Essential Reads

$50m Judgment Says Brain Training a Sham

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 19, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Letting someone else sharpen your brain sounds great. Except it doesn't work, and you have to do the work yourself. The good news is that it isn't so hard.

What If We Have It Wrong About Boredom?

What if we've got it wrong about boredom? Despite its negative connotations, boredom may actually be valuable.

What Gifted Students Can Learn From Being Average

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Finding the Next Einstein
"It was okay to just be in the middle of the pack...That was a lovely experience."
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Knit with Grit

By Sunil Iyengar on September 06, 2016 in The Value of Art
Should premed curricula include a module in the visual or performing arts? It's not a bad idea.

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Learning about Allison's Brain

How music helped one woman's post-brain surgery healing

Living in Parts, Dreaming of Wholeness

Cuban-American author Gustavo Pérez-Firmat writes poetry in both English and Spanish. Today, he talks to us about the delights and challenges of writing in two voices.
Mack Hicks

Digital Pandemic Part II

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on March 20, 2016 in Digital Pandemic
Is the digital life fit for humans? How to cope and how to benefit.

Eva Weaver on 'Back to Sex'

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on March 19, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Eva Weaver on 'Back to Sex.'

Redondo The Game

By Bernard L. De Koven on March 17, 2016 in On Having Fun
It's kind of like a Rosarch test for no reason.

The Relentless and Raging Resteghinis

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 14, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Meet Dale & Kim Resteghini, the couple behind Raging Nation Films. From their story, we can learn how to chase down our dreams by not only working hard, but working smart.
K. Ramsland

In the "Murder Mood"

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 13, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Book by British curator describes historic counterpart to today's crime-time hosts.

Does the Cerebellum Fine-Tune Complex Cerebral Functions?

Two recent studies have illuminated various ways that the "non-thinking" cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") may be involved in complex cerebral thinking.

The Imaginative, Idiosyncratic and Schizotypal Manager

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 10, 2016 in A Sideways View
What is Schizotypal Personality Disorder? Can you be a little schizotypal? Is this disorder related to creativity?

Can Laughter Be an Antibiotic for Pain?

Have you ever had a horrible day? A day that’s so horrible it’s funny? What is it exactly that turns life’s problems into punch lines?

Group Think and Academia: Shocking Shakespeare Shenanigans

By Elisabeth Pearson Waugaman Ph.D. on March 09, 2016 in "What's in a Name?"
Why does the authorship question matter? What are the new discoveries about Shakespeare?

Tic Tock: Reflections on Tourette Syndrome Over Time

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on March 09, 2016 in Evolving Minds
Who Knew it was Tourette Syndrome?

Building Bridges: Music Therapy in Hospice Care

The practice of including music therapy as a hospice and palliative care treatment option began to grow significantly beginning on the 1990s. Here's how music therapists help.

Play Life More Beautifully: A Meeting With Seymour Bernstein

By Mark Matousek on March 08, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
In a new book and documentary, Seymour Bernstein, the legendary pianist and teacher, explains why music is a metaphor for life, and how each us can locate his essential passion

Should You Trust Your Insight?

By Garth Sundem on March 08, 2016 in Brain Trust
Without really knowing where an insight solution comes from, can you trust it?

Why You and Your Kids Should be Involved in a Play

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
Whether on stage or behind the scenes, theatre is so often not just fun but transformative.

The Conscious Company and Other Myths

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 07, 2016 in Innovation You
Like a good, difficult question, consciousness is not a single problem that is solved once: it continues onward and gains complexity over time.

Stretching Your Legs Is Good for Your Mind

Get up out of that chair and lace on your walking shoes!

Imagination and the Diametric Model of Mental Illness

Imagination is the facet of autism that best accounts for its male-biased sex ratio, and higher genetic risk of schizophrenia is associated with enhanced imagination.
E. Engstrom

Sex, Sense and Sensuality

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 02, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Writing about sex and sensuality opens up one's perspective in new ways, improving writing and enhancing life.
Image courtesy of Estelle Erasmus

7 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Child's Education

By Estelle Erasmus on March 01, 2016 in The Practice of Parenting
Wondering about the best way you can support your child in his/her growth and development? We've got the answers.

The Power of Movement

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on February 29, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Three scientific studies appeared this week, trumpeting the “power of movement” in combating death, depression, and disease. Is knowing this information enough?

Expressive Arts Therapy and Windows of Tolerance

The process of recovery happens by taking small steps that can be safely tolerated rather than stretching one’s limits.

A Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences (Part 2)

Focusing on the apparent low probability of the current coincidence can cause us to incorrectly estimate its actual probability.
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10 Clever Wordplay Puzzles to Challenge Your Brain

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 28, 2016 in Brain Workout
Does reversing letters in some words create new meanings? Find out with ten puzzles to challenge your verbal imagination.

Are You In Need of Bibliotherapy?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on February 27, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
The allure of books has been recognized for centuries. But why is fiction so therapeutic? Can you take advantage of this and buy novels instead of therapy sessions?
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Wellbeing: Why Won't It Stick?

By Mathew A. White Ph.D. on February 23, 2016 in Positive Education
What can we learn from David Cooperrider, Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, Sir Anthony Seldon, Scott Barry Kaufman at the Festival of Positive Education in Dallas July 2016?

Rob Levit on Mentoring and Creating Communities

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on February 22, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Rob Levit on mentoring and creating communities.

Gail McMeekin on Coaching, Empowerment and Success

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on February 21, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Gail McMeekin on coaching, empowerment and success

Breaking News: Writing is Hard!

By Dennis Palumbo on February 19, 2016 in Hollywood on the Couch
Some claim that there is a link between creativity and mental health problems, but is this really true?