Essential Reads

Thinking About Thinking

By Robert J King Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Hive Mind
Are minds computers? Yes and no.

Where Has Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Gone?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in A Sideways View
Personality disorders are highly disputed diagnostic labels. Passive-aggressiveness may not be a personality disorder, but the behavior pattern is well recognized in the workplace.

The Effects of Digital Technology on Learning

Does technology interfere with classroom learning?

Race as a Social Construction

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Without Prejudice
With the release of an autobiography by the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, a biracial South African man, there are renewed questions about how we categorize people into racial groups.

More Posts on Cognition

Worry Helps me Cope: A Metacognitive Belief Linked to Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 11, 2008 in Don't Delay
There's more than one type of procrastination. We can needlessly delay tasks - behavioral procrastination. We can also needlessly delay making decisions - decisional procrastination.

How to Eliminate Racism Part I

By Edouard Machery on June 11, 2008 in Experiments in Philosophy
No doubt, racism is one of the most important evils in our pluralistic, open societies need to confront. And various programs are meant to do so. But what are the odds that these programs will work? Psychology can help us answer this question.

Hey What's Your Minor

By Mitch Harden M.A. on June 05, 2008 in Career Minded
A minor in a related area can be a great addition to your education if it is well planned. As APS Preseident John T. Cacloppo wrote in September of last year, "Psychology is a Hub Science." This means that psychology as a field integrates with a lot of other scientific disciplines. An academic background in these synergistic fields can make a huge difference in your graduate school applications (and thus your career as a research scientist). Adding in a second field of study is something that ideally would happen early in your academic career, however it is a rare thing to meet a college Freshman that won't change her major at least once during her college career.  Peter Vogt, a MonsterTRAK Career Coach, claims that 60% of college students will change their majors at least once before graduating. So what are some useful disciplines to tack on to a psychology major?

Neuro Law Conference Recap...

By Jyotpal Singh on May 28, 2008 in Neurisprudence
Last Friday, 250 lawyers, neuroscientists, academics and students got together on a Friday afternoon in Houston...

May I Recommend Some Rolling Stones with Your Cabernet?

Want to transform that three-buck chuck into a vin extraordinaire? Just listen to the right melody while imbibing. The music you pay attention to while having that glass of wine influences how it tastes.

Messiahs of Evil (Part Three)

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on May 21, 2008 in Evil Deeds
In Jungian terms, Osama bin Laden may be a classic case of inflation: a pathological over-identification with the Messiah archetype, the universally innate image of an embodied savior or chosen one.

Searching for Behavior in Behavior Science

By Roy F Baumeister on May 17, 2008 in Cultural Animal
 A recent conference highlighted the dwindling presence of behavior in psychology, the so-called science of behavior.

Where There's a Will, There's a . . .

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 08, 2008 in Don't Delay
. . . human being. The recent emphasis about will being merely an illusion is another example of the "baby being thrown out with the bath water." 
The Trauma of Evil

The Trauma of Evil

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on May 08, 2008 in Evil Deeds
What are the emotional, existential and spiritual consequences of catastrophic phenomena such as cyclones, floods, famines, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other so-called acts of God?

Why We Crave Ritual

By Steven Kotler on May 03, 2008 in The Playing Field
Spectator Sports and the Function of Ritual

Sympathy for the Devil

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on May 02, 2008 in Evil Deeds
At the time of her infamous crime, Andrea Yates was a devout Christian, devoted wife, and dedicated mother of five biblically named children--Mary, Luke, Paul, John and Noah-- ages 6 months to 7 years old. She had given up her career as a nurse, deciding, with her husband's support, to be a full-time mother and to home-school her children. All seemed to be going fine at first. But after the birth of her first child began her gradual descent into hell.

My Brain and I

By David Elkind Ph.D. on May 02, 2008 in
The brain doesn't have abiliities, people do.

Introducing Science to the Psychology of the Soul

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 23, 2008 in Don't Delay
The human confrontation with deep existential issues is now the focus of rigorous experimental methods in the discipline of Experimental Existential Psychology (or XXP for short). Experimental existentialism? Is this an oxymoron? Not according to psychologists from The Netherlands and the U.S. who published their "position paper" for this new approach in the journal, Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Stages of Grief - Time For a New Model

By Worth Kilcrease MBA, MA, LPC, F on April 20, 2008 in The Journey Ahead
We need to quit trying to distill the interpersonal and intrapersonal complexities of mourning into a simplistic set of dogmatic grieving stages. Rather, we should use newer, more descriptive models that better describe the process.

The Psychology of Psychopharmacology

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 18, 2008 in Evil Deeds
How psychopharmacology and its implicit psychology is understood and employed in psychotherapy is key: Is medication used merely to deaden metaphorical demons? Or to support confronting and coming to terms with them?

Why scientists should be allowed to take brain-enhancing drugs

By Joseph Dumit Ph.D. on April 18, 2008 in Promiscuous Facts
20% of scientists responding to a survey in Nature claimed to have used cognitive-boosting drugs, including Ritalin and Provigil (Modafinil) to enable them to perform better, sleep more efficiently, or increase their concentration or memory. These are the same drugs given daily to millions of children in the US to improve school performance. In most cases it looks like the scientists' use was either illegal or quasi-legal at best. Yet scientists should not have to take these drugs clandestinely. Instead their use should be an open experiment in the advantages and disadvantages of these drugs.

What if a prospective employer asks you to take a personality test?

What it's helpful to know about pre-employment tests.

Exorcism and the Endangered Future of Psychotherapy

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 10, 2008 in Evil Deeds
Exorcism--the ritualistic expulsion of evil spirits inhabiting  body,  brain or place--has been practiced in some form throughout history, and is probably the prototype of modern psychotherapy. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, was reputedly a trained exorcist.

No News: Antidepressants Work

By Peter D Kramer on April 09, 2008 in In Practice
Do antidepressants work? They do. New evidence comes from a study of children and adolescents, patients in age groups where the efficacy of antidepressants has been hard to demonstrate. It’s just the sort of research that critics of drug trials ought to find convincing.

Mindfulness Meditation: Thoughts on Paying Attention

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 09, 2008 in Don't Delay
 Procrastination is a problem of self-regulation. 

Facebook—a Whole New World of Wasting Time

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 03, 2008 in Don't Delay
  We've truly reached a new level of technological time wasting, and it's called Facebook. Talk about a study in procrastination!

Why do we believe in God? II

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 28, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Religion is a cultural universal. Humans in every known society practice some type of religion. So it’s tempting to believe that religiosity is part of evolved human nature, that humans are evolutionarily designed to be religious. Well, the answer is yes and no.

What Experimental Philosophy means for Traditional Psychology

I have a confession to make. Although our group of bloggers is described as "a band of philosophers," I'm faking the funk, so to speak. In real life, I'm a psychologist through and through. So I'm thankful to my real-philosopher colleagues for giving me a "pass" to contribute to this blog (and to the field). At the end of the day, I like to think that experimental philosophy is really social psychology with a fresh set of questions to investigate.

Hillary and the snipers

By Dan Goldstein on March 24, 2008 in Decisions, Decisions
We've all seen the video: Hillary tells tales of landing under sniper fire. Some, for instance the trusted authorities who upload things to YouTube are calling it a lie. But is Hillary lying?

Why Do We Believe in God?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 24, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Question: Why do we believe in God?Answer: Beavis and Butt-head.Good night, everybody! Drive home safely, and don’t forget to tip your waitress!

Brainy Art

Are smart people just naturally attracted to study art or perform music, dance, or drama? Or does early education in the arts actually cause changes in the brain that develop important components of cognition? Recent findings show that there may be some significant causal relationships between arts training and the brain's ability to learn.

On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a God

By Matthew Hutson on March 14, 2008 in Psyched!
Magical thinking--typically considered an archaic mode of cognition that populates the world with animistic forces, hidden dimensions, and evocative incantations--may actually serve us well in the future as we navigate an existence increasingly mediated by digital information.

Culture Watch: Psychotherapy—or Mental Health Care—for All?

By Peter D Kramer on March 13, 2008 in In Practice
How do we view mental illness and mental health care? I’m thinking of issues that are contentious here and now: diagnosis, prescribing, and psychotherapy.

Brett Favre's Brain

By Steven Kotler on March 11, 2008 in The Playing Field
Brett Farve was one of the most creative quarterbacks to ever play the game—but what does that really mean?