Essential Reads

New Evidence Suggests Men Are Not Better Map Readers

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
There are remarkably few stable sex differences in cognitive abilities. One ability that has shown consistent sex differences, though, involves spatial perspective taking.

Where Does Our Moral Sense Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our intuitive morality may have been shaped not by the day-to-day dilemmas we face but rather by the opinions of others.

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

Stress Can Do This Strangely Positive Thing to You

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Stress Test
Is there an upside to stress?

More Posts on Cognition

Thinking Errors in Depression

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 02, 2016 in Hide and Seek
7 common thinking errors and how to correct them.

Clinical Linguistics: What a Mess! (Part 1)

Clinical linguistics may benefit from the ongoing biolinguistic turn in language sciences.

How Habits Can Affect Our Memory

Can our habits actually allow our memory to atrophy?

Is There a Place for Clinical Thinking in a Hospital?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 01, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Mark my words: In the not too distant future, some psychology organization will forbid us from treating cancer victims unless we hold some cancer credential.

Beware of Criticizing Concepts You Don't Fully Understand

It's extremely harmful when respected news sources convey false and misleading information to the public.

This Type of Exercise Changes Your Brain—for the Better!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 30, 2016 in Cravings
If you're losing gray matter and your memory is starting to fade, this exercise can help.

Helen Keller and the First Akitas in the United States

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 30, 2016 in Canine Corner
Helen Keller, the deaf blind social activist, speaker, and author, is credited with bringing the first Akitas to America.

The Strange Coincidences Between the Media and Our Minds

Media coincidences provide evidence of an increasingly closer connection between human minds and our rapidly expanding involvement with the internet.

Study: Aerobic Exercise Leads to Remarkable Brain Changes

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A revolutionary neuroimaging technique reaffirms that aerobic exercise significantly increases brain volume and improves cognitive function.

Not All Empathy Is the Same

Believing that the power of empathy can be harnessed by perspective-taking alone is itself a false belief.

Morally Decent Trump Supporters

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
I don’t believe that Donald Trump is the answer to what ails us, but neither do I believe that the way forward is to demonize all of his supporters.

The Craving Mind

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key aspect of relapse is the way cravings can distort practical reasoning, typically in ways that make it difficult to plan in advance.

Bias, Truth, Running Shoes and Elephants

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Do you know people who only focus on selectively chosen facts? Are you that way? Here are some reflections on biases and perceiving the truth.

Lose Your Phone, Find Your Body

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 27, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
As technology helps us live more and more distractedly, it becomes both more important and less likely for us to engage positively with our bodies, as subjects not objects.

To Remember Multiple Items: Put Them in Related Groups

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Memory Medic
Here's another tip for better memory.

The Art of War, Theban Style

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in One Among Many
Innovation and victory can be as fickle as happiness. Being smart is not enough; you must outsmart someone who is trying to outsmart you.

In a Store and on the Phone: A Risky Mix?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 23, 2016 in Minding the Body
Using your phone while shopping is sometimes (but not always) a recipe for buyer's remorse. Here's what you need to know before hitting the stores, based on a new study.

10 Ways to Uncover the Hidden Job Market

By Brad Waters on November 22, 2016 in Design Your Path
10 ways to locate hard-to-find job openings

Linda The Bank Teller Case Revisited

The skill of providing answers on the basis of the meaning that is literally given to us is not typically a useful skill.

Trump Trumps Phonetic Rulebook

Acoustic analysis of the speech of Trump and Clinton shows that Trump speaks with less regular timing. How does speech style contribute to people’s overall speaker impressions?

Why Even Some Smart People Are Superstitious

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
Hidden benefits of magical thinking

Mindfulness Quiets Unhelpful Thoughts

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on November 21, 2016 in Urban Survival
A new study finds that mindfulness helps people with depression think more clearly and pay less attention to negative, irrelevant thoughts.

Why We Choose the Words We Use

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 21, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Can psychology restore your linguistic options? Or are trendy words and phrases destined for the junk heap?

Where Do Creative Ideas Come From?

By Drew Boyd on November 21, 2016 in Inside the Box
Mankind has used patterns for thousands of years to solve problems and innovate. Learn how to reapply those patterns to anything you want to innovate.

How Does Brain Symmetry Influence the Workings of Your Mind?

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Is symmetry between the 'left brain-right brain' a good thing? It depends. New research suggests that a blend of symmetry and asymmetry between various brain regions may be ideal.

Day Care Is Much More Than Babysitting

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in The Teenage Mind
Quality day care fosters cognitive, physical, and social development. Day care is more than babysitting, much more.


By Graham Collier on November 18, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Has the vast range of information available these days intensified a general level of curiosity or not?

The Emotional Coherence of Donald Trump

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Hot Thought
Voting decisions are based more on emotional coherence with values than on rational choice. Value maps of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters display their appeal.

Save Your Thanksgiving With Multi-Minute Cooking Videos

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Screen Time
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. You are thinking: "What do I do with this turkey?!" Cooking videos may boost self-confidence, as told through social cognitive theory.

25 Fun and Helpful Quotations About the Human Mind

By Meg Selig on November 17, 2016 in Changepower
These quotations about the mind are witty, wise, and science-based. Memorize one or two, and use them when you need comfort, motivation, entertainment, or enlightenment.