Essential Reads

We Are What We Landscape

Desert plants or lawn? Communicating identity through our front yard.

On the Nature of Creepiness

Can "getting the creeps" be an evolutionary adaptation?

What to Do When Your Anxiety Won’t Go Away

How to work your psychological game on the daily.

The Digital Revolution & the Nature of Adolescent Passage

A look at how technology and connectivity affect youth development

Recent Posts on Environment

How Do Our Clients Feel About Therapy?

Did you know that therapy is not openly supported within every culture? There are a number of questions that might be beneficial to weave into the early stages of treatment if a client admits that he or she could be judged or ridiculed for getting such support.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Learn some essential tips to prevent skin cancer.

A Workover: A Career Changer Wants into Renewable Energy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

We Are What We Landscape

Home and business owners in drought stricken California are painting their brown lawns green. With the wave of a sprayer wand parched blades of grass instantly turn emerald. It is like dying grey hair back to its original hue; we read youth and vitality into colored locks. What messages do we see in a lawn?

The Power of Awe: A Sense of Wonder Promotes Loving-Kindness

A new study led by researchers at the University of California reports that having a sense of wonder and being in awe of something greater than oneself promotes loving-kindness and prosocial behavior.

On the Nature of Creepiness

Given how frequently creepiness gets discussed in everyday life, it is amazing that it has not yet been studied in a scientific way. What I found in an exploratory study suggests that creepiness is a response to the ambiguity of threat; it is not the clear presence of danger that creeps us out, but rather the uncertainty of whether danger is present or not.

The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World

A “Great Grief” a feeling that rises in us as if from the Earth itself

What to Do When Your Anxiety Won’t Go Away

Outsmart your brooding ways with these nine mind games. After all, calm is an inside job.

Mad Men vs. Hill Street Blues

Which world do you choose?

Solving Humanity’s Emotional Disorders

In the last 1% of human genus existence, mental illness has become rampant. What are we doing wrong?

The Digital Revolution & the Nature of Adolescent Passage

The very essence of communication has changed. The various social media, 24/7 news cycles and the ubiquitous presence of smart phones keep us connected whether we want to participate or not. As families have become more comfortable with allowing their children to have cell phones, there seems to be an evolution in the nature of the dynamics of child development.

GMO Labels May Encourage Sales, Not Scare Them Away

Mandatory GMO labels on food, by giving consumers choice, may not scare buyers off as much as GMO opponents hope.

Tom Brady Broke the Rules, But Don't We All?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Before we tie Tom Brady to the whipping post, perhaps we should think about the times we bent, finessed, or massaged the rules for our own benefit.

My Design Psychology Career: 'Art + Science' = True Love

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in Design on My Mind
DESIGN PSYCHOLOGY offers a better way to finally bridge the gap between 'human factors' THINKING and design PRACTICE.

Spring Forward or Fall Back?

The biggest unsolved problem of neuroscience can't be solved by neuroscience alone. Neuroscience needs embodied cognitive science. The brain doesn't generate the mind; it facilitates it.

Multilingual Environments Enrich Our Understanding of Others

Even if you're not bilingual, exposure to multiple languages improves the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and see the world from another perspective.

Going Old School: College in the 1850s

While there has been undeniable flux in musical taste, fashion statements, hairstyles, and all of the other symptoms of pop-culture evolution, I am more convinced than ever that there is something essentially eternal about being 19 years old.

A Postscript to the Baltimore Riots

Criminals, not the environment, cause crime

The Psychology of Feedback vs. Praise

By Gregory Ciotti on May 10, 2015 in Habits, Not Hacks
Providing the right kind of feedback means everything.

On The Nature of True Love

We care about another’s wellbeing simply because the act of loving is enjoyable.

How Do Your Genes Influence Levels of Emotional Sensitivity?

Neuroscientists have identified a specific gene variation that causes some people to be more emotionally sensitive.

The Cheap Feels of Emotion-Sensing Technology

By Colin Ellard Ph.D. on May 08, 2015 in Mind Wandering
We are being bombarded by accounts of new technology that can read our feelings by measuring facial expressions, voice qualities, and more. Not only do accounts of such tools seem to oversimplify one of the most complex aspects of human behavior, but to the extent that we buy into them, they run the risk of allowing us to cheapen our idea of what it means to be human.

Why Mothers Are So Special

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on May 08, 2015 in Homo Consumericus
Mothers hold a privileged status within the human experience. I address some of the foundational evolutionary principles that explain the mother-child bond. Happy Mother’s Day!

Discipline Rooted in Nurturance and Living Example

Discipline is pointing the way. Living example demonstrates the message in vibrant color impacting a child even more than words.

Who You Calling Phobic?

Fears about unstable ground are real, say researchers. And that's particularly true after a major quake.

Helping Teenagers who Live in Dysfunctional Families- Part 1

As teens forge trusting and safe therapeutic relationships with us, opening up and disclosing their deepest thoughts and feelings, we know that after the session they are often returning to environments and interpersonal dynamics that threaten to "undo” the positive work that is happening in our offices.

Brutal Weather, Depressed Mood, What We Can Do About It

Our cruel winter in the Northeast took a greater toll on us than has been recognized. I know it took a toll on me and it took its toll on my patients. I could feel the effects of day after day without sunlight --cold weather, snow, rain and cloudiness --on my mood. Like my patients, I felt slightly depressed; had less energy than usual, and wanted to sleep more.

How to Understand the Germanwings Crash

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Insight Therapy
The crash of Germanwings flight 9525, a murder-suicide perpetrated by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz killing all 150 people on board, is raising questions about how to account for, and protect ourselves against, such shocking instance of manmade terror.

Medical Ethics Are Healthier Than Business Ethics

Traditional medical ethics puts patient welfare first. As corporations increasingly control health care, business ethics replace medical ethics. Doctors and patients must work together to defend the doctor-patient relationship.

Worries about the Apple Watch and the Internet-of-Things

There’s a lot happening in the internet-of-things, most of it beyond the horizon of our thing-filled lifestyles. The Apple Watch is the latest and perhaps most telling thing of all. Should we worry about this dazzling distraction? What will its social impact be? What are the environmental and labor costs associated with this new digital fashion accessory?