Essential Reads

"Hey This Isn't A Competition And You Have Cooties So I Win"

88 ways to get the dangerously decisive last word

Stop Thinking Positively

The secret to accomplishing the impossible.

5 Psychological Lessons from Marathon Running

The psychology of pushing your limits.

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

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

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

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.

How to Parent

Parenting, then and now.

All About You - Quiz

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 In Practice
A little positive self-reflection can be a very nurturing thing to do. Here are some questions to stimulate your thinking. There are no right or wrong answers here. Take a little "me" time to think about what's important to you.

Negative Interest

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 Hidden Motives
This is odd: “about $3 trillion of assets in Europe and Japan … now have negative interest rates.”

How Playing Baseball in Prison Can Help You Face Your Fears

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 The New You
Not many people like to socialize with some of the nation’s most notorious criminals. Even fewer challenge them to a competition.

Adulthood's Dirty Secret

Social class' impact on education and family life.

The Big Mistakes of Religion and Secularism

People have a choice about religion and spirituality: to conform more or less rigidly to accepted teaching, or to think and act independently. Both bring problems, but the issues resolve spontaneously as we grow more mature and find a true set of values to follow

Who Says Wanting Control is a Bad Thing?

Yet, when it comes to our bodies, wanting to feel in charge is completely normal. But as we age it becomes less likely that we can control our bodies.

An Intelligence Officer's Explanation of the Islamic State

A simple way to understand the complex threat of ISIS

Is True Friendship Still Possible?

Face-to-face conversations extending over decades is indeed evaporating.

Marketers' Shocking New Ability to Target Women

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 The Human Beast
During the fertile phase of their monthly cycle, women are prone to greater risk taking. For psychologists, this means that they are more likely to initiate sexual affairs. Marketers discovered that women are more likely to try new brands as well. Now they plan to use this fact in targeted marketing. Assuming that they get away with it, will the scheme work?

Colorblindness Is a Poor Adaptation to Neo-Diversity Anxiety

American racial, intergroup anxiety is getting worse. And one poor adaptation people are trying to use to avoid their own racial neo-diversity anxiety is the “I don’t see color” strategy.

Envy and Social Propinquity

Did you ever notice how you will envy those most like you in some important way? If you love chess you won't envy Yitzhak Perlman, just as if you play violin you won't envy Bobby Fisher. What is the deeper meaning beneath this phenomenon and how can it help us better understand those pangs of envy we sometimes feel?

Healthy Relationships Overlooked in Search for a Quick Fix

By Amy Banks on February 28, 2015 Wired For Love
Simply thinking about your strongest relationships can change your brain chemistry in a positive way. Imagine the benefits of being face to face with the people you love!

ADHD and Early Death: A False Assumption

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on February 28, 2015 Child in Mind
Space and time to listen to the story are critical to effective treatment of problems of regulation of attention, behavior and emotion. Perhaps the risk of early death in individuals diagnosed with ADHD lies in the absence of recognition and treatment of complex underlying causes.

What Sex Teaches Us About Leadership

Paying attention to sex can make you a better leader

Winning Moves in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"

"Searching for Bobby Fischer" is a movie about greatness in chess. But more than that, it is about maintaining compassion as one pursues excellence. It is also a caution to parents who may be tempted to overly identify with their children's success.

Living in the Here and Now

By Susan Hooper on February 26, 2015 Detours and Tangents
For most of my life, I have wanted to be somewhere else, living an entirely different life. A calendar from years ago showed me that I had then—and may even have now—a life that other people might envy.

Study Finds Habits in Children Take Root by Age 9

By Rebecca Jackson on February 26, 2015 School of Thought
The research is eye-opening for many parents who hope their children will eventually take on more responsibility. The evidence is clear; it's not happening without intervention. This article examines the new research and provides parents with an updated guide of age age appropriate responsibilities to build self-sufficiency and resilience in children.

Not Just High Achievers

How can we understand the impressive performances on Child Genius? It's more than just brains, it's also achievement patterns.

Red vs. Blue: Which Should You Choose?

By Jamie Madigan Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 Mind Games
Has anyone ever done research on whether playing on the red team or the blue gives one a mental edge in games? Yep.

Coping With Traumatic Brain Injury

Tricia Williams, a clinical neuropsychologist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, explains how to improve child development and mental health for individuals coping with a TBI.

Thinking of Teaching Psychology at the College Level?

What you need to know if you are considering being a psychology professor

Looking for the Right Relationship? Make a Plan!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and you’re still alone. Or maybe you’re just wishing you were alone because clearly you’re dating a total loser. Or maybe you’ve decided to address your long-standing dating dilemma with a bold new approach. If you’ve opted for the latter, read on.

Data Analytics in Baseball and Dream Research

This may be the sharpest distinction between data analytics in baseball and dream research: the former is a relatively closed system, and the latter is a wide open system, perhaps the most wide open system in human psychology.

Follow Your Bliss

Interests and character strengths are two natural energy resources within us. What would your life be like if you maximized both? How might you merge the two together?

Addicted to Busy: 4 Strategies to Ease the Guilt & Burnout

Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work, and our health. The result of being Addicted to Busy is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical illness.

The New Psychology of Catching Liars

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 Ulterior Motives
If you travel frequently, then you have probably endured more than one security screening interview at an airport. At passport control, for example, border agents ask a few questions, stare at your passport, check you on electronic databases, and then send you on your way.

Athletes and the Spiral of Silence

Do sports journalists intimidate athletes into silence?

Generations Divided

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on February 21, 2015 The Prime of Life
We live in a society acutely conscious of age. Ours is also an intensely age segregated society that denigrates whole groups of people based on their age.