes on trial for murder, a public feeding frenzy ensues for graphic images and information about the case in the media.

Aging Shrinks the Brain

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in Memory Medic
Age discrimination is not defensible. Each elderly person's mental competence has to be judged on its own merits, not on a negative stereotype of the elderly.

No Sexism In Scrabble

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Pop Psych
Explaining sex differences in more objective fields

Weight Loss, Dating, and Relationships

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Does the stigma against obesity even apply to people who have successfully lost weight? New research provides a look at how this kind of stigma can affect mating choices.
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Explaining Delusional Thinking

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Science of Choice
The dual-process framework of decision-making can provide some insights into the theory of delusional belief.

Being Biased Impairs Brain Processing and Disrupts Learning

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Group bias can impair your brain's learning function. Here's why your workplace should know this.

Exploding Three Myths and Stereotypes of Aging

Are we really predestined to become senile and fall apart as we age? Let's stand up for ourselves and appreciate the facts of growing older.

End Age Segregation

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in iAge
The call for breaking down age segregation completely.

The Flight Attendant Said My Leg Was Going to Fall Off

By Alan S. Rockoff M.D., F.A.A.D. on September 10, 2017 in Act Like a Doctor, Think Like a Patient
Medical advice should make people feel better, but it's easy to make them feel worse, by only paying attention to what you say, not what they hear.

4 Ways Culture Impacts Acceptance of Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Four cultural factors that impact the process of acceptance of a mental health problem.

When 'Speak Out' Culture Becomes 'Callout' Culture

College callout culture has breached the campus gate, and Google is the first high-profile company to join the post-rational world. What allowed it to happen; can it happen again?

When Should Journalists Put Down the Mic and Lend Aid?

By Patrick L. Plaisance Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Virtue in the Media World
When is it a moral imperative for journalists covering hurricanes and other disasters to intervene to help victims, and when is it mere grandstanding?

Faux Feminism

Is feminism a liberation movement, a lifestyle or a brand?

The War on Experts

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Countering the exaggerated claims of researchers in the fields of Decision Making, Heuristics and Biases, Evidence-Based Performance, Sociology, and Information Technology.
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The Psychology Behind Racism

Can racism and other forms of bigotry be categorized as mental illnesses?

What's the Difference Between Bullying and Teasing?

Is your child the victim of bullying? Parents and kids can develop plans together to outwit the bullies.

Can Brain Imaging Teach Us Anything about Racism?

Confused and exasperated over recent events in Charlottesville? Here's a look into what neuroscience can and can't tell us about racism.