Essential Reads

Do Facebook "Likes" Affect Psychological Well-Being?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Close Encounters
New research shows that the way we're affected by Facebook likes may depend on our self-esteem, and our sense of purpose in life.

Clinton vs. Trump: Talking to the Reptilian Brain

The debates seem to work for Trump. Why? The answer lies in the reptilian brain. His messages stick because they paint images that trigger emotion and instinct.

Powerful Biases Shape How Presidential Debates Are Viewed

Voters are most favorable toward those candidates who are the most optimistic and highest in positive emotion.

Scoring the Presidential Debates: How Do We Decide Who Wins?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on September 26, 2016 in Psych Unseen
What’s the point of debating, do the presidential debates influence voting, and how do we decide who wins?

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Violence In Games Does Not Cause Real-Life Violence

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Pop Psych
Violent content doesn't make gamers aggressive; lag does

How History Will Remember Donald Trump

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 21, 2016 in Just Listen
Could Trump be just what civil society needs to resurrect itself from profanity, vulgarity, insensitivity and impatience that can often escalate to violence?

Feeling Victimized by Presidential Campaign Updates?

Has the pain of your experiences as a sexual abuse survivor been re-activated by national news? Here are 7 suggestions to promote your well-being

Bring on the "Inspiration Porn"

By Amy S.F. Lutz on October 19, 2016 in Inspectrum
Do stories of compassion and consideration objectify the disabled? In fact, we celebrate connection between different people all the time, as we should.

When Politics and Rape Culture Collide

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 16, 2016 in The First Impression
In what ways does the most recent scandal as the presidential election nears represent a collision between rape culture and politics?

Freedom vs. Security in Z Nation's Zombie Apocalypse

Z Nation, Syfy's road trip adventure set in a zombie apocalypse, turns darker and explores Erich Fromm's "basic human dilemma," freedom vs. security. Is freedom worth the fear?

Clown Scare to Grow Violent, then Subside after Halloween

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in It's Catching
It's likely to get worse before it gets better.

Can a Reality TV Script Work for a Presidential Campaign?

What Mr. Trump’s unwavering supporters teach us about authenticity in today's culture and its future.

When Is Life No Longer “Life”?

By Garth Sundem on October 12, 2016 in Brain Trust
With End-of-Life initiatives on many ballots, here's what "Sister Cities" director, Sean Hanish, has learned about assisted suicide and when "life" is no longer "life".

Can Donald Trump Earn Forgiveness? The 4 H's and 4 R's

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 10, 2016 in Just Listen
Had Donald Trump gone too far? Is he unforgivable? Is there anything he can do to earn forgiveness. The 4 H's and 4 R's represent his best chance.
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"You're My Celebrity Soulmate"

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on October 05, 2016 in The Human Equation
When does a fan become a foe? When the pseudo-intimacy of social media is mistaken for a real relationship.

Serial Killers Do Not Want to Get Caught

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on October 02, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
It is not true that serial killers want to get caught. Most of them love their work far too much for that to be true.

Trump Is Only the Symptom

By Guy P. Harrison on October 02, 2016 in About Thinking
Donald Trump is not the problem. He's a symptom of the problem.

Five Lessons We Learned from the “Mail Order Family" Fiasco

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on October 01, 2016 in Unseen and Unheard
NBC faced widespread backlash for attempting to develop a sitcom about a Filipina "mail order bride." Now that the project has been stopped, how do we not repeat the same mistake?
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The Ripper Conclave

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 01, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Ripperologists gather for a conference in Whitechapel to explore the infamous 1888 Ripper murders.

Is Digital Technology Just A Buzzy Distraction?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on September 30, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
When we gain or regain the skill set to harness our attention, then we can make wiser decisions about when, how, and why we use digital technology and the Internet.

How to Communicate in a World of Spin

By Steve Sisgold on September 30, 2016 in Life in a Body
This virus of falseness is only getting worse and no one, it seems, is spared the plague of this spin.

Why Donald Trump Needs to Stop Fat-Shaming

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 29, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Over 80 million people watched as Trump used the presidential debate as platform for fat-shaming. Could his messages be increasing the rates of eating disorders in our children?

Television With Tots: Guilt Free Co-Viewing Recommendations

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Screen Time
Have concerns about your young child's screen time? These few recommendation may help.

What Would a Talking Mirror Say to You?

By Donna Barstow on September 29, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
What does your reflection tell you about who you are? Should you trust it?

Coping Guidelines for All of Us

In the last few months our nation has witnessed a surge in violent acts of intolerance. Are we suffering from secondary PTSD?

Body Language Says it All: Hillary Hides, Donald Emotes

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 28, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Watch what the debaters do rather than listening to what they say. The best way to judge people trying to persuade you is with the volume turned off.
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Cheap Solar Is Here as Investors Turn Away From Oil and Gas

Newsflash: Investors are getting in to solar and out of oil and coal. Renewable energy is getting cheaper. Consumers are happy to pay extra to cut carbon. Biz journalism is silent!

Did You Watch or Listen to the Presidential Debate?

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 27, 2016 in Between You and Me
We pay attention to different factors when watching versus listening to a presidential debate. Here's why.

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.