Essential Reads

The Neuroscience of Fearful Memories and Avoidance Behaviors

By Christopher Bergland on February 20, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified how the brain remembers fearful experiences. And how fear-based memories can lead to avoidance behaviors.

Could Thinking Positively Be Dangerous Right Now?

Have you started opening the newspapers each day with a sense of dread and disbelief about that latest actions of President Trump and his administration?

Are Refugees a Threat to Americans?

Are refugees a threat to the safety of Americans? Research suggests we needn't be afraid.

Flat Earthers: Belief, Skepticism, and Denialism

By Joe Pierre M.D. on February 19, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Kyrie Irving thinks the world is flat. Or does he?

More Posts on Cognition

Breaking Away

By Moses Ma on February 10, 2009 in The Tao of Innovation

High Anxiety (Neurological Lyme Disease, Part Three)

By Pamela Weintraub on February 01, 2009 in Emerging Diseases
The young man attacked his neighbor with a medieval ax. Could the real provocation be partially treated, late-stage Lyme disease?

No More "Nature-Deficit Disorder"

By Richard Louv on January 28, 2009 in People in Nature
Some say the future isn’t what it used to be. Here’s a different view. The future is going to be better than it used to be.

Consequential Conversations, Part III

By Sam Sommers on January 22, 2009 in Science Of Small Talk
In November of 2006, a Cape Cod jury returned a guilty verdict in the murder trial of Christopher McCowen. This was supposed to be the final chapter in a murder drama that had captured attention regionally and nationally. But within days of the verdict, three different jurors came forward with concerns about the jury's verdict as well as the process by which it was reached.

Should You Judge Someone's Personality? Now that is a Big Question!

How, and when, should we judge another's personality? -- is a big question, by which I mean a question that is fundamental to our lives.  Like other big questions we ask, the answers we give to "...should we judge personality?" help determine our conduct and how others perceive us.The question of "...should we judge...?" also has occupied the attention of religious teachers working within many venerable traditions.  To discuss judging personality without consideration of their work would greatly impoverish the topic. 

The Equality of the Sexes I: Fact or Artefact?

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on January 20, 2009 in Beautiful Minds
It is widely believed that the equality of general mental ability differences between men and women is purely an artefact of the way the tests were initially created. Indeed, researchers often treat this idea as fact. But is it? 

When the doctor gets sick, the journey is double-edged (Part II)

By Pamela Weintraub on January 16, 2009 in Emerging Diseases
As psychiatrist Virginia Sherr, pictured here, recovered from her long illness, she began to view her patients through a different lens -and "listen with a third, even a fourth, ear." Says Sherr: "I began to hear them describe the same symptoms that had bothered me: pains in their back, headache, enormous fatigue, night sweats, sinus problems that wouldn't quit." For a fleeting millisecond the impossible notion that she, herself, might be infecting her patients flashed through her mind. But her training as a psychiatrist quickly kicked in, causing her to question, instead, whether she had been swept up in a case of reverse transference. In the end, Sherr realized the truth. The patients, too, had significant clinical signs and symptoms and they needed to be worked up. "I realized it had nothing to do with me."
Art is the Only Thing That’s Left in the World

Art is the Only Thing That’s Left in the World

Models of successful aging highlight evidence of creative expression as key to health and well-being. Octogenarian Jimmy Mirikitani, resident of New York City's Hell's Kitchen, had his first one person show at the age of 86; his story is a testimony to life-long wounds from the trauma of war, personal tragedy and loss, and, ultimately, the healing power of art.
Your inner voice never lies. But does it know what it is talking about?

Your inner voice never lies. But does it know what it is talking about?

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 10, 2009 in One Among Many
Trust your inner voice and follow your bliss (Joseph Campbell). This advice sounds good and New-Aging psychologists love to give it. How does psychological science respond? Hint: By trying to curb your enthusiasm.  

Bartonella: It infects sheep, now humans

By Pamela Weintraub on January 08, 2009 in Emerging Diseases
The CDC has documented human infection with a species of bartonella bacteria most commonly found in sheep. The news is important for psychologists and psychiatrists because bartonella has been associated with neuropsychiatric disease.  

Seven Questions for David D. Burns

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on January 07, 2009 in In Therapy
The author of the "most prescribed self-help book" has a lot to say about the Seven Questions. Brace yourself, he doesn't pull any punches.

When physicians miss the diagnosis, patients can be stigmatized with psychiatric labels (Neurogical Lyme Disease, Part Two)

By Pamela Weintraub on January 02, 2009 in Emerging Diseases
Adults lost homes and jobs. Children lost their childhoods when cognitive or emotional disabilities forced them to be home-schooled, sometimes for years. The impact was major, but mainstream experts continued to characterize their symptoms as "minor," "nonspecific," and "vague."

Treating depression: Many major brands of psychotherapy are equally effective

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on December 30, 2008 in The Shrink Tank
It's 2am. You're having trouble sleeping. Again. You've cried nearly every day for the past two weeks, have stopped talking to your friends, and your favorite activities just don't provide the same enjoyment they used to. You've decided that it's time to get help. You'd like to talk to someone, to get therapy, but what kind? A new major study has been published in the most recent issue of The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association (APA), suggesting that many major brands of psychotherapy are equally effective for the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression in adults.

Report on a self-help workshop

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 29, 2008 in One Among Many
I have been wondering about the relation between the self-help culture and academic psychology. I attended a one-day seminar on health and realized how different these two cultures are. ALthough I came away with some worthwhile lessons, I found some of the claims and the rhetoric puzzling and even offensive. See my report.  

Evil Santa

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on December 28, 2008 in Evil Deeds
Some of you may be familiar with the film Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thornton. Compared to the following horrific case occurring just this past Christmas Eve, Billy Bob's character is a veritable Boy Scout. This is a tragic tale of a Santa gone beyond bad: an evil Santa.