Essential Reads

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.

How Do Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis Rewire Your Brain?

By Christopher Bergland on February 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study has identified how the birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) combined with neuroplasticity can rewire the brain and reshape the mind.

Letting Go of Unattainable Goals Has Psychological Perks

By Christopher Bergland on February 03, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new game-changing study identifies an unexpected silver lining of depression: People with depression can let go of unattainable goals more quickly, which has psychological perks.

Somebody’s Watching. Now What?

Does an audience improve or inhibit performance? It depends.

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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.

The Psychology of Youth Sports

There’s a good deal of hype about the value of children’s sports. If families understand the benefits and pitfalls, children are more likely to be winners for life.

"Sherlock Holmes" and the Science of Play

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on January 08, 2012 in Reel Therapy
Playfulness is the predisposition to engage in playful activities and interactions. It's an emerging science, and the new Sherlock Holmes sequel provides a vivid illustration of this construct.

The Girl with the Evil Psychiatrist

By Dennis Palumbo on January 04, 2012 in Hollywood on the Couch
Why are male therapists now portrayed as villains in movies and on TV?

Steve Jobs and the Culture of Creativity

By Carlo Strenger on January 04, 2012 in Homo Globalis

High-Achieving Women Think Differently: 7 Mindsets That Can Cause You Stress

People carry with them a set of rules or beliefs about the way they feel the world should operate. These beliefs are shaped by your experiences, the way you were raised, your values, your friends, popular culture, and more.

Think and Live Like a Gold Medalist

By Jim Afremow Ph.D., LPC on January 03, 2012 in Trust the Talent

Hierarchy—What’s in a Name?

By John Bradshaw Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Pets and Their People
Ethologists routinely measure dominance relationships and social hierarchies in groups of animals, but does this tell us anything about what motivates the animals themselves?

Keep the Water Boiling

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Black Belt Brain
The holidays make it hard to keep up routine. But a little bit of activity can help keep us in tune even while we tune in to the latest Holiday special.

No Intelligent Life Here, Captain - Part 1

By Pat Shipman Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in The Animal Connection
Why is there only one human species alive in the world today, when once there were several? Why did we survive?

What Do Banks Add to the Economy?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Hidden Motives
What justifies the bloated expenses of the finance industry, the exorbitant salaries, percentages taken off the top, the finder’s fees, the bonuses? We have to wonder what do bankers do that justifies the added cost of their services?

Life, Love, and Tebow

By Sam Sommers on December 16, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
We're all amateur psychologists. We spend countless hours pondering those profound yet ethereal mysteries of human nature. Like happiness. Love. The meaning of life. And Tebow.

Understanding the Dynamics of Workaholism

By Barbara Killinger Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in The Workaholics

The Abuser and His Press Conference

By Donna Flagg on December 13, 2011 in Honestly
From Spitzer and Schwarzenegger to the priests, teachers and now Cain, Sandusky and Fine, their speech writers should be fired.