Essential Reads

Student-Athlete...or Athlete-Student?

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

WOSPs, the Amalfi Coast, and Unstructured Play in Children

Organized Sports Has Killed Unstructured Play in Children

Hunting Bwana the Dentist

What fantasies move a man to ambush an elderly tourist lion?

Penalty Shoot-Outs Are Not a Lottery

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

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

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 Ph.D. 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?

Expanding on Penis Size

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in How We Do It
Correlation between erect and flaccid penis lengths is a statistical artifact. On average, extension through erection is the same in all men. The “plunger hypothesis”, that human penis shape is adapted to remove semen from rival males, is shown to be far-fetched. But stretched length of the penis may have a connection with the size ratio between index and ring fingers.

I May Be Past My Peak But I’m Not Over the Hill

By David F. Swink on February 04, 2015 in Threat Management
There are many benefits and risks of extreme sports. When are you too old to do them?

What We Can Learn From Russell Wilson’s Super Failure

Failure doesn’t get much more public than this. The Super Bowl. 114.5 million people watching. A ball thrown slightly off the mark. The end of a dream for the Seahawks and their fans. Yet, after it was over, the man who threw the ball sat before a press corps assembled to record his humiliation and said, “I can use this for the future.”

A University Is Not Walmart

In the modern university, run as a business, students are getting good grades and piling up debt but aren’t learning that much. The professors feel powerless and alienated, but the administration looks at the bottom line, smiles, and says all is well.

The "Precarious Manhood" of the Santa Barbara Shooter

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
Each new mass shooting prompts the same old explanations for the tragedy: the lack of attention paid to mental illness, the easy availability of guns, misogyny, and a socially-sanctioned sense of male entitlement. These explanations dance around the BIG question, which is why is it always a man who does this, and why is it almost always a young man?

Calmfidence: The Secret to True Resilience

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Ambigamy
Make the best of your worst-case scenarios.

Overprotective Parenting Doesn't Work

As it turns out, negotiating real-life, reasonable risk can be a very good thing for kids. It can teach them that they have power in this world--or someday will. That they’re competent. And that sometimes, if you really really want something to happen, you have to MAKE it happen, without mom or dad’s help--even if it’s scary to try.

NO MORE: 7 Lessons from the Inside

By Mitch Abrams Psy.D. on February 01, 2015 in Sports Transgressions
With the long overdue awareness of dating and sexual violence finally being raised with No More public service announcements and greater media attention in general, this offers some recommendations to help prevention really hit its mark.

The Mystery of Fatigue

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on February 01, 2015 in PreFrontal Nudity
Everyone knows what fatigue feels like, but it’s hard to know what fatigue actually is. New research has uncovered a secret beyond just physical fitness and positive psychology.

Is the Super Bowl Taking a Toll on You?

By Matt Beardmore on January 31, 2015 in Time Out!
Even though the end of the NFL season will result in some people dreading the return to “real-life” responsibilities, others will celebrate the connections they’ve built this season and fully enjoy the Super Bowl experience, no matter who wins or loses.