Essential Reads

Brains Have Owners

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Memory Medic
Is there an avatar in your brain called "I"? Neuroscience suggests this is the case.

Cognitive Benefits of Exercise Outshine Brain-Training Games

There is growing evidence that physical activity is more effective than sedentary "brain-training" games for maintaining robust cognitive function and "working memory" as we age.

Is Alex Jones a Conspiracy Theorist or a Performance Artist?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 23, 2017 in Psych Unseen
If Jones isn't delusional, what about his followers?

Intelligence, Education, Personality, and Social Mobility

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in In One Lifespan
What predicts upward social mobility? We identified four important factors—education, intelligence, higher openness and lower neuroticism.

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Thinking Through Anxiety

Think. Rethink. Repeat.

The Hidden Tug of Marketing

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on April 27, 2017 in Your Future Self
Thanks to diligent research, marketers know how to pull our strings while we don’t have a clue it’s happening.

Mona Haydar Speaks Your Language

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Haydar is no ordinary artist, and the concept behind Haydar’s first single, “Hijabi,” is anything but common.

How Much Is Too Much Stress?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new research study takes a closer look at the kind of symptoms seen in people experiencing stress overload and what it can mean for preventing health problems

Dogs Prefer Advice From People Who Actually Have the Answers

Data shows that dogs try to "read your mind" to see if you have reliable information before responding to your instructions.

A New Way to Avoid Impulse Shopping

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Impulse shopping. I walk into the store with a shopping list, but come out with things that were not on my list. Is there any hope? Maybe your cell phone can save the day.

A Coincidence Involving the Recent U.S. Power Grid Failure

Like each of us, nations are composed of parts. When a coincidence happens to us, we have ways to understand its use. What about when coincidences happen to a nations?

Airplane Anguish

The friendly skies are often not a very pleasant place to be.

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.

On Writing Systems

How different is it for children learning to read in a language that is not English? It may depend on the characteristics of the writing system that the language is written in.

How Smart Is My Child?

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on April 24, 2017 in Self-Reg
When we measure a child’s “intelligence,” the score we arrive at is a product of the interaction between thinking processes and limbic brakes.
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Are You a Good Critical Thinker?

A proposal about what it is to be a good critical thinker. And a totally unscientific quiz to test your critical thinking skills.

Time for a Better Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatments

Alzheimer’s can be prevented and mild cognitive impairment can be reversed by addressing these factors in at-risk individuals. Science has moved past the “one-pill-for-every-ill”.

If God is the Cause, There Are No Coincidences

What can Biblical stories tell us about coincidences?
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5 Distorted Thought Patterns and How to Change Them

By John Kim, LMFT on April 22, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
We all have cognitive distortions.

10 Reasons Why Silence Really Is Golden

Could the answer to improved health be as simple as silence?

How to Calm Your Restless Nights

We know sleeplessness is "all in our head," but here's how you can put your head to bed.
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Divide and Conquer

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in One Among Many
Acts of mental division or subtraction are critical for our understanding of thinking. How much new light do they shed?

Train Too Much and a Dog Won't Remember

Back to back training sessions involving different tasks impairs a dog's long-term memory of what he has learned
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Little Gestures

Language and its roots in gestures.
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Which Is "Crazier?"

How does a forensic psychologist tease out the mind of a criminal defendant at the time he committed it? Debunking one myth - and investigating one source - at a time.

The Courage of Bob

By Greg O'Brien on April 17, 2017 in On Pluto
At 78, there are a lot of miles on Bob Bertschy, who, as a lanky young ballplayer, crouched behind home plate, wearing the “tools of ignorance,” as a catcher with the LA Dodgers.

8 Easy Strategies to Combat Insomnia

There are simple things you can do, both behaviorally, and in your head, that can lead to satisfying and restful sleep.
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What Makes the Human Brain “Human?” Part 1

A quick introduction to some possible anatomical underpinnings of higher consciousness in humans and other animals.

Mirror Touch

By Maureen Seaberg on April 16, 2017 in Sensorium
Harvard-trained physician Joel Salinas, M.D. and his extraordinary synesthetic, empathic powers
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Are We Dreaming All the Time?

Is dreaming truly different from wakefulness?

Can You Have Too Much Empathy?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on April 15, 2017 in Wander Woman
There is a light and dark side to empathy. Knowing how to let go of the need to fix and care for someone will increase the impact of your empathy.

How Universal Is Body Language?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Are emotional signals shaped by different cultures or are they universal to all humans? An ambitious new research project seeks to answer that question,

The "Guilty Dog" Look and Other Borrowed Signals

The guilty dog look and the human handshake have similar roots in the evolution of animal communication.

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.