Essential Reads

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

College athletics can be an excellent venue to nurture ethics and character.

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

Finding a balance of fear and exploration by allowing more unstructured play.

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Your brain adapts to the tools you use based on how they feel

Student-Athlete...or Athlete-Student?

Colleges suggest academics comes first, but is that really true?

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

An Erectile Dysfunction Myth

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 29, 2013 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 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.

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 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 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

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

Are the sexual indiscretions of our politicians just the symptom of a much deeper problem?

The War on Drugs and the NFL

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

Why this non-traditional sales tactic is influencing you more than ads.

Sleep Health for the New School Year

A new school year can be challenging. Here are some ideas for helping children get enough sleep as they go back to their school daily schedule.

A Toss-up: the pros and cons of sports with hearing loss.

By Katherine Bouton on August 23, 2013 What I Hear
Hearing loss has a dual impact on participatory sports. On the one hand, it aids focus and concentration. On the other, it's hard to hear the umpire, your fellow players, or even the rumble of distant thunder.

ADHD in Tweens Part II: Tools to Tackle Inattentive Type

Each child is of course an individual with a whole host of strengths and weaknesses. There are however, some general tips you can try to help create the structure and support your disorganized tween requires to ensure success.

What Do Women Really Want?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 22, 2013 Insight Therapy
What do women want? Not what we used to think.

Young men and violence:

By Catherine Salmon Ph.D. on August 22, 2013 Ape Girl
The role of culture and human nature in male violence

Freedom, From a Neuron’s Point of View

By Kathleen Taylor on August 22, 2013 The Brain Supremacy
A neuron's point of view.

Modern Dads

A new show on "Modern Dads" premieres on TV. These guys have variable paternal roles (stay-at-home dads, single dad, stepfather), but are united in telling jokes and going to the park.

Tips for Freshmen Guys in Making Friends Part II

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on August 20, 2013 Buddy System
How guys can make friends their freshman year - Five more suggestions

Christina Huffington’s “Pit of Loneliness”

Girls who struggle with low self-esteem often feel so poorly about themselves that they do not feel comfortable or safe talking with others about their struggle. Turning to drugs, alcohol or other self-destructive behaviors represent a quest to cope with a depleted and lost sense of self.

In Sports, Think Now, So You Don’t Have to Think Later

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on August 19, 2013 The Power of Prime
The off-season is the ideal time to think a lot because there is no pressure to get ready for competitions which involves an entirely different mindset and focus. Being inside your head during the off-season prep period is exactly what you should do. Now is the time for you to devote a great deal of mental energy to your preparations for the upcoming competitive season.

The American Diet

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on August 19, 2013 Food Junkie
Why are the statistics on America’s prevalence of overweight and obesity so dismal? One of the main culprits leading to our obesity epidemic is our diet and the dramatic decrease in the food quality as we went from a nation that relied on procuring food from local farms to one that mass-produces and prepackages.

A Great Season for Catatonia!

It’s been a long time since anyone tried to patent anything in the catatonia area. We’re on the verge on a catatonia revival.

Varieties of Family Conflict in Adolescence

Understanding the basics of family conflict during adolescence and some of the common varieties of conflict that occur can be useful to parents.

Let's Get Physical! 15 Easy Exercise Ideas for Kids

Exercise is the best stress reducer there is, after deep breathing and getting enough sleep. What more incentive do you need?

Tips for Guys Making Friends At College

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on August 15, 2013 Buddy System
Guys making friends as a new college freshman

Innovation and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

By Moses Ma on August 15, 2013 The Tao of Innovation
Last year’s film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expresses a useful metaphor that informs us about how keep our companies agile, open to change, and innovative. In the film, each of the characters illustrate the emotions of grief. And so, hidden within the film is a map for revitalizing your company.

Not All Pro Athletes Thank God for the Big Win

By David Niose on August 15, 2013 Our Humanity, Naturally
Prayers are frequently said in the locker room before the big game, and athletes are often quick to thank God when they win or make a big play, but some athletes aren't afraid to be openly secular.

Are Boys and Men in Trouble? The Demise of Guys

Too much online gaming and watching porn is taking a toll on guys — resulting in social and interpersonal skill deficits and a constant need for stimulation. An APA symposium addressed the problem and possible solutions.

What You Should Know About Advice-Givers

Some people show greater interest in solving your problems than their own. In such cases, what might these self-appointed, habitual advice-givers be revealing about themselves? Actually, much more than you might realize.