Essential Reads

Epigenetic Mechanism in the Cerebellum Drives Motor Learning

New research pinpoints how we learn new motor skills such as riding a bicycle, playing the piano, driving a car, etc.

Acceptance and Transformation

Should left-handers demand that half the baseball diamond be reversed?

Skilled Performance Takes More Than Practice

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
There has been a big debate in psychology about whether elite performance reflects talents or skills. A new meta-analysis helps to resolve this question.

The Naturalistic Fallacy Fallacy (Part I)

While it's true that "is doesn't imply ought," it's dangerous and stupid to ignore human nature.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

Education: Testing in Schools Isn't Working

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on July 07, 2011 in The Power of Prime
To all who believe that testing is the panacea for what ails public education in America today, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.

When Competition Stifles Innovation

By Jonathan Fields on July 05, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Competition, it's said, is good. Especially for innovation. True, up to a point. But, there's a problem with leaning too heavily on competition as a core driver of innovation. Which is that you unwittingly risk capping your own willingness to birth genius at whatever level your closest competitor gives in at.

Psychology, Not Economics, is Behind Market Bubbles

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on July 03, 2011 in The Decision Tree
To explain market bubbles, ditch the economics, pick up a psychology textbook.

O.J. Revisited: Will the Casey Anthony Jury Acquit If They Can't Make It Fit?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 01, 2011 in Evil Deeds
"Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." For criminal prosecutors, one of the biggest lessons from the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial back in 1995 should have been that, especially in circumstantial cases, psychology plays at least as powerful a part in jurors' decisions as so-called scientific evidence.

Challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury Research

By Thomas Watanabe M.D. on June 30, 2011 in Impact to Aftermath

How to Keep Reality TV from Ruining Your Life

By Gretchen Rubin on June 30, 2011 in The Happiness Project
At lunch today, I was part of a spirited conversation on the pros and cons of reality TV. That's a broad category, of course, covering a wide range of shows from The Real Housewives to American Idol to Jersey Shore to Project Runway. My older daughter loves that show where they do fancy cake decorations -- what's it called?

Fiction as stealth persuasion

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on June 26, 2011 in Sold on Language
The fictional words and actions of entirely made-up characters who have never drawn a breath in the real world can impact our attitudes and behavior more powerfully than the pleas or arguments of real flesh-and-blood people talking to us about real things in the actual world. Why should this be?

Loaded Question

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on June 24, 2011 in We Are Only Human

On Innovation and Optimism

By Moses Ma on June 24, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
To succeed as an innovator, you must be indefatigably optimistic. This rule of thumb applies to the economy as well. Like what Economist Larry Summers said, "The central irony of financial crisis is that while it is caused by too much confidence, borrowing, lending and spending... it can only be resolved by increasing confidence, borrowing, lending and spending."

Through a Clinical Lens: Friday Night Lights

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on June 23, 2011 in Reel Therapy
I'm a big fan of "Friday Night Lights." It's one of the things on television, and the best sports show since Aaron Sorkin's "Sports Night." Just thought that needed to be said. Speaking of thoughts, this past week's episode - Gut Check - engendered many thoughts about why therapists are valuable, and what they might do if they had been in the mix.

What's Your Power Style?

By Maggie Craddock on June 22, 2011 in Power Styles

The Child Performer

By Wanda Behrens-Horrell L.C.S.W., N.C.P on June 22, 2011 in In the Trenches

The High Cost of Agreeability

It's no secret that we're descended from Chimpanzees and partial heirs to their competitive hierarchical structures, so why am I so shocked that at the occasional impulse to gnash my teeth while clicking the obligatory Facebook 'like' on a colleague's accomplishment?

If Buddha Was CEO: The Four Immeasurables in Business

By Jonathan Fields on June 21, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
The ring is my wedding band. Simple sterling silver with four words etched around the outside in the oldest known language, Sanskrit.

Humor as a Route to Social Status

Is humor a route to social status?

The decline of fatherhood and the male identity crisis

By Ray Williams on June 19, 2011 in Wired for Success
America is rapidly becoming a fatherless society, or perhaps more accurately, an absentee father society.

A (p)review of the Consuming Instinct

Besides mangoes, blueberries, an iPad, and Legos, I bought a new book this week – the book explains why I bought mangoes, blueberries, an iPad, and Legos.

Can Men Play the Negotiation Game Better than Women?

Sometimes women don’t know that they can ask for something. Not socialized in the male competitive ways, many women don’t realize that it’s okay to ask for more pay or an extra vacation day. And when they do, they often ask for less and accept less in their bargaining.

Weight Training? Put Your Mind to It

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on June 17, 2011 in Minding the Body
"Put your mind into your muscle" is a common gym adage, but what does it really mean? Five fitness pros offer their take on this oft-repeated nugget of weight training wisdom.

Does Everyone Have ADD? Concentration Interruptus and "Pseudo ADD"

When your thinking is interrupted by your brain, you’ve got real ADD; When it’s interrupted by the world, you just have trouble saying, “No.”

One Big Lucid Dreaming Lovedoll

By Ariel Gore on June 14, 2011 in Women and Happiness

Personal Growth: The Joys of "Bromance"

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 13, 2011 in The Power of Prime
I have a confession: I'm having a "bromance." You may know the term from the movie I Love You, Man; it describes a close, though non-sexual relationship between two men. Yes, my wife knows about it and supports it.