Essential Reads

Is there any way to save the world?

Do our big comfort-seeking brains doom us to destroy our world? A self-sustaining community called Earthship raises hope, but psychology is needed to change our choices.

Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

We Are, Where We Are: Spatial Cognition Shapes Our Self-Hood

The physical environments that surround you have a huge impact on who you are in the present moment and cumulatively throughout your lifespan, according to new research.

How Many Sex Partners Does It Take to Be Happy?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Insight Therapy
When it comes to sex, most people will agree that the partnered version is better than the solitary one. But how many partners?

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Mindful Working

What if you can change the dynamic so even in the midst of the stress, you stay calm and mindful? Shake off the stress with these 5 practices you can employ in your workplace.

The Blurry Boundaries of Eugenic Infanticide

In the early 20th century, a well-respected physician refused to save the lives of babies born with disabilities, demonstrating the dangers of placing valuations on human lives.

Using Design Psychology to Feel at Home in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on May 24, 2016 in Splitopia
Using colors and images that remind you of your positive past can help you feel more at home, after divorce, and support your vision of your future life.

The Journey of Life

Just what is implied nowadays when we say that someone has led a ‘successful life’?

Living Virtuously-- With the Land

I’ve come to realize what we all know in our heart of hearts--- that we really don’t live virtuously unless we attend well to our relationships with the other-than-humans.

Modern Lives are Weird!

By Richard Bailey Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Smart Moves
Inactivity is the new normal, and there is a serious price to be paid for this change. For the first time in recorded history, children have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

A Look at Self-Organizing Traffic Lights

Getting stuck at a red light when there's no one else around is frustrating. Is there a better way that traffic lights could be designed? How about self-organizing traffic lights?

September 11th, Evolution, and the Face of Hell

September 11, 2001 showed us the darkest side of our nature. The evolutionary perspective can help us understand why.

Could a Million Monkeys Type the Secret of Life?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on May 20, 2016 in Biocentrism
Life's special place in the great scheme of existence

Why Feminist Therapy?

We have come a long way, but...

The Adaptive Living Equation

A formula for adaptive living is offered. It is the process by which one realistically maximizes one's valued states of being, given one's personhood and environment over time.

Compassion Can Help Us Cross Political Boundaries

When compassion strikes, we want to put an end to misery, even if it means tossing our own needs aside.

Preventing Mental Illness

With the World Health Organization stating that depression will be the most common disease by 2030, should we think more about how to prevent it and other mental disorders?

Globalizing Positive Psychology

Instead of researching well-being through culturally skewed self-reporting tools, let's focus on how our brain chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphin) work in animals.
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Get Ready for Zika

Zika may soon threaten many of us, so there's lots to do.

Are You Superstitious? Yes!

Not me, you say? Ha! You are embedded in a culture whose bedrock is superstition.

Things Which Ain't So

By Robert J King Ph.D. on May 12, 2016 in Hive Mind
Are folk right to tell you not to trust scientists? A Holy Roman Emperor supplies the answer.

Anyone for Altruism? Calling All Republicans

Our winters are growing warmer; Americans like that. The medium-term impact of global warming may be negative. And how can we care for those adversely affected by climate change?

Remote Workers Are Happier and More Productive

By Victor Lipman on May 10, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
These are key findings from a new survey examining pros and cons in the remote workplace.

What a Dog Is Not

By Mark Derr on May 07, 2016 in Dog's Best Friend
Once again the Coppingers rely on an outmoded paradigm to define dogs.

Nature's Perfect Partners: A PBS Film on Animal Cooperation

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 07, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Watch fascinating footage of animals of the same and different species working together to achieve win-win outcomes for all.

RUSH Prevention Program Helping Children of Bipolar Parents

Children may be more sensitive to stress in their environment.

Even In Polluted Cities, Walking and Biking Are Good For You

Even if you live in a polluted city, a new study reports that the health benefits of walking or biking—as a form of transportation—outweigh the risks of breathing air pollution.

Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animal Nature

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Similar evolutionary forces of cooperation and competition have shaped both humans and other animals.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 3

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in In One Lifespan
If we wish to build an applied social science grounded in the principles and practice of collective intelligence, then we need to understand team communication.
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Our Maps Are Lies: How the Internet Reshapes Our World View

Thanks to information technology, our mental map of the world has, largely unbeknownst to our conscious selves, mutated into a very different animal

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 2

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in In One Lifespan
The ideal of freedom as non-domination implies that citizens are granted a status that guards them against private power or dominium and public power or imperium.

Turn the Lights Off When You Stay

Two outbreaks of eye injury were recently reported by the CDC. The outbreaks shared one key thing in common – broken lights.

Twelve Surprising Results that Lead to Finding “Balance”

By Kimberly Key on April 30, 2016 in Counseling Keys
Years of research revealed twelve areas of life that need attention for balance and health. Which of these areas of your life are neglected or overdeveloped?

Should Grizzlies in the Yellowstone Area Be Trophy Hunted?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Iconic grizzly bears in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks may soon be put in the cross-hairs of trophy hunters if they are removed from the Endangered Species Act.