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Study Shows Generous Behavior Leads to Increased Happiness

Helping others can lead us toward a brighter tomorrow.

Getting Rid of Misinformation Is Hard

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There is a lot of discussion in the media these days about fake news because false information persists in its impact on people's beliefs.

The Virality Equation

By Sander van der Linden Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in Social Dilemmas
What makes some issues go viral, while others never seem to take off? New research explains why.

Death In Our Hands?

The internet has become the modern piazza, but at what cost?

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'End Times' Beliefs Are Extreme, and Extremely Influential

By David Niose on December 12, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Should public policy be shaped to appease those who eagerly await the End Times?

Are We Allowing Social Media to Dictate Our Happiness?

“A fixation with connecting with 'friends' online comes with the risk of disconnection with friends waiting for you to be present in the offline world.”

What Is Positive Technology?

Everything you need to know about technologies that improve your life.

How "Pet-tie" Are Dogs? What About Goldfish and Lizards?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Animals and Us
Our concepts of animal "pet-ness" raise ethical issues and have implications for the unconditional love theory of pet-keeping.

Sexual Assault Stories Can Traumatize the Public

Sexual assault stories in the media can traumatize the public, a plea for mindful reporting.

9 Warning Signs Your Child May Be Lost in Cyberspace

By Christopher Bergland on December 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, psychologists have created a nine-point checklist to help parents identify if their child may be suffering from what experts call "screen media addiction."

Why Sexual Harassment Goes Unreported

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 02, 2017 in Minority Report
With the sudden ouster of 'Today Show' anchor Matt Lauer, many are wondering why other women didn't complain to HR sooner.

How to Create Addictive Experiences?

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in Behind Online Behavior
We need to steer away from abstract goals, such as thought leadership, and start thinking in terms of clearly defined actions.

Beyond the Casting Couch - Part 2

If you are a sexual assault survivor, be aware that repeated exposure to the media's news stories is probably not in your best interest.

Is Facebook Bad for You?

Find out if the way you use Facebook is helping or hurting your happiness.
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"Safe" Drugs

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on November 30, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Are prescription drugs truly safe?

When a College Education Makes Things Worse

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
What if a college education makes things worse? Should we worry about the value of education in the post-truth world?

Why Metaphors are Important

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Learn why metaphors are such a powerful tool for writers, how they alter readers, and how to best craft the best ones.

The Economy Is Too Dependent on the Internet

By The Research Lab on November 27, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Don't leave all control to ISPs. By Prabhudev Konana, Ph.D.

Father-Child Relationships on "Stranger Things"

"Stranger Things" is set during a time when roles and expectations for fathers were changing. The characters help viewers better understand cultural conceptions of fatherhood.

Is Your Child Overstimulated from Too Much Screen Time?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on November 24, 2017 in Mental Wealth
Screen Time Side Effects: Are your children are experiencing electronics-related symptoms that mimic mental health. learning, and behavior issues? Take this quiz.

How Emotions Shape Your Digital Experience

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in Behind Online Behavior
Memories of feelings provide the necessary information with minimal brain load.

Does Your Child Have a Digital Addiction?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Is it really possible for children to become addicted to digital devices? New research raises some disturbing questions.

American Shootings: "Thoughts and Prayers" Are Not Enough

By Saul Levine M.D. on November 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
The repeated domestic and mass shootings in this country are astoundingly frequent. We do know how to stem this tragic tide, but our "thoughts and prayers" are simply not enough.

The Writer's Laboratory: Intro to a New Blog Series

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in The Social Thinker
The Writer's Laboratory combine two passions—psychology and writing fiction—in a way that teaches others how to become more honest (and therefore better) writers

Sexual Harassment

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Life After 50
In 1991, 20 million viewers watched as Anita Hill was compelled to answer humiliating questions by contemptuous male senators. Has the worm turned?

Use Scientific Methods to Detect Fake News

Both fake news and science became salient issues during last year’s presidential election. Understanding the principles of scientific methods can help detect false information.

The Parents of "Stranger Things"

By Mariana Plata on November 17, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
What does Netflix's "Stranger Things" get right about parenthood? Exploring the psychology behind the hit series.

Who’s Afraid of Roy Moore? Incongruence in the Age of Trump

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on November 17, 2017 in Intersections
If ethical principles and moral codes really have a bearing in voters' daily lives, then they should probably not overlook the nine allegations, and problematic stances, of Moore.

Calling Out Sick From Work? Why You May Want to Unplug Too

By Sue Scheff on November 16, 2017 in Shame Nation
A new survey explains how almost half of employees are caught in lies on social media when they call out sick and some are finding themselves on the unemployment line.

Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist With Wonder Woman in Between

A psychologist helped build up the comic book industry. In the 1950s, a psychiatrist wrecked it. Both saw comics' powerful potential, whether to improve society or destroy it.

After 50 Years, The Kennedy Magic Is Still Alive

By John Nosta on November 15, 2017 in The Digital Self
As if it were yesterday, the myth and the magic of JFK are alive and well.

Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Triggering Your Symptoms?

Are You a Survivor of Sexual Trauma? Has Extensive Media Coverage of Sexual Assault and Abuse Stirred Up Anguish From Your Past? Here's How You Can Take Care of Yourself

Stars Who Sexually Harass and Fans Who Love and Hate Them

How do we deal with it when someone we love does something we hate?

Why Visibility Matters

By Jennifer O’Brien Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in All Things LGBTQ
There has been a significant rise in LGBTQ+ representation in the media in recent years - why is this important?