Essential Reads

Healing in the Aftermath of Las Vegas

Our brains take in the details of a mass tragedy, and organize them so that we have a sense of understanding and control --unless information, like motive, is missing.

Stress Makes It Harder to Recognize Danger

By Lydia Denworth on October 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Sometimes stress heightens our awareness, but more often, it dulls our ability to respond to new threats. Recognizing the risk and reducing sources of stress can help.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and the Use of Parental Worry

Not fun to do, and often given a bad name, worry can be constructive for both parent and adolescent to do.

The Science of Falling Out of Love

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Media Spotlight
New research explores the thorny question of how to cope after a failed relationship and what it can mean for long-term emotional health.

More Posts on Cognition

How The Age of Empathy Will Impact Leaders

By Ray Williams on March 14, 2010 in Wired for Success
Greed is out empathy is in, despite the doom and gloom of recent times.

Psychology Professor Hilariously Confronts Religion

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on March 12, 2010 in Hot Thought
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein's new novel, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, is a clever and witty academic satire, focusing on two psychology professors. The book is highly entertaining, but also raises important psychological and philosophical issues about religious belief.

Remembering Names: Secrets of Memory Experts

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on March 05, 2010 in Mental Mishaps
When I try, I can learn names quickly and effectively. Even though I don't have a particularly good memory, I've developed skills and tricks: My secrets for learning names. 

Helping Heroes and Screening the Disaster Tourists

A call for increased mental health screening and contingencies by NGOs during disasters.

Can People with Autism Learn Implicitly?

Individuals on the autistic spectrum are typically characterized by social, communicative, and motor impairments. Emerging theories suggest that the real-world deficits seen in those with autism arise, in part, from a general deficit in the ability to learn things implicitly. Is this true? A recent study in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology sheds new light on this important question.

Just as I Expected

By Sam Sommers on March 05, 2010 in Science Of Small Talk
The experts approached the teachers at the Oak School with an offer that seemed too good to be true: our new diagnostic test will identify the hidden gems in each of your classrooms. The name of their diagnostic test was no less impressive than the results it promised: "The Harvard Test of Inflected Acquisition." And it seemed to work wonders...

What Intelligence Means

Glenn Beck - a quick witted and well-informed man - is too inflexible and black-and-white in his thinking to be intelligent.

And the Oscar Goes to...Our Brains?

By David Pincus Ph.D. on March 03, 2010 in The Chaotic Life

Why Old Habits Die Hard: What Managers Need To Know

By Ray Williams on March 02, 2010 in Wired for Success
Managers have been known to tear their hair out in frustration of why employees can't change behaviors, and discard old habits. Recent brain research gives us more accurate reasons as to why and what managers need to do about it. The bottom line is that you can't force anyone to change. Any kind of pressure will produce more resistance and could end up being counterproductive.

You don't have to be popular

By Jen Kim on March 01, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
A recent study explains that you don't have to be popular to reap its rewards.

Do you say what you mean?

By Marietta McCarty on February 28, 2010 in Life Saving Philosophy


By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on February 28, 2010 in The New Brain
 Is captivity driving killer whales mad?

Large Mocha without a Name

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on February 24, 2010 in Mental Mishaps
The baristas in my favorite coffee shop knew my drink long before they knew my name. After only a few visits, they knew that I would order a large mocha. Learning my name took several more months. Have you ever wondered why names are so hard to learn and remember? 

Politics/Technology: The (Mis) Information Age

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 23, 2010 in The Power of Prime
We have just concluded what was one of the most tumultuous and divisive decades in our nation's history. I've been thinking about what made this period so difficult. Unexpected and, in some cases, uncontrollable events certainly played a role. The 2000 Presidential election, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and the housing bubble and the resulting financial crisis come to mind. But every decade has its tragedies, controversies, and conflicts, and they don't devolve into the current zeitgeist of mistrust, anger, and polarization that exists today. There was something more elemental than simply a series of unfortunate events that lead us to this uncomfortable place in America's national storyline. As I did my best impression of Sherlock Holmes looking for clues to this mystery, I kept returning to one word: information.

8 Techniques For Recovering Your Happiness When Life Knocks You Sideways

By Karen Salmansohn on February 21, 2010 in Bouncing Back
Feeling challenged, stressed, depressed, anxious, miffed, pissed off, pissed on — and as if you and you alone are being singled out by the fates to suffer? These 8 techniques will encourage you to stop thinking about what’s wrong in your life, and starting thinking about how to create more right! You can do it!

Craving: When the brain remembers drug use

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 21, 2010 in All About Addiction
When drug use cravings hit they can seem like overwhelming, unstoppable, desires to go back to one's addiction. As usual, I think that a little knowledge regarding what's happening can go a long way in terms of reducing anxiety when cravings come.

Painting By Touch

By Lawrence D Rosenblum on February 17, 2010 in Sensory Superpowers


By Gayle Greene PhD on February 16, 2010 in Insomniac

How analyzing your problems may be counterproductive

By Ray Williams on February 13, 2010 in Wired for Success
When you're upset or depressed, should you analyze your feelings to figure out what's wrong? Or should you just forget about it and move on? New research and theories suggests if you do want to think about your problems, do so from a detached perspective, rather than reliving the experience.

Why Minority Students Perform Poorly in Science: A Tools-for-Thinking Insight.

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on February 12, 2010 in Imagine That!
It is common knowledge that Latino and Native American students tend to do poorly on standardized tests of mathematics and science achievement, and minorities in general are substantially underrepresented in science-related fields. Our study of imaginative thinking tools suggests clues as to both causes and cures, so let us take you on our serendipitous journey to insight.