Essential Reads

The Synergistic Components of Schizophrenia

By Ann Olson Psy.D. on February 08, 2016 in Theory and Psychopathology
Psychotic ideation is bolstered by its characteristics of visceral experience, dissociation and lack of context. Rogerian theory and therapy might be a promising intervention.

How to Make Public Bike-Sharing More Popular

Many consumers see urban bicycling as risky. Managing riders' physical risk perceptions is crucial for adoption & growth of ride-sharing programs.

Do You Share Political Preferences With Your Parents?

By James M Sherlock on February 01, 2016 in Great (Ape) Expectations
It seems intuitive that our parents should have an influence on our political leanings, but just how this occurs might surprise you.
photo by the author

The Explosive Mix of Sex and Violence

By R. Douglas Fields on January 26, 2016 in The New Brain
The mass sexual assaults in Cologne illuminate a dark side of human nature—how sex and violence are interlinked in the human brain.

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Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa Wants You to Step Up

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 Brick by Brick
Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels and longtime radio host, gives a message to all: step up and get involved.

Is the Love You Take Always Equal to the Love You Make?

Are equality and reciprocity essential to romantic relations, as is commonly assumed? The surprising answer is negative: they are not necessary, not always, and not every kind.

Love and the Fear of Loss

Love is magnificent to experience and incredibly painful to lose. This very reality may leave you guarded against love; but you have the power to open back up to it.

The Green Effect of Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

Hollywood's diversity problem is making headlines this awards season. Tinseltown's whiteout isn't telling us everything we need to know about race in America.

What's New in Neuropsychology?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 How To Do Life
Will today's "exciting findings" finally yield tomorrow's real sbreakthroughs?

7 Surprising Insights About How Genius Happens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Creating in Flow
Genius—the ability to make leaps of innovation—isn't a product only of nature or nurture. Living in a place and time that encourages the flourishing of genius helps too.

7 Signs It's More Than Just the Winter Blues

A winter slump isn't unusual but for some people, seasonal affective disorder is a serious problem.

Confronting a Toxic Racial Climate

A negative racial environment can be costly, resulting in high turnover, discrimination lawsuits, and even forced resignations. What can be done?

The Rise of Toxic Leadership and Toxic Workplaces

By Ray Williams on January 27, 2016 Wired for Success
The truth of the matter is that we are hypocrites, and we are witnessing the rise of toxic leaders and workplaces. We tend to choose or follow a very different kind of leader.

The Flavors of Our Travels

Food is a gateway to the cultures we are exploring, and later, a faithful gateway to our memories.

Dosing Nature: Feeling Down, Take a 3 Minute Walk 2x a Day

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 22, 2016 Animal Emotions
Can we really dose nature? A recent essay called "The Problem with Nature Therapy" considers different sides of this question and poses a challenge to conservation psychologists.

Male and Female Brains

There are really no male and female brains, pink and blue brains, Mars and Venus brains. Why do so many of us believe this then?

Doing What Light Does

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 19, 2016 Bear in Mind
Explore the psychology of compassion that knows no boundaries.

Why Entrepreneurs Burn Out (And What To Do About It)

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on January 19, 2016 Tracking Wonder
What causes burnout among entrepreneurs vs. employees? How can it be avoided?

The Sounds of Rudeness

Rudeness is sadly becoming the acceptable way of communicating, because models of incivility are loudly displayed in politics, the media, the trolling blogosphere, and conversation

Insider Dealing

By Robert J King Ph.D. on January 15, 2016 Hive Mind
Oscar time, and a missed opportunity for the Best Picture to be of a radically different kind. Even so—a great year for behavioral science in the movies.

In Nutrition, Where Does Science Stop and Fantasy Begin?

Is there any truth to claims there was a Paleolithic diet? And what is the “paleofantasy?”

What Maine Can Learn from Lowell, Massachusetts

All of this is very much about how we learn from each other to create a vibrant economic future. And it is also about how we do so without losing the past.

The Creative Power of Landscape

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Listen Up!
The physical effort involved in this artist's work jumpstarts his imagination and creativity

The True Cost of Fast Fashion

The fashion industry has adapted to our speed-of-light lifestyle, at a very high price. Fast fashion is killing us. Here's why.

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Light Therapy

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on January 07, 2016 Urban Survival
Is your light box working for your winter blues? If not, this might be why.

Discovering Your Defense Against The World

Irrelationship is a joint psychological defense system, but how does our interaction with the world shape our relationship with ourself?

Psychology, Monetization, and Video Gaming

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 In Excess
Some people appear to become ‘addicted’ to buying virtual assets for gaming. Why do they buy?

Over-reliance on High Tech May Have Caused a Sea Tragedy

High-tech hubris might lie at the heart of the sinking of a large US cargo ship and 33 crewmembers off the Bahamas last October

The United States Is Not So Religious

Are we really a religious nation? History suggests a different story from the one you've probably been told. And what role does religion play in debates about the environment?

Dirty Little Secrets of Exxon

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on December 31, 2015 The Green Mind
The fossil fuel industry has mimicked the cigarette industry in keeping the huge downside of their products from the public eye. Generations will live with these consequences.

Keep Calm and Carry On with Design Psychology

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 Design on My Mind
Are you nervous when going to public places these days?

Announcing a New Lobby: Atheists for Christmas

Why should the faithful have all the fun? There's much for non-believers to value in the Yuletide tradition

Do Our Inner Cities Need Fencing for a Happy New Year

Christmas Week feels is tarnished by wanton crime in the city of brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection

How to Practice Peace and Interconnectedness

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 The Empowerment Diary
Observing the holiday decorations this year, I noticed there were more peace signs that in years prior. It was a beautiful reminder that peace in contagious and a good practice.