Essential Reads

The Role of Creepy Characters in Popular Culture

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Watching disturbing people onscreen in the safety of a movie theater or in our living room may provide an opportunity for learning vicariously from the mistakes of others.

Why Do People Think Animals Make Good Therapists?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Animals and Us
Public interest in animal assisted therapy has grown by leaps and bounds. Yale University researchers examine the reason for its appeal.

Believing in Ghosts, Goblins, and the Candy Witch

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
On Halloween, there is no doubt that children everywhere will have their minds on ghosts, goblins, and witches. But when do they learn that these characters aren't real?

Harvey Weinstein and the Silent Response of Men in Hollywood

By Justin J Lehmiller Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in The Myths of Sex
Why are male stars reluctant to speak out about Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment? Social psychology offers insight.

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Why Would Daredevil Say Sight is Overrated?

Is it really possible for eyesight to be a hindrance? If so, when and why?

Social Media Is Harmful to Your Brain and Relationships

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Social media is making you fatter and sicker by the tweet.

Gambling Sports Advertising

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in In Excess
Sports gambling advertising is now commonplace, but there is little research on it. Two studies examine junk food, gender and alcohol in gambling ads.

"Me Too" and the Limits of Internet Empathy

The "Me Too" campaign on social media highlights the prevalence of misogyny, sexual harassment and assault. But our online engagement may take us farther from resolution.

Me Too!

The original questions of feminist psychotherapy have finally become public questions for us all. Why did it take so long?

Are We Living in a Culture Where Heroism is Celebrated?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in The First Impression
Are there public figures willing to risk their reputations or brands to speak out against injustice?

Don’t Just Blame Facebook for Fake News: It’s Us, Too

Is social media use a race to the bottom of our brainstems?

Never-Ending Battle of the Sexes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Some things have changed in the last few decades, but many things have not.
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Shutting Down Body Shaming

New steps are being taken to change false, unrealistic body ideals portrayed in the media.

"The True Story" of Wonder Woman's Marston Ménage à Trois

The psychologist who created Wonder Woman and the women who inspired him lived an unconventional lifestyle, but do people really know what they think they know about them?

Who’s Really Responsible for Hurricane Relief Aid?

Thanks to the media we know the heroes who rushed to aid Houston after Hurricane Harvey. But why is it so hard for media to name the causes and culprits behind the catastrophe?

The Las Vegas Shooter’s Motivations

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Face It!
Can understanding lead to prevention?

How Do Bedroom Digital Devices Affect Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Media Spotlight
The American Academy of Pediatrics has long warned against children having televisions or video-game consoles in their bedrooms. New research bears out this warning.

Why Ghosting Is Leading the World's Mental Health Crisis

Our social media bubble is about to burst. With so much information coming at us, we are quickly losing sight of the human connection it was meant to create.

Is My Mom Punishing Me Too Harshly?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Dealing with expectations and punishments.

Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Tragic Events

Conversations about tragic events are challenging. How parents respond impacts teens' future resilience.
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Why Do We Like Psychopaths?

By Jack Pemment MA, MS on October 03, 2017 in Blame the Amygdala
Given the predilection for antisocial behavior, why do we find psychopaths so appealing?

The Las Vegas Massacre and Gun Control

By Dinah Miller M.D. on October 03, 2017 in Committed
Should we all be calling for gun control and mental health reform today? Here are some reasons to wait just a few days.

What ¨This Is Us¨ Can Teach Us About Family Dynamics

By Mariana Plata on October 03, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
The psychology behind NBC's hit series ¨This Is Us,¨ and why it's so compelling and relatable.
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6 Grief Challenges for the Las Vegas Bereaved

The Las Vegas tragedy presents six unique grief challenges for the bereaved.

Watching Violent News Video Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Viewing of violent news video, like mass shootings, increases your chances of developing anxiety, depression, and can trigger PTSD symptoms.
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Managing Anxiety After a Mass Shooting

After national tragedies like Las Vegas, life is more difficult for everyone. It may seem difficult, but finding a way to feel safe is essential to living well and thriving.
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Have You Been the News? Vegas, Puerto Rico, and the World

By Megan Devine on October 02, 2017 in It's OK That You're Not OK
The images coming out of Las Vegas are heartbreaking and enraging. But there are real families behind those photographs. The effects of violence last longer than headlines.

Do You Have Social Media Disorder?

Is your social media use just enthusiastic or do you have a disorder? The 9-question Social Media Disorder scale can help you distinguish.

Virtues, Values, and Moral Bullying

Who shouts loudest on social media probably isn't the most critical of thinkers.

Tech Obsessions Are A-Changin’

OurObsessive Relationship With Technology

Why Athletes Should Get Political

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 01, 2017 in The First Impression
In what ways have sports and politics been connected?

He Is the Boss, She Is Bossy: The Role of the Media

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on October 01, 2017 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Male bosses and co-workers sometimes don’t know what to do with ambitious, goal-oriented women who want leadership positions.

The Global Epidemic of Online Hate: This Is Us?

By Sue Scheff on October 01, 2017 in Shame Nation
New survey shares the rise of online incivility. Most Americans blame social media and the internet. Tips to take this shame nation to a civil nation online.

Why Does the Man Without Fear Become a Loner Among Heroes?

Why is the superhero nicknamed "the Man without Fear" arguably the biggest loner among Marvel superheroes? Do both disability and ability make Daredevil distant and disconnected?