Intelligence Essential Reads

Why We Hate It When People Invade Our Space

By Joe Navarro M.A. on February 27, 2015 in Spycatcher
Why exercising social intelligence matters and why it can dominate a news cycle

Anti-Vaxxers Love Their Children Too

Anti-vaxxers are seen as crazy or stupid. Psychology says otherwise.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

An Ode to Common Core Kindergarten Standards

There is much wrong with American kindergartens—but Common Core State Standards are not to blame. If interpreted correctly, Common Core standards for literacy enable us to help enhance the kindergarten experience for all kindergarten children—from the underprepared to the most gifted and advanced.

How Old Is Language?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on February 19, 2015 in Language in the Mind
Can the time-depth of language be uncovered without a time-machine? Recent evidence, ranging from genetic dating, to new archaeological finds, is transforming what we know about language's vintage.

Are Humans Unique?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in The Human Beast
The argument for human uniqueness is of mostly historical interest. As we gained more understanding of animal behavior, we learned that their psychology has more in common with us than had been imagined previously.

How to Become the Most Attractive Job Candidate

By Erica Dhawan on February 16, 2015 in Accelerated Connectedness
We often think that because we have a great academic record or went to the right schools, we’ll be great at any job and will impress any potential boss. But, in today’s world, standing out takes much more than just relying on a good resume. The key is knowing your strengths and figuring out how they will fit into different work environments.

How to Stop Calling Yourself a Fraud or a Failure

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 14, 2015 in Wander Woman
Whether you are starting something new or you made some mistakes you regret, you might fall into the trap of calling yourself a failure. Or you worry others will judge you as incompetent. This post will help you recognize scenarios where you discount yourself and then it gives you 5 steps for helping you recover your confidence so you can move on.

Fifty Grades of Shale

By Robert J King Ph.D. on February 14, 2015 in Hive Mind
50 Shades of Grey is part of a pattern of human behavior going back millennia

Why are There More Homo Sapiens than Neandertals These Days?

Neandertals were smart - but they now only exist in small amounts in our own DNA. What led to the large-scale success of Homo Sapiens relative to the Neandertals? The answer lies in the human (or Homo Sapien) tendency to create "ingroups" beyond kin lines. And such "ingroup" reasoning can help explain both the best and the worst of what it means to be human.

Seeking Perfection? There's a Better Way.

I want the best for myself and my children. Why settle for less? We live in a society of plenty, so we often simply go for it and ask for exactly what we want. An almost inaudible, but powerful voice inside of us might tell us to reach for the best and only for the best. Is this always a good choice though? Is getting the best making us happy? When is it detrimental?

Can Other People Make You Less Creative?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on February 06, 2015 in Mindbloggling
Do you sometimes feel more creative when you are alone? Though it is widely believed that stimulating environments enhance creativity this is not always the case. People may send out social signals to each other to conform, thereby ensuring that creativity--the process that fuels cultural novelty--is balanced by conformity--the process that perpetuates successful novelty.

Cooperative Intelligence: The Precursor for Language?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on February 03, 2015 in Language in the Mind
We are the cooperative species. While we may not all get along, all the time, our instinct for cooperation was, most likely, the necessary precursor for language.

Rejecting "Torture Tolerance-Lite"

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on January 28, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
In their joint discounting of government-sponsored brutality, Cheney’s torture tolerance and Obama’s torture tolerance-lite represent a formidable front against calls for criminal prosecutions and justice.

Writing and Art, Picasso, and the Common Core

What would Picasso have to say about Common Core State Standards now driving the curriculum—and leaving art behind—in over 40 states? As it turns out, both Picasso and psychological studies support a call for cross-disciplinary connections at all levels of education.

Lone-Wolf Terrorists and Mental Illness

By Dr. Kathryn Seifert on January 20, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
The question we must ask ourselves is what can we do to reduce the risk of violent acts carried out by lone-wolf terrorists? The answer to this question is not simply better intelligence or a more effective police force.

Who Uses Their Head and Who Listens to Their Heart?

Whether a person identifies with their head or their heart can say a lot about their personality. Are people in their heads really smarter than those in their hearts? The head/heart distinction might reveal something about how personality and intelligence are related. Shifting a person's attention between the head or the heart might change the way they think and behave.

Freedom of Thought

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on January 15, 2015 in The Secular Life
For secular men and women, freedom of thought is valued above all else.

Is There a Single Dimension of Mental Illness?

A new study finds evidence for a “p factor” that cuts across a wide number of different psychiatric diagnoses.

War: What Is It Good For?

By APA Division 15 on January 14, 2015 in PsychEd
Researchers in the educational sciences seem to spend more time fighting paradigm wars than developing better education. It’s time we beat our pens (or word processors) into ploughshares, and see education—and the sciences that try to describe and even predict it—as a true ecological system where different paradigms ‘work’ at different levels for different things.

Cast Into the Depths: Perilous Waters for the APA

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on January 14, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
The APA’s salvation begins with letting go of its stubborn denials of any connection to the Bush Administration's program of torture and abuse, its self-righteous assertions that it has always prohibited psychologists from participating in torture, and its false assurances that it will take assertive action against any members implicated in detainee mistreatment.

Are Bilinguals Really Smarter?

Conventional wisdom says that individuals who speak more than one language are more adept cognitively than individuals who speak just one language. A new study, however, challenges the notion that bilingualism enhances cognitive control, despite a large number of studies showing just such an advantage. The alleged culprit? Publication bias.

Your Body Knows Its Mind

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Choke
It’s January, which means that lots of us are making new year’s resolutions to improve our eating and increase our healthy behavior. But just trying to talk ourselves into a healthier lifestyle tends not to work. There is a fix, however, that might surprise you: Changing how you think about the relationship between your mind and body.

Irony: Brain Games Don’t Increase IQ, But Measure IQ?

Do brain games essentially function as IQ tests? Research suggests they do.

Is Your Smartphone Making You Dumb?

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in Glue
How the "mere presence" of a smartphone—even when it's not on—alters our behavior.

Are These Dangerous Times, or Do They Just Feel That Way?

By David Ropeik on January 02, 2015 in How Risky Is It, Really?
We worry too much about many things, including the future in general. What do those fears do to us?

Do Opposites Really Attract? It's Complicated.

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 29, 2014 in Head Games
Opposites attract, and likes repel. When it comes to magnetism, this principle is axiomatic. But does it also hold true for romantic relationships? New research suggests that when it comes to matters of the heart, well, it's complicated.

How Mad was Hitler?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on December 20, 2014 in Evil Deeds
What do we really know about Hitler's personality? Today, in a troubled world of political and religious leaders like the late Osama bin Laden, messianic ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and enigmatic North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, it is more important than ever to understand the underlying psychology of such dangerous individuals.

The Other Side of Christmas

By Marty Babits on December 17, 2014 in The Middle Ground
Above and below the commercial din, Christmas can be challenging.

What Do We Use Language For?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 in Language in the Mind
Language is central to our lives. We use it to buy groceries, compose an email, flirt, propose marriage and get divorced. So, what are the major functions of language, in our everyday lives?