Essential Reads

How Smart Is that Doggie at My Table? A Measurable Fido IQ

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Animal Emotions
An exciting new study has discovered a generalized intelligence factor for dogs. The researchers found that dogs who did well on one test tended to be better on other tests.

Maybe It’s Harder to Kill Yourself Than You Picture

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Annals of the Emotions
Is thinking about suicide ever therapeutic?

More Proof That Aerobic Exercise Can Make Your Brain Bigger

By Christopher Bergland on February 08, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research confirms that sustained aerobic exercise stimulates the birth of new neurons in the adult brain. This process may improve learning and memory, especially as we age.

The Synergistic Components of Schizophrenia

By Ann Olson Psy.D. on February 08, 2016 in Theory and Psychopathology
Psychotic ideation is bolstered by its characteristics of visceral experience, dissociation and lack of context. Rogerian theory and therapy might be a promising intervention.

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Matriarch: "A Woman Who Is Head of a Family or Tribe"

By Sheila Weinstein on February 12, 2016 What Do I Do Now?
Time to start thinking of myself as a matriarch!

Can Being a Couch Potato Shrink Your Brain?

Do you need one more reason to sit less and exercise more? If so, a new study has identified a correlation between low levels of physical fitness and smaller brain size.

6 Ways to Stop Overthinking Everything

It's hard to get anything done when you can't shut your mind off. These strategies can help you quiet your mind so you can stop overthinking everything you do.

Thriving, Cognitive Complexity, Bee Wisdom—and You

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 The Hero Within
To thrive in today’s world, it is critical to be able to track emerging cultural stories that empower rather than limit you.

Setting Your Money “Normal”

By Michael F. Kay on February 11, 2016 Financial Life Focus
When it comes to money, you have "normal" habits. But that doesn't make them effective, efficient or even appropriate.

Is It Possible That a Dog Could Be Racist?

New data shows that minor actions by a dog's owner can cause it to develop negative emotions toward particular people.

6 Seductive Body Language Channels

What does seduction really look like?

Inside the Bilingual Brain

Neuroscientists in Montreal link the strength of brain connections to language learning success, raising intriguing questions about the malleability of the human brain.

Computer Program Beats European Go Champion

The Asian game of Go had long been considered out of reach for artificial intelligence. Not anymore! The success of AlphaGo confirms the role of pattern recognition in expertise.

Therapy Dogs or Robots for Nursing Home Residents?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 Animals and Us
Do robots or dogs make better therapists in assisted living facilities?

When Stereotypes Affect Our Thinking

Cognitive abilities are affected by many factors. Is the role of gender stereotypes as important as some believe in explaining sex differences in cognitive abilities?

After Three Years, Justice from the VA

By Eric Newhouse on February 08, 2016 Invisible Wounds
VA finally upgrades former Army Capt. Charles Gatlin's TBI disability rating, but one question remains: Why did it take them three years to read his DoD medical records?

Mental Illness: Talk About It More, Not Less

One study found that tolerance decreased when describing people as "mentally ill" instead of "having mental illness."

Attention Residue and the Pandora Pomdoro

When you’re doing 8 or 9 things at once you’re a certain kind of powerful, but when you do just one thing for a focused period of time, you’re incredibly powerful.

Why People Buy

How do consumers transition from disinterest in a product or service to urgently wanting that same product or service? It is all about psychology.

Cam Newton Walks, Chews Gum, and Throws Touchdown Passes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Black Belt Brain
We've all known people who "can't walk and chew gum at the same time." Here's why Cam Newton can do all that and more.

When a Lie Reveals a Truth: Insights from the McGurk Effect

Sometimes a lie can reveal a truth about a scientific mystery

Learning and Social Distance

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Ulterior Motives
Does the distance between you and the person you are learning from affect what you learn from that person?

Nine Signs of a Courageous Mind

By Jake Breeden on February 04, 2016 Tipping Sacred Cows
Live life more fully by thinking more courageously.

10 Word Puzzles That Will Test Your Thinking 3 Ways

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Brain Workout
What do odd-one-out puzzles imply psychologically? Perhaps they are mirrors of something that is fundamental to human life—the need for symmetry.

Can Some Lead a Better Life by Listening to their Voices?

The Hearing Voices Movement offers a paradigm shift for people confronting auditory hallucinations.

Why Is Your Child Good (Or Bad...) at Both Math and Reading?

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2016 Brain Trust
Why do reading and math go together? Is it general intelligence boosting both? Study skills? Tiger parenting? A new study pinpoints this skill...and it's not general intelligence.

Which Toys Do Dogs Prefer?

Research shows that dogs get bored quickly with their toys, so new is always better — although there are exceptions.

Four Levels of Lucid Dreaming

Knowing that you are dreaming is the first step to lucid dreaming but there are at least four levels of lucid dreaming. How do you get there?

Is "Retroprognosis" a Word?

By Kaja Perina on February 01, 2016 Brainstorm
The snapshot depicted two boys years before tragedy struck; as such it was a momentary portal to an alternate reality in which the Unabomber never came into being.

The Naturalistic Decision-Making Approach

The Naturalistic Decision-Making (NDM) movement started in 1989. It has radically changed our views of decision-making, sense-making, planning, uncertainty management, and insight.

Do You Make Good Decisions?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 Talking Apes
Intuitions lead to “good enough” decisions in most everyday situations, but they can lead us astray when the stakes are high.

Say Yes to Happiness and No to Depression

Has life taken on never-ending gray skies? Find out how to get the sun to shine.

Einstein's Creative Thinking and Relativity

Albert Einstein's creation of the General Theory of Relativity is still operative today. His initial conception consisted of the creative cognition, the janusian process.

The New Trick to Getting Someone (or Yourself) to Change

Whether you want to motivate yourself or someone else to do something different, research says this little trick is really effective.