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Justice Breyer: Social Media Qs “Staring at Us in the Face”

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer weighed in on social media at the APA last week. Social Media problems are "staring us in the face," he said, and neuropsychology matters.

Spreading the Word

By APA Division 15 on May 23, 2016 in PsychEd
It's safe to say that, generally, scientists are reluctant to share their research outside of the world of academia. We need to change this, if we want to have a real impact.

An Appreciation for Trump and Blue Bicycles

Trump and blue bicycles are an invitation for personal and societal exploration

No Stigma, No Shame: Breaking the Silence of Mental Illness

The stigma and shame of mental illness is compounded by the lack of access to mental health care. May is Mental Health Awareness Month - a time to talk about mental health.

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Six Honest Answers About Writing and Publishing Your Book

On my bulletin board at work, I’ve posted a small clip that reads: “Of the 86,000 new titles published in the UK in 2009, 59,000 sold an average of 18 copies.” Publishing is hard.

Why Are More Young Girls Killing Themselves?

Suicide rates have tripled among 10 to 14 year old girls during the last 15 years. What is going on? Several possible factors underlie this disturbing trend.

Education Research and the Media

By APA Division 15 on May 23, 2016 in PsychEd
Today, it's more urgent than ever that education researchers inform the voting populace about what it truly means to educate an increasingly diverse and complex student body.

The Marriage Narrative: Will We Look Back in Shame?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Living Single
Social scientists and journalists are perpetuating a misleading narrative about the superiority of people who get married. Years from now, will we look back in shame?

The Most Important Quality of a President: Temperament

The words candidates choose, and how and when they use them, are important indicators of temperament, a crucial characteristic of US Presidents.

Mental Health Initiatives for Athletes Still Lacking

Sports psychology often targets improved performance, not mental health

Alexander Owens’ Fight Against Neurofibromatosis

To promote awareness of this tragic disease and to call attention to how it affects children and their families, May has been designated National Neurofibromatosis Month.

The Kelly Trump Rematch - If I Were Megyn Kelly

A mistake stops being a mistake when you learn the lesson it is trying to teach you and correct it going forward so that you don't repeat it.

Why Do Men Find Women’s Legs So Alluring?

Researchers have spent far less time studying men’s attraction to women’s legs than the typical man devotes to gazing at them . . . and maybe finding himself spellbound by them.

The Effort to Rid TV of Pharma Ads

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on May 15, 2016 in Side Effects
The average American TV viewer is exposed to up to 30 hours of prescription drug ads each year. Enough already.
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Death Sleuthing 101

Famed medical examiner advocate of science offers biographical/medical book about significant cases in which he has participated.

Some Facts about Facts

Humans have devised no better general approaches than those of science for adjudicating disputes about empirical facts.

Great Stories Release Brain Chemicals

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Brain Wise
Why do some stories resonate with us? And why do we remember some stories and forget others? Research shows that some aspects of stories release brain chemicals.

John Oliver Hilariously Explains Bad Science Media

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in Good Thinking
Like the proverbial game of telephone, by the time a study is summarized by the media, the results are distorted—sometimes hilariously so.

How Are Digital Devices Changing the Way We Think?

A new study from Darmouth College has pinpointed when it's best to read something printed on paper—and, other times, when it's better to read something from a digital device.

Profile of a Mass Shooter: The Domestic Violence Link

An often dismissed link occurs between mass shootings and violent acts against women. Domestic violence is a legitimate risk factor for perpetrators of mass shootings.

Freedom vs. Security in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War

Erich Fromm believed people too readily escape from freedom to feel safe, and yet fans of Captain America: Civil War say they'd choose freedom first. Would they really? Would you?
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Random Love: To Hook Up or to Not Hook Up?

By Madelon Sprengnether on May 06, 2016 in Minding Memory
Who could have predicted that girls today would know less than women of my generation about their bodies and how to gratify their own desires?

Parents and Digital Technology

By The Book Brigade on May 05, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Stop lecturing your kids on the dangers of screen time. Lead by example: Fix your own habits first.

Can Celebrity Suicides Lead to Copycat Deaths?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in Media Spotlight
New research explores the cognitive roots of suicide contagion.

What Happened to the Biggest Losers Won't Happen to You

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 04, 2016 in Cravings
Worried about the Biggest Losers and their regained weight? Don't be; competitive weight loss probably has nothing to do with you.

What Can We Learn From Watching a Superhero Civil War?

The new film "Captain America: Civil War" is getting rave reviews, but did you know there are very interesting ethical issues lying just beneath the surface of the original comics?

Facebook Free: Aftermath

Are there benefits from taking a break from social media?

Hamilton: Making History

The beauty of "Hamilton," in its casting and musical styles, is that it manifests—and makes real—the inclusive potential that was there in the early moments of the United States.

3 Reasons Why America Is Starting to Lose God

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Both personal religiousness and spirituality are showing signs of decline in the United States. Here’s why.

Killing the American Hero, Killing the Fair Trial

When defense claims "not criminally responsible," courts must adopt a holistic view of insanity.

Why I Didn’t Want Prince’s Death to Be Suicide

Whenever a public figure dies by suicide—truly, whenever anyone dies by suicide—the first question is “Why?” And that’s the least important question to answer.

Are 'Deadpool' & 'Daredevil' Dangers to Kids?

'Daredevil' and 'Deadpool' have been touted as superhero stories for grown-ups. These entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be good, but they aren't good for kids.

Why Donald Trump Inspires the Confidence of His Supporters

Trump supporters don’t care how insensitive, obnoxious, or inaccurate Trump is, because honesty and sensitivity are not major criteria for judging their reality TV star.