Essential Reads

What Leads to Cooperation and Competition?

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Five Percent
What leads to cooperation or competition in the first place? Exploring 10 big ideas on peace and justice from Morton Deutsch.
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The Stress of Competition: Alleviating Athletes' Anxiety

By Jay Winner M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Stress Remedy
Competition-related stress is universal. How can you minimize distress and maximized performance?

Does Testosterone Really Just Make Men Aggressive?

The conventional wisdom about testosterone is that it drives aggressiveness and competition. But new research reveals that social rank is also important.

Social-Emotional Development in a Hyper-Competitive Age

Our current political situation is a logical conclusion of many years of celebrating competition and success that are achieved at the expense of others.

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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

What’s Not to Like about a Rave Review? Missing the Point of Friendship and Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 02, 2010 in Living Single
The New York Times review of Gail Caldwell's book, "Let's take the long way home: A memoir of friendship," was glowing. Reaching for an expression of her admiration for the friendship, the reviewer said it reminded her of a great marriage. That's not the way to honor friendship or single life. 

What a Bilingual's Languages are Used For

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on December 02, 2010 in Life as a Bilingual
Bilinguals usually acquire and use their languages for different purposes, in different domains of life, with different people.

Sports: The Power of Emotions

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 01, 2010 in The Power of Prime
At the top of the Prime Sport Pyramid sits emotions. It's closest to the top of the pyramid (above motivation, confidence, intensity, and focus) because emotions will ultimately dictate how you perform throughout a competition.

Helping a 10-year-old deal with bullies

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 01, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
My 10-year-old daughter has been having a lot of trouble with friends recently. Some of the problems are caused by boy drama, and the "he said, she said" game. Kids have been spreading rumors about her, and I just don't know what to do.

Plays of Our Lives: Blind Spots in Self-Awareness of Brad Childress and Randy Moss

By John Tauer Ph.D. on November 30, 2010 in Goal Posts
Less than one month ago, Vikings fans were energized by Childress’s signing of Moss. Moss is one of the most talented receivers in the history of the NFL. Childress had a better-than-average record as head coach. Both Moss and Childress had major blind spots that led to a messy exit from Minnesota.

Does the “Pay It Forward” Effect Really Exist?

By Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D. on November 29, 2010 in How of Happiness
Does the "pay it forward" effect really exist? How does generosity inspire others? Is giving really better than receiving? We're going to find out. 

Boxing and Business School

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on November 29, 2010 in Defending the Undefendable

Who deserves the DWTS BFF trophy?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 26, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
When Jennifer Grey waltzed away with the mirrorball trophy in the Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) finale, it was more than a win. It was an affirmation of the power of female friendship and the important role that our girlfriends play as cheerleaders

Does the "Zombie Craze" Change Thanksgiving Football Traditions?

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on November 26, 2010 in Grand Rounds
 Both teams were clearly fired up before starting time, excited at this year’s predictable adaptation of the game in which the foot itself will actually come loose with the opening kick-off. 

Motivation to Multitask

By Leeja Carter on November 24, 2010 in The Inner Athlete
Multitasking serves a purpose for us: for those driven by action, success becomes measured not only by the quality of one's achievements, but in the frequency and speed at which those achievements are completed. 

The Motor Vehicle Bureau

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on November 22, 2010 in Defending the Undefendable

Parenting: Raise Independent Children

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 17, 2010 in The Power of Prime
One of your most important goals as a parent is to raise children who become independent and self-reliant people. This process of separation prepares your children for the demands of adulthood. But this progression toward adulthood is not inevitable and is often stymied by well-intentioned, but misguided, parents.

Expecting Rapid Feedback Makes You Brace for the Worst, While Performing Your Best

By David DiSalvo on November 17, 2010 in Neuronarrative
Motivation to perform well and pessimistic expectations are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they seem to get along famously.

Kick Yourself If Need Be…Don’t Use Shopkick!

By April Lane Benson Ph.D. on November 17, 2010 in To Buy or Not To Buy
Yet another inviting technological marketing ploy has emerged this season—just in time for holiday shopping.

Finding Friends on a Large College Campus

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 10, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
I'm a college freshman at a large state university. I chose not to join a sorority because it's really not my thing, and I've had some difficulties joining campus organizations. They don't make it easy to join clubs here. I've made a few friends, but no one close yet, and I feel that it's been a long time not to develop any close relationships. 

National Drug Facts Week: Clarifying Some Myths

By Susan F. Tapert Ph.D. on November 09, 2010 in Addiction Science
It is National Drug Facts Week (November 8-14), and we would like to help clarify some myths about drugs, based on the neuroscience research.

Choke Artists: The Nate Kaeding Effect!

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on November 04, 2010 in The Big Questions
Choking seems to be the product of overthinking, or even just thinking. NFL coaches have the right idea when they try and "ice" the kicker.

Parenting: Expectations of Success: Benefit or Burden

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 04, 2010 in The Power of Prime
Setting expectations for your children is an essential responsibility of parenting. Expectations tell children what's important to you and establish a standard toward which your children can strive. Unfortunately, our current culture of success has convinced many parents to set the wrong kind of expectations.

What Has Become of Genius?

By Andrew Robinson on November 02, 2010 in Sudden Genius?
During the 20th century, performance standards and records continually improved in all fields. But where is the Darwin or the Einstein, the Mozart or the Beethoven, the Chekhov or the Shaw, the Cézanne or the Picasso or the Cartier-Bresson of today?

Decision 2010: Your Midterm Election Vote Determines…Who Views Porn

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in Stepmonster
A new study suggests that, in casting your vote this midterm election, you may be determining something other than whether our country will shift left or right. Winners may take the house, the senate...and the internet porn sites.