Essential Reads

The Psychosocial Risks of Social Media and the Internet

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 21, 2017 in Culture Shrink
We need to remain vigilant about the risks of social media's influence on our society and human behaviors.

From Post-Truth to Post-Lies

Worried about the dominance of "alternative facts" and "post-truth politics?" Behavioral science points the way to solving this problem!
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Cell Phones, Texting, and Relationship Distress

Whether referred to as “phone snubbing,” “technoference” or simply bad manners, cell phone and texting habits can decrease romantic relationship satisfaction.

Social Media Exacerbates Perceived Social Isolation

A new study reports that heavy use of social media is associated with increased social isolation.

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Why Do Some Men Get Premature Championship Tattoos?

By Kevin Bennett on March 22, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do some men get premature championship tattoos? Here are four reasons why you might go for some skin art that predicts a successful season for your favorite team.

Looking for Love?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 16, 2017 in Cravings
Where do people look for love and friendship? And where do they actually find it?

Empathy: There’s an App For That!

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
The science behind using mobile phones for good

Animal Behavior and Social Media

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on March 12, 2017 in Boundless
What can we learn about human online behavior by watching other species? Social interaction has the potential for both peace-making and aggression.
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Ed Sheeran: How Far Will You Go?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Shrink Wrap
New horizons?

Is Facebook Bad for Your Mental Health?

Facebook got you down? A shift in perspective may be the answer.

Three Reasons You're More Resilient Than You Think

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on March 05, 2017 in Adaptation
We all fear stepping outside our comfort zones. But don’t underestimate how flexible, brave, and capable you actually are.

Taking a Facebook Sabbatical

Tired of Facebook? Newsfeeds got you down? Take a hiatus and see what happens. One millennial psychologist did just this and lived to tell the tale.

Commitment Phobia and Hookups

In today’s hookup culture, no one is a priority. People are options, like restaurants. If you don’t like the food, you don’t ever need to go back.

Should Sexual Predators Be Banned From Social Media?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
Some states ban sex offenders from social media. Do these laws protect potential victims? They certainly ignore the fundamental role social media plays in modern communication.

Why Millennials Are Lonely

By Caroline Beaton on February 23, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Mysteriously, loneliness appears most prevalent among millennials. I see two compounding explanations.

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Social Media Clutter

The clocks will soon "spring forward" for many of us—that means it's a great time to prepare for the loss of an hour by streamlining your electronic social networks.

Getting Inside the Heads of Consumers

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in This Is America
Why does any product break out of the pack and keep on selling? What is the psychology of hits and the role of social networks through which markets can be reached?

The Price We Pay for Fake News & "Alternative Facts"

By Ray Williams on February 14, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are inundated with waves of anti-expert, and anti-science information, where opinions in the form of “alternative facts” and fake news are being promoted as the truth.
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To App or Not to App

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on February 13, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
American Psychiatric Association takes Leadership in the Wild West of Mental Health Apps

Will You Be My Valentine (With a Disability)?

A new dating app seems to provide an easy way to meet partners with and without disabilities. Will it be successful despite the potential stigma?

Constructing a Valentine’s Day Dating Profile

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Love, Digitally
• It is not always the case that males pursue physical attractiveness in a female partner. • There is a difference between deliberate and spontaneous choices in online dating.

Psychopaths, Sadists, and the Lure of Internet Aggression

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on February 07, 2017 in The Integrationist
Internet trolls create chaos on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Read on to learn who they are, what motivates them, and why you should stop feeding them.

The Psychology of Meetings

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in A Sideways View
Meetings waste hours. Why do we have so many of them? Does them improve decision making? How to make them more efficient and effective.

Why Have Super Bowl Ad Prices Doubled Since 2007?

One big reason is growth of consumer engagement through social media.

Fake News has a Real Audience

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Human Beast
In a golden age of fake news we are becoming more accustomed to politicians spouting self-serving lies. We are also beginning to grasp the complicity of their audience.

Arousing Curiosity May Help Take the Politics Out of Science

By Christopher Bergland on February 01, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Yale-led study has pinpointed a simple antidote that may help us take the politics out of science.

Break Free From the Monotony of Online Dating

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on February 01, 2017 in Modern Sex
Is online dating bringing you down? Try pushing yourself further out of your comfort zone, and give yourself the gift of self-growth and new outcomes.
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Office Gossip: How to Make Sure It's NOT About You

If people didn’t behave badly at work, there’d be no such thing as office gossip. Here’s how to reduce your chances of being the subject.

The Solution to Your Mind Wandering Problem

By Rob Henderson on January 30, 2017 in After Service
Are you often distracted? Some tips to stay focused.

Shouldn't We Support Melania?

Melania Trump- Does she need help?

Alternative Facts, Weather Forecasts, and White (House) Lies

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in A Logical Take
We’ve come full circle. The most radically left postmodern idea— that truth is relative—is being embraced by the most radically conservative White House administration.

Monitoring the Self: Are You a High or Low Self-Monitor?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in A Sideways View
People who seem more socially skilled and confident than others may be more tuned in to their own behavior.
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Activism and Self-Care

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you a baby boomer, having a deja vu of the 1960s? This article sums up the reason women in the US are concerned and also offers some self-care tips during difficult times.

How To Advance Wise Thinking In Your Community

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 21, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Frustrated with irrationality in your community? Here are some ways you can take a leadership role to advance wise thinking!