Essential Reads

Man's Fate

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 18, 2016 in Saving Normal
Easter Island tells us all we need to know about our greatness and our fallibility- and also about our prognosis as a species.

Drone Policy: Reducing the Human Cost

Social psychology can help us understand and address our drone policy problems.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": A fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

How (Another) Industry Tried to Fool Us About Our Health

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in The Green Mind
Oil, the sugar industry caught trying to manipulate consumers.

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Do You Have to Buy a House to Love Where You Live?

By Melody Warnick on October 28, 2016 in This Is Where You Belong
Studies show that homeowners are more civically engaged—but you don't have to buy to get involved.

Does Mood Shift Depend on Cognition...or Behavior?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on October 27, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Thinking versus doing: A new study indicates effects on mood control.

The Power of Personality

These are the ways to make a real change to the main facets of extroversion.

Why Do We Do What We Do?

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Nature and nurture almost never influence behavior in isolation. Rather, nature and nurture almost always interact to influence behavior in complex ways.

Homo Denialus: Mice Aren't Animals, Climate Change Is Real

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Animal Emotions
How can we easily deny anything we choose to oppose? Some who claim climate change is real deny the fact that mice and rats are animals.

The Rise of Incivility and What To Do About It

By Ray Williams on October 21, 2016 in Wired for Success
Has incivility become the new norm in America? Fundamental ethical values such as respect, fairness, honesty, personal responsibility and tolerance seem to be fading.

Paying Attention to Injuries Among Temporary Workers

Has your company seen an uptick in work-related injuries or illnesses lately? Recent hiring trends may be part of the problem and the solution.
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Biology Determines Every Thought, Feeling, and Behavior

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Cui Bono
Psychologists say behavior results from the interaction of biology and environment, yet argue about their relative importance. Read why the importance of biology is always 100%.

Mastering Your Emotions

By L. Kevin Chapman Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in Evidence Based
The "how to" guide of mastering all of your emotions

Earth Home Economics: Rebecca Adamson and “Enoughness"

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on October 16, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
"If you don’t change directions, you’re going to end up where you’re headed.” The words Rebecca Adamson's mother told her as a child find new meaning in a globalized world.

Solving Cancer in Ten Years?

Can cells be trained like software?

"Whispers From the Wild" Asks Us to Imagine the Unimaginable

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Renowned animal communicator Amelia Kinkade poignantly reminds us we're immersed in a fascinating world of nonhuman animals who depend on us and on whom we depend for our survival.

Do Humans Need Meat?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in The Human Beast
Environmentalists encourage us to cut down on meat consumption in favor of vegetable foods that are less damaging to the environment. Is that a good idea for our health?
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For the Public Good: How Much Difference Can You Make?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 10, 2016 in Off the Couch
Have you given up on trying to make a difference in the world? Research says that you might want to revise your strategy.

Smart Trees Teach via New Film & Bestselling Book

By Rachel Clark on October 05, 2016 in Mothering Nature
“The Hidden Life of Trees” hits NYTs Best Sellers list, while companion film “Intelligent Trees” roots out the science of tree chatter. Turns out forests have a few things to say.

Why Do We Panic in Emergencies?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Media Spotlight
In virtually every disaster, there is always the risk of mass panic which can often cause more casualties than the disaster itself. Can new research help prevent this?

Research Shows How Animals Decide to Escape From Predators

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A recent book summarizes much of what we know from comparative empirical research about the decisions a wide variety of animals make to avoid becoming a meal for predators.

Educating the Educators About 21st Century Youth and Policy

By APA Division 15 on October 04, 2016 in PsychEd
America’s mostly white and female teaching force does not reflect the broad diversity of students they serve. As a result, there is a widening student-teacher “culture gap."
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How Compassion Can Help You Support an Addicted Loved One

Compassion: The Best Way to Support a Partner or Family Member with an Addiction.
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Claustrophobia of Comfort

By Matt James Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in Focus on Forgiveness
A comfort zone that was once cozy starts making us feel claustrophobic. We want something more or different. We feel the urge to grow or expand.

How It Feels to Be an Outsider Everywhere

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 02, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Longing for home after an unwilling long-distance move, the protagonist of this profoundly insightful novel learns to live anywhere, or maybe nowhere.

Three Ways to Reduce Animal Agriculture

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on October 01, 2016 in The Green Mind
Research shows that different techniques should be used for people in different stages of moving toward less meat and dairy in their diets. Which category are you in?

Dancing With the Standing Rock Sioux

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Why dance when you are protesting the construction of an oil pipeline?

Bagpipe Lament

In August a usually staid British medical journal published a modest clinical case report to unusually great fanfare. Media worldwide took note of a “new” disease: bagpipe lung.

The True Nature of Jealousy

We usually know how to identify jealousy when it appears, and we can tell when someone else experiences jealousy, based on their actions—but what exactly is jealousy?

Watch Your Language and Give Me Back My Control!

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in The Next Step
No, it’s not about your two-year-old; it’s about the “unemployed” identity.

Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

By The Book Brigade on September 29, 2016 in The Author Speaks
We need a new definition of “mind,” one that captures the importance of subjective and relational experience.
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Cheap Solar Is Here as Investors Turn Away From Oil and Gas

Newsflash: Investors are getting in to solar and out of oil and coal. Renewable energy is getting cheaper. Consumers are happy to pay extra to cut carbon. Biz journalism is silent!

Oxytocin, Spirituality, and the Biology of Feeling Connected

By Christopher Bergland on September 28, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study from Duke University has identified a link between oxytocin and feelings of spiritual connectedness.

Nature as Medicine

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Compassion Matters
Science now confirms just how good nature is for us, both extending and enhancing our lives. Learn all the ways nature benefits our minds and bodies.