Essential Reads

Modern Hunter-Gatherers Show We Evolved to Stay Active

By Christopher Bergland on November 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research on the lifestyle habits of a rare population of hunter-gatherers reaffirms the universal health benefits of staying physically active.

Love and Sports

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
If it is intentionally cultivated, the virtue of love can flourish in athletic contexts.

Daily Physical Activity Boosts Brain Power and Self-Control

By Christopher Bergland on November 14, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Physical activity has the power to boost your brain power and increase your self-control, according to a new study.

Study Identifies No. 1 Source of Motivation to Exercise More

By Christopher Bergland on October 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study identifies a simple and effective source of motivation that can inspire you to become more physically active.

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Your Attitude Is a Decision

By Jim Afremow Ph.D., LPC on October 30, 2011 in Trust the Talent

Neuroscience Insights from Video Game & Drug Addiction

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on October 29, 2011 in Radical Teaching
Video games are not the enemy of children’s successful and motivated learning, but rather a model for best strategies to apply to all learning. The same brain processes and neurochemicals that compel video gamers can be activated to increase children’s brains’ motivation to do homework with focus, reverse school negativity, & reignite their joy of learning.

The Meaning of Life

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on October 27, 2011 in Rethinking Men
Meanings are not given to most of us, though we are socialized into some by our parents or significant others, but still we tend to construct our own eventually. So here are my Top 12. Pick yours, or add it to the list if it is not there, or mix and match.

Sleep and Beauty

Beauty is more than skin deep.

Stress Linked to Breast Cancer

By Steve Sisgold on October 26, 2011 in Life in a Body
Psychological stress may be involved in the causation of breast cancer aggressiveness,

Saving Language

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on October 25, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable

Friendship After College

By Michael Bruce on October 23, 2011 in Angst!
Have you noticed that the older you get, the harder it is to make friends? That your once large, and expanding circle of confidants has ceased growing and even shrunk?

What's Occupying the 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 19, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Underneath the disorderly, carnival-like surface, Occupy Wall Street protesters are raging against an old nemesis of social order: unfairness; they're just doing it 21st century style.

Teens: Fit for Life

Have our teens become more sedentary than in the past? According to childhood obesity research, one would assume so. Where have we failed our kids? In looking at obesity statistics, our teens are unhealthier today than ever before.

Housewives of NJ: Triangulation

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on October 14, 2011 in Reel Therapy
For most of the current season the "Housewives of NJ" a boiling interpersonal feud has taken center stage. It's too bad it has taken the whole season to figure out why the feud happened in the first place.

One of the Most Unhappy Periods of My Life Led to My Happiest

By Gretchen Rubin on October 14, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I've always thought that funny writing doesn't get the respect it deserves. As G. K. Chesterton observed, "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light." In fact, it's very, very, very hard to be light.

Living the Game: Fans in Love, Players at Work

Psychological pressures increase the amount that fans love their teams. The pressures on players push them in the opposite direction. Here's why players play the game but fans live it.

No. 1 Reason Practice Makes Perfect

By Christopher Bergland on October 13, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
The brain science of muscle memory

My Teenager Is a Nervous Wreck

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 11, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when you feel like your teenager takes life much too seriously.

Mom Liked You Best

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on October 04, 2011 in The Favorite Child

Women and Selfishness

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Women in particular appear vulnerable to the trap of confusing self-care with selfishness. But self-care is not selfish. In fact, it's necessary for our ability to care well for others.

Video Game Violence: Part I

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on September 30, 2011 in Reel Therapy
The Beauty of Sport and Why I Love Arsenal

The Beauty of Sport and Why I Love Arsenal

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
What is most important in sport--beauty or victory? Why not both?

"No Wedding No Womb" Might Save Lives--Are We Content With That?

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Between the Lines
What does it mean to put the needs of children first? What does it mean to be emotionally, physically, and financially able to care for them? More importantly, who gets to decide?


By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable
Steven E. Landsburg, political economic maverick extraordinaire, and supposed advocate of free enterprise, has written a paper on theft and externalities entitled "Property Is Theft: When protecting your own property is stealing from others."

Why Sports Programs Don't Belong in High Schools and Colleges

By Ugo Uche on September 20, 2011 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"The idea of working in a professional field as a college student should constitute an internship, where the student’s compensation is considered quality experience earned, or compensation in the form of a scholarship for tuition fees."