Essential Reads

Rugby and the Unbearable Lightness of Being

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Statistical Life
Rugby is a grueling, captivating, fairly continuous onslaught of human bodies crashing into one another, with frequent turnovers, occasional breakaways, and fabulous successes.
Charles Darwin/Public Domain

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.

Regular Aerobic Exercise in Midlife Protects the Aging Brain

By Christopher Bergland on February 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Regular aerobic exercise benefits the brain in surprising ways. New research suggests that regular aerobic exercise in midlife can optimize blood flow networks as the brain ages.

How Do Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis Rewire Your Brain?

By Christopher Bergland on February 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study has identified how the birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) combined with neuroplasticity can rewire the brain and reshape the mind.

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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.

Emotional IQ Alone Is Not Enough For Marriage Success

Does talent alone lead to great performance as a husband or wife? Or do you also need to learn strong marriage communication and conflict resolution skills.

Silent No More—Sexual Abuse in Sports

By Mitch Abrams Psy.D. on November 14, 2011 in Sports Transgressions
The Penn State scandal reminds us that even in places that are watched over by the most moral of people, abuse can happen. Joe Paterno's reputation will forever be tarnished as a result of not taking more action. Hopefully, the silver lining to this horrible set of circumstances will be increased awareness and greater ability to protect children from future sexual abuse.

Joe Paterno: You've Lots to Learn from Steve Jobs

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in The Favorite Child

Noticing the Unusual in Education

By Francis P Cholle on November 10, 2011 in The Intuitive Compass

Late-Life Moral Collapses Are Rocking Our Worlds

By Stanton Peele on November 10, 2011 in Addiction in Society
People live and are productive far longer than ever before in human history—but with results that can be catastrophic. Four legendary leaders have recently hit the skids in their seniority,and the implications are frightening for all of us.