Essential Reads

Running May Actually Be Good for Your Knees, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on December 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, running may actually decrease inflammation in the knee joint and protect against degeneration linked to osteoarthritis.

Modern Hunter-Gatherers Show We Evolved to Stay Active

By Christopher Bergland on November 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research on the lifestyle habits of a rare population of hunter-gatherers reaffirms the universal health benefits of staying physically active.

Love and Sports

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
If it is intentionally cultivated, the virtue of love can flourish in athletic contexts.

Daily Physical Activity Boosts Brain Power and Self-Control

By Christopher Bergland on November 14, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Physical activity has the power to boost your brain power and increase your self-control, according to a new study.

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Contemplative Science and Practice: "How to Do Research You Love"

By Lynn E. O'Connor Ph.D. on February 19, 2012 in Our Empathic Nature
In early January I presented a lecture on "Contemplative Science and Practice: How to Do Research You Love." A few days later, an opinion piece appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Owen Flanagan, essentially trashing what he called "Hocus-Pocus Buddhism."

Bad Luck, Bad Choices or Psychological Reversal?

Are you your own worst enemy? You may suffer from a subconscious phenomenon that therapists are just at the very beginning stages of recognizing and treating.
Bao Phi

LINsanity! Observations on the Worship of a New Sports Hero

Linfluenza virus causes Linsanity! The birth of a sports hero, and what he means to the Asian American community and the country as a whole: Jeremy Lin represents our best self, the underdog overcoming long odds to win the heart of the nation—paralleling President Obama's rise.

Stack the Russian Nesting Dolls

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Innovation You
If we think of our Self as a Russian nesting doll, a discrete and complete unit, that is part of a larger system, we begin to frame our own life in the context of the lives of others.

The Greatest Love Addiction Songs of All Time

By Stanton Peele on February 14, 2012 in Addiction in Society
The existential experience of addiction has been captured best by the songs of Smokey Robinson, Leonard Cohen, and Lucinda Williams—an artist America should build a monument to next to the Lincoln Memorial.

Parenting: Freak Out or Geek Out? Children’s Emotional Reactions to Achievement

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in The Power of Prime
These days, children seem to be given every opportunity to achieve success in school, sports, and the performing arts. Children receive private tutoring, coaching, and instruction. They attend summer camps devoted to their achievement activity. They seem to be assured of having every possible skill necessary to achieve success. Except one: Emotional skill.

Is It Time to Reconsider the Purpose of Amateur Sports?

By Ray Williams on February 13, 2012 in Wired for Success
Thirty million children are involved in youth sports in North America, under the direction of 4.5 million coaches and 1.5 million administrators. When these programs place inordinate emphasis on competition and winning, they become detrimental rather than beneficial.

Sex and Violence: Male Warriors Revisited

By Jesse Prinz Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Experiments in Philosophy
Is male violence innate? The debate rages on.

Are Sexual Stereotypes Damaging Your Relationship?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on February 09, 2012 in Compassion Matters
Many of our actions are still influenced by misconceptions about men and women that have been passed down through generations. In spite of their stated values, a surprising number of couples relate to each other based on stereotypical views of the sexes.

Emotions and the Body

By Julie Jaffee Nagel Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Music to My Ears
As a psychoanalyst, I listen to people tell their personal stories through the use of words. As an audience member at a concert, I listen to musicians tell their stories through the use of music. This sometimes includes lyrics but often does not In both scenarios, I often find myself affected by strong feelings.

From Sports Star to Gaming Geek

By Ethan Gilsdorf on February 07, 2012 in Geek Pride
Just 'cuz you're a super-jock doesn't mean that you can't be a gamer. Sports nuts and computer dweebs aren't mutually exclusive sub-cultures.

Sleep Helps Protect Your Brain

By Gary Small M.D. on February 07, 2012 in Brain Bootcamp
The good feeling from a restful sleep may be a result of anti-inflammatory effects. Chronic brain inflammation appears to contribute to cellular deterioration that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Getting a good night’s sleep has a positive impact on that inflammatory process and may explain why people who sleep well regularly often look younger and have more energy.

Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts

With Valentine's Day approaching, do you know how love works in Harry Potter's world? Read about Attachment Theory, psychology's most popular theory of love, within the world of Hogwarts.
Why It's a Bad Idea to Praise Children

Why It's a Bad Idea to Praise Children

By Paul Raeburn on February 06, 2012 in About Fathers
We all like to praise our children, and some of us worry that we praise them too much. Here's an expert who says we shouldn't praise them at all. The problem? It's a way of controlling and manipulating them.

Friendship: Timing Counts!

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
My friend and I became friends when his family moved into my neighborhood when we were both kids. My friend was an outcast and very different from other kids at an early age. Parents questioned his sexuality early on and not in a good way. He loved cleaning, girls' things, dressed differently, talked differently, and had feminine mannerisms.

Lessons From the Court: What Basketball Can Teach Us About Overcoming Social Anxiety

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on February 05, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
Sports represent the ultimate in reality television. In addition to the competition, there are the personal stories behind the events. This background adds a mythical subtext that exemplifies why athletes are sometimes seen as heroes.

The Rational Irrationality of Soccer Deaths and Football Bets

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2012 in Brain Trust
As you know, 74 people were killed this Wednesday when Egyptian soccer fans stampeded into a bottleneck after a 3-1 hometown upset win. While certainly tragic, it's far from irrational: it turns out the behavioral economics were stacked against them.
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Quotes: Oscars and Famous Oscar Speeches

Even the most seasoned pros are overcome with emotion when they are awarded an Oscar. See what they had to say on that special moment (and what other people have had to say about the Oscars in general).

What Adam Smith Forgot

By Diogo Gonçalves on January 31, 2012 in There Are Free Lunches
Adam Smith created one of the most famous ideas in economics. The brilliant Scottish economist called his idea The Invisible Hand and through its creation removed from our minds the fear of free markets theory, making people believe that the best way to regulation is self-regulation.

An Olympic Mindset for Success

By Jim Afremow Ph.D., LPC on January 31, 2012 in Trust the Talent
The triathlon made its debut on the Summer Olympic program at the Sydney Games in 2000. American Susan Williams competed in the second Olympic triathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympics and placed third with an impressive total time of 2:05:08. Susan is presently the only U.S. triathlete to earn a spot on the Olympic podium in the sport.

Collaboration Trumps Competition in Health Care

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on January 31, 2012 in Owning Pink
You shouldn't feel tension or division between your doula and your OB/GYN, or your Chinese medicine doctor and your Western physician. Or your psychiatrist and your psychologist.

Adolescents and Bullying Coaches

It's bad enough when students bully other students, but when it's an adult who does the bullying, it's even worse.

Changing the Color of Your Fat

Want to control weight? Avoid diabetes? Appear more youthful? You might want to change your white fat to brown. Fortunately the color shift—and the function of fat—is under your control.

Film Review: A Dangerous Method—A Woman's Perspective

Have you seen the film: "A Dangerous Method"? What is your response?

Requiem for the Banal Business Book

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in One Among Many
How much can be learned from the success of business organizations? Are there universally valid principles to be extracted? A popular genre of business books says the answer is ‘Yes.’ Scientists with a background in psychometrics, judgment and decision-making, however, curb their enthusiasm. Welcome to the Larry David School of Business.

Why You Can't Be President (or a Professional Football Player)

By Stanton Peele on January 23, 2012 in Addiction in Society
What do professional athletes and the President have in common? Both make fumbles in front of many millions of people—and keep on ticking.