Essential Reads

The Shot Clock and the Body Clock

How circadian rhtyhms win basketball games

March Madness

Why you should consider mental health services when choosing a college

The Bourgeois Revolution

Our fantasies and expectations about family life arose two centuries ago

Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

When creativity turns malevolent, you'll want to stay out of its way

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

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.

From Self to Selfie

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on November 28, 2014 in Evolving Minds
We do not always know where our smart machines leave off and we begin. The author describes "influencing machine" delusions which closely resemble some of our current technological realities. There are subtle risks in the ways smart machines may be restructuring the development of small childrens' minds.

How Impulsive Are You?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on November 28, 2014 in Consumed
Did Black Friday prompt you to make an impulse purchase? Read this post and calculate your ‘dysfunctional impulsivity’ score.

"The Grand Prix of Hallucinations"

By Lois Holzman Ph.D. on November 27, 2014 in A Conceptual Revolution
In this community, people don't try to silence the voices they hear or keep them to themselves. They socialize them, study them, play with them, and gain the courage to live joyously.

Feminine Physique

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on November 26, 2014 in Fit Femininity
Many women now work out with weights to reshape their bodies, but can visible musculature be feminine? Building 'feminine physique' continues to be a part of bodybuilding where women can now compete in bikini and fitness categories with emphasis on feminine presentation, not muscle size. Many women feel empowered, but also avoid becoming 'too big.'

Reality Television: Behind the Obsession

By Anastasia Harrell on November 25, 2014 in The View From Venus
Our growing fascination (read: obsession) with reality television and our apparent attachment to its stars may be a reflection of our shifting definition of friendship.

Derrick Rose and the Injury-Prone Athlete

Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls point guard, was awarded the MVP in 2011, and the media and fans envisioned Rose’s future filled with more MVP trophies and, perhaps, the NBA Championship. But sports have many twists of fate, and over the last two full seasons, Rose was sidelined with two knee injuries, limiting the Bulls’ star to only 10 games.

Join Wes Studi’s Fight For Sovereignty

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 25, 2014 in Brick by Brick
Actor Wes Studi, a widely acclaimed American Indian actor, has a long history of addressing issues that face the American Indian community. He shares how many of the issues currently facing American Indians can be traced to a historic fight for sovereignty that have disrupted their development.

Thanksgrieving: How Inevitable Decline Can Make Us Grateful

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 25, 2014 in Ambigamy
A heartfelt blog post in the form of a Thanksgiving song

Everything Counts In Large Amounts

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 25, 2014 in In Excess
There are various ways to conceptualize gambling intensity. Such ways could include parameters involving the time spent gambling, the number of gambles made, and/or the amount of money won or lost while gambling. However, recent research suggests the most robust and stable measure for ‘gambling intensity’ is what is called ‘theoretical loss’. Find out more in this blog.

How Exercise Improves Your Performance at Work

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on November 25, 2014 in Glue
Social scientists have collected some compelling evidence suggesting that exercise makes us smarter, happier, and even more productive.

An Easy Way to Prevent Food Aggression in Dogs

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 25, 2014 in Canine Corner
Food aggression or food bowl guarding is learned while a puppy is still in its litter, however it is easily prevented.

The Super Rich

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 25, 2014 in Hidden Motives
Most of us may not have noticed, but the rising tide of income inequality is engulfing the super rich as well.

Discipline Versus Abuse: Three Cheers for the NFL

Adrian Peterson's suspension from the NFL is offering an opportunity for learning for all football fans. Is discipline of children the same as punishment? What can this situation teach other parents?

Oops! New Ways To Make Mistakes

Do you want machines to rule your life?