Essential Reads

Why Your Brain Hates the Job Search

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on July 22, 2016 in Career Transitions
The job search process is fraught with psychological landmines— fears of rejection, bouts of procrastination, self-esteem challenges, and attacks of perfectionism.

How Couples Misunderstand Each Other

A heart-breaking experience of counseling couples is seeing good people suffer due to the entirely avoidable illusion of sameness.

What's All the Anger About?

Taking that first step toward "healthy anger"

Stronger Drugs, Stronger Placebos

By Peter D Kramer on July 19, 2016 in In Practice
New research is elucidating the biological underpinnings of the placebo response. The results might enhance our appreciation of real—inherently effective—medications.

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The New Science of Empathic Accuracy Could Transform Society

Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that the ability to interpret other people's emotions accurately requires more cerebral thinking and less intuition.

Who is That Big, Green Judging Machine?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 23, 2016 in Wander Woman
Judging and criticizing can be exhausting. So why does your brain thrive on hurling insults? Learn why and what you can do to gain peace of mind and better relationships.
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Is the Brain Like Muscle?

Grow your legs, grow your brain.
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Packing Heat: Writing about Sex

Writing a sex scene is like playing jazz: you shut down lose self-censorship.

Teach Your Brain to Like the Job Search

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on July 22, 2016 in Career Transitions
If we can help our brains tap into our natural curiosity and desire to learn, we can find ways to quiet the lizard.

Can You Teach Someone to Love Their Job?

Confucius advised: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Steve Jobs agreed, counseling: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

What Is the Best Path Forward After Terrorism?

Our mind makes intuitive mistakes about how to deal with terrorism in the best manner. This article uses insights from neuroscience to show the best path to deal with terrorism.

Just Being Near You Is Rewarding for Dogs

A new study suggests that dogs find merely being near humans to be rewarding even without any social interactions.
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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Is grit over-rated? As Angela Duckworth's new book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance dominates the best-seller charts some interesting questions are starting to be asked.

A 60 Second Journey Deep Into Your Unconscious

Venture into the unknown...if you dare!

Sitting Is the New Smoking and Mindfulness Is the New Black

The Aspen Brain Lab convenes experts on living life to its fullest

What Do You Think About When You First Wake Up?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
When waking from sleep, try to be aware of your deep purpose, or aspiration, or guiding light. Find refuge in things that support you by taking a moment and letting it sink in.

Bird Brains: Size Doesn't Matter But Number of Neurons Does

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 16, 2016 in Animal Emotions
New research shows that "large numbers of neurons concentrated in high densities in the telencephalon substantially contribute to the neural basis of avian intelligence."

Dad's Psychological Well-Being Impacts His Kids' Development

New research illuminates the impact a father's stress levels and mental health have on his children.

The Opioid Epidemic and Our Children

The opioid addiction crisis is laying waste to families and communities. Children inevitably become victims. Research on treatment and child protection is just catching up.

The 4 Stages of Unplugging a Child's Brain

By Garth Sundem on July 15, 2016 in Brain Trust
We've all seen research on kids and screen time. Here's what it really looks like to unplug.

How to Change Unhealthy Habits

Are you tired of your unhealthy habits? If you're ready to make a change, here are 10 clear steps to changing old habits that aren't serving you.

Another Look at Psychiatric Diagnosis

Have you or anyone you know been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? Peer behind the curtains of this system.

Which Emotions Do We See in Dogs and Cats?

New data looks at the basic and complex emotions that pet owners observe in their own dogs and cats.
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Creating Fictional Worlds That Feel Real

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Rethinking Thought
When you read a novel, do you know what color hair each characters has?

The Anti-Psychologists

By Stanton Peele on July 13, 2016 in Addiction in Society
Psychology has been engaged in a decades-long battle for its soul—is it really a field independent of brain psychology? I sometimes view myself one of psychology's last advocates.

Why Does the Brain Age? Can We Do Anything About It?

Why is brain aging so individually variable? Can we do anything to delay cognitive decline?

Self-Reg: Self-Regulation vs. Self-Control

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on July 11, 2016 in Self-Reg
So much of the behaviors we see in children today seems inexplicable until we realize that we are dealing with the effects of excessive stress.

Are You Breathing?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
When you inhale, oxygen surges into your brain and accelerates the heartbeat. When you exhale, your heart beats more slowly.

Thinking While Black

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 09, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
Racism and the brain-gut connection – a neuroscience perspective on racially motivated police violence towards Black Americans.

Chronic Pain May Be a Memory Problem

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on July 09, 2016 in Memory Medic
A prolonged period of acute pain strengthens the emotional pathways that are activated during pain. They do not go away even after the physical pain is gone.
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Can You Make Change P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E?

Have you ever tried to create change in your own life, in a team or across an entire workplace? Did you find yourself wishing there was an easier way to make the changes stick?
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Could Loving What You Do Be a Problem?

Do you love your work? Do you believe that what you do each day is making a positive difference? Does it give you a sense of identity and a feeling of purpose in the world?

Rageaholics Have Less Brain Connectivity Between Key Regions

People suffering from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (also known as "rageaholics") have atypical brain connectivity, according to a new study.