Essential Reads

Can Dogs Teach Other Dogs to Speak?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 28, 2016 in Canine Corner
A dog can learn how to make and use specific sounds for communication simply by observing other dogs

Are Men Attracted to Clever Women?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
The claim that men are intimidated by clever women has been backed by the results of a new study of speed-dating by Polish economists.

$50m Judgment Says Brain Training a Sham

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 19, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Letting someone else sharpen your brain sounds great. Except it doesn't work, and you have to do the work yourself. The good news is that it isn't so hard.

Conquer Public Speaking Anxiety Via Emotional Intelligence

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A few tips will go a long way to addressing any anxiety around public speaking

More Posts on Intelligence

Why the Pundits Are Wrong About Clinton Winning the Debate

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Most pundits focus on content in determining the debate winner. This article helps reveal the surprising role of emotional expression and emotional intelligence in the debate.

The Burdens of Intelligence

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
We admire intelligence but it imposes hidden burdens. Fortunately, there are ways to address them.

Trump and Clinton Debate Public Speaking Strategies

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Trump and Clinton use research-based strategies to inform their debate and public speaking skills - and now you can use the same to be a better public speaker!

Debate Scorecard for the Presidency: Trust

The selection of our next president is fast approaching. What is the criteria you will use to make that selection? Here's a scorecard to help you really think, consider and decide.

A Better Idea for Mark Zuckerberg: A Super-Intelligence Pill

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
Instead of his likely unrealistic goal of trying to cure all disease, he should fund research to create a super-intelligence pill.

Trust Your Gut—There's Nothing Woo-Woo About the Vagus Nerve

By Christopher Bergland on September 23, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study found that financial traders who trust their gut feelings and have grace under pressure are more successful. What is the physiological explanation for this phenomenon?

Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 9

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Groups working to maximize their collective understanding of societal problems need a space where they are free to exercise their intelligence.

What Teachers Need to Know About Their Students' Brains

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Hot-off-the-press research suggests a radically new way to teach

Listen To Your Heart

By Gaby Pfeifer, Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Mind Growth
Our ability to listen to internal bodily signals, such as our heartbeat, is known as interoception. How does interoception contribute to our emotional experiences?

The Other Einstein—Was There One?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Singletons
At what point can a writer legitimately cross the line between fact and fiction?

Outta Control: Trump, Critics, and Circumcising Mosquitoes

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Caveman Politics
We need some "mosquito surgery" in this year's presidential election. Calling all male mosquitoes.

Why I Prefer “Victim” to “Survivor”

Change the connotation of “victim,” not the term for it.

On Closing the "Word Gap"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
The 30-million word-gap "cure:" A confusion of correlation with causation?

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

Of all the novels on this list, how many have you read and enjoyed? Which books aren't here that you regard as essential? (Why aren't Hemingway or Melville here? I'm not a fan...)

Playing Games With Memory

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Play in Mind
New technology makes it less urgent that we commit facts to memory.

Becoming Brilliant

By The Book Brigade on August 18, 2016 in The Author Speaks
In the push to make kids smart, you can spend $300 to count every word your kid hears. Or try to teach the fetus in the womb. But the best way is to change how you look at things.

Killer Whales Trained as Performers Suffer Psychologically

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A new essay called "Orca Behavior and Subsequent Aggression Associated with Oceanarium Confinement" shows how being trained to perform results in heightened aggression.

CIA Torture Techniques Harm Interrogators As Well

Torture used as an interrogation device can have severe, long-lasting effects.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 11, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Emotional intelligence is, in fact, a kind of virtue.

The High EQ Classroom

By Maureen D Healy on August 11, 2016 in Creative Development
Do you want to teach EQ to your children (at home or the classroom)?

Why Intimate Sex Is the Key to a Successful Relationship

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on August 10, 2016 in Save Your Sex Life
Sex + Intimacy = Mindblowing Experience

Tapping Into the Genius of Hamilton's Creator

By Susan Reynolds on August 01, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Have you tapped into your creative genius? The creator of Broadway's "Hamilton" reveals eight cognitive strengths that you can mine to bolster your creativity.

What Will Happen When Robots Can Do Most Jobs?

By Ray Williams on August 01, 2016 in Wired for Success
Technology and AI holds the promise of a bright or dark future for work.

Neuroimaging Captures Four Hidden Stages of Problem Solving

By Christopher Bergland on August 01, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
State-of-the-art neuroimaging technology allows researchers to capture complex cognitive functions on film. A new study identifies four previously hidden stages of problem solving.

Leveling Up Your Emotional Intelligence

One of the hall marks of emotional intelligence is responding, rather than reacting. An even more subtle and nuanced aspect of emotional intelligence is reflecting.

Experimentality

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 26, 2016 in On Having Fun
Are people like Einstein and Picasso and Ford the ultimate players?

Art Thinking or The Importance of Inventing Point B

By Tim Leberecht on July 25, 2016 in The Romance of Work
Business is too important to be left to business people. What if companies thought and acted more like artists?

A 60 Second Journey Deep Into Your Unconscious

Venture into the unknown...if you dare!

Why No One Should Ever Use the Word 'Cult'

By Guy P. Harrison on July 18, 2016 in About Thinking
If "cult" is a sleazy, illogical slur word, why does everyone use it?

10 Questions on Bilingualism

Can adults learn to speak a foreign language without an accent? How does bilingualism affect children's development? Do bilinguals feel different in different languages?