Essential Reads

Humility and Sports

Sports can be a school for the virtue of humility, but many aren't allowing this to happen. Fortunately, we can change this, if we are intentional about it.

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.
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Why Does Autism Still Exist?

By Barb Cohen on March 07, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Some gene variants associated with autism are also significantly associated with high intelligence. “Smart” genes are advantageous from an evolutionary standpoint, so they persist.

Regular Aerobic Exercise in Midlife Protects the Aging Brain

By Christopher Bergland on February 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Regular aerobic exercise benefits the brain in surprising ways. New research suggests that regular aerobic exercise in midlife can optimize blood flow networks as the brain ages.

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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.

Why American Culture Is Plagued by Anxiety—Two Good Reasons

By L. Kevin Chapman Ph.D. on January 29, 2012 in The Color of Anxiety
Hint: It involves the Joneses.

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.

Homesickness and Growth in Children

By Steve Baskin on January 19, 2012 in S'mores and More
Parents should strive to provide growth experiences for their children that stretch them. Summer camp can be a great opportunity to do this. Also, parents should embrace their role as emotional leaders with their children.

Boost Your Children’s Test Success With "Neuro-Logical" Strategies

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on January 19, 2012 in Radical Teaching
With the help of correlations from neuroscience research, you can use best brain practices, like evaluating similarities and differences, to help your children build the learning habits for durable memory and strong test taking skills. As these strengths grow they will sustain or restore positive attitudes about school and their own potentials.

Personal Growth: Four Obstacles to Positive Life Change

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in The Power of Prime
On the face of it, change doesn’t seem like it should be that difficult. If there is something that you don’t like about yourself, just change it. But the reality is that meaningful change can be slow, frustrating, and painful, filled with struggles, setbacks, and disappointment.

Sexual Personality Highlights of 2011

By David P Schmitt Ph.D. on January 15, 2012 in Sexual Personalities
Great Sexual Science of 2011
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Lessons from Tebow and Elway

Maybe football is more than "just a game." Maybe football reminds us about what is best about American culture.
Are Women Contributing to the Demise of Men?

Are Women Contributing to the Demise of Men?

By Jennifer Musselman M.A., MFTi on January 13, 2012 in The Keys to My Castle
New Hampshire Goes Normal

New Hampshire Goes Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 11, 2012 in Mood Swings
New Hampshire elected the most most mentally healthy candidate, but he might not be right for a time of crisis

How Can Couples Be Friends with Other Couples?

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on January 10, 2012 in Buddy System
How couples make and maintain those difficult relationships with other couples
Even People Who Don’t Vote Would Vote Like I Do

Even People Who Don’t Vote Would Vote Like I Do

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 10, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
In many first-world countries like the United States, only a fraction of the eligible voters actually vote. That means that we could speculate about what would happen if all of the available voters turned out for an election. How do voters think elections would change if everyone voted?

The Risks & Potential of Required Community Service

By Alfie Kohn on January 08, 2012 in The Homework Myth
While a service requirement hardly guarantees any benefits—which are contingent, among other things, on the extent to which your staff and the students themselves take the activities seriously—neither does it preclude such benefits. Much depends on how (and by whom) the activities are designed.