Essential Reads

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": a fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

12 Things You Missed While You Were on Your Smartphone

Are you stalled in a digital time warp instead of being there for your loved ones?

How Your Cellphone Is Like a Teddy Bear

Do you ever wonder if you’re too dependent on your cellphone? Are you distraught when you misplace it? New research suggests how attachment style affects our cellphone behavior.

Bare Faced, Glowing and Dewy

Freckled and fresh-faced, these are the girls we want to be: evolved beyond the tyranny of traditional makeup, but effortlessly beautiful. It is a paradoxical beauty ideal.

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12 Tech Habits To Keep Healthy For Life

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
We spend a lot of time on phones and computers. Developing good habits in how we sit, type, and text can improve our health and reduce pain over a lifetime.

Helping Clinton become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2016 in Just Listen
Deborah Shames, author of "Out Front: How Women can Become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless Speakers" is a specialist in helping people put their best and most real foot forward.

Election2016 -Declaration of Independence v. US Constitution

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2016 in Just Listen
Trump is the Declaration of Independence, Clinton is the U.S. Constitution. Which one would you pick to trust your future to?

Using Harry Potter to Address Racial and Other Prejudices

Are news stories about racial tensions causing you anxiety? Research on Harry Potter offers a new perspective on prejudice reduction.
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Infertility and Miscarriage: Emerging From the Shadows

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on September 21, 2016 in On Call
Open, compassionate discussion of reproductive failure is necessary in order to combat the social stigma that surrounds it.

When Social Media Sparks Depression

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new study highlights the psychological risks associated with the online harassment that can often occur on social medial sites such as Facebook.

Why It Feels So Good When Your Ex Gets Dumped

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in Dating and Mating
Why does it feel so good when you find out that your ex has been dumped by his or her latest lover?

Donald Trump Removes Gag Order on Melania

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 20, 2016 in Just Listen
Trump's sarcastic and inflammatory comments have no place when spoken to fearful, angry and therefore uptiight people, who are more likely to take them literally.

Taste Freeze

By William Poundstone on September 20, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Mom jeans, dad bod, and taste freeze? Data show that we stop listening to new pop music after the age of 33.

When Porn Consumption Goes Up, Sex Crimes Go Down

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Contrary to media hysteria, research shows that when porn consumption goes up, sex crimes go down.

Why Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” Is Not Romney’s “47%”

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 12, 2016 in Intersections
Was Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment vicious and vile, or a truthful gaffe?

The Macabre Appeal of Serial Killers

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Serial killers are transformed into culture celebrities through the efforts of law enforcement authorities, the media and the public’s appetite for the macabre.

Real Heroes Run Toward—Not Away From—Danger

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
A book excerpt from Project Superhero describing the experience of a first responder.

The Limits of Facebook: Traumatization, Censorship and Walls

Facebook again got into hot water for censorship over the banning of photos of the "Napalm Girl". This reminded me of how limiting and shallow the online experience can be.

Miracle on the Hudson: How a Strikeout Became a Home Run

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on September 08, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
The untold story of the "Miracle in the Hudson." Sheer dumb luck turned a disaster-making performance into a celebrated triumph.
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What Keeps Us Glued to the Screen?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
New TV series, Notorious, should inspire conversations about the entanglements of news, crime, and viewers.

I Know I Said I'm Sorry ...

By Stephen Gray Wallace on September 06, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
What responsibility do people in positions of power, honor or prestige have to those who follow, particularly youth?

Is Technology Feeding Our Inner Reptile?

Is technology the perfect tool for our nastiest self!

Pamela Anderson & Shmuley Boteach: "Porn is for Losers"

By Marty Klein PhD on September 05, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
An anti-masturbation clergyman and a Baywatch actress join forces to promote a moral panic.

Black Women Olympians Dominate the Games & Get No Love

We pose five possibilities as to why Black women athletes received less media coverage during the Olympics.

Fancy a New Cell Phone? Not So Much

Need a rest from all the hype surrounding the latest, greatest cellphone? You're not alone. What consumers really want is to hear that the best phone is the one they already own

Explaining Media Psychology in 2017

Media influence on people is like "The Blob"... oozing everywhere. Media Psychologists are the professionals that study the effect of media on behavior everywhere.

The Thin Line Between Fiction and Fact

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A new novel about the relationship of Einstein and his wife Mileva, told from her point of view, strays too far from the truth.

Why Colin Kaepernick Is a Patriot

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in The First Impression
What is the difference between blind versus constructive patriotism, and how is that related to the latest NFL controversy?

Were We Ever a Civil Society? Bigotry's Threat to Democracy

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on August 30, 2016 in Intersections
Is explicitly bigoted language becoming the "new normal" in American politics?

Media 'Piling On' and Internet 'Trolling"

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 30, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
Whenever someone is exposed as having acted destructively, there are outcries of anger in the media and the internet, inevitably followed by ugly, malicious trolling and piling on.

Conceptual Art and Health

This summer, culture consumers were reassured by the retraction of a faulty scientific study: no need to worry about formaldehyde overexposure from fine art installations...

On Being Presidential - 6 Attributes and 4 Traits

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 28, 2016 in Just Listen
Do you agree with these 6 attributes and 4 traits as descriptive of being Presidential? If so, please add in the comments your assessment of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Flexibility and Love: Reaching Children With Cartoons

What should children do with painful thoughts and feelings? Some modern cartoonists are giving our children research-based guidance that can compete with toxic cultural messages.

The Cross-Cultural Significance of Emoticons

The look of emoticons differs between Japanese and American culture. With Japanese emoticons, it is the eyes that are expressive, whereas in the U.S., it is the mouth.