Essential Reads

Another Flashbulb Memory Bites the Dust

Guest post: I remember 9/11 so clearly in my mind. And so wrongly.

A Simple Way to Stop Relationship Arguments From Spiraling

First thing's first: Are you even fighting about the same thing?

Why Anticipatory Nostalgia Promotes Gratitude

Thinking ahead can transform everyday life into something worth appreciating.

Are You in Cognitive Decline?

When do cognitive abilities peak?

Recent Posts on Cognition

Living An “Ordinary” Life With Extraordinary Abilities

By Kristian Marlow on April 04, 2013 in The Superhuman Mind
A nurse, wife and Mother with synesthesia

Reactions to Reactions About Steubenville

By Jesse Marczyk on April 04, 2013 in Pop Psych
The world of moral condemnation is a tangled web. We can start to unravel some parts of it by considering the reactions of third parties to the Steubenville rape case.

You Said You Would Change!

By Samantha Joel M.A. on April 04, 2013 in Dating Decisions
The belief that people can change, while generally good for romantic relationships, may sometimes lead people to expect a bit too much of their partners.

Crowdfunding Embodied Cognition Research

By Hans IJzerman Ph.D. on April 04, 2013 in Body, Meet Mind
In a previous post, I talked about the importance of warmth in social relations. But how far can we extend this? Does warmth even confer positive effects in operative contexts? Read this post and you (may) find out!

Stepping on Jesus: Is This a Good Exercise?

By Bruce Hood Ph.D. on April 04, 2013 in The Self Illusion
Is it wrong to ask people to contemplate symbolic destruction or a useful demonstration of the power of emotion?

Toxic Love

Your ideal partner should be suitable rather than perfect.

Replace Head Start With Re-form Schools?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on April 03, 2013 in Digital Pandemic
The Head Start Program needs re-evaluation in order to be successful.

Feeling Lucky Today?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on April 02, 2013 in Consumed
We all know that gambling is irrational – that's also why lotteries appear to be recession-proof. Here's a roundup of cognitive biases in lottery gambling. Take your pick!

Moments of Joy with Alzheimer's!

By Eliezer Sobel on April 02, 2013 in The 99th Monkey
I’ll never forget playing “Tangerine Poker,” a card game my niece Julie and I made up as we went along: I would pick a card, and put the tangerine next to the salt shaker. Julie would put a card on top of mine, and peel the tangerine. My mother would study her hand carefully, look down at the table, and eat the tangerine.

Become the CEO of Your Own Brain in Six Easy Steps

You may have tried to control your thoughts at one time or another. With the aid of self-help books, perhaps you really tried to “Be Positive” and “Show Negativity the Door.” And this may have even worked for a while. But sooner or later, you probably found yourself back at the starting point. I’m here to tell you that there is another way. And that is to become the CEO o

What’s Your Sexual Life Expectancy?

Sexuality is a key aspect of well-being and happiness, but to make the most out of your sex life, you need to stay physically active and healthy. Large-scale national surveys show how to predict how long you’ll be able to keep your sexuality in peak condition and how to extend your sexual life expectancy.

Defining Art Therapy in the 21st Century

Art therapy's definition and vision for the profession needs an overhaul.

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep--Preparing Success

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on April 02, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Practical, tested ways to help your toddler sleep...

Thought and Feeling Cannot be Separated

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on April 02, 2013 in Am I Right?
Art and philosophy are two aspects of the same thing, each needing the other to remain balanced and whole.

What a Slugger Can Teach You About Rebooting Your Career

What can the cognitive choices made by a struggling MLB slugger tell us about how to remember what we love about our work?

Surviving Workplace Mobbing: Control Emotional Flooding

By Janice Harper Ph.D. on April 01, 2013 in Beyond Bullying
Mobbing targets are overwhelmed with emotion when they find themselves subjected to group aggression, making them appear and feel crazy. Anger, fear and sadness are normal responses to threats to survival, but in order to effectively respond to, and survive, mobbing, the mobbing target must learn to control intrusive thinking and emotional flooding.

Cesar Millan Receives Honorary Graduate Degree: Tail Wags?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 01, 2013 in Animal Emotions
Controversial dog trainer Cesar Millan is formally and academically recognized for his dominating and intimidating ways of training dogs at Bergin University of Canine Studies and people wonder why. This coveted award will unlikely receive a lot of exuberant and joyful tail wags.

What Do You See When You Turn Out the Light?

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on April 01, 2013 in Play in Mind
In the “hypnagogic state” you may discover your own brain at play.

Surviving Menopause: Not Yours, Your Grumpy Friend’s

Many of my friends and family members are going through menopause/perimenopause right now, and I find myself surrounded by a lot of grumpy women.

Coming Back to Bilingualism

A young bilingual child stopped speaking one of his languages when he came to the United States for some 15 months. The linguistic and social strategies he adopted when he returned to his home country and once again became bilingual make for some fascinating reading.

The Rich Are Differently Moral

By Matthew Hutson on April 01, 2013 in Psyched!
You’d have to be pretty cold-hearted to shove someone off a bridge into the path of a train. But from another perspective, that is the most beneficial thing you could do.

When Adult ADD/ADHD Goes Untreated - Adult ADHD Expert NYC

Do you struggle with focus, attention, organization and procrastination? Have you wondered why therapy or medications haven't helped? Are you looking to overcome your challenges and get help for Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in New York City?

Did Humans Evolve to Dance? Asking the Question

Dance is a human universal, present in every known culture. Could it be that homo sapiens is a species whose members evolved to dance?

How To Remember Things, Redux

I once came up with a metaphor I thought perfectly captured the sheer mass of material my classmates and I were expected to memorize in our first two years of medical school: it was like being asked to enter a grocery store and memorize the names of every product in the store, their number and location, every ingredient in every product in the order in which they appear on

Dictatorial Style and Power in Academic Research

Radical neuroscience is the new radical behaviorism - demanding conformity and obedience from all psychologists

Mindfulness Made Simple

“Mindfulness” has become a buzzword that is often misinterpreted. What is mindfulness? How can it benefit you? Mindfulness is much more basic than most people realize. I've isolated 3 simple steps to kickstart a state of mindfulness in just a few seconds.

Exploding the Money Bin

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 30, 2013 in A Swim in Denial
The problem isn't simply making ends meet, or just the unfairness warping American life. Big money and the levers that control things are located in the unaccountable beyond. To take charge of your life, you need a new style of thinking.

How to Understand Your Mind

By Will Meek Ph.D. on March 30, 2013 in Notes to Self
These three basic dimensions of how our minds work make understanding your own a lot easier.

Common Investor Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them): Part II

When it comes to investing, we are our own worst enemies.