Essential Reads

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.

Do Sleep Issues in Teens Predict Drug and Alcohol Problems?

The relationship between sleep and substance abuse in teens is complex.

Are Men or Women More in Demand?

You have to ask who is getting more of what they want.

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

7 Hints for Making It as an Artist

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 13, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Are you a weekend artist who putters and creates but longs for more time to pursue a career as a “real” artist?

18 Ways to Add Oomph to Your Everyday Activities

Physical exercise has many brain health benefits, and reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. But you don’t have to hit the gym to get your heart pumping! Here are 18 ways to add umph to your everyday activities.

How Music Can Help You Get Ahead, The Right Way

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on March 13, 2015 in The New You
Music can often boost, or hurt, performance. So what do professionals and athletes need to know about the benefits and traps of using music to motivate?

The Psychology of Online Customization

The decision to buy a customized product is mediated by a number of unconscious factors that shape the customers’ final decision.

The 'Other' Marshmallow Test

The tower building exercise - and its marshmallow - reveals another secret of successful human behavior, in this case for mental health professionals: when we put the goals of our patients first and foremost, they are going to be more effective, and so will we.

Spring Sports: Concussion Safety Tips

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 12, 2015 in Brain Trauma
Do you really know about concussions? With Spring and Summer come a variety of sports with high incidence rates for concussion. Whether it's water polo, soccer, lacrosse or other sports, every parent and coach should have a handle on basic concussion safety. Although this may sound like hyperbole, the future may depend on it.

The Importance of Failure: A Culture of False Success

It is becoming commonplace to give every child a trophy and generally dilute the competitive nature of sports. These changing trends are bringing new, long term challenges and repercussions that need to be taken note of. By fostering a false sense of success, we are ultimately doing a psychological disservice to children in more ways than one.

How Over-Thinking Kills Your Performance

By Gregory Ciotti on March 11, 2015 in Habits, Not Hacks
Why assessing your performance will often steer you wrong.

The Hard Problem of Life

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on March 11, 2015 in Hot Thought
Life and consciousness are problems allegedly so hard that no amount of scientific progress can ever solve them.

Is the Intense Pressure to Succeed Sabotaging Our Children?

Last week, a 13-year-old killed himself after receiving an email from his school that he was behind in his homework. What is the toll of putting so much academic and extracurricular pressure on children? What can parents, teachers, and policy makers do to break this vicious cycle and reduce the insanity of the K-12 rat race of trying to get into an A-list college?

Finding Meaning in Work

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 10, 2015 in The Prime of Life
How can we find significance and purpose in work in today's economy?

10 Ways to Spot an 'Everyday' Sadist

When we think of sadism, it’s often the “50 Shades of Grey” variety. However, sadism doesn’t just live in the bedroom. This 10-item quiz will help you find out who secretly harbors an unnatural desire to harm.

Barry Beck Finds His Purpose Bringing Hockey To China

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 10, 2015 in Brick by Brick
For the past 7 years, Barry Beck, a former NHL All-Star and capitan of the New York Rangers, has aimed to expand the sport of ice hockey. As a mentor and coach at the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, he has broken down barriers for the sport and developed a culture of growth and development for over 25,000 children.

Sports Are Like Sleep

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 09, 2015 in The Power of Prime
So, how are sports like sleep? You can’t TRY to play well. Forcing yourself to play well creates overthinking, muscle tension, and the attempt to control your body in the hopes that you can make your body play well. But, the harder you try to play well, the less likely you will play well. You want to allow great play to emerge naturally.

Which Is the More Narcissistic Sex?

We tend to associate the personality trait of narcissism with women who, at least in the popular sense, spend far more time and energy on their appearance than apparently do men. New research on sex differences shows clearly that there is a gender difference, but not in how we might expect.

How to Parent

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Parenting, then and now.

All About You - Quiz

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in In Practice
A little positive self-reflection can be a very nurturing thing to do. Here are some questions to stimulate your thinking. There are no right or wrong answers here. Take a little "me" time to think about what's important to you.

Negative Interest

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 in Hidden Motives
This is odd: “about $3 trillion of assets in Europe and Japan … now have negative interest rates.”

How Playing Baseball in Prison Can Help You Face Your Fears

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 in The New You
Not many people like to socialize with some of the nation’s most notorious criminals. Even fewer challenge them to a competition.

Adulthood's Dirty Secret

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Social class' impact on education and family life.

The Big Mistakes of Religion and Secularism

People have a choice about religion and spirituality: to conform more or less rigidly to accepted teaching, or to think and act independently. Both bring problems, but the issues resolve spontaneously as we grow more mature and find a true set of values to follow

Who Says Wanting Control is a Bad Thing?

Yet, when it comes to our bodies, wanting to feel in charge is completely normal. But as we age it becomes less likely that we can control our bodies.

An Intelligence Officer's Explanation of the Islamic State

A simple way to understand the complex threat of ISIS

A Reflection on Extreme Prejudice and Violence

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in The Pursuit of Peace
It is painful to passively accept the extreme prejudice and violence being reported across the world. Reflecting on these incidents can help to raise awareness of similar tendencies around and within all of us. What can we do locally and in ourselves to counter prejudice and violence, and promote more peaceful and effective relations, particularly across different groups?

Is True Friendship Still Possible?

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Face-to-face conversations extending over decades is indeed evaporating.

Marketers' Shocking New Ability to Target Women

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in The Human Beast
During the fertile phase of their monthly cycle, women are prone to greater risk taking. For psychologists, this means that they are more likely to initiate sexual affairs. Marketers discovered that women are more likely to try new brands as well. Now they plan to use this fact in targeted marketing. Assuming that they get away with it, will the scheme work?

Colorblindness Is a Poor Adaptation to Neo-Diversity Anxiety

American racial, intergroup anxiety is getting worse. And one poor adaptation people are trying to use to avoid their own racial neo-diversity anxiety is the “I don’t see color” strategy.

You Can't Be Happy All of the Time, But Don't Stop Trying

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on March 01, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
We work very hard to reach goals, anticipating the happiness that they will bring us. After a brief fix of “yippee," however, we quickly slide back to our sorry-ass, humdrum, ordinary state of being. Studies of lottery winners and others who seem to "have it all" throw cold water on our dream of a different life. And yet, we persist. Why?

Envy and Social Propinquity

Did you ever notice how you will envy those most like you in some important way? If you love chess you won't envy Yitzhak Perlman, just as if you play violin you won't envy Bobby Fisher. What is the deeper meaning beneath this phenomenon and how can it help us better understand those pangs of envy we sometimes feel?

Healthy Relationships Overlooked in Search for a Quick Fix

By Amy Banks on February 28, 2015 in Wired For Love
Simply thinking about your strongest relationships can change your brain chemistry in a positive way. Imagine the benefits of being face to face with the people you love!