Essential Reads

Can You Break the Mood-Memory Cycle?

Depression, autobiographical memory, and mood repair

How a Suggestion Can Change Your Life

Whatever you think might happen—probably will.

10 Things Your Psychology Professors Want You to Know

The Products of a Psychology Education

Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?

Evidence shows that the personalities of dog versus cat lovers are different.

Recent Posts on Cognition

13.4 Million Reasons NOT to Ban Telework

By Nanette Fondas on March 11, 2013 in WorkLife Matters
American workers needs telework and other flexible work options to balance work and family, reduce stress, increase productivity, and thrive in today's 24/7 globalized economy.

How Cognitive Distortions Maintain Social Anxiety

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in Shyness Is Nice
People with social anxiety tend to overestimate both the probability and severity of negative social experiences.

The Eternal Moral Codes We Live By Except When We Don’t

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in Ambigamy
When it comes to your moral convictions, where you stand depends on where you sit, and where you sit can change. When it does, you're convictions are likely to change too. When you're living in abundance it's easy to be generous. In scarcity it's harder. When the going gets tough, it's tougher to keep your morality going.

Love in the Time of Neuroscience

By David DiSalvo on March 11, 2013 in Neuronarrative
What do the neurobiological underpinnings of love got to do with it? Quite a lot. But, understanding the nuts and bolts of love need not drain it of its power and magic.

Dual Process Theories of Mind and Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in Dream Catcher
Are dreams a product of System 1 information processing structures?

More Normal Parenting for Sleep

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Wouldn’t it be nice if infants and children wanted to sleep exactly where we wanted to put them on a given day?

Normal Infant Sleep: Night Nursing's Importance

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Nursing often is what sends our little ones to sleep and may offer more benefits than previously realized

Giftedness and Classroom Boredom: Maybe It's Not All Bad

Michaelangelo is credited with commenting that, “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” Persevering against boredom in the very face of that boredom is what builds tenacity, skill, and the patience to solve long-term problems.

Learning the Six Rs

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in Media Spotlight
What is memory? And how are we able to learn and retain new information? While a century and a half of memory research has given us some understanding of the cognitive processes that relate to memory and learning, the general consensus among researchers that we still have a long way to go. A prominent memory researcher reviews the six Rs of memory and learning.

15 Psychology Experts Share Their Best Productivity Tips

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in In Practice
I asked a group of busy psychology experts to share their favorite tips for being productive and beating procrastination. Here's what they said.

How To Become Mindful

Research shows numerous benefits to meditation: it reduces stress, increases positive emotion, and even treats acute pain. Commonly, meditation involves focusing on one's breathing as a way to anchor one's attention to the present moment. Practitioners are also frequently taught to separate their experiences (breathing, pain, thoughts) from their judgments about them.

Using the News to Inspire Your Stories

Writers often get stumped on finding new ideas. Here's how the writerly Muse might explore a news article with psychological implications.

Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom

"A good book has no ending." - Robert Frost. If teachers expand, extend, and elaborate the fundamental principles and practice of positive psychology, there is no end to the potential for positive influence.

Normal Parent Behaviors and Why They Won’t Hurt Your Child

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on March 10, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Many parents who sleep with their child get comments along the lines of, “Your child will never leave if you don’t move them” or “What about your sex life?”. Parents end up questioning if they are doing the right thing for their child...

Competition, Paranoia, and Cannibalism

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 10, 2013 in A Swim in Denial
Competition has some drawbacks, including murder. You can take the cannibal out of the village, but you can't take the village out of the cannibal.

Borderline and Adolescent? Ideal For Computer Psychotherapy!

The first ever study of de-mentalizing therapy for BPD adolescents confirms its effectiveness as predicted by the diametric model and suggests an exciting future for computerized psychotherapy.

The Vicissitudes of Love and Romance

“I am I. I am alive. I am enough. I am a part of infinite nature. Only my traits and behaviors gain or lose in value…never me. I’m responsible for my behavior, but it is not my identity! It is not my personhood!”

Some Aspects of Belief

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 08, 2013 in Fighting Fear
The role of psychotherapy is often dedicated to the idea that patients' should question their beliefs. Certain psychological states are obviously to be distrusted; but distrust can be carried too far.

Is Autism a Perceptual Disorder?

By Kristian Marlow on March 08, 2013 in The Superhuman Mind
A radical new idea, Intense World Theory, posits that autism spectrum disorder is caused by hyperreactivity to environmental stimuli. Find out how it might provide the key to a cure.

The Worst Restaurant in the World Cartoon

By Donna Barstow on March 08, 2013 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Decision-making just got a lot harder. And this is before you even see the menu.

ADHD Medication Can Help Kids, But It Can't Fix Schools

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on March 08, 2013 in We Are Only Human
Education reform does not come from introducing Ritalin into the cafeteria lunches of poor schools. Real reform comes through productive interaction between teachers and students in the classroom.

The Grandeur of Delusion

By Jeff Wise on March 08, 2013 in Extreme Fear
Though we’d like to think that we mold our beliefs to fit reality, often we do the reverse: to mold our perception of reality so that it fits with our beliefs, no matter how flimsy they may be.

Creating Education for Success

By Steve Baskin on March 08, 2013 in S'mores and More
Technology provides many exciting options for education, but it can also impede the development of critical skills. These skills are interpersonal (oral communication & collaboration) and non cognitive (grit, optimism, self control). Any discussion of education must include options that are non-technological if we want to create truly successful adults.

Can Humans Really Interpret the Facial Expressions of Dogs?

New research shows that although humans can read the facial expressions of dogs and link them to their emotional states to some extent, our accuracy is best for only a few basic emotions.

I Don't Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy

By David F. Swink on March 07, 2013 in Threat Management
Empathy is a vital relationship skill and a predictor of success at both home at work. Learn to overcome some of the potential roadblocks to empathy.

Do Lie Detectors Work?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 07, 2013 in The Human Beast
Calling it a “lie-detector” suggests that a polygraph machine can detect lies. Commonly used in criminal investigations, this device actually measures nervous excitement. It operates on the premise that if a person is telling the truth they will remain calm.

Three Worldviews on the Nature of Consciousness

By Gregg Henriques on March 07, 2013 in Theory of Knowledge
Consciousness is one of the most complicated constructs there is. Here I remind readers of the three major worldview frames that attempt to place consciousness in relationship to the rest of the universe.

How to Get Your Way

By Nick Tasler on March 07, 2013 in Strategic Thinking
You might not know it, but you are in sales. And new research in social science now shows that you are probably more persuasive than you thought you were.

Mindfulness Through Meditation

Meditation techniques can help an individual to apply mindfulness to the daily life, which can bring about positive change in reactions, emotion and behavior, leading to a more satisfying and fuller life.