Essential Reads

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Hierarchies and Rotations

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Boost!
With an abundance of talent, maybe establishing a team hierarchy is the wrong approach.

Vagus Nerve Facilitates Guts, Wits, and Grace Under Pressure

By Christopher Bergland on October 15, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There are dozens of easy ways to engage your vagus nerve that can inhibit "fight, flight, or freeze" stress responses, lower anxiety, and give you enough guts to seize the day.

Positive Psychology and Elite Sports Performance

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Head Strong
Positive psychology offers a conceptual model for helping elite athletes learn to perform at their best, and to optimize off-field adjustment and balance in their personal lives.

Should I Boycott Football?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
I love football. I played when I was young. I appreciate the beautiful ballet of violence. But I wonder if I should boycott the sport.

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Have Westerners Fallen Off the Evolved Human Cycle?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 16, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
In The Human Cycle, Colin Turnbull contrasts the lifecourse of the Mbuti with that of Westerners. The Mbuti are able to maintain a remarkably high level of social order without laws.The cooperation that emerges later in Western life is mechanical, rather than organic, because it was learned by imposition rather than felt through reciprocation.

Men, Women, Single, Married: Who Really Exercises More?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 14, 2011 in Living Single
It is at the top of many people's New Year's resolutions. It is what people vow to do even when the dawn of the new year is a bleary memory. Get more exercise! So who really does get more exercise? Your choices are men and women who are currently married, divorced/separated, widowed, or have always been single.

School Made Easy: Character Education is the Key

By Neal H. Mayerson Ph.D. on January 12, 2011 in Quite a Character
In Mr. Sharp's 4th-grade classroom, the VIA Character strengths aren't just part of the curriculum. They've helped create a remarkable classroom culture.

A Virus in the Cross-Hairs

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine reported on a novel viral infection formerly unknown in humans. Fortunately, this was not a mutated influenza strain threatening an outbreak of pandemic proportions. It wasn't even such a new virus...

Has Psychology Killed Philosophy?

By Jeff Wise on January 11, 2011 in Extreme Fear
How can we lead meaningful lives in an age when the broad culture no longer embraces a single vision of religious truth? In a remarkable new book, two philosophy professors come up with some surprising answers.

The Future of Therapy: A Unified Treatment Approach

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 09, 2011 in Insight Therapy
From the beginning, clinical psychology has been characterized by a diversity of approaches. But a field that splinters constantly may devolve into incoherence. Now, an attempt at integration may change the way therapy is practiced.

Sports: The Greatest Phenom You've Never Heard of

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 03, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Have you heard the name Mikaela Shiffrin? At least on paper, Mikaela may be the most phenomenal athletic phenom ever.

They've Got the Spirit, Yes They Do

By Alan Reifman Ph.D. on January 01, 2011 in On the Campus

Mothers: Why we need to maintain key friendships!!

By Meg Meeker M.D. on December 30, 2010 in Family Matters

Slugging Your Way to The Top

Why we think anyone interested in psychology or human nature should go see the Fighter, even if you don’t like fighting, you don’t like lower class Micks, and you don’t like spending ten bucks

Money and Happiness

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on December 20, 2010 in Hidden Motives
Are They Related?There is very little correlation, according to a recent study: "happiness does not increase when a country's income increases." 

Crosswords, Video Games, and Literature

By Norman N Holland Ph.D. on December 14, 2010 in This Is Your Brain on Culture
 Can it be that the brain circuitry that lures us into doing puzzles is the same system that entices us to read fiction, go to plays and movies, or read poetry?  Yes.  We are SEEKING creatures, like other mammals.

Arm the Coeds

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on December 13, 2010 in Defending the Undefendable

The End of Narcissism -- Or Is It a New Beginning?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on December 12, 2010 in Hidden Motives
From the DSM to the MainstreamThe American Psychiatric Association has decided to eliminate Narcissism as a personality disorder. It probably it has to do with the absence of rigorous diagnostic standards, a problem of particular concern to researchers. 

It's the Annual Dual America Award!

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on December 12, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Pictured: Eric Dickerson was an extremely talented football player from Texas who starred at SMU in the early 1980s - where he drove a car he couldn't personally afford. Thank God nothing like that has ever happened since!  Ooops.   

Top Ten Tips for Parenting ADHD Kids

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on December 08, 2010 in The Gift of ADHD
 Top Ten Tips for Parenting ADHD Kids. Small Shifts Can Create Big Changes.

Men of A Certain Age: The Real Bromance Behind the Scenes

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 03, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
The groundbreaking TNT comedy-drama, Men of A Certain Age, returns for a second season on Monday, December 6 at 10AM (9PM central). Starring Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, and Andre Braugher, the show really is must-see TV---for men and women.

Marketing Creativity

By Jennifer Hamady on December 02, 2010 in Finding Your Voice
Something happens to creative people when they're asked to address the business aspects of their art. The passion and talent that come through on every channel all but dissipate when they consider where and how they 'fit' into their fields. The proud, declarative 'this is me!' all too often shifts into a frustrated and confused 'who am I? who should I be?'

When Parents Are Overscheduled

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on December 02, 2010 in Apologies To Freud
 Too many after school activities and no down time--maybe it's really the parents who are overscheduled