Essential Reads

The Top Five Gifts of Pokemon Go to Parents

"Thanks Pokemon Go for giving my kids a modern version of a 1970s summer!”

Are Authentic People More Self-Interested?

Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.

Crowding Out Virtue

By Samuel Bowles on July 14, 2016 in The Moral Economy
Monetary rewards are proposed to promote everything from losing weight to reading books. But an experiment with villagers in Colombia shows that incentives can backfire.

The City Environment and Happiness Across the Lifespan

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Millions of people migrate every year from rural to urban areas. Recent research helps us understand how city environments influence happiness and health across the lifespan.

More Posts on Environment

Do You Truly Love Animals?

Do you know how to show your love for animals truly? This article helps illustrate some surprising insights!

Australia to Kill Goats Using Self-Destructing Dingoes

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Australia's plan to kill goats using dingoes implanted with a time-activated poison challenges conservation psychology and anthrozoology as do New Zealand's "management" plans.

Changing the Human Psyche for Living Sustainably

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Human psychology has moved away from beliefs that promote sustainable living. Thomas Berry identified misunderstandings that have led to the ecological crisis we face.

Why Do Run-Down Schools Trigger Lower Test Scores?

A new study from Cornell University identifies a chain reaction that occurs in run-down schools which results in lower test scores for students from all walks of life.

How Common Is Road Rage?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new research study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that road rage is far more common than you might think.

5 Good and Bad Ways Nature Impacts Your Emotional Health

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
By 2050, 70% of people will live in urban areas. Now consider how powerfully nature affects our minds, brains, and body as illustrated by these recent studies:

Who Is That Masked Man (Or Woman)?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on July 18, 2016 in Patient Power
All over Asia, I see men and women, young and old, laborers and professionals, wearing surgical masks as they walk, drive, eat, watch movies. So what's up? Should you be masked?

United Nations Harmony with Nature Stresses Justice for All

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Animal Emotions
The U. N.'s harmony with nature initiative stresses global justice in which societies of humans are viewed as part of a wider community that incorporates animal societies.

Culpably Unwarranted Delay: Is There an App for That?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in Don't Delay
Once it becomes clear that procrastination involves a mens rea (guilty mind), significant opportunities for intervention come into view.

Deep Eco-Psychology, Non-Violent Activism, and Science

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A new wide-ranging book titled "Codex Orféo" by author and filmmaker Michael Tobias blends science with fiction and calls for the end of violence and a renaissance of virtue.

Go Wild and Grow Happy, Part 1

Most agree, hunter-gatherers didn't suffer as we do today. While blessed with many gifts of civilization, we also suffer catastrophic consequences. Let's be wild and happy again...

Home Design Advice for Recent Graduates

Are all the choices you need to make while planning your new home overwhelming? Cognitive science research can simplify your selections.

Sex—A Freak of Nature

Sex. What's the origin of this term? What did philosophers have to say about it? Are we scared of it?

5 Ways Outdoor Learning Optimizes Children's Well-Being

New research has pinpointed five ways that outdoor learning benefits children's overall well-being.

Staring Into an Abyss

What holds so many of us back from recognizing climate change, even though it is right before our eyes?

Does Play Give Life Meaning?

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 05, 2016 in On Having Fun
"Sacred play promotes the best of our human nature, improves our wellbeing, and is fun. Religion lacking play is suicidal." - Peter Gray

Mourning? - Yes. Forgiveness? - No.

I do not understand why the principle of forgiveness is held in such high esteem. The process by which we come to terms with the past is through mourning.

Eutierria: Becoming One With Nature

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on July 03, 2016 in The Green Mind
Are we one with nature? Have you ever had the experience of eutierria?

The World at 7:00 PM

Psychologists know how to describe individuals, but can they describe situations? Volunteers in 20 nations used a new tool to describe what they did last night at 7:00.

Being With What Is

We all have the task of knowing ourselves as deeply as we can, and then manifesting that self as fully as possible in the world.

Other People's Great Vacations Don't Have to Get to You

When you’re stuck at home or in the office while others flaunt their fabulous journeys around the world, it can be tough. This will help you get over your case of vacation envy.

Is There a Replication Crisis in Experimental Psychology?

Recent worries about the failure to replicate the findings of important studies in experimental psychology may well be unfounded.

The Neuropsychological Impact of Fear-Based Politics

Are you afraid for the future of our country? Our current political environment may be affecting you in ways you don't realize.

5 Proven Ways to Beat Temptation and Boost Your Willpower

Self-control is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Making an early decision to change your environment takes less effort and is likely to be more successful than using willpower

Florida Bear Hunt Cancelled: Win for Conservation Psychology

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 29, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A milestone for conservation psychology and compassionate conservation that amply displays the guiding principles of both rapidly growing international fields of inquiry.

What's Carrying You?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 27, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
Fundamentally, this practice means a relaxed opening into the love—in a very very broad sense—that is the actual nature of everything.

Fear, Division, Trump, and Collapse

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on June 26, 2016 in The Green Mind
Recent political developments—the rise of Trump and the Brexit—have many people flabbergasted. Do they mean something more fundamental for the sustainability of modern society?

Want to Reduce Your Risk of Depression Naturally? Try This.

New research has pinpointed an easy 30-minute remedy that can reduce your risk of depression and hypertension.

4 Ways to Build Resilience (All Kids Are Not the Same)

We’re told resilience can be built in all children with the same tools: Mindfulness, self-esteem, a positive caring relationship. Research tells us something different.

The Naturalistic Fallacy Fallacy (Part II)

Part II of a discussion of how to turn a profit subverting human nature.