Essential Reads

Is Friendship in Decline?

Does social media spell the end of intimate friendship?

Creepy New Marketing Targets Female Sex Hormones

Can marketers spy on women's sex hormones to time their pitches better?

Living in the Here and Now

Chronic restlessness has blinded me to my life’s many blessings.

Red vs. Blue: Which Should You Choose?

Has anyone researched whether playing on red team or the blue gives advantage?

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Come Play: It's the Bluff the Psychologist Challenge

With apologies to NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! It is time to play the Bluff the Psychologist Challenge. Two of these effects are made up. Which one is real?

Subliminal Cues Impact Motivation, Endurance, and Longevity

By Christopher Bergland on December 10, 2014 in The Athlete's Way
Two recent studies have found that subliminal visual cues can improve athletic performance, as well as, physical functioning in older individuals by reducing stereotypes of aging and fatigue.

How Valid Is Evolutionary Psychology?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 09, 2014 in Out of the Darkness
How valid are the assumptions evolutionary psychologists make about prehistoric human life, and about 'human nature'? Perhaps evolutionary psychology is appealing because it offers a simple explanation of a wide variety of human behaviors, and because its narrative of competitiveness and individualism fits with the values of our culture.

America’s Affluent Teen Crisis

By Linda Esposito LCSW on December 09, 2014 in From Anxiety to Zen
Before crying, "Poor little rich kid," ask yourself if you're contributing to Generation Stressed...

Finding Followers: Tweens Cash in on a New Commodity

In the world of social media a new type of currency has been created. Known as tweeps, peeps, friends, or followers, the net worth of an account is based on their number. Today's social media savvy tweens seem to want in on the action.

The Arc of Life in Supervision

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 08, 2014 in Feeling Our Way
Newton said he benefited from standing on the shoulders of giants; perhaps I have had the benefit of sitting on a few laps.

Six Strategies on How to Rise to the Top in Any Field

Here are six tips from advertising legend David Ogilvy on how to rise to the top in any field.

Learning to Live Together, Jaffa Style

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 08, 2014 in Media Spotlight
The recently-founded Class Exchange Program underway in Jaffa, Israel involves helping Arab and Jewish youngsters in Israel learn together to promote mutual understanding, respect and friendship through joint classes in arts, music and drama at the unique Arab-Jewish Center in Jaffa. A new research study evaluating the program suggests that it may help reduce tensions.

Jean Béliveau: The Dignity and Grace of a True Master

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 07, 2014 in Black Belt Brain
I wore a hockey jersey to my University of Victoria office on Wednesday December 3, 2014. It was my treasured Jean Béliveau jersey. I wore it to honor the life of a great and dignified Canadian, ice hockey player, and statesman who was an inspiration to me personally.

All the Career Advice Your Need in One Blog Post?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 06, 2014 in How To Do Life
The 14 Things I Most Want You To Know

Guilty Games

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on December 06, 2014 in A Swim in Denial
Guilt is painful. It attacks your self-esteem and trust in the world. Even police, enforcers of the law, behave like children when found guilty. They feel sorry for themselves and blame the victim. Protests against police killing are necessary but may harden police denial. It takes a tragic sense of the limited, conflicted creatures we are to come to terms with guilt

Prediction: Religion Will Become Just Another Good Hobby

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in Ambigamy
Both a prediction and a wish: That we find appropriate respect for religion in treating it as one of many healthy avocations.

Do Brands Interfere With Religiosity?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in Ulterior Motives
There are many ways to express identity. If you walk down the street, you will see people wearing t-shirts with brands of products on them. They carry coffee mugs with the names of coffee companies. They carry bags that are branded with the logos of companies.

Ray and Janay Rice: Was It Just “One Bad Night?”

By Deborah King on December 03, 2014 in Mining the Headlines
Will Ray Rice's left hook find his wife's face again?

The Creative Investment of Worldplay

How can parents, educators, business leaders, and policy makers nurture creativity, prepare for inventiveness, and stimulate innovation? One compelling answer lies in fostering the invention of imaginary worlds, otherwise known as worldplay.

The 4 Bad Habits That Could Ruin Your Relationship

Relationships are complex, and require constant nurturing. Avoiding these four bad habits can prevent long-term issues, and ensure a happy, healthy relationship.

We Make Our Own Luck

Making your own luck is connected to looking at yourself from a different perspective, stepping outside your comfort zone to try new things, reinventing how you do certain things, and finding the mentors you need to get a more focused look at what your strengths are.

What Are the Important Side Effects of This Medication?

Most medications come with a long list of side effect: Can and should we remember them all?

Had a Concussion? 11 Tips to Get You Through the Holidays

Have you or someone you love recently been in a car accident? Slipped on ice? Bumped their head? Without realizing it, you may have suffered a concussion, and may be living with symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) - chronic headache, fatigue, trouble sleeping, feeling agitated, etc. Learn how to help better deal with these symptoms as the holidays approach.

3 Goals for Playing Your Best on Game Day

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 01, 2014 in The Power of Prime
Defining success in sport is a difficult task. When I ask most athletes and coaches how they define success, it is usually in terms of results. Though, admittedly, results are the ultimate determinant of success, I have found that a preoccupation with them can both interfere with achieving those results and can produce feelings of disappointment and frustration (or worse).

5 Signs That Sibling Fighting May Be Bullying

Signs that sibling fighting is entering the territory of bullying, and ways to intervene.

Can Reading a Fictional Story Make You More Empathetic?

By Christopher Bergland on December 01, 2014 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have discovered that reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” lights up the same brain regions that would be involved in watching someone else moving—or flying on a broom—in the real world. Reading fiction can make the reader more empathetic by activating the brain regions associated with another person's life experience.

Getting Hired With a Liberal Arts Degree

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 01, 2014 in How To Do Life
How today’s college graduates can beat the odds against finding good employment.

Is the Concern About Rape Culture Making Things Worse?

By J. R. Bruns M.D. on November 30, 2014 in Repairing Relationships
Are Obama Administration concerns misplaced?

Don't Just Sit There. . .

Regular movement supports our natural metabolic processes; our bodies don’t function well if we just sit around. Recent studies have linked prolonged sitting with anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and type 2 diabetes

Happiness With Life 3: Practice Gratitude

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on November 30, 2014 in Happiness on Purpose
The things in your life do not need to change for you to be happy, but your attitude may very well have to. In this blog, you will discover how the attitude of gratitude can add significantly to your happiness quotient.

Should Couch Potatoes Wear Fitness Bracelets?

The Holiday Season speaks to growth, and not always in a good way. Credit card bills we can't alleviate, but the expansion into obesity? Perhaps there's a Cyber Monday gadget with your name on it.

What Women Talk About

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on November 29, 2014 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Women and men are two different speech communities. From the college classroom to the corporate world, women typically use forms of speech that you rarely hear from men, such as “qualifiers,” embedded with disclaimers.

The Isis Crisis

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 29, 2014 in Fighting Fear
It's getting so it is hard to know who our enemies are.

The Holidays and Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 29, 2014 in How To Do Life
December can be a most career-boosting time.