Essential Reads

Penalty Shoot-Outs Are Not a Lottery

Revealing the keys to success in soccer's do-or-die moment

Extraordinary Fun

Another way of playing

How Much Is Your Reputation Really Worth?

New research reveals when your reputation matters, and when it doesn’t.

The Psychological Transition From College to Pro Sports

Why do some falter while others thrive?

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Use Curiosity to Hook New Friends

“Curiosity hooks” act as silent invitations for people to initiate conversations.

Play! Run! Skip! 20 Ways to Keep Kids Active

Physically active kids are not only happier and healthier, but they’re also smarter. They do better on measures of academic success, well-being, self-confidence, creativity, intelligence, attention, and more. They grow into happier, healthier, more productive adults. What can you do to help ensure your child reaps all these benefits?

Impulse Control Can Work Against You

When “I shouldn’t” becomes “I can’t,” we can end up creating obstacles for ourselves that interfere, not only with our self-development, but with our basic happiness.

Pressure at the Academy Awards

By Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in Thicken Your Skin
Most people perform below their capability in a pressure moment.

Why You Need a Book Doctor

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Before I hired a book doctor or would take the idea seriously, two or three interested agents had to urge me to get editing help. A new guidebook answers some of the many questions I had about paying for such help.

Top 5 Questions About Psychology and Sports

There is a surprisingly large amount of research on the psychology of sports. Here are the top 5 questions that are asked about the psychology of sports.

The Psychology of Brian Williams

By Stanton Peele on February 14, 2015 in Addiction in Society
Brian Williams' transgressions result from a key source of male insecurity—not playing on the high school football team. Some men may never overcome this "shortcoming" no matter how famous and admired they become.

Where do obesity myths originate?

Food and beverage companies' role in obesity

Physics and Poetry: A Polymath’s Creative Strategy

Where do successful individuals find inspiration and energy to do the things they do? Some may harbor their forces, focused on a single passion. Yet others take on multiple problems or even multiple careers. What? They let a hobby eat up their time? They split their energies between two careers? How does that enable success?

Who's Telling The Truth?

By Russ Gerber on February 13, 2015 in Our Health
What will be your impact on the moral atmosphere?

One Simple Mood-Boosting Trick

Harnessing the mind-body connection can instantly change your mood. Here's how in 5 simple steps.

The Hipster, the Bearded Ape, and God

By Hector A Garcia Psy.D. on February 11, 2015 in Alpha God
Most hipsters and other bearded types walk about sporting their facial coiffures unaware of their evolved purpose. But the allure of beards is rooted in the violent past of male mate competition.

Learning to Enjoy Life by Watching Dogs

Research shows us that owning a dog can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Dog lovers know that dogs teach ways of living that we might want to emulate. Watching your canine friend—or someone else’s—and imitate some of their behaviors. This can be your guide to improving moods and learning to enjoy life more.

The Missing Link Between Psychology and Biology

By Warren W Tryon Ph.D. on February 10, 2015 in The Missing Link
How does psychology influence biology? How does biology influence psychology? Read on to find an answer.

Plato Said Knock You Out

How martial arts cultivates character and challenges the mind.

Creativity in Centerfield

By Albert Rothenberg on February 08, 2015 in Creative Explorations
This is an account of authentic creativity in the everyday sport of baseball. Joe Dimaggio's creative catching in the outfield is illustrated

Revisited: Why Are Spree Killers Mostly Men?

How Elliot Rodger's Writings Stunningly Mirror the Ultimate Causality of Rampage Killing

Dismiss Pollyanna

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in How To Do Life
Beware of people who cheer you on with Pollyannish optimism.

Je Suis Ferguson?

By Hogan M Sherrow Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in You Evolving
Muslim jihadists, police, and the nature of xenophobic violence.

The Social Psychology of Radicalization and Extremism

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Naturally Selected
What causes young Muslims to radicalize and what should Western governments do to prevent it? Some relevant insights from social psychological theories of group polarization into radicalization and political extremism and some antidotes.

Deadly Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on February 07, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
The “American Sniper” phenomenon is breaking box office records. It's not just a war movie. The publicity machine is cranking, but something doesn’t feel right. What does it mean to “snipe” anyway? And why should a sniper-hero fascinate us? And for that matter, why do we have so much trouble thinking about it?

Concussions Not Just A Football Problem: Are You At Risk?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on February 06, 2015 in Brain Trauma
Every person’s brain has a different threshold for absorbing hits before causing a concussion. A number of factors influence how vulnerable your brain is to concussion, which is a brain injury that can lead to dangerous cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems. Here are those factors.

Facebook 101: Smart Social Media for College Students

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on February 06, 2015 in Creative Synthesis
How, not whether, to use Facebook and other social networking sites may be key to improving college students' emotional well-being.

5 Research-Backed Reasons We Wear Makeup

Today's cosmetics are not as arbitrary as they might seem.

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

By Gregg Henriques on February 06, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

Ashley Graham's Curves versus James Brown's Moves

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 05, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
We, men and women, boys and girls, should not feel compelled to strive for perfection, but we should care about our bodies. My concern is that the embracing of curves will be a substitute for taking care of oneself, for fighting the sedentary life that seems to envelop so many of us, and for not giving up on the effort it takes to exercise.

When Plus Size Is and Is Not a Problem

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on February 05, 2015 in Good Thinking
Is the new trend toward plus sized models dangerous? Here's why it's all about that waist.

Don't Blame Religion for Violence

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 05, 2015 in The Human Beast
Violence often breaks out between religious groups. Yet, it is a mistake to blame religion for violence. Unfortunately, warfare is a universal human potential that would still exist if we were all atheists.

Psychopathy and Mass Movements

By Joe Navarro M.A. on February 04, 2015 in Spycatcher
The predators that join mass movements and terrorist organizations

The "Crazy Bastard" Hypothesis

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
There may actually be a method to the madness of young men who engage in seemingly pointless risky behavior. Just ask yourself the following question: At crunch time, would you prefer to have that Crazy Bastard as an enemy or as a friend?