Essential Reads

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.

New Evidence Suggests Men Are Not Better Map Readers

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
There are remarkably few stable sex differences in cognitive abilities. One ability that has shown consistent sex differences, though, involves spatial perspective taking.

Where Does Our Moral Sense Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our intuitive morality may have been shaped not by the day-to-day dilemmas we face but rather by the opinions of others.

More Posts on Cognition

Can Brain Stimulation Improve Memory in Seniors?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Are there ways of protecting the aging brain and preventing the loss of cognitive functioning? A look at some new advances into brain stimulation in older adults.

Deadlines and the Pacing of Creative Projects

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
What pacing best gives your creative process the space and freedom it needs?

Why Did Hillary Lose the Election?

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
Too many commentaries on the 2016 election offer single-cause explanations. A Causal Landscape may help us maintain perspective and draw the right lessons for the future.

Empathy Can Lead to Profound Insights

As empathy wanes, so does critical thinking, and both concepts are essential to a democracy.

A Simple Trick to Turn Holiday Pain Into Pleasure

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
It is free, fast and doesn’t involve medication

A Politician's Guide to Clear Thinking

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 05, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Avoid these 26 logical fallacies and we'll all live in a much better world.

The Psychology of Why We Play Lotto

By Ryan Anderson on December 04, 2016 in The Mating Game
Why do people engage in such 'curious' behaviour as playing the lottery? Don't they know that it's staggeringly unlikely that they'll win? Often, they do know, but play anyway

Planning vs. Worrying

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 04, 2016 in Fighting Fear
Worrying is frustrated planning. When planning seems out of one's control, worry results. The treatment of a worry, therefore, is to find a plan for action.

Insomnia Treatment in Your Home

Will apps zap insomnia?

The Death of Facts: The Emperor's New Epistemology

By Joe Pierre M.D. on December 04, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Psychologically speaking, fact denialism represents narcissistic contrarianism, cognitive bias, and deception.

Why Trump Can Be Loose With the Truth

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Everyone can agree that Trump is loose with the truth. How did this come to be and why are some fine with it and others horrified by it?

Thinking Errors in Depression

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 02, 2016 in Hide and Seek
7 common thinking errors and how to correct them.

Clinical Linguistics: What a Mess! Part 1

Clinical linguistics may benefit from the ongoing biolinguistic turn in language sciences.

How Habits Can Affect Our Memory

Can our habits actually allow our memory to atrophy?

Is There a Place for Clinical Thinking in a Hospital?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 01, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Mark my words: In the not too distant future, some psychology organization will forbid us from treating cancer victims unless we hold some cancer credential.

Beware of Criticizing Concepts You Don't Fully Understand

It's extremely harmful when respected news sources convey false and misleading information to the public.

This Type of Exercise Changes Your Brain—for the Better!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 30, 2016 in Cravings
If you're losing gray matter and your memory is starting to fade, this exercise can help.

Helen Keller and the First Akitas in the United States

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 30, 2016 in Canine Corner
Helen Keller, the deaf blind social activist, speaker, and author, is credited with bringing the first Akitas to America.

The Strange Coincidences Between the Media and Our Minds

Media coincidences provide evidence of an increasingly closer connection between human minds and our rapidly expanding involvement with the internet.

Study: Aerobic Exercise Leads to Remarkable Brain Changes

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A revolutionary neuroimaging technique reaffirms that aerobic exercise significantly increases brain volume and improves cognitive function.

Not All Empathy Is the Same

Believing that the power of empathy can be harnessed by perspective-taking alone is itself a false belief.

Morally Decent Trump Supporters

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
I don’t believe that Donald Trump is the answer to what ails us, but neither do I believe that the way forward is to demonize all of his supporters.

The Craving Mind

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key aspect of relapse is the way cravings can distort practical reasoning, typically in ways that make it difficult to plan in advance.

Bias, Truth, Running Shoes and Elephants

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Do you know people who only focus on selectively chosen facts? Are you that way? Here are some reflections on biases and perceiving the truth.

Lose Your Phone, Find Your Body

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 27, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
As technology helps us live more and more distractedly, it becomes both more important and less likely for us to engage positively with our bodies, as subjects not objects.

To Remember Multiple Items: Put Them in Related Groups

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Memory Medic
Here's another tip for better memory.

The Art of War, Theban Style

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in One Among Many
Innovation and victory can be as fickle as happiness. Being smart is not enough; you must outsmart someone who is trying to outsmart you.

In a Store and on the Phone: A Risky Mix?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 23, 2016 in Minding the Body
Using your phone while shopping is sometimes (but not always) a recipe for buyer's remorse. Here's what you need to know before hitting the stores, based on a new study.

10 Ways to Uncover the Hidden Job Market

By Brad Waters on November 22, 2016 in Design Your Path
10 ways to locate hard-to-find job openings

Linda The Bank Teller Case Revisited

The skill of providing answers on the basis of the meaning that is literally given to us is not typically a useful skill.