Essential Reads

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in What the Luck?
We are tempted to look for psychological explanations for successes and failures, when the more convincing explanation is simply that people get lucky—and luck is fleeting.

View Concussion as a “Brain Sprain”

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on September 20, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Defining concussions gets a variety of answers, so neurologist Harry Kerasidis outlines the brain injury and symptoms, by comparing it to the common ankle sprain.

Why Louisiana Defendants Say, "Geaux Tigers!"

Two economists suggest a surprising source of racial bias in juvenile sentencing.

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

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Is Addiction the Result of Brain Evolution?

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on November 30, 2011 in Addicted Brains

Influencing Your Way into a Sold-Out Event

By Michael Pantalon on November 27, 2011 in The Science of Influence
Here's a story of how I found myself in such a situation recently.

1Q84: Living in a World With Two Moons

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on November 18, 2011 in Pura Vida
Why not read a magnificent novel about ordinary people in Japan, 1984, who suddenly enter a parallel universe where there are two moons, Little People with enormous powers, and magical encounters? A love story, and a horror story.

Emotional IQ Alone Is Not Enough For Marriage Success

Emotional IQ is to marriage what athletic talent is to sports. Talent helps. But talent alone does not lead to great performance as a husband or wife any more than it does as an athlete. You also need to develop strong marriage communication and conflict resolution skills.

Silent No More—Sexual Abuse in Sports

By Mitch Abrams Psy.D. on November 14, 2011 in Sports Transgressions
The Penn State scandal reminds us that even in places that are watched over by the most moral of people, abuse can happen. Joe Paterno's reputation will forever be tarnished as a result of not taking more action. Hopefully, the silver lining to this horrible set of circumstances will be increased awareness and greater ability to protect children from future sexual abuse.

Joe Paterno: You've Lots to Learn from Steve Jobs

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in The Favorite Child

Noticing the Unusual in Education

By Francis P Cholle on November 10, 2011 in The Intuitive Compass

Late-Life Moral Collapses Are Rocking Our Worlds

By Stanton Peele on November 10, 2011 in Addiction in Society
People live and are productive far longer than ever before in human history—but with results that can be catastrophic. Four legendary leaders have recently hit the skids in their seniority,and the implications are frightening for all of us.

Visualize It

By Jennifer Baumgartner Psy.D. on November 08, 2011 in The Psychology of Dress
Whether using imagery, vision boards, small objects, or wardrobe changes, visualization is a powerful tool for goal achievement.

The Family that Eats Together Stays Healthy Together

Having family meals can help improve your child's eating habits and reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity or developing an eating disorder. But what do you do when you've got conflicting schedules and your kids won't talk at meals?

9/11 Victims Embrace Dignity

By Donna Hicks Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Dignity

Blaming the Victims

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on November 05, 2011 in The Fair Society
The age-old claim that the poor are condemned to poverty because they are lazy, or free-loaders, has been joined by the charge that the poor have only themselves to blame for not getting a college education—the ticket to a better life. The critics obviously know nothing about poverty, or human diversity.
Interview with Unbridled Books Publisher Fred Ramey

Interview with Unbridled Books Publisher Fred Ramey

By Jennifer Haupt on November 03, 2011 in One True Thing
Bigger isn't always better according to Fred Ramey, co-publisher of Unbridled Books, one of the country's most prestigious independent publishing houses. Here's more from this industry maverick and leader.

Can Good Sleep Improve Sports Performance?

Rest, recovery, and effective regeneration are necessary to attain and maintain peak athletic performance—and can aid performance in many other arenas.

Why Are Some Dogs So Anxious and Fearful?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 01, 2011 in Canine Corner
Whether a dog's fearfulness was caused by his genes or his life history there are right and wrong ways to deal with his anxieties.

Men Play It Safe in Conversation

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Men’s speech tends to revolve around external things and usually involves factual communication, not his feelings or inner thoughts.

Passing the Torch of Liberty

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable

Your Attitude Is a Decision

By Jim Afremow Ph.D., LPC on October 30, 2011 in Trust the Talent

Neuroscience Insights from Video Game & Drug Addiction

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on October 29, 2011 in Radical Teaching
Video games are not the enemy of children’s successful and motivated learning, but rather a model for best strategies to apply to all learning. The same brain processes and neurochemicals that compel video gamers can be activated to increase children’s brains’ motivation to do homework with focus, reverse school negativity, & reignite their joy of learning.

Anxiety, Nerves, and Fear in the Family

By L. Kevin Chapman Ph.D. on October 28, 2011 in The Color of Anxiety

The Meaning of Life

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on October 27, 2011 in Rethinking Men
Meanings are not given to most of us, though we are socialized into some by our parents or significant others, but still we tend to construct our own eventually. So here are my Top 12. Pick yours, or add it to the list if it is not there, or mix and match.

Sleep and Beauty

Beauty is more than skin deep.