Essential Reads

The Replacement of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

6 Ways of Using Facebook to Get and Keep a Date

Can social media help you get a lover and maintain a relationship? According to the research, social networking sites can offer unique advantages for finding love. Learn more here.
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Tweeting, Not Sleeping? Balancing Sleep and Social Media

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
According to just-released research, time spent on social media may be seriously undermining nightly rest.

FoMO Parenting: Nothing New

Parenting is stressful enough without FoMO Parenting. FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) isn't new. It’s just easier to see.

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You Can Still Be a Feminist and Not Vote for Hillary

Feminists are calling on young democratic women supporting Sanders to pledge their allegiance to Clinton. Are feminists pushing too hard on this issue?

Virtual Sexualities Blog Anthology

Is there an app for that? Online environments have transformed possibilities for human interaction, and sexual identity and sexual expression are no exception.

Do We Really Want to Be "Ageless"?

By Kristin Hultgren on February 08, 2016 The Greatest Chapter
In our fountain-of-youth society, do we really want to be "ageless"? It's time for a critical examination of "ageless" marketing and media.

The Green Effect of Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

Hollywood's diversity problem is making headlines this awards season. Tinseltown's whiteout isn't telling us everything we need to know about race in America.

Scientific Reasons Fans Still Hate Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks

Dr. John Paul Garrison pulls lessons from empirical science to discuss why people continue to express such irritation toward Star Wars prequel character Jar Jar Binks.

Robert Whitaker on Mad in America

The future of mental health interview series continues with Robert Whitaker on Mad in America.

On Sequels & Reboots: Defending The Force Awakens

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Plato on Pop
Is the plot of The Force Awakens just a rehash of the old films? Absolutely not. But appreciating that it's not only a sequel, but a reboot, can help you enjoy the similarities.

High Profits

High Profits is an 8-part series about Colorado’s marijuana legalization law. It shows the actual issues that arose, which differed from the ones commonly hypothesized or feared.

Dreams of Technology

A word search analysis of 16,000 dream reports reveals which kinds of modern technology have most influenced people's dreams in terms of their frequency of appearance.

Cam, Class, and Color

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 Minority Report
Have you wondered why Cam Newton is getting so much vitriol and attention as he will soon make his first Superbowl appearance? Well some believe it's because he's Black....

Do Antipsychotics Help or Harm Psychotic Symptoms?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 01, 2016 Saving Normal
To continue or discontinue antipsychotic treatment can be the most important decision in a person's life. This piece summarizes two opposing views on the risks and benefits.

Technology and Children’s Health: Tips to Increase Exercise

Physical activity has impacts positive impacts on mental health and physical functioning in children and adolescents.

Confronting a Toxic Racial Climate

A negative racial environment can be costly, resulting in high turnover, discrimination lawsuits, and even forced resignations. What can be done?

The Postpartum Depression Screening Wars: Is PPD "Real"?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on January 29, 2016 Child in Mind
Can we take a close look at the issue of postpartum depression screening in all its complexity in striving for the best outcome for children and families?

Binge-Watching: If You're Feeling Ashamed, Get Over it

Binge watching describes watching multiple episodes of a TV show in one sitting. There is nothing wrong with it, so if you’re feeling ashamed of yourself, get over it. Here's why.

What's Happening With Barbie's Body?

Have you seen the new cover of Time Magazine about Barbie's new shape? Here's what it means for parents.

Star Wars: Answering the Big Questions

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Plato on Pop
Who are Rey’s parents? Why exactly did Luke go into hiding? Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? What’s the deal with Kylo’s lightsaber? Careful reasoning might reveal the answer.

Star Wars Psychology: How Does a Stormtrooper Learn to Hug?

Raised since infancy to obey orders, one soldier refuses to take part in a massacre. Why does he then readily kill other stormtroopers, and when did he learn to greet with a hug?

Did Dogs Take 18,000 Years to Reach the Middle East?

By Mark Derr on January 26, 2016 Dog's Best Friend
Most of the world's dogs approximately one-billion dogs are free-ranging, but it's sometimes hard to tell. These dogs guard sheep on the Navajo Reservation.

The Psychoanalysis of Politicians Like Donald Trump

The study, published in the academic journal ‘Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society’, was inspired by the recent sudden emergence of a new popular right-wing movement in US politics.

Why Psych Majors Should Watch Altered Minds

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
Part one of my interview with the director of the psychological thriller 'Altered Minds' starring Judd Hirsch

Should the Social Media Be Called the Antisocial Media?

Some people who commented in an on-line forum on a suicide in Sweden showed a shocking callousness. Did they express it simply because they could?

The Great Brain Training Debate: Who Should You Believe?

The debate over whether videogames can help improve our cognition heated up when Lumosity was slapped with a huge fine for its misleading ads. Where does the truth lie?

Teaching Youth to Cope with Media Exposure to Violence

How does exposure to death and violence affect our children? What parents, educators and mental health professionals can do to reduce the adverse impact on our kids.

Ripping, Hashing and Carving: Crimes of a Digital Type

Most crimes today involve some type of digital tract. A new workbook relies on free software to introduce investigators to core competencies in this field.

A Trump Presidency Can Happen, and Here’s Why

Could a wave of authoritarianism sweep Trump into the White House? Yes.

How to Be an Expert on TV? Get Funny!

Whether you are a therapist or a patient—TV needs experts. And being funny helps. Here's 5 Simple Steps to being Funny in Media Appearances.

Five Psychology Podcasts to Broaden Your Mind in 2016

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 The Shrink Tank
Now that you’ve finished binge-watching Making a Murderer and Serial season 2 just isn’t cutting it for you, here’s a list of five psychology podcasts to broaden your mind in 2016.

Trump, Bullying, and Narcissistic Culture

The mockery launched at detractors (anyone “un-American” enough to have alternate points of view) is undergirded by a sense of patriotism that meshes well with the me-generation...

Alek Sandar and the Unreality of Social Media

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 Brick by Brick
Alek Sandar sends a message about social media to us all: You are not your "likes."