Essential Reads

Living in the Here and Now

Chronic restlessness has blinded me to my life’s many blessings.

Red vs. Blue: Which Should You Choose?

Has anyone researched whether playing on red team or the blue gives advantage?

Traveling Through Time

And why we do it every day.

Generations Divided

How America Became Segregated by Age

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Think Life Is a Contest? Think Again!

By Jennifer Kromberg PsyD on September 04, 2013 in Inside Out
In competition, many people lose sight of the real goal. Is the goal to “win” or is the goal to learn, grow, enjoy and perform to the best of your ability, regardless of the winner? In order to meet your goal, do you have to feel better than others?

The Talent Myth in Sports (Football) and Business

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 04, 2013 in Naturally Selected
The talent myth suggests that star players do not neccessarily raise team performances. When there are too many stars in a team conflicts emerge and natural hierarchies disappear, This has huge implications for the effectiveness of teams in business and sports like football (soccer) where record fees are being paid to bring in star players.

Practical Possibilitarianism: The Other Hippy Legacy

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 03, 2013 in Ambigamy
Our 57-year-old author returns to Burning Man, and through it reflects on his hippy roots and branchings, concluding that Burning Man affords us a promising alternative to the New Age platitudinous idealism that dominates as the legacy of counter-culture philosophy, and text aside, has more in common with Tea Party self-certainty that its practitioners care to notice.

13 Things to Know When Talking to Your Child About Alcohol

Parents are the most important influence on whether kids drink alcohol, and the earlier you start these conversations, the better.

Are Elite Athletes Marrying Elite Athletes?

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D. on September 03, 2013 in Finding the Next Einstein
A conversation with David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, on whether elite athletes are marrying elite athletes, the tremendous natural range among athletes, how slow kids never make fast adults, the likelihood of becoming an elite athlete, the worldwide search for athletic talent, and how motivation and grit could be, in part, genetic, among other topics.

The Hidden Danger of Social Networks

People have a tendency to compare themselves to others. Social networking sites like Facebook give us endless opportunities for social comparison. The problem is that we compare our everyday lives to others' edited versions on Facebook. Seeing others' selective self-presentation of their best selves on Facebook can make us feel dissatisfied with our own lives.

Back-to-School: Parenting Strategies to Avoid Burnout

By Kate Roberts Ph.D. on September 03, 2013 in Savvy Parenting
In today’s pressured and fast-paced modern world, many parents are either on the verge of burn out or already suffering from what I describe as "parent burnout syndrome". Parents, are not routinely taking care of their needs in an effort to put their children first. How can parents, care for their children’s emotional and spiritual needs when their own aren't being met?

What Diana Nyad Knows About Men and Women

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 03, 2013 in Am I Right?
More than 40 years after the women’s movement, it is clear that men and women bring different sensibilities to the social world.

No More Flashcards With Memorization through Game Playing

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 01, 2013 in Radical Teaching
Forget the Flashcards and Drill and Kill (interest) with The Best On-Line Games to Boost Your Childs Skills. The technological advances of online game-based practice for those dreaded facts that must be memorized is one of the greatest boons to parent-child relationships. These games can be found through easily through these information packed websites.

11 Tips to Head Off ADHD

Can making some simple changes in parenting and in a child's home environment prevent ADHD symptoms?

Why We Tri

By Alice Dreger Ph.D. on September 01, 2013 in Fetishes I Don't Get
Each year, the last Sunday in August, thousands of everyday athletes participate in triathlons. We are two of them.

Cheating & Baseball: Who is to Blame?

We need a clean game just like we need a clean society. It's likely that Alex Rodriguez is guilty, but he's also a distraction from a bigger problem. Here's a discussion about how institutions find and use scapegoats.

Take Time To Savor

Today is the only this day you'll ever live. It is here now, but it will soon be gone, part of your past, never to be experienced again, except in your memory. Will you look back on it with pleasure and delight, or will you see it as just another one of those days that have blended one into another? The truth is the choice is yours. Savoring can make the difference.

Art Therapy and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

What this art therapist learned first hand about traumatic brain injury and how and why art therapy should be part of your own TBI recovery plan.

Jeffrey Dickemann Came First

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on August 31, 2013 in The Political Animal
In a series of papers—specifically, in 3 articles published from 1979 to 1981—Jeffrey Dickemann became the “father” of Darwinian history. Before the big books with big audiences, before the study of the past was headed with capital letters, he shed light on the origin of man and his history.

Of Course Men Feel Threatened by Successful Girlfriends

A new report shows that men suffer a loss of self-esteem when their female partners enjoy success. While this may just be simple envy—which is regrettable—there may be something else going on.

Price Tags On Medical Procedures To Stimulate Competition

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 29, 2013 in DSM5 in Distress
The Internet has reduced the price, and increased the convenience, of shopping for just every product in our economy- except medical care. Why not use comparative posted prices to empower consumers and reduce the monopoly power of providers.

An Erectile Dysfunction Myth

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 29, 2013 in Women Who Stray
According to popular assumption, watching too much pornography can cause erectile dysfunction, even in young men. But current medical research points to other factors.

Anthropogenic Brain-Changing: Some Significant Human Effects

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 29, 2013 in Animal Emotions
Humans are changing animal habitats and brains. Two species of small mammals show larger brains in urban when compared to rural environs. We still don't know if individuals with larger brains are better learners or show increased behavioral flexibility related to their ability to survive in altered habitats, but we do know our effects are wide-ranging and significant.

Is Exercise the Answer to a Higher Income?

A recent study has linked more physical activity to higher long-term income.

Should Kids Diversify or Specialize After School?

When people ask me about afterschool activities for their elementary school-age kids– how many they should be in, which activity will help them get into college someday, etc.– I explain that they should approach those afterschool hours the same way they approach that Sunday buffet.

Shaved Monkeys

By Robert J King Ph.D. on August 27, 2013 in Hive Mind
Female choice is a key driver in primate evolution. Although humans like to pretend to themselves that they are above such things these mechanisms are clearly visible in sexual preferences and behaviours. The recent Robin Thicke Blurred Lines video gives a vivid example of female choice mechanisms in action.

How to Make Sports FUN for Kids

“It’s a disgrace what we’re doing in the United States and Canada. We’re asking little kids to compete to win. Why not ask them to compete to have fun?” Sparky Anderson, Baseball Hall of Fame manager

Use Catchphrases to Send Love to Your Children

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on August 27, 2013 in The Power of Prime
The messages about love that you send to your children at a young age are so important because love is a powerful, complex, often wonderful, and sometimes painful emotion that will play a central role in their lives. The messages you communicate in your expressions of love toward your children provide the context for the relationship they develop with love.

The Ritual Species

By Matthew J Rossano Ph.D. on August 26, 2013 in Mortal Rituals
Ritual builds community. Intense ritual builds even stronger communities, and this probably made a critical difference when humans and Neanderthals competed over territory in Ice-Age Europe.

Clueless Lovers: Weiner, Spitzer and Filner Aren't Alone

By Joshua Kendall on August 26, 2013 in Adventures in Biography
Are the sexual indiscretions of our politicians just the symptom of a much deeper problem?

The War on Drugs and the NFL

By Carl L. Hart Ph.D. on August 26, 2013 in The Drug Data Dealer
The NFL drug policy is a remnant of the "war on drugs" rhetoric that was so popular 30 years ago, an approach that has contributed to the U.S. becoming the world's leader in incarcerating its own citizens.

Adolescence and the Growing Complexity of Life

Parents need to be sensitive to how their adolescent is coping with the increased complexity of life because sometimes they need to help or get help when the challenge seems momentarily overwhelming.

More Effective Than Advertising

By Douglas Van Praet on August 25, 2013 in Unconscious Branding
Why this non-traditional sales tactic is influencing you more than ads.

What to Believe and How to Believe It?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 25, 2013 in Ambigamy
The Calvinists use the acronym TULIP to lay out their doctrine. Here I suggest an acronym not for some alternative doctrine but for picking our doctrines, both what we believe and how to hold our beliefs.