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

Why Do Dogs Have Cold, Wet Noses?

A dog's wet nose can improve his scenting ability but it also does more than that.

Confirmation Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

By Nir Eyal on October 17, 2017 in Automatic You
Confirmation bias is a cognitive shortcut that can lead to some pretty horrendous decisions. Here's how to recognize and overcome it in your life.

The Statistician Sees Only Probability

Even when confronted personally with a low probability coincidence, a major statistician clings tightly to his belief in the full explanatory power of coincidences.

Nessa's Sense of Machines

By Maureen Seaberg on October 16, 2017 in Sensorium
Through history, people have strongly related to the inanimate. But in this generation, that's machines.

How to Have Lucid Dreams

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
Researchers tested the effectiveness of three common lucid dreaming techniques.

Homo Dichotomus

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in One Among Many
When statisticians call each other mad.
Random House

Our Memory Quirks: Are They for Us or against Us?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
What if your recollections turned out to be false? Here's a book that tutors you on how your memory works (and doesn't).

Strange Sound Sickening Cuban Diplomats? Don’t Believe It.

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in It's Catching
Mysterious "sonic attacks" on U.S. diplomats in Cuba are mass hysteria.

Emotions Drive Synchronicities

Emotions are the very life of us. They connect us to each other at a distance, forming the basis of many profound coincidences.

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care, Part 2

Are you curious about the role of omega-3 fatty acids in mental health? Omega-3s may be helpful in the early stages of schizophrenia and may be beneficial in PTSD, but not ADHD.

Why It's Hard to Let Go of Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

There's a good chance you developed self-limiting beliefs during childhood that you're still holding onto. Research explains why it's so hard to recognize your capabilities.

Does Raising a Dog's Excitement Level Improve Performance?

Attempting to generate higher levels of motivation and excitement may be detrimental to the performance of some dogs based upon their personality or temperament.

Lies, Self-Deception, and Malignant Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What type of person is attracted to narcissists?

How to Train Your Brain to Think Differently

Studies show you can physically change your brain by changing the way you think. Here are three strategies that will train your brain to think differently.
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Why Do We Self-Sabotage?

Do you find yourself repeatedly asking "Why do I do this to myself?" You may be a victim of your own bad habits.

Science Progressively Modifies Our Understanding of Agency

Do the increasing restrictions that the sciences' successes impose on agent explanations apply even to human agency?

Knowing Just Enough to Be Dangerous

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Can too much confidence be a bad thing?

Our Search for Meaning Produces Universal Neural Signatures

By Christopher Bergland on October 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A pioneering new fMRI brain imaging study from USC illuminates our human commonality and the universality of our search for meaning in the stories we read.

What's in a Number?

What does a measure of IQ actually tell us about a person?

Acetyl-l-carnitine: Important for Mental Health

Are you curious about the role of acetyl-l-carnitine in mental health care? This amino acid has beneficial effects on depressed mood, cognitive impairment, and dementia.
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Things We Say That Block Contact

Our common responses to someone's kind words or action can invite deeper contact or push people away. Being more mindful of our language may open a door to deeper connections.

Imagination: The Infinite Playground

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 04, 2017 in On Having Fun
Imagination is the infinite playground.

7 Steps To Go From Dysregulated Emotions To Clear Thinking

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 03, 2017 in ExperiMentations
When distressing experience triggers emotional instability, it can be challenging to get back on track. The TARGET model provides a seven step approach to use when overwhelmed.

Controlling Your Emotions

By James E. Crum, II on October 02, 2017 in The Executive Brain
Can we control our emotions? Here's how.

Virtues, Values, and Moral Bullying

Who shouts loudest on social media probably isn't the most critical of thinkers.

Aging, Health, and Conscious Evolution

Can a framework based on an ancient parable help us to realize how much control we have over the nature and quality of our old age?

The Vegan Brain

By Georgia Ede MD on September 30, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
What everyone needs to know to keep their brains in tip-top shape.

Death and Transhumanism

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in More Than Mortal
As people become less traditionally religious do they become more interested techno-religions that use science to solve the problem of death?

What Resilient Lawyers Do Differently

In order to be an impactful lawyer and an effective leader in this era of continuous change, resilience must be part of your toolkit.

It Won't Take Long

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
Do those in power estimate the time things will take to be completed more than those not in power?