Essential Reads

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

College athletics can be an excellent venue to nurture ethics and character.

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

Finding a balance of fear and exploration by allowing more unstructured play.

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Your brain adapts to the tools you use based on how they feel

Student-Athlete...or Athlete-Student?

Colleges suggest academics comes first, but is that really true?

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Book Review: Wisdom from the Couch

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on March 22, 2015 In Therapy
Dr. Jennifer Kunst shares the warmer, friendlier side of Kleinian psychology in this interview and book review.

The Pathways of Experience

When asked to describe the most important challenges of living, Freud is reputed to have said – for there is no firm evidence of his doing so – that every person should “work and love.”

Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

We are used to thinking of creativity as an entirely positive attribute. However, new research on malevolent creativity suggests that the truly creative may put their novel thinking to dangerous uses under the right circumstances.

The Neurobiology of BDSM Sexual Practice

How can one experience pain, either the physical pain of a smack on the tush or the emotional pain of humiliation, as pleasurable? Aren’t pain and pleasure diametrically opposed? The answer, informed by neurobiology, is that the opposite of pleasure isn’t pain but ennui— a lack of interest in sensation and experience.

The Urge to Connect

A 3 billion year perspective on where the human race is headed

Yes, You Should Get Paid to Watch Basketball at Work

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 Glue
Think watching basketball on the job is a waste of company time? Think again.

Do You Like Your Sister?

Sympathy, compassion, understanding, respect, generosity and a willingness to forgive are essential features of every important relationship, including ones between members of an immediate family.

Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?

New data suggest that dog people and cat people are selecting their preferred pet because it complements their own personality.

An Analytical Approach to Finding Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 How To Do Life
What are your core skills, interests, values, and non-negotiables?

Science and the Online Dating Profile

Online dating is the new singles bar, one in which your words won't be drowned out by the music. But which words should you use? There is some scientific evidence about relatively more effective ways to turn an online contact into a real huggable moment.

Treating William Shakespeare

Asking which of the things I did that worked and which didn’t is exactly the same as asking which things the patient does in response I should feel rewarded by.

Don’t Close More State Hospitals

Should we bring back the state hospital system?

Martial Arts and Philosophy

What does pursuing a passion, with all the blood and pain involved in doing that properly, add to our lives?

Women Like Men With Big Medals

If our basic drive is to survive and reproduce, why do men, who have been the primary war fighters throughout human history, volunteer to subject themselves to the life-threatening dangers of war?

Music Probably Doesn't Make Kids Smarter. So What?

Music lessons probably don't make kids smarter. But they have lots of other benefits.

7 Hints for Making It as an Artist

Are you a weekend artist who putters and creates but longs for more time to pursue a career as a “real” artist?

18 Ways to Add Oomph to Your Everyday Activities

Physical exercise has many brain health benefits, and reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. But you don’t have to hit the gym to get your heart pumping! Here are 18 ways to add umph to your everyday activities.

How Music Can Help You Get Ahead, The Right Way

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on March 13, 2015 The New You
Music can often boost, or hurt, performance. So what do professionals and athletes need to know about the benefits and traps of using music to motivate?

The Psychology of Online Customization

The decision to buy a customized product is mediated by a number of unconscious factors that shape the customers’ final decision.

The 'Other' Marshmallow Test

The tower building exercise - and its marshmallow - reveals another secret of successful human behavior, in this case for mental health professionals: when we put the goals of our patients first and foremost, they are going to be more effective, and so will we.

Spring Sports: Concussion Safety Tips

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 12, 2015 Brain Trauma
Do you really know about concussions? With Spring and Summer come a variety of sports with high incidence rates for concussion. Whether it's water polo, soccer, lacrosse or other sports, every parent and coach should have a handle on basic concussion safety. Although this may sound like hyperbole, the future may depend on it.

The Importance of Failure: A Culture of False Success

It is becoming commonplace to give every child a trophy and generally dilute the competitive nature of sports. These changing trends are bringing new, long term challenges and repercussions that need to be taken note of. By fostering a false sense of success, we are ultimately doing a psychological disservice to children in more ways than one.

How Over-Thinking Kills Your Performance

By Gregory Ciotti on March 11, 2015 Habits, Not Hacks
Why assessing your performance will often steer you wrong.

The Hard Problem of Life

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on March 11, 2015 Hot Thought
Life and consciousness are problems allegedly so hard that no amount of scientific progress can ever solve them.

Is the Intense Pressure to Succeed Sabotaging Our Children?

Last week, a 13-year-old killed himself after receiving an email from his school that he was behind in his homework. What is the toll of putting so much academic and extracurricular pressure on children? What can parents, teachers, and policy makers do to break this vicious cycle and reduce the insanity of the K-12 rat race of trying to get into an A-list college?

Finding Meaning in Work

How can we find significance and purpose in work in today's economy?

10 Ways to Spot an 'Everyday' Sadist

When we think of sadism, it’s often the “50 Shades of Grey” variety. However, sadism doesn’t just live in the bedroom. This 10-item quiz will help you find out who secretly harbors an unnatural desire to harm.

Barry Beck Finds His Purpose Bringing Hockey To China

For the past 7 years, Barry Beck, a former NHL All-Star and capitan of the New York Rangers, has aimed to expand the sport of ice hockey. As a mentor and coach at the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, he has broken down barriers for the sport and developed a culture of growth and development for over 25,000 children.

Sports Are Like Sleep

So, how are sports like sleep? You can’t TRY to play well. Forcing yourself to play well creates overthinking, muscle tension, and the attempt to control your body in the hopes that you can make your body play well. But, the harder you try to play well, the less likely you will play well. You want to allow great play to emerge naturally.

Which Is the More Narcissistic Sex?

We tend to associate the personality trait of narcissism with women who, at least in the popular sense, spend far more time and energy on their appearance than apparently do men. New research on sex differences shows clearly that there is a gender difference, but not in how we might expect.