Essential Reads

Tom Brady Broke the Rules, But Don't We All?

What "Deflategate" can teach us about human nature

Putting Music to the Words

Some species sing, some species call, but only humans do both

Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights

She’s accused of child neglect for allowing her children some freedom.

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Evidence? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Evidence!

By Alfie Kohn on April 07, 2015 in The Homework Myth
It's possible to prove that rewards and punishments aren't effective in the long run. But what if defenses of these practices are rooted more in ideology than psychology?

There is No Formula or Timetable for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 07, 2015 in The Power of Prime
Wouldn't it be great if sports had a formula that you could follow to be successful? Imagine if you had a list of things you simply needed to do (for example: get into shape, hone your technical and tactical skills, get your equipment dialed in,) and, voila, you would have a 100 percent chance of performing your best and getting the results you want.

Managing the Critical Voices Inside Your Head

By Peter Bregman on April 06, 2015 in How We Work
Two vastly different coaches, two vastly different responses. Who’s right? I bet you have an opinion. But that’s not the point.

7 Signs of People With Integrity

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on April 06, 2015 in Insight Is 20/20
Some very basic signs of integrity are dreadfully rare - see my reference to physicians - but the good news about integrity is that we're not born with or without it, so we can change how much integrity we show in everyday life. Check out these seven examples of integrity and ask yourself how often you see these signs in everyday life.

Adolescence and Making Parents Proud

While the attached child tends to be happy to make parents proud, the detached adolescent can be more ambivalent about being a source of parental pride.

Hope: The Best Of All Possible Things or Shawshank Revisited

How do you make yourself, children, and those you manage become resilient? Just remember The Shawshank Remption

Five Easier Tips for Time Management

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 03, 2015 in How To Do Life
Most poor managers of time are insufficiently motivated to follow the usual recommendations.

Pressure & The Final Four

If you're going to bet on The Final Four, you best read this first!

Reducing Pressure Anxiety: The Art Of Depressurization

If you feel like you live in a pressure cooker, it's time to depressurize!

How to Find a Husband if You Only Have 60 Seconds

Science says it can be done if you put your faith in statistics

Are You a Doubter?

There are people in this world who do not believe good things will happen the first time around when you tell them. They find fault in the logic of your statements and reasoning and look for the loopholes in your story. They suck the air out from under your wings. Below are tips on how to manage these types of interactions.

10 Essential Humor Lessons

The amusing, creative and witty person in a group is among the most powerful of its members.

6 Traits of Successful People

Embracing and enacting these six traits will lead you along the same path to success as the notable individuals throughout history.

Music, Math, and Sex

Could runaway sexual selection really be responsible for the evolution of music? What would that tell us about human nature?

Transcendence with The Boys in the Boat

By William Irwin Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Plato on Pop
Being part of something greater than ourselves not only displaces suffering but lifts us up, giving an exultant sense of purpose.

Stress and the Gender Gap

By Shimi Kang M.D. on March 31, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
Less than 200 years ago, women were faced with fighting for their fundamental civil rights. The right to vote, attend university, a pension, play contact sports, earn minimum wage, the list goes on. Today, despite being the closest we have ever been to equality in North American history, women are now fighting an entirely different battle against a silent killer: stress.

5 Epic April Fool’s Pranks and the Psychology Behind Them

There are psychological reasons why we fall for April Fool's pranks, and these 5 are among the best.

High School and Beyond

As a parent, you understand the desire to help your child succeed in the world and have the best future possible. Many parents dream their child will be successful, obtain postsecondary education, excel academically and most of all: find a career that is rewarding and satisfying. After all, isn't that the American dream?

The Facts of (Business) Life

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in A Sideways View
Is the Business School degree the ideal passport to health, wealth and happiness?

The Important Lesson in March Madness

By Kory Floyd Ph.D. on March 29, 2015 in Affectionado
March Madness reminds us that winning and losing are a natural part of life. We should teach our children the same.

Pressure Anxiety: A Contemporary Plague

Pressure Anxiety---if you don't have it, chances are great you know many who do!

The Shot Clock and the Body Clock

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on March 27, 2015 in PreFrontal Nudity
During March Madness most people overlook important aspects of neuroscience that contribute to peak athletic performance.

How Does Practice Hardwire Long-Term Muscle Memory?

Why is it that once you've learned how to ride a bicycle or serve a tennis ball that you never forget the muscle memory involved in these actions? A team of neuroscientists recently pinpointed a new mechanism behind the consolidation of long-term motor memory.

The Case of the Incentivized Applicant

How much is a job interview worth?

Who Participates in Dog-sporting Events and Why?

Although people can be highly competitive in the various dog-sports, recent research shows that internal motives and social benefits are more important than trophies and accolades.

The Effective, Ethical, and Less Stressful Job Interview

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
You risk failure if you sit there passively and give canned answers.

March Madness

By Jeffrey Lieberman M.D. on March 24, 2015 in Shrink Speak
Students and parents rarely consider that they might need mental health services during college and often urgently. For this reason, they would be well advised to include the quality and availability of mental health services along with traditional considerations as they decide on the college of their choice.

This New View of Memory Can Help You Improve Yours

When it comes to improving your memory, you may have to revise everything you thought can help. New research shows that to remember more, you might have to try remembering less.

Yes, You Can Get Addicted to Exercise

For approximately 3 percent of the population, striving to stay fit does them more harm than good.