Essential Reads

Your Brain Does Not Like Sleeping in a New Place

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in Good Thinking
Only half of your brain enters deep sleep when you try to sleep in an unfamiliar place.

Cheats and Deceits: Trickery and Deception Are Widespread

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in Animal Emotions
An excellent new book explains how animals and plants exploit and mislead.
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Why It's So Hard to Fall Asleep When You're Away From Home

There's no place to sleep like home - with new challenges for travel.

What You Need To Know About The Genetics of Mental Disorders

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 30, 2016 in Saving Normal
The genetics revolution is one of mankind's greatest intellectual achievements- but so far has contributed nothing to patient care and the ridiculous complexity of brain function.

More Posts on Environment

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

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 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 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.

Cultivating a Passion for Prevention

The mass of evidence suggests that changes in the habits and habitats of people are much more important than biomedical interventions in shaping the health of populations.

3 Types of Kids Who Bully Their Parents

Beneath the tough exterior of every bully is a scared child, constantly wrestling with insecurities and worries.

Destroying the Planet. We've Been Doing It For a Long Time.

We need to recognize our common human blindness: We have never been able to put aside short-term gain for the good of the earth. Even though we have nowhere else to live.

A Hidden Threat to Human and Environmental Health

We aren't worried enough about climate change. We are too worried about nuclear radiation. Both of those Risk Perception Gaps put us at greater risk.

Wow! The Life-Changing Power of Experiencing Profound Awe

In honor of Earth Day 2016, the "overview effect" of astronauts witnessing Earth from outer space reminds us of the universal importance of protecting our planet's environment.

The #1 Thing You Can Do to Help Your Town Thrive

Want to feel happier in your town? Do this.

Belief and Nature’s Resilience

Spring cleaning can signal a time of personal renewal.

How to Tell When Children Are Stressed

Is your child feeling stressed? Here are some ways to help your child cope with stress.

How to Explain Climate Science on Twitter

What can we learn from Donald Trump about climate science?

Life Satisfaction and the Well-Being Gap

As income inequality rises, the well-being gap in most countries widens.

Passive Frame Theory: a New Synthesis

A new theory about consciousness, based on integrating a handful of theories

Control: Nature’s Greatest Achievement

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on April 07, 2016 In Control
Control is like air. It’s all around us all the time and it’s essential to life.

Raising Organically Grown Kids: Simply Good Living

Farm life teaches children to love days with animals and open spaces, while it painlessly reinforces central life lessons.

Designing Your View

It's time to manage your garden--use cognitive science to fine tune your plans.

The Things We Carry

Every time you buy a new electronic device, you add to global warming. And you don't even have to take it out of the box. Find out what's inside the digital things you carry.

People, Places, and Things That Trigger Drug Use

We know how powerful drug cravings can be, but we often fail to realize how our environments also shape and influence our cravings.

How to Protect Kids From a Borderline/Narcissistic Parent

If you're co-parenting with a high conflict narcissistic/borderline parent, you have a responsibility to minimize the damage emotional abuse can do. This series will show you how.

Doing These 3 Things After a Vacation Will Make You Happier

Bummed to be heading home? A few tricks extend the pleasure of your vacation place.

Finding Home Between Worlds

An insight into the place where children who grew up abroad dwell – between cultures and worldviews – can teach us about understanding ourselves and those around us better.

We Are Pushing the Nuclear Fire Alarm

We're on our way to a nuclear weapon-free world, but there's more work to be done. Here's what you need to know.

Depression: New Research Shows That Genetics Are Not Destiny

A study published today reports that your genetic predisposition for depression is never set in stone. This is good news if you're prone to depression, but bad news if you're not.

Determining the Value of Food: Do We Have It Wrong? Part 1

We focus on calories, but are the intangible quality characteristics the deciding factor between whether our diet delivers health or disease?

Eco-Indulgences for Eco-Sin?

Climate disruption has arrived and is worsening. Many solutions are possible. Are carbon offsets a viable one, or do they merely alleviate guilt and promote more carbon sin?

Everything Intelligence

Is the word "intelligence" grossly and meaninglessly over used in popular psychology?