Essential Reads

Santa Claus Is No Longer Coming to Town

Should you be sad when your child discovers the truth? A different way of looking at your child's growing mind.

“Sleep On It” to Boost Your Creativity

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in The Social Thinker
It seems counterintuitive but one of the best ways to make your mind more creative is to put it to sleep.

The Science of Toy Giving

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Overwhelmed by holiday shopping? Science can help provide some helpful recommendations about toys that might promote exploration and learning in your children.

Is Slurred Speech a Sign of Vascular Dementia?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 10, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Strokes can lead to problems with speech, walking, strength, thinking, and memory, and are a common cause of dementia. But can you diagnose someone just by observing them?

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Looped Linear Thinking

Perhaps millennials should adapt and not the other way around.

The Costs of Publishing in Some Journals

Low impact, vanity e-journals flood the inboxes of academic scientists every day with flattering emails in search of new articles to publish for a fee.

The World Responds to Our Emotions: Evidence from Physics

Albertus Maximus: the world responds to our emotions.

What You Should Read Next

As the days get shorter and the news gets more brutal, we could all use a healthy dose of fictional transportation. Here are some of my favorite 2017 reads.
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How The Greatest Minds Solve Problems: Thinking Partners

By Al Pittampalli on December 06, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
Arguing with someone else might the best way to make decisions, science reveals.
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Losing It

Although everyone loses things, no one has studied how we search for lost items. This would be a wonderful research topic that could shed light on memory more generally.
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Writing Letters for the Holiday

By Diana Raab PhD on December 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you wanting to do something different this holiday season or perhaps connect wit those who you haven't spoken to in a while? Try crafting a handwritten letter.

Why Can't Computers Play Chess?

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Chess computers have an unfair advantage — they just have to analyze the board. What would happen if we required the computer to actually move the pieces?

How "Pet-tie" Are Dogs? What About Goldfish and Lizards?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Animals and Us
Our concepts of animal "pet-ness" raise ethical issues and have implications for the unconditional love theory of pet-keeping.
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Integrating Your Intellect and Intuition to Achieve Wisdom

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on December 05, 2017 in A Shift of Mind
Would you like to feel wiser and more confident in your decision making?

Can You Smell, Feel or Taste This GIF?

By Maureen Seaberg on December 05, 2017 in Sensorium
Movement triggers bonus sensations in other sensory modalities in synesthetes

Jeremy Schmahmann Untangles the Perplexity of Our Cerebellum

By Christopher Bergland on December 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Jeremy Schmahmann of Harvard Medical School has developed readily available ways to test abnormalities of the cerebellum without detailed neuropsychological laboratory testing.

Negative Self-Talk: Don't Let It Overwhelm You

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is negative self-talk wearing you down? You have the power to change it.

Don’t Listen to Your Lizard Brain

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 03, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
10 million years of evolution has led to the development of the neocortex to control our primitive drives. So why does it seem to fail so frequently?

The Two Channels of Empathy

By Lydia Denworth on December 02, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is empathy an instinctive sharing of emotion? Or is it understanding how other people feel? According to the latest scientific thinking, it's both.

Could an App Diagnose Your Memory Problems?

Could an iPad app diagnose you with dementia? Researchers believe it can.
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The Intuition of Truth

By Ryan Smerek, Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Learning at Work
Why we should engage our intuitive reaction around truth.

Are You In Denial About Your Health?

By David Rosen on December 01, 2017 in Health 2.0
Why do some people needlessly put their health in jeopardy and take unnecessary risks with their well-being?
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Emotions, Cognition, and Language

Emotions, cognition, and language can all be conceptualized as information-processing systems, as they are intimately connected and overlapping.
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Cognition, Part II

We examine how smart infants and young children are, and how important it is to maintain that trajectory by supporting the effect of interest or curiosity.

Deciding Whether to Fly or Stay Home

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on November 29, 2017 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Though the amygdala is hundreds of millions of years old, it operates as it did eons ago in creatures with no ability to think. Here's how it gets in the way.

DHEA Improves Depressed Mood But Not Cognitive Functioning

Have you read about DHEA for depressed mood or cognitive problems? There are positive findings for depression but most studies on cognitive decline and dementia are inconclusive.

When a College Education Makes Things Worse

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
What if a college education makes things worse? Should we worry about the value of education in the post-truth world?

Animal Welfare Fails Many Millions of Sentient Individuals

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A recent essay in the L. A. Times about the horrific lives of Thanksgiving turkeys shows why the science of animal welfare needs to be replaced by the science of animal well-being.

What We've Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Although music is not a universal language, it can be the perfect medium to express feelings.

Domain Generality vs. Specificity

Explicit CT training is necessary if educators want to see CT improve in our students and flourish across domains.

Synchronicity at Play

Analyzing coincidences includes looking at how they impact you in your life right then!

Evolutionary Psychology and Enlightenment

Programed for dissatisfaction? Thank your evolutionary roots. Consider enlightenment as a strategy to improve your well-being and to become a better person.

How Emotions Shape Your Digital Experience

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in Behind Online Behavior
Memories of feelings provide the necessary information with minimal brain load.
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Musical Fingerings

A wonderful research opportunity awaits those interested in modeling the way violinists and other musicians choose the fingerings they use.