Essential Reads

Why a Drained Brain Makes Bad Decisions

By David DiSalvo on August 22, 2016 in Neuronarrative
The brain is an energy hog that uses 15-20% of the body’s circulating blood glucose each day, and that energy isn't insignificant when it comes to making sound decisions.

Can You Learn a Second Language After Childhood?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in Talking Apes
While it’s true that that it’s easier to learn a language when you’re young, adults can still learn languages with the right motivation.
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Who Blames the Victim?

By Laura Niemi, Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Morality in Language
Moral values constitute a core framework that organizes psychological processes to motivate predictable patterns of condemnation toward victims. Still, language matters!

Should You Share Your Cocktail Hour With Your Dog?

Evidence shows that sharing alcoholic beverages with your dog is a bad practice.

More Posts on Cognition

Two Minutes to Wapner

"If our son isn't doing what he wants, when he wants, than all bets are off." What to do when the problem is not "disobedience," but cognitive rigidity and anxiety.

Do Dogs Prefer Food or Praise?

A new study looks at whether dogs prefer food rewards more than social interaction with their owners by monitoring what goes on inside the dogs brain.

Seduced by Abandon

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
"Throwing caution to the winds" can be exhilarating or dangerous. In politics the idea manipulates us in wild ways.

5 Ways Mindfulness Can Improve Your Life Today

Studies show how humans have shorter attention spans than goldfish. Here's how you can fix that.

Impure Replications

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Critical Feeling
A new replication failure in social psychology caused hype in social media. But is the failure real?

The Lessons of Homelessness

Are you tired of the same old rhetoric about homelessness? Here is a different way to view the problem of homelessness.

The Neurobiology Behind Breakups

By Rhonda Freeman Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in NeuroSagacity
The brain's process of detaching from a romantic relationship.

The Man Who Tastes Time

By Maureen Seaberg on August 18, 2016 in Sensorium
Time is tasty for Hamrick Walters, a very unique synesthete

Why Theological Waywardness Is Inevitable

Natural penchants of mind, such as anthropomorphism, dispose people to think about gods in ways that often conflict with their religions' doctrines.
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Alluring Brain Science: Stale, Creative Ferment or Both?

Brain science is complex and fast developing. Is it providing the answers we need quickly enough?

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” at 70

Seventy years ago, between Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell published his famous essay, Politics and the English Language—a work that has relevance for our upcoming election.

The "Dumbing Down" of America: Real or Not?

By William Poundstone on August 15, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Think people are ignorant nowadays? Take this quiz from the 1940s.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 11, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Emotional intelligence is, in fact, a kind of virtue.
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Be Introverted, Not an Introvert

By Sophia Dembling on August 09, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Labeling yourself "an introvert" suggests a fixed behavior hewing to a set of guidelines; considering yourself "introverted" is a starting point for self-discovery.

Are There Any Geniuses in the Field of Psychology?

Does psychology have any geniuses comparable to the geniuses of computer science (such as Alan Turing or Jack Kilby - who won a Nobel prize for inventing the silicon chip)?

3 Reasons Why People Who Feel Entitled End Up Miserable

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A recent study explores why expecting more than we deserve leads to disappointment and damages relationships.

Non-Self Characters in Lucid Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 06, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Non-self dream characters are not simple expressions of a sub-personality of the dreamer.

The Neuroprotective Powers of Exercise Should Motivate You

By Christopher Bergland on August 06, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you need a new source of motivation to become more physically active? If so, there is growing evidence that exercise increases brain size and reduces dementia risk as you age.

A Sort of Revelation

Are the haphazard workings of ‘Chance’, or the purposeful and controlling ‘forces’ of some cosmic ‘Design Intelligence at work in Nature?

Curiosity: The Good, the Bad, and the Double-Edged Sword

By Christopher Bergland on August 04, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Eleanor Roosevelt described curiosity as "the most useful gift." But, new research suggests that curiosity is a doubled-edged sword that has a dark side.

Mothering Synesthesia

By Maureen Seaberg on August 04, 2016 in Sensorium
A mother's love helps two young synesthete boys thrive...
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Writer, Uninterrupted

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Constant distraction diminishes our creative power; concentrated focus allows us to experience the most profound creative state.

Bilingual Children With Hearing Loss

Recent studies have put to rest claims that bilingualism hinders the acquisition of the majority language in children with hearing loss.

Why Is Our Thinking So Black and White?

How does culture shape and limit each individual's ideas and beliefs?

3 Things You Can Learn About Yourself From the Way You Play

There's a relationship between the ways we resolve situations in the games we play, and how we deal with situations in real life.

5 Psychological Syndromes You've Never Heard Of

How many of these rare psychological afflictions are you familiar with?

Tapping Into the Genius of Hamilton's Creator

By Susan Reynolds on August 01, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Have you tapped into your creative genius? The creator of Broadway's "Hamilton" reveals eight cognitive strengths that you can mine to bolster your creativity.

Cognitive Rigidity: The 8-Ball From Hell

Cognitive Rigidity (difficulty changing mental sets) is a core feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is commonly associated with a suite of challenging traits.

Does Watching Video Hurt Our Moral Judgments About the News?

We assume that in news, streaming video is always better than still images, but is that true? Video can undermine our best moral judgments by making it hard to access memory.

The Icecap Riddle

By William Poundstone on August 01, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
A riddle shows how political convictions can be disconnected from facts.