Essential Reads

Want to Build a Dog From A Fox? Here's How To Do It.

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails that are as friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs—they are foxes.

Prestige, Power, and Placebos

Intuitive errors and social pressures often fool us into the wrong decisions. But our social minds also possess untapped healing power. Recent research shows us how to use it!

Science Is Not Political

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Nonetheless, science is embroiled in politics. Why is science so controversial, and why are the scientists planning a big march?

The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy

The self is an illusion and, as I noted in a recent paper published in Australasian Psychiatry, we can tailor psychotherapy to highjack the mechanisms that create it.

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Translating Trauma: Foreign Language Interpreting in Therapy

Language is an essential part of cultural competence. Therapy with a foreign language interpreter can be awkward but help is available. Beverley Costa PhD offers tips.

Ginkgo Biloba for Mild to Moderate Dementia

If you or a loved one are thinking about trying Ginkgo for a memory problem, first review the evidence. Findings for Ginkgo in dementia are inconsistent.

Dietary Changes Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Are you worried about developing Alzheimer's disease? Simple dietary changes can reduce your risk.
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What Is Consciousness?

What would it take to make a robot experience a dream?

Stanford Scientists Discover Surprising Cerebellum Functions

A pioneering Stanford University study has discovered a previously unknown cognitive role of specific neurons in the historically overlooked cerebellum (Latin for "little brain").

The Emerging Crisis in Critical Thinking

What can parents and teachers do to improve thinking ability?

Helpful Hacks for Conducting Research With Older Adults

By Christina M. Pierpaoli on March 18, 2017 in Eng(aging)
A psychologist-in-training discusses sources of error in geropsychologial research and clever, practical ways of managing them.

Hearing Loss Won't Kill You, or Will It?

By Katherine Bouton on March 18, 2017 in What I Hear
If you are a therapist with a patient with hearing loss, please take it seriously. Their life may depend on it.
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When Is Reimagining the Past a Sign of Emotional Health?

By Barb Cohen on March 17, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
For counterfactual thinking to be functionally beneficial, we need a coherent story of cause and effect that makes us an essential actor in the story.

Breaking Down the Elements of Acting

If theatre is awesome for kids, which kids? What kinds of awesome? And how? Let's break it down.

This Is What Is Wrong With the Core of Psychology

The core problem with psychology is conceptual. This blog examines the problem with the term cognitive and explains how to best think about the term.

Energizing Jung's Ideas About Synchronicity

Why spend a lifetime studying Jung's ideas about synchronicity? Professor Roderick Main is doing just that and, in this guest post, explains why.

Whole Paycheck Pauper? You’re Paying 47% More For Psychology

Eggs all in one basket? “Organic food” and its marketing is not all it’s cracked up to be. The firmest fact about organic is the marketing power behind it.

Why Language Really Matters

By John Nosta on March 16, 2017 in The Digital Self
The search of patients for drug trials is doomed by language.

Thinking Away Unwanted Thoughts

Don't bother telling yourself not to worry. It will never work. Instead, do this.

Dog Owners Are Wrong About the Health Benefits of Raw Diets

Despite dog owners' beliefs that raw animal product dog foods are healthier data suggests that they are unsafe.

Harvard Study Finds Genetic ‘Toggle Switch’ for Sociability

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have pinpointed specific neuronal circuitry and a 'toggle switch' that can turn a mouse's sociability "on" and "off" in the laboratory.

The Control Freak

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in A Sideways View
Why do some people need to exercise constant and control of their own lives and others around them? Are they really freaks or is this need both relatively common and even adaptive?

Bilingualism in the Sky

English is the international language of civil aviation and hence many airline pilots and controllers have to communicate in a language other than their own. What does this entail?

Thinking About Divorce or Suicide? Stop it! For 6 Months

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on March 14, 2017 in Full Living
Neither divorce nor suicidality is the easy way out, but first we must consider every vehicle, every effort, every courageous act to save what is most precious.

Coincidence Frequency Factors

Want to know how to make coincidences happen more frequently? Try a few mind adjustments.

Help for That Buzz In Your Ear

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 13, 2017 in Open Gently
Treat your anxiety—or try brain-training exercises—to beat ringing in the ears.

3 Surprising Things About Coffee

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on March 12, 2017 in Head Games
Research reveals the psychology of drinking coffee.

Poetry Lights Up Your Brain Like a Favorite Song, fMRI Shows

New research on the link between happy or scary musical cues—and the difference between reading poetry or prose—offer new clues about how the brain responds to music and poetry.

Are Plants Aware?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on March 11, 2017 in Biocentrism
We usually only call something sentient if it responds to us. But despite our human preconceptions, plants may experience consciousness albeit in a different fashion from us.

Should you trust your gut?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on March 11, 2017 in Wander Woman
Steps and techniques for listening to both your gut and head to calculate your next best move.

Why Is My Child So Mentally Lazy?

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on March 10, 2017 in Self-Reg
Are children and teens “mentally lazy”? Is it a generation that would rather play than study, or one whose “limbic braking system” is affecting their ability to think and learn?
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Amazon Partners With Department of Labor

Amazon partners with Department of Labor to put veterans to work.

Are You a Morning or an Evening Person?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Media Spotlight
While circadian preferences can change over the course of our lifespan, it is important to recognise how important morningness and eveningness can be in how we think and behave.
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Can a Simple Walk Improve Your Creative Thinking?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Creativity for You
Do you need a new approach to a project? Consider taking a walk to get a fresh perspective.