Essential Reads

Brains Have Owners

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Memory Medic
Is there an avatar in your brain called "I"? Neuroscience suggests this is the case.
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Mental Health in the Workplace

Think employee recognition doesn't matter? Think again.

When Effects Are Invisible: From Comfort to Freedom

What is it that makes the existing global system continue to function with our ongoing participation, when so many of us know how close to the edge of catastrophe we are?

We Can Lead the Way to a Nuclear Renaissance

By The Research Lab on April 10, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Reinventing nuclear power to be clean, safe, reliable. By Robert Hebner, Ph.D.

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One Philosopher’s Daily Grind

By Hugh Aldersey-Williams on April 26, 2017 in A Curious Mind
How did the day job of one of the greatest of all philosophers influence his ideas?

The Politics of Silence

Excessive noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily activities at school, at work, at home and during leisure activities.

Agitating for the Environment

One place to take on global environmental stewardship may be your own laundry room. Remarkably, the spotlight now is not on detergents or bleach, but rather on the apparel itself.

Morality: Seeds Must Be Planted Rightly in Early LIfe

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
It’s easy to believe that reasoning is the most important aspect of morality. But it isn't. Morality "goes all the way down" to how well our neurobiological systems work.

An Earth Day Wake-Up Call Delivered Via Hawk

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on April 22, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Earth Day is a good day to consider (or reconsider) your commitment to promoting environmental sustainability.

Please Yell at Me

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Have you ever found yourself uncontrollably yelling?

This Earth Day

By The Research Lab on April 20, 2017 in The Fundamentals
When science and politics collide. By Tim Beach, Ph.D.
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How Mother Nature Became My Therapy

Escaping into nature can help us recover from our depression and anxiety while simultaneously allowing us to be free. "The mountains are calling and I must go..." -John Muir.

Why Do Some People Deny Climate Change?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 17, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How can people deny climate change? The evidence is extremely strong, and the danger is clear and present. Research gives clues as to what factors are really at play.

Fallingwater: Where Design, Structure, & Psychology Converge

Asked to describe Fallingwater in one word, its owner replied, "Romance." Frank Lloyd Wright used design and structure to evoke psychological reactions.
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Emotions as Our Mother Tongue

We strive for competency. We want a better quality of life. To achieve this, our second language, thought, not only needs but demands its mother language—emotion.

Aphrodite and Dionysus

Lack of or a low sexual desire is the most common sexual challenge, about which physicians hear numerous complaints.

Diagnoses: Harmful or Helpful?

Mental illness can tell us what's wrong with a person, with parenting, with a culture, and with society. It's bio/psycho/social. Let's learn fully about ourselves from it.

The Nature of a Dog's Eye Can Make Problem-Solving Difficult

Dogs have limited visual abilities when compared to humans, and this may make solving certain problems difficult.

Estrogen Promise

By Robert J King Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in Hive Mind
Have the rumors of the death of testosterone been somewhat exaggerated? In a word: Yes.

Victim of Biology and Circumstance?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Memory Medic
People have underestimated their capacity to sculpt their own brains, attitudes, and behavior by controlling experiences that affect gene expression.

The Power of Awe: "A Star Is Born" Images and the Small Self

New mind-blowing photographs of a star being born 500 years ago reaffirm the "awesome" power of nature to promote self-transcendence, the small self, and prosocial behaviors.

Can Religious Identity Inspire Pro-Environmental Action?

Religious identity can shape worldviews, build community, and provide networks of communication. So why is it so hard to motivate adherents to take pro-environmental action?

Psychotherapist as a Dance Archeologist

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on April 03, 2017 in Full Living
An explanation through metaphor of why we repeat patterns from our families of origin and how therapy helps us change that.

How Climate Change Affects Mental Health

A new report offers evidence that our psyches are as vulnerable as our earth is to global warming.

10 Ways to Protect the Brain from Daily Screen Time

You may have heard that screen-time can wreak havoc on children's nervous systems. But aside from restricting technology, what can parents do to buffer against overstimulation?

Spaces That Set You Free

By Carrie Barron M.D. on March 31, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
The impact of architecture and design on mood and well-being.

Connecting Spaces

If you can't knock down any walls, but want an open floor plan, don't lose heart. Use color, scents, light, furniture, and a few design tricks to unite separate spaces.

The War is ON, and Nature Will Not Lose—People Will

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in The Green Mind
Who will be the losers of Trump’s war on nature? Humans.

Get Outside in a Park With Your People

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 21, 2017 in Open Gently
Get outside in greenery to have difficult conversations or to bond.

Time Spent in an Art Museum Can Be Good Therapy

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 20, 2017 in Minding the Body
Researchers Lisa and Jeffrey Smith have spent years studying how people behave in art museums and what they get out of the experience. Here's what the Smiths' latest study shows.

Climate Change: How to Prevent Workplace Harassment

The workplace is our home away from home; let´s work together to keep it predator-free. Here are some methods of preventing sexual harassment from becoming sexual assault.

The Better Angels of Our Nature

By Hank Davis on March 14, 2017 in Caveman Logic
It sometimes seems impossible to find those "better angels" inside ourselves and resist the lure of of meanness and bigotry that's all around us.
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Evolutionary Psychology Applies to Everyone

Can understanding our evolutionary history help us better function in the contemporary environment? Absolutely!

Well-being in Iceland has Flaws, Too

Although this country has thriving citizens in an awe-inspiring environment, it's not problem-free. That makes it more normal. Plea to tourists: "Look at the road, not the sky!"