Essential Reads

Boys Under Pressure

By Adam Price Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
Why your son won't do his homework.

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.

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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

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in The Moment of Youth
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.

Envy in Hollywood

By Dennis Palumbo on December 20, 2011 in Hollywood on the Couch

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.

Teenage Boys and Sexual Decision-Making: An Expanding Role for Mutually Satisfying Consensual Sex

By The Psychoanalysis 3.0 Writing Group on December 05, 2011 in Psychoanalysis 3.0
Relationship-positive teen-age sexual decision making makes an appearance in recent survey data and in enlightened approaches to sex education.

Justice Department Goes After Gates’ Foundation

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on December 05, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable

If I'd 'a Known You Were Coming, I'd 'a Baked a Cake!

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on December 05, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Who ever heard of a birthday pie?

Conflict and Resolution in America: A Problem of Inadequate Resources

The best leaders are sufficiently engaged to care, while sufficiently detached and patient to appreciate the whole picture.

Tips for Buying Transformational Christmas Gifts

By Shane Perrault Ph.D. on December 01, 2011 in Entrepreneurs with ADHD
Christmas is a special time of year. Yes, even Santa knows parenting a child with ADHD requires special attention.

Whiner Republicans: How Cain Epitomizes Our Worst Psychological M.O.s

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2011 in Ambigamy
Issues aside, you can't find a better psychological ugly-pageant these days than the Republican Primaries, and Cain is winning in a highly competitive race to the bottom.

Is Addiction the Result of Brain Evolution?

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on November 30, 2011 in Addicted Brains

Influencing Your Way into a Sold-Out Event

By Michael Pantalon on November 27, 2011 in The Science of Influence
Here's a story of how I found myself in such a situation recently.

1Q84: Living in a World With Two Moons

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on November 18, 2011 in Pura Vida
Why not read a magnificent novel about ordinary people in Japan, 1984, who suddenly enter a parallel universe where there are two moons, Little People with enormous powers, and magical encounters? A love story, and a horror story.