Essential Reads

Screenagers and Technology Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in In Excess
There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

Why Do We Judge Others So Harshly for One Negative Event?

Psychological research suggests three reasons why one negative event, such as Ryan Lochte’s false report of a robbery in Rio, can change our perceptions so strongly.

Trump´s Tweets and Twitter Psychology: You Talkin´ to Me?

Twitter is both public and personal. Facilitating interaction between political candidates and prospective voters creates synthetic intimacy which can translate into votes.

De-Fanging the Serpent of Terrorism

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in The Human Beast
A recent decision by French news outlets may mark a turning point in our understanding of the phenomenon of modern terrorism.

More Posts on Media

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

Use of emoticons differs between Japanese and American culture. With Japanese use of emoticons, the eyes are expressive; whereas with American use, the mouth is expressive.

Why Is Everyone Posting Selfies, or Is It Just Some of Us?

Selfies are becoming the new normal in social media but not for everyone. New research predicts who is most likely to follow this trend and why.

Safety First Before You Pokémon Go Out Into the World

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Screen Time
Interest in Pokémon Go has waned a bit in the US, but it is still very much active in other parts of the world, as evidenced by the recent stampede in Taiwan.

The Strange Allure of the Killer Living Next Door

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
A serial killer is frequently an unassuming everyman who could easily be a next door neighbor or co-worker.

Undermining "Black Lives Matter"?

The Blue movement can ALSO be legitimately viewed as co-opting the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, undermining its power; perverting its sentiment.

Stories of Our Good Single Lives: Thank You, Kim Calvert!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in Living Single
How a “singles expo” exposed the worst of single life and inspired Kim Calvert to create a magazine that instead shows us the best of being single.

An Era of Incivility

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 18, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
Living with constant incivility breeds unrest, unhappiness and discord between people. This is an incremental step towards animosity and enmity, leading to aggression and violence.

The Dark Side to the 2016 Olympics

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in The First Impression
Behind the pageantry, what are some of the hidden aspects to the Olympic games, and how do they trace back to the Nazi regime?

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” at 70

Seventy years ago, between Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell published his famous essay, Politics and the English Language—a work that has relevance for our upcoming election.

The Psychological Roots of Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go scratches some basic psychological itches

What Does Body Positivity Actually Mean?

What, exactly, does it mean to be body positive? And do efforts to market the concept miss the point?
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Walk in My Shoes, Said the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
As I discuss "Confession of a Serial Killer" on "Crime and Science Radio" this week, I'm reminded of how complex this 5-year project from a killer's point of view was.

Do Suicide Squad Villains Harley and Joker Defy Diagnosis?

The film Suicide Squad toys with the question of whether Harley is genuinely "crazy" or merely putting on an act, but does it suggest any realistic answer?

Pokemon, No? Putting Down Our Phones to Meet the Real World

Technology is a powerful tool for communication, and yet the way we are using it is making it into a powerful impediment to our sense of awareness.

A free-range approach to treating OCD

...I just knew that my job was to find a cockroach, support David as he challenged his fears, and hold the camera steady...

Social Anxiety and Internet Use: What We Know

A review of 26 years of research on social anxiety and the internet show beneficial aspects but also ties to problematic behavior. Here's an overview of what we know.

Trump vs. Clinton and Media Coverage: Do Men Come First?

In politics, research reveals a gender bias, perhaps unintentional, in covering men more than women. But not always. And more coverage does not always translate into more votes.

Why Pokémon GO Can Be Good for You

Can an augmented reality game help us augment ourselves? How might it impact physical and mental health, even social life?

Does Watching Video Hurt Our Moral Judgments About the News?

We assume that in news, streaming video is always better than still images, but is that true? Video can undermine our best moral judgments by making it hard to access memory.

How to be Resilient During Election Season

Are you upset by this year's presidential campaign rhetoric?
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Terrorist Assisted Suicide

We need to talk about the difference between terrorism and depression.

Advice: How Much Texting Is Too Much for My Teen?

What limits (if any) should a parent put on a constantly texting teen?

Jack the Ripper: History’s Greatest Murder Mystery

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on July 31, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
More than 125 years after his killing spree abruptly ended without his capture, the murders of Jack the Ripper continue to tantalize people around the world.

Mad Love: Personality Disorders in Harley Quinn & the Joker

Do the Joker and Harley Quinn display common symptoms of personality disorders?