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  • World Happiness Report 2015 ranks happiest countries

    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    Since it was first published in 2012, the World Happiness Report demonstrated that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation's economic and social development, and should be a key aim of policy. This year's report looks at the changes in happiness levels in 158 countries, and examines the reasons behind the statistics.
  • Special (31 Article!) Issue of Universitas Psychologica

    Advances in the History of Psychology
    Jacy Young
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    A special issue of the journal Universitas Psychologica dedicated to the history of psychology is now freely available online. The issue includes 31 contributions which explore the history of psychology in a variety of international locales. Articles in this issue include ones on the work of Christian Wolff, the history of psychoanalysis in Chile, a comparative study of behaviorism in Argentina and Brazil, and much, much more. While most articles are in Spanish a number are written in English. For more on this issue see this post by the Blog da Rede Iberoamericana de Pesquisadores em…
  • Your Categories Drive What You See

    Ulterior Motives
    Art Markman Ph.D.
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    When you open your eyes, you see a picture of the world around you. Psychologists have explored many factors that influence what you point your eyes at when looking at a scene. People tend to look at information that will help them achieve their goals, for example. They also look at items in the environment that are important to them like human faces.
  • Correlates between the Science of Learning and the Practice of Teaching

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    Saad S. Nagi
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The phenomenon of human learning is not a unitary construct, rather it comprises a gamut of cognitive traits including memory, attention, decision making and social functioning. According to David Ausubel, an eminent educational psychologist: “The single most important factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Ascertain this and teach him accordingly”. What we already know and can retrieve is underpinned by the neural system of memory, and the use of pre-existing neural networks can form the basis of further learning. Retrospective evaluations of events in the…
  • Your Role Models Should Fit Your Goals

    Ulterior Motives
    Art Markman Ph.D.
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Humans are a social species, and so we are strongly influenced by the example that other people set for us. I have written frequently in this blog about goal contagion, which is the idea that we often adopt the goals of the people we see around us, even without realizing that we are doing so.
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  • Belief in the Malleability of Groups Strengthens the Tenuous Link Between a Collective Apology and Intergroup Forgiveness

    Wohl, M. J. A., Cohen-Chen, S., Halperin, E., Caouette, J., Hayes, N., Hornsey, M. J.
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Although it is widely assumed that collective apologies for intergroup harms facilitate forgiveness, evidence for a strong link between the two remains elusive. In four studies we tested the proposition that the apology–forgiveness link exists, but only among people who hold an implicit belief that groups can change. In Studies 1 and 2, perceived group malleability (measured and manipulated, respectively) moderated the responses to an apology by Palestinian leadership toward Israelis: Positive responses such as forgiveness increased with greater belief in group malleability. In Study 3,…
  • Brutality Under Cover of Ambiguity: Activating, Perpetuating, and Deactivating Covert Retributivism

    Fincher, K. M., Tetlock, P. E.
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Five studies tested four hypotheses on the drivers of punitive judgments. Study 1 showed that people imposed covertly retributivist physical punishments on extreme norm violators when they could plausibly deny that is what they were doing (attributional ambiguity). Studies 2 and 3 showed that covert retributivism could be suppressed by subtle accountability manipulations that cue people to the possibility that they might be under scrutiny. Studies 4 and 5 showed how covert retributivism can become self-sustaining by biasing the lessons people learn from experience. Covert retributivists did…
  • Having Friends and Feeling Lonely: A Daily Process Examination of Transient Loneliness, Socialization, and Drinking Behavior

    Arpin, S. N., Mohr, C. D., Brannan, D.
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Loneliness is a well-known indicator of relationship deficits, with potentially severe consequences on health and well-being (Perlman & Peplau, 1981). Research has used cross-sectional methods to examine behavioral consequences of loneliness (e.g., Cacioppo et al., 2002). However, within-person associations between daily fluctuations in loneliness and subsequent behavioral outcomes have yet to be explored. Using a sample of community-dwelling adults, the authors examined associations between daily loneliness on daily time with others, and subsequent context-specific alcohol consumption…
  • Counterfactuals, Control, and Causation: Why Knowledgeable People Get Blamed More

    Gilbert, E. A., Tenney, E. R., Holland, C. R., Spellman, B. A.
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Legal and prescriptive theories of blame generally propose that judgments about an actor’s mental state (e.g., her knowledge or intent) should remain separate from judgments about whether the actor caused an outcome. Three experiments, however, show that, even in the absence of intent or immorality, actors who have knowledge relevant to a potential outcome will be rated more causal of that outcome than their ignorant counterparts, even when their actions were identical. Additional analysis revealed that this effect was mediated by counterfactual thinking—that is, by imagining ways…
  • Time to Move On? When Entity Theorists Perform Better Than Incremental Theorists

    Park, D., Kim, S.
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Previous research has shown that when confronted with failure, individuals with a fixed view of intelligence (entity theorists) perform worse on subsequent tasks than those with a malleable view of intelligence (incremental theorists). This study finds that entity theorists perform worse than incremental theorists only when they believe that a subsequent task measures the same ability as the task they previously failed. However, when individuals believe that the subsequent task measures an ability unrelated to the ability needed for the initial failed task, incremental theorists perform worse…
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  • The 5 Happiest Countries And What Makes Them So Happy

    Jeremy Dean
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Only one country in North America is amongst the world's happiest. » Continue reading: The 5 Happiest Countries And What Makes Them So Happy » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Age At Which People Are Least Happy With Their Lives The Number of Children That Makes Parents Happiest How Aging Changes What Makes You Happy People Are Happier When They Do The Right Thing The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier, All Around The World
  • Squirming Helps Kids With ADHD Learn, Study Finds

    Jeremy Dean
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    Study overturns long-held belief about how to treat kids with ADHD. » Continue reading: Squirming Helps Kids With ADHD Learn, Study Finds » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds A Well-Known Trick To Jog Your Memory DOES Actually Work, Study Finds Nasal Spray Effective Treatment For Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s, Study Finds The Environmental Factor Linked to Huge Rise in ADHD Human Children Grow Up So Slowly Due to Large Brains, Study Finds
  • How To Prevent Depression Relapse Without Antidepressants

    Jeremy Dean
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Four out of five people with depression will relapse at some point without treatment. » Continue reading: How To Prevent Depression Relapse Without Antidepressants » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: This Group Depression Treatment is as Effective as Individual Therapy Depression Alleviated By Feeling Connected to a Group Brain Scans Can Predict The Best Type of Depression Treatment For an Individual Hyper-Connected: What Depression Does to Your Brain New Depression Treatment So Obvious You Won’t Believe It’s NEVER Been Tried…
  • Why Some Depressed People Hate Being Told to ‘Cheer Up’

    Jeremy Dean
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Why many find it so hard to support people who are depressed. » Continue reading: Why Some Depressed People Hate Being Told to ‘Cheer Up’ » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Depressed People Take Social Rejection Harder, Here’s Why The 5 Biggest Reasons People Get Anxious or Depressed A Strange Depression Symptom That Most People Don’t Know How People Use Social Media to Manage Their Emotions How to Feel Happy Just By Walking Differently
  • Alzheimer’s: New Direction Reveals Surprising Source of Disease

    Jeremy Dean
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    New study suggests scientists have been looking in the wrong place for the cause of Alzheimer's disease. » Continue reading: Alzheimer’s: New Direction Reveals Surprising Source of Disease » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease This Brain Disease Will Affect Nearly Every Family. Now Nanotechnology Can Detect It Early Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Mice by Curbing Synaptic Pruning Neuroscientists Improve Cognition in Brains Riddled With Alzheimer’s Toxins…
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  • Spike activity 24-04-2015

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:22 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Prospect Magazine has a good article on early psychosis and young people who hear voices. The cost of fame. The Message discusses the nefarious social effects of fame. Neuroskeptic asks Where Are The Big Ideas in Neuroscience? Emotional Intelligence Doesn’t Translate Across Borders. Essential piece from the Harvard Business Review. The New Yorker has an excellent Oliver Sacks post-traumatic brain biography of actor Spalding Gray. Can the Static-99 save us from sex offenders? BuzzFeed has an extended article on a widely used but perhaps…
  • A visual history of madness

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:11 am
    The Paris Review has an extended and richly illustrated piece by historian Andrew Scull who tracks how madness has been visually depicted through the ages. Scull is probably the most thorough and readable historian of madness since the death of the late, great Roy Porter, and this article is no exception. Modern psychiatry seems determined to rob madness of its meanings, insisting that its depredations can be reduced to biology and nothing but biology. One must doubt it. The social and cultural dimensions of mental disorders, so indispensable a part of the story of madness and civilization…
  • An instinct for fairness lurking within even the most competitive

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    It stings when life’s not fair – but what happens if it means we profit? As Tom Stafford writes, some people may perform unexpected self-sabotage. Frans de Waal, a professor of primate behaviour at Emory University, is the unlikely star of a viral video. His academic’s physique, grey jumper and glasses aren’t the usual stuff of a YouTube sensation. But de Waal’s research with monkeys, and its implications for human nature, caught the imagination of millions of people. It began with a TED talk in which de Waal showed the results of one experiment that involved paying two…
  • Spike activity 17-04-2015

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The latest instalment of ‘the seductive allure of neuroscience’ has been released (aka the force awakens) – a solid study suggest spurious neuroscience adds weight to explanations. Great coverage from the BPS Research Digest. Aeon asks an interesting question: throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts in movies? There’s an excellent Motherboard documentary on the contested future of autonomous military robots you can watch online. To the bunkers!
  • Long corridors of the mind

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve just read Barbara Taylor‘s brilliant book The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times which blends her own experiences as a patient in one of the last remaining asylums with an incisive look at the changing face of mental health care since the Victorian era. Taylor is a renowned historian but the book is not what you’d expect. It’s scandalous, searingly honest and often a exquisitely observed look at herself and others as they made shaky orbits around the mental health system. Through severe mental unwellness, the state mental health system, and a searching…
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    Research Digest
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Our pick of this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:The Man Who Couldn't Stop GivingWhat a Brazilian man's pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy
What Can We Learn From Reading Online Reviews?An analysis of millions of Amazon reviews reveals an intriguing relationship between the star ratings people give and the emotionality words that they writeThe Psychology (and Philosophy) of ‘No Regrets’A clinical psychologist argues that Nietzsche is better than any pop self-health book.The Strangest Sounds in the WorldAs these weird audio illusions…
  • References to alcohol in UK pop music are on the increase

    Research Digest
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    "My wine is good to me, it helps me pass the time. And my good old buddy whiskey keeps me warmer than the sunshine," Aloe Blacc – I need a dollar, 2011.Psychologists have documented a striking increase in references to alcohol and heavy drinking in the lyrics of UK chart music. They warn this could mean that attempts to control the direct advertising of alcohol to young people will be in vein, as pop music is effectively spreading a positive message on the drinks companies behalf.Katherine Hardcastle and her colleagues analysed all songs (611 in total) that reached a top 10 UK chart…
  • Men and boys with older sisters are less competitive

    Research Digest
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    One of the longest-debated and most studied issues in psychology is whether and how our personalities are affected by our birth order and the sex of our siblings. A problem with much previous research is that it's depended on people self-reporting their own personality, or on siblings or parents providing the personality ratings. These ratings are prone to subjectivity and skewed by people's expectations about how, say, a younger sibling ought to behave.A new study focused on one particular finding from this literature: the idea that men with older sisters are less competitive. To get round…
  • Psychologists study burglars' expertise

    Research Digest
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    Their actions are criminal and they cause untold misery, but repeat burglars are skilled at what they do and in that sense they are experts. By studying this expertise we can learn to better secure our properties against the threat of theft, and detectives can learn to spot the signature trail of an experienced robber.Most previous research in this area has relied on interviews with burglars about their strategies: a limited approach. A new study is more compelling. Claire Nee and her team recruited six former repeat burglars (each had committed hundreds of burglaries) and watched via video…
  • Optimism and pessimism are separate systems influenced by different genes

    Research Digest
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
    "... the optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose,” Kahlil Gibran.Optimists enjoy better health, more success, more happiness, and longer lives, than pessimists. No surprise, then, that psychologists are taking an increasing interest in our outlook on life. An unresolved issue is whether optimism and pessimism are two ends of the same spectrum, or if they're separate. If the traits are separate, then in principle, some people could be highly optimistic and pessimistic – to borrow the poet Gibran's analogy, they would be…
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  • Upcoming online course on ADHD treatments to include com­ple­men­tary 1-year treat­ment mon­i­tor­ing system

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    Great news: SharpBrains’ upcoming course How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development will include a complementary treatment monitoring system for 1-year to course participants. Based on Dr. Rabiner’s guidance, a software vendor has developed an online system that enables health professionals and parents to track children’s progress via the online distribution and scoring of behavior rating forms. Course participants will receive a certificate that their child’s clinician can use to receive systematic, regular feedback on how the…
  • Why addressing brain health priorities requires open science (8-minute video)

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Description of talk (8 minutes): Why open science? The reasons are many, but here are a few: our service members returning from 14 years of war, the rise in awareness of sports related brain injuries and new research that shows the interrelatedness of neurological illnesses. One Mind believes there are three key drivers to building a strong foundation for brain diseases research – collaboration, big science, and data sharing focused on helping the patient, not the researcher. General Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.) was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of ONE MIND in 2012. He is a retired…
  • New $100M investment in Canada to accelerate brain health innovation

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    Brain research at Toronto health centre gets $100M funding boost in federal budget (National Post): “Ottawa is helping fund a $100 million initiative with Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences to develop a national hub for brain research…“Past generations of adults said they were most concerned about cancer or heart disease. This generation says they’re most concerned about their brains,” said Dr. Reichman. Dr. Reichman believes an entirely new suite of software products — such as online brain health assessments, memory and aging management training, and mobile medication…
  • Study: Dietary interventions can help children with ADHD (especially with proper monitoring and adjustment)

    Dr. David Rabiner
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Are dietary interventions effective for treating ADHD? This has been a controversial question over the years with strong proponents on both sides of the issue. For many parents and professionals, trying to parse through the different claims about the impact of diet on ADHD has been challenging and confusing. At this point, substantial research on how dietary interventions impact ADHD has accumulated and several meta-analyses of this work have been published. In a meta-analysis, the researcher begins by trying to identify all relevant studies of an issue that meet certain predefined criteria,…
  • How Einstein’s brain helps study intelligence and lifelong neuroplasticity

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    The strange afterlife of Einstein’s brain (BBC News): “Einstein’s death 60 years ago was just the start of a strange journey for the most prized part of his anatomy, his brain. Stored in jars and on slides, it is still inspiring awe and scholarly research… Harvey had overseen the division of the brain into 240 blocks, and created 12 sets of 200 slides containing tissue samples indexed to the blocks. These were delivered, as promised, to the great and the good of 1950s neuropathology…Those who did reply found it to be no different from normal, non-genius brains. This mirrored the…
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  • WorkOut

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    WorkOut is an online training program that tests your mental fitness. Targeting aspects of your thinking, such as your confidence, your practicality, your control, and your ability to handle pressure, WorkOut sets you a personalised exercise routine that’s easy to understand and proven to work. Created by the Inspire Foundation in conjunction with the Brain and Mind Research Institute, this program helps you develop the mental fitness you need to take charge of your life. The research supporting this website was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) as part of an ARC Linkage…
  • Schizophrenia

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Started in 1995, is an internet community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia.  We are dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals and families suffering from schizophrenia, and in speeding the research progress towards a cure. The site is managed by a group of independent volunteers and contractors around the world – most of whom are either family members (with sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, or parents who…
  • 1 in 6

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Researchers estimate that 1 in 6 men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 18. This is likely a low estimate, since it doesn’t include non-contact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects. If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, you are not alone. If you wonder whether such an experience may be connected to some difficulties or challenges in your life now, you are not alone.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime. The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime…
  • Violence unSilenced

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Violence UnSilenced is a resource site that has been fostered by a community of rape, domestic violence, childhood abuse survivors and personal bloggers. Formerly a non-profit organization guided by a board of directors, the site is now maintained by Violence UnSilenced founder, journalist Maggie Ginsberg. From 2008–2104, the Violence UnSilenced project published personal accounts of interpersonal violence, giving voice to over many hundreds of survivor stories. The project is no longer accepting new submissions or comments, but it still offers access to the existing body of stories to…
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    Dr. Deb

  • April is Autism Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    April is Autism Awareness Month. Every day, the millions people living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of…
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April in the United States, and is dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence. In the time it takes to read this paragraph, 3 individuals somewhere in the United States will have become a victim of sexual violence.The first observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month occurred in 2001, where the National Sexual Violence Resource Center provided resources to advocates nationwide to help get the word out about sexual assault. This awareness day has gained momentum over the years, especially at high…
  • Brain Awareness Week is March 16-22, 2015

    Dr. Deb
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    I'm a big fan of my Brain.It's such a totally cool organ. Without it, I couldn't do anything, really.No doubt you feel the same way.Brain health is vital to our mental and physical well-being. And as time marches on, exciting research and technologies will bring us even greater understanding of how our Brains work and offer insight into illness and disease.So, now that you know it's Brain Awareness Week, go out and celebrate your Brain.I'm going to attempt some super difficult crosswords puzzles. Make sure I eat green leafy vegetables and take my Brain for a…
  • March 1st is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Awareness Day

    Dr. Deb
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Non-Suicidal Self-injury (NSSI) – is any deliberate, non suicidal behavior that inflicts physical harm on one's body to relieve emotional distress.People who engage inNSSI usually do not involve a conscious intent to die by suicide, though many believe that people who harm themselves are suicidal. There are also numerous myths that surround NSSI, which create a stigma for those struggling with kind of coping behavior. Individuals who use NSSI are often trying to:* Distract emotional pain* End feelings of numbness* Calm overwhelming feelings* Maintaining control* Self-punish* Express…
  • Adult vs. Child Depression

    Dr. Deb
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
                Did you know that depression presents differently in children than it does in adults? Though the disorder of depression can occur in in kids, teens - and even babies, the symptoms don’t always look like adult depression. Take a look at the differences below so you can learn how to detect this serious, but treatable disorder. For more, read my award-winning book “Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.”   Signs of Depression in Adults Signs of Depression in Children Depressed mood…
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Discovery may open door for treating fragile X carriers

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don't have full-blown symptoms.
  • New light shed on brain's source of power

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    New research represents a potentially fundamental shift in our understanding of how nerve cells in the brain generate the energy needed to function. The study shows neurons are more independent than previously believed and this research has implications for a range of neurological disorders.
  • Long-term exposure to air pollution may pose risk to brain structure, cognitive functions

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Air pollution, even at moderate levels, has long been recognized as a factor in raising the risk of stroke. A new study suggests that long-term exposure can cause damage to brain structures and impair cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults.
  • World Happiness Report 2015 ranks happiest countries

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    Since it was first published in 2012, the World Happiness Report demonstrated that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation's economic and social development, and should be a key aim of policy. This year's report looks at the changes in happiness levels in 158 countries, and examines the reasons behind the statistics.
  • In search of tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    About one in five people experience tinnitus, the perception of a sound -- often described as ringing -- that isn't really there. Now, researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record directly from the brain of a person with tinnitus in order to find the brain networks responsible.
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  • Texas A&M study finds we think better on our feet, literally

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time. read more
  • Expert panels successfully rate medical research proposals

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is easily the world's largest funder of medical research, and outside scientists perform most of the research. Panels of these investigators also select the projects that the NIH supports. With the NIH budget slowly dropping, some experts have questioned whether this "peer review" process is prone to favoritism or to avoiding risky but potentially high-payoff studies. read more
  • Scientists create the sensation of invisibility

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    The power of invisibility has long fascinated man and inspired the works of many great authors and philosophers. In a study from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, a team of neuroscientists now reports a perceptual illusion of having an invisible body, and show that the feeling of invisibility changes our physical stress response in challenging social situations. read more
  • Better social media techniques increase fan interest, engagement

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Due to the ever-increasing number of people using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, businesses and organizations, such as professional sports teams, are expanding their marketing and communication efforts to engage people with their brands through those sites. Now, Nicholas Watanabe, an assistant teaching professor at the University of Missouri, along with colleagues from MU and Louisiana State University, analyzed Major League Baseball (MLB) teams' use of Twitter to engage and increase fan interest. They found that the more individual teams released original content from their…
  • Iowa State researchers test brain activity to identify cybersecurity threats

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    The old adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link certainly applies to the risk organizations face in defending against cybersecurity threats. Employees pose a danger that can be just as damaging as a hacker. read more
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    Illusion Sciences: why are we surprised by only some of the things that we see?

  • Star Wars Scroll Illusion

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I haven't posted for a looooooooong time . . . but I'm back. My goal is to create videos about my illusions, post them on my youtube channel, and post them here. Here is the first video after my seven year hiatus: The star wars scroll illusion. I made the video as an entry for the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year contest. The video feels somewhat incomplete since I have several fun variants of the illusion that could not fit into the time limit for the contest. As it stands, the Star Wars Scroll is simply a dynamic version of Fred Kingdom's "Leaning Tower of Pisa" illusion. Nonetheless the Star…
  • Rotating Reversals

    16 Dec 2008 | 8:47 am
    What to notice: You are looking at two spinning rings. When you look at the yellow dot in the center of the spinning ring on the right, the rings spin toward each other; when you look at the red dot in the center of the spinning ring on the left, the rings spin away from each other.What is happening? The rings are made up of two components:1) Six ovals that rotate in one direction2) Lines inside the ovals that rotate in the opposite directionWhen you look directly at the display, you perceive the rotation of the ovals.When you look toward the red dot or the yellow dot, you perceive the…
  • Four Bars: wiggle wiggle

    4 Sep 2008 | 5:46 am
    What to notice:The four center bars are always vertical and straight, and they do not physically change, but the bars appear to wiggle as the surround rotates.You can slide the lever to change the spacing between light and dark in the background circle. The different-sized bars make the bars wiggle differently. You can also press the button to see what the four bars look like when the background circle is not present.Brief Comments: As I have said before, many illusions capture our attention because they violate our expectations about how objects behave in the world. In the real world,…
  • 100th anniversary of “A New Visual Illusion of Direction”

    20 Aug 2008 | 4:55 pm
    What to notice: The letters in the word “LIFE” appear to tilt left and right. The letters are actually vertical, even though they are made up of little tilted line segments. Press the button to put red vertical lines on the display. This way you can convince yourself that the letters are indeed aligned.Brief Comment: The image is my reconstruction of Figure 1 from “A New Visual Illusion of Direction,” written by James Fraser in 1908.The 100th anniversary of Fraser’s paper is worth commemorating. Many of the illustrations in the paper—like the one above—are a staple in books on…
  • Thin lines can stop the perception of "winking"

    7 Aug 2008 | 10:55 am
    Here is an illusion from Shapiro, Charles, and Shear-Heyman, “Visual illusions based on single-field contrast asynchronies” (, figure 11a).What to notice: You are looking at two rectangles that change from dark blue to bright yellow and back again. The colors of the rectangles are always identical to each other; that is, they blink together "yellow-blue-yellow-blue, etc." But the rectangles look as if they are not modulating together; rather, they appear to "wink" asynchronously. If you wish to convince yourself that the two rectangles have the same color,…
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  • Happy Earth Day

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    iStock photo © RomoloTavani
  • The mindful way through depression: Zindel Segal

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    A growing body of research is pointing to an intervention that appear to prevent relapse by altering thought patterns without side effects : Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MCBT ᔥᔥ TED
  • Sleep Meditation for a Restful Night

    3 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Last year 48% of Americans were plagued by insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. As anyone who has gone without sleep knows, a lack of rest is an impediment to one’s productivity at work, personal happiness, and overall health. In this sleep meditation, Deepak Chopra, M.D., leads us through a calming exercise to ease us into rest. ᔥ Time
  • Whose minding your mental health?

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Canadian Psychological Association
  • Brain stimulation offers hope for depression

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Kerrie-Anne Ho and Colleen Loo Around 350 million people worldwide have depression. Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to treat the condition, alongside talking therapies and lifestyle changes such as regular exercise. But a substantial proportion of people either don’t respond to antidepressants, or experience such significant side effects that they’d prefer not to take them. In search of alternative solutions, researchers around the world, including our team, are investigating transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) as an alternative treatment for depression. But…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Correlates between the Science of Learning and the Practice of Teaching

    Saad S. Nagi
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The phenomenon of human learning is not a unitary construct, rather it comprises a gamut of cognitive traits including memory, attention, decision making and social functioning. According to David Ausubel, an eminent educational psychologist: “The single most important factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Ascertain this and teach him accordingly”. What we already know and can retrieve is underpinned by the neural system of memory, and the use of pre-existing neural networks can form the basis of further learning. Retrospective evaluations of events in the…
  • How Would You Like Your Reality Augmented?

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    With devices such as Google Glass and Oculus Rift just around the corner, the stage is set for game-changing technological interfaces between ourselves and the world to shake up how we interact with and perceive our environment. Technology such as Pranav Mistry’s SixthSense device which he showcased on a recent TED talk looks set to transform not only our relation to data access and navigation, but also to other people. One of the many features of this nifty portable projector-based computer pendant is that it projects on to the shirt of someone that you meet all the publically-known facts…
  • Deciphering Troubled Teens’ Risk-Taking Behavior

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The rebellious teenager makes everyone edgy. Their parents are an anxious lot. Their teachers are at their wit’s end trying to figure out ways to rein them in. The traffic sergeants roll their eyes in exasperation when they land up drunk behind the wheel. Sociologists are intrigued and want to know what is it that makes them act the way they do — is it genes, hormones, a rite of passage, peer pressure, or an entirely unknown reason? Risk-taking behavior in adolescents is also a cause for concern. These kids are not only exposing themselves to danger with their penchant for speed,…
  • Opening the Classroom Door for Children with Autism

    Lisa Combs, MA
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    We can all probably remember how we were taught to swim. Some of us had parents who took us to swimming lessons in a safely constructed pool at the local YMCA, with numerous, trained adults right next to us in the pool and floaties on our arms, while we paddled on a kickboard for as long as necessary until we were ready to swim independently. Others had the parents who just surprised them one day on summer vacation by sneaking up on them on the dock, hoisting them into the air, and jettisoning them into the dark and unknown depths of a lake, figuring they would jump in and help if they…
  • Learning Skills and Psychosis

    Ann Reitan, PsyD
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    As a doctor of clinical psychology, I address differently the problem of psychosis. I approach psychosis as a result of trauma and mental phenomena as opposed focusing on the brain, the empirical and the medical model of mental illness. I was very recently reading an article on the subject of new advances in medications to treat disorders that implicate the biochemistry of the brain. This article was entitled “Brain Boom”, and it was written by Mathew Herper. In this article it was stated that, in treating schizophrenia: “Currently, drugs can be effective at treating hallucinations and…
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    World of Psychology

  • 7 Signs It’s Time to Consider Couples Counseling

    Psych Central Staff
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Fixing a relationship with therapy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s broken, it’s just maintenance! Maintaining a happy long-term relationship isn’t easy. And when the going gets tough, the tough sometimes need outside help. Couples counseling isn’t a last-ditch effort to save a broken partnership. It’s a healthy form of relationship upkeep. Keep reading for 7 totally normal signs you need couples therapy, and find out how you and your partner can start rebuilding intimacy on your own. How to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage 1) You Keep Having the Same Fight.
  • 13 Warning Signs You’re in a Codependent Relationship

    Melody Wilding, LMSW
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Have you ever found yourself in a one-sided relationship where you felt as if you were the one doing all the giving, all the caring, while receiving nothing in return? If this dynamic sounds familiar, it’s likely you’re trapped in the web of codependency, a pattern of behavior where your self-worth and identity hinges on another’s approval. Codependency was first defined nearly 50 years ago to describe unhealthy relationships characterized by excessive control or compliance, often with one partner lacking self-sufficiency and autonomy. The concept was originally conceived in the…
  • Best of Our Blogs: April 24, 2015

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    There are the things you know you shouldn’t have done. It was the hurtful thing you said, the anger for a “friend” you didn’t let go of, or the fact that you stayed in situations/relationships long past its due date. The question isn’t whether you experienced them because we all do. But it’s what you make of it. Can you forgive yourself and accept responsibility for the thing you did? Do you try to forget through distraction or do you beat yourself up about it and never let go? The ability to not just move on, but move forward when we make mistakes is…
  • Have You Lost the Pep in Your Step?

    Linda Sapadin, Ph.D
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    There are times in your life when you will feel like you’ve had enough! You work too hard; you worry too much; you no longer have pep in your step. You yearn for the kid you used to be who knew how to have fun, who loved to run around, who laughed easily. It’s been awhile since you began to view life as a never-ending burden, requiring you to put one foot in front of the other to get going. Inside you, there’s a meanness and a madness. It feels awful. Those feelings are invisible to most people because you can still paste a smile on your face. Indeed, there are times you even have a…
  • 12 Supplements I Take Every Day for Depression

    Therese J. Borchard
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    I hereby confess that it takes me a half hour each week to fill up my mammoth-sized pill container with the supplements and vitamins I take each week to give my brain every lift I can. It’s expensive, it’s time-consuming, it’s a pain in my arse, but I would rather spend my time organizing fish oil capsules than in front of a therapist explaining why I can’t shut off the negative intrusive thoughts. I’m doing much better today than I was seven months ago, the afternoon I first met with a holistic doctor to determine which supplements could help my depression. I was hoping that…
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    idle thoughts

  • First Home

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Boston Globe Column
  • Downsizing in the Commonwealth

    8 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    OPED in Metrowest Daily News
  • Charlie Baker's Leadership

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    OpEd in MetroWest Daily News
  • Forbidding Political Lies

    4 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    What is it about a lie, especially a political lie, that gives it Constitutional protection (Even misleading speech shouldn't be banned, Boston Globe, February 4, 2015: A14)?Sent to Boston Globe
  • DeLeo's betrayal of the public on Term Limits

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    The Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives did a disservice to Democrats and democracy yesterday. By scheduling a vote on ending the Speaker's term limits without any time for public discussion, he disenfranchised the voters of Massachusetts.We should remember that he is Speaker of the house. It is not the Speaker's House; it is the people's House.Let us hope that, at the next election,  the primary voters in his district remember this betrayal and oust Mr. De Leo from the legislature.Sent to Boston Globe
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • AP Test Review resources from Joe Swope

    Rob McEntarffer
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Posting yet another AP review resource - hope your test reviews are going well, and that your kids are fired up for the exam! Go AP Psych!Joe Swope (psychology teacher/researcher extraordinaire, fantasy author, and friend of high school psychology) sent this link to the "Try It!" part of his site - here's Joe's description of the rousource:" ... an unlimited number of practice tests.  I configured it for only 20 questions at a time with unlimited time.  Answers are readily available at the end or even during.  There are a few click on the right part of the brain, neuron, chart…
  • More AP Review resources

    Rob McEntarffer
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    (written by the fabulous Kristin Whitlock, posted by Rob McEntarffer because he has more time to do it right now :) I have a few links that I thought the AP teachers beginning their reviews might find useful.Khan AcademyThese lectures were designed for students who are preparing to take the MCAT test.  But they could be very useful for your students in review.  Here's the link: Guide for AP PsychologyI haven't looked at this one in much depth, but it provides online quizzes in the different content areas.  If…
  • Brain Games Episode Guides-One Document

    Chuck Schallhorn
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Brain Games is our new favorite series in my classroom. My TAs watched all the episodes and did their best to identify the seasons, episode titles, and concepts mentioned. I am certain there are errors or omissions, but neither student has had AP Psych.I finally had the chance to put the seasons together into one document. Click here for the Word document.Season One1.1 Pay Attention1.2 Watch This!1.3 Remember This!Season Two2.1 Focus Pocus2.2 It's About Time2.3 Motion Commotion2.4 Don't Be Afraid2.5 Power of Persuasion2.6 What You Don't Know2.7 Battle of the Sexes2.8 Seeing is Believing2.9…
  • The Brain Song

    Chuck Schallhorn
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    I was just assigning one of my brain projects and ran across this example of an original song and video for someone's class.  I really liked it and wanted to share.Original, creative work can be both a great way to learn as well as a way to review. posted by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Time for the return of appsychreview

    Steve Jones
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Thanks to Aaron Collins for the inspiration for the image above. It's back! For the fourth consecutive year, Twitter will be abuzz with students looking for someone to assist them as they are reviewing for the AP Psych exam on May 4, 2015 - and "we" will be there to help them out. By "we" I mean myself, plus a whole bunch of other veteran AP Psych teachers, who are willing to offer advice, mnemonics, and just good explanations for confusing questions that vex students. By adding the hashtag #appsychreview to their tweets, students alert teachers they need help, and teachers reply with…
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Issues in Open Scholarship: ‘If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question?’

    Shayna Fox Lee
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics‘ publication ERCIM NEWS put out a special issue on ‘scientific data sharing and re-use.’ In it Christine Borgman (out of UCLA’s department of Information Studies) touches in brief on some of the topics covered in her new volume Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (2015, MIT Press). In her book, Borgman locates data as only meaningful within infrastructures or ecologies of knowledge, and discusses the management and exploitation of data as particular kinds of investments in…
  • Special (31 Article!) Issue of Universitas Psychologica

    Jacy Young
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    A special issue of the journal Universitas Psychologica dedicated to the history of psychology is now freely available online. The issue includes 31 contributions which explore the history of psychology in a variety of international locales. Articles in this issue include ones on the work of Christian Wolff, the history of psychoanalysis in Chile, a comparative study of behaviorism in Argentina and Brazil, and much, much more. While most articles are in Spanish a number are written in English. For more on this issue see this post by the Blog da Rede Iberoamericana de Pesquisadores em…
  • The Cummings Center: 5 Minute History Lesson

    Jacy Young
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology has just released the first video in a new series 5 Minute History Lesson. Episode 1, featured above, explores the life and work of psychologist James V. McConnell. A second episode, on Ruth Howard Beckham, is scheduled for release this summer. Share on Facebook
  • April 20th Talk! Religion & Anti-psychiatry in Imperial Germany

    Jacy Young
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has announced the next talk as part of its spring term BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On April 20th Eric Engstrom (left) will be speaking on “Pastoral Psychiatry and Irrenseelsorge: Religious Aspects of the Anti-psychiatry Debates in Imperial Germany.” Full details follow below. The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the…
  • Somatosphere Review: Nicolas Langlitz’s Neuropsychedelia

    Jacy Young
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Head on over to the blog Somatosphere for a review of Nicolas Langlitz’s recent book, Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research Since the Decade of the Brain. The volume is described on the publisher’s website as an examination of the revival of psychedelic science since the “Decade of the Brain.” After the breakdown of this previously prospering area of psychopharmacology, and in the wake of clashes between counterculture and establishment in the late 1960s, a new generation of hallucinogen researchers used the hype around the neurosciences in the…
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    One Among Many

  • Verde Primaverile

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    As in previous, Italian-titled posts, I put together some fragments for your enjoyment and mulling. Two of today’s chips are on happiness.
  • Alien Landing in Sindelfingen

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Imagine a world in which “learning” is easy. Believe anything! Such a world exists. It was recently put on display in Sindelfingen, Germany.
  • Heisenberg Capacitor

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Here’s Part III of my effort to strike a blow for hedonism by nullifying Nozick’s experience machine. Reality as it is is good enough. Enjoy it.
  • The Experience Machine Reloaded

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:41 pm
    In a famous thought experiment, philosopher Robert Nozick tried to refute hedonism, or the idea that pleasure is the best and pain is the worst. But not so fast, please.
  • Rejected!

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Breaking up is easy to do but difficult to digest. Here’s some consolation. Sort of.
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    The Situationist

  • Systemic Justice Conference – Today!

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For more information, see the conference website or the facebook page or download the program (pdf).
  • Erin Hennes at Harvard Law School – Discussing “A Convenient Untruth”

    The Situationist Staff
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Tomorrow (Thursday) at noon  join the HLS Student Association for Law & Mind Sciences and JUSTICE FOR bALL for a lunch talk with Erin Hennes, PhD to discuss the psychological processes underlying the acceptance of the existence of climate change, and the implications these biases have for our legal system. Non-pizza lunch provided. Where: WCC 2009 When: 3/12/15 at noon ————————————————————————- A Convenient Untruth: System Justification and the…
  • Morality and Politics: A System Justification Perspective

    The Situationist Staff
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    An Interview with John Jost by Paul Rosenberg Note: This interview was originally published on with an outrageously incendiary title that entirely misrepresented its content. Introduction by Paul Rosenberg: In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a wide range of thinkers, both secular and religious, struggled to make sense of the profound evil of war, particularly Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. One such effort, “The Authoritarian Personality” by Theodore Adorno and three co-authors, opened up a whole new field of political psychology—initially a small niche within the…
  • Systemic Justice Project in The Globe

    7 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    Below are excerpts from Courtney Humphries’s superb Boston Globe article about the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School (cartoon by Sam Washburn and photo by Justin Saglio, both for the Globe): From the first day, it’s clear that law professor Jon Hanson’s new Systemic Justice class at Harvard Law School is going to be different from most classes at the school. Hanson, lanky, bespectacled, and affable, cracks jokes as he paces the room. He refers to the class of 50-odd students as a community; he even asks students to brainstorm a name for the group. But behind the…
  • Stanford Prison Experiment – The Movie

    The Situationist Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:51 pm
    From ETonline: The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered this week at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, is not always an easy film to watch. Much of the action takes place in barren 6-foot-wide hallway. The characters–seemingly normal and well-adjusted Stanford students recruited to participate in a landmark 1971 study about the psychology of imprisonment–take their role-playing as prisoner and guard to extremes, turning power-hungry, violent and occasionally sadistic. The “grown-ups,” led by researcher Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup), watch a live…
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Your Categories Drive What You See

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    When you open your eyes, you see a picture of the world around you. Psychologists have explored many factors that influence what you point your eyes at when looking at a scene. People tend to look at information that will help them achieve their goals, for example. They also look at items in the environment that are important to them like human faces.
  • Your Role Models Should Fit Your Goals

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Humans are a social species, and so we are strongly influenced by the example that other people set for us. I have written frequently in this blog about goal contagion, which is the idea that we often adopt the goals of the people we see around us, even without realizing that we are doing so.
  • Are People Who Express Anger Unhealthy?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Long-term stress is bad for you. Decades of research demonstrates that when people are stressed over a long period of time, their immune system is suppressed. These individuals experience health problems including heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Good Negotiators Focus on Their Resources

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Life is full of negotiations. Buying a car involves reaching an agreement with a dealer about the sale price. Going out with friends on a Saturday night may trade off the movie your friends want to see against the restaurant where you want to eat. Parents and children may haggle over how much homework has to be done before video games can be played.
  • Sometimes It Is Better to Have No Alternatives

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    When people are negotiating, they generally feel more comfortable when they have a back up offer. It is common to hear people say, “Worst case scenario, at least I have…”
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » What Caused This to Happen? – Part 2

    Thomas Insel
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    A London neuroscientist suggests two kinds of causes for disease; Dr. Insel talks about the implications of this view for understanding mental disorders.
  • Blog Post » Targeting Suicide

    Thomas Insel
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Suicide only occasionally makes the national news, but it is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Dr. Insel talks about the need for research targeted directly at suicide and recent efforts to raise awareness and marshal research.
  • Blog Post » A Plan for Changing Times

    Thomas Insel
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    NIMH’s new Strategic Plan for Research is a broad roadmap for the Institute’s priorities for the next five years; Dr. Insel provides context and an overview.
  • Blog Post » BRAIN Awareness

    Thomas Insel
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week, an opportunity to celebrate neuroscience. Dr. Insel talks about some exciting areas of research underway on the brain.
  • Blog Post » Transparency

    Thomas Insel
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Dr. Insel introduces a white paper posted on the NIMH website which provides answers to many of the most common questions NIMH receives about how it makes funding decisions.
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    Psychology Today - Essentials

  • Hate Small Talk? It’s a Skill Worth Learning

    F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Do you hate small talk? You’re not alone, of course. Maybe you’re shy, or introverted, or maybe you’re bored by it. Or do you get irritated by the apparently endless and meaningless chatter? Here are 5 reasons to change your mind. And 5 techniques for getting better at it.
  • The Grass Moment

    Alfie Kohn
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    If we want to raise kids who aren't self-centered, we should stop emphasizing compliance and instead foster a willingness to question authority
  • 5 Ways to Heal a Broken Heart

    Theresa E DiDonato Ph.D.
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    How do you recover from one of the most painful life experiences?
  • Dropping Your "Me" Story

    Nancy Colier LMSW, Rev.
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    You are not experiencing suffering, you are suffering your experience.
  • Are Babies Contagious?

    Elizabeth Aura McClintock Ph.D.
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    We commonly consider fertility outcomes to be idiosyncratic or accidental. But parenthood spreads through social networks, passing between siblings, friends, and co-workers. Why might the baby bug be so contagious and how do prospective parents catch it?
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • Static-99: Yet more bumps on a rocky developmental path

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Last December, psychologist Brian Abbott and I produced a table to illustrate the mercurial nature of the Static-99 risk assessment tool for sex offenders. No sooner had we published our table chronicling the tool's shifting nature over time, than the developers announced yet more changes. Here, we are re-posting our original table, with an update as of January 2015.  By Brian Abbott, PhD and Karen Franklin, PhD* The Static-99 is the most widely used instrument for assessing sex offenders’ future risk to the public. Indeed, some state governments and other agencies even…
  • Static-99: A bumpy developmental path

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    By Brian Abbott, PhD and Karen Franklin, PhD* The Static-99 is the most widely used instrument for assessing sex offenders’ future risk to the public. Indeed, some state governments and other agencies even mandate its use. But bureaucratic faith may be misplaced. Conventional psychological tests go through a standard process of development, beginning with the generation and refinement of items and proceeding through set stages that include pilot testing and replication, leading finally to peer review and formal publication. The trajectory of the Static-99 has been more haphazard: Since…
  • Upcoming forensic psychology trainings in Australia

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I will be traveling to Australia next month to give a series of trainings, seminars and keynote addresses at Bond University on the Gold Coast (where I am a visiting research scholar), in Brisbane, and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Here are descriptions and dates, in case you are nearby and interested in attending. For further information, click on any of the links below. I look forward to seeing some of you there.* * * * * SOCIAL MEDIA FOR FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGISTS This half-day training workshop will be offered twice: College of Forensic Psychologists, Australian…
  • Forensic psychology: Is it the career for me?

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    I get many emails and phone calls from students interested in pursuing forensic psychology as a career. There is surprisingly little information available online to answer these students' questions. So, by popular demand, I have revised my 2007 overview in order to provide more current guidance, especially tailored toward frequently-asked student questions. You may also want to review the comments sections of my original essay, which is posted at each of my two professional blogs (HERE and HERE). First off, what is a forensic psychologist? Forensic psychologists are most commonly licensed…
  • More studies finding bias in PCL-R measurement of psychopathy

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I've been reporting for quite some time about problems with the reliability and validity of the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R), a popular instrument for measuring psychopathy in forensic settings. It is a critical issue in forensic psychology, because of the massively prejudicial nature of the term "psychopath." Once a judge or jury hears that term, pretty much everything else sounds like "blah blah blah."Now, the journal Law and Human Behavior has published two new studies -- one from the U.S. and the other from Sweden -- adding to the ever-more-persuasive line of research on PCL-R rater…
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    Therapy Worksheets

  • DBT Skills Training Workbook

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Some therapies are so worksheet friendly, they warrant a workbook. DBT is so worksheet friendly that there's a workbook written by the creator of the therapy, Marsha Linehan: DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets.
  • Insomnia Workbooks

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Lots of people struggle trying to get a good night's sleep. Tossing, turning, mind racing, sweating through sheets, the whole bit. There are ways to improve your sleep. Most using approaches rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In CBT, you look at your thoughts, look at your behaviors, look at your reactions, and move forward. Toward that end, here's a collection of insomnia workbooks at Amazon. Poke around, see what looks good, and maybe avoid an unwanted sunrise or two. Good luck!
  • Project Match Manuals

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    For therapists, from the NIHAA's Project Match, here's a series of manuals for working with alcoholic clients: Twelve Step Facilitation, Motivational Enhancement, Cognitive-Behavioral Coping Skills and a bunch of others.
  • Managing Burnout Worksheet

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    From consultant/coach Dewey Schott, by way of the books, Banishing Burnout and The Power of Full Engagement, here's a managing burnout presentation (with worksheets) along with a webinar conversation (which we haven't clicked on). Seems to be common sense stuff, perhaps worth mulling if you've ever felt or expect to feel burned out at work. Most people.
  • BPD Resources

    10 Feb 2014 | 8:39 am
    Helpful links--including worksheets--collected at Healing from BPD and at The Pinki Perspective. What's BPD? Stands for Borderline Personality Disorder. Find more about the diagnosis on PsychCentral, at NIMH, and/or at Wikipedia.
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    Graphology World

  • Doodles are clues to your personality

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Doodles and scribbles can be quite fascinating. Do you doodle? If you do, be careful!  Your doodles and scribbles can leave tell-tale clues about your personality all over your telephone notepad. Doodles can reveal quite a lot about the personality of the doodler! That is why they are so interesting. Some doodles can be quite artistic and complex.   Others look like boxes made up of straight lines. John Keats, the poet drew flowers in his notebooks during  lectures. Doodles come in many shapes and forms but they can generally be classified as geometrical, circular or pictorial. Generally…
  • Famous Geniuses: Can you spot the murderer?

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Here are 5 interesting handwriting samples. Although they are vastly different in appearance they all have one thing in common. They are all ugly. 4 of these handwritings belong to famous geniuses. The 5th one – in no particular order – belongs to a murderer. Can you tell which one belongs to the murderer? Here are brief excerpts from their actual handwriting samples.           Take a careful look and when you have decided, click the link below to get a free report with full illustrations together with a description and commentary about each handwriting. After…
  • What Rhythm in your Handwriting says about your emotional state

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Are you tense and angry or calm and grounded?  The rhythm in your handwriting may just have the answer for you. Rhythm is all around us. We can see it in nature, in the ebb and flow of the tides and in the changing of the seasons. We can feel the rhythm in our own lives with every heartbeat and in our breathing. We respond to the beat of the universe with the soles of our feet and transform the sensation into dance. It’s hardly surprising then, that rhythm should play an important role in our handwriting too. In fact, the inner rhythm of every individual is reflected in his or her…
  • The Windmill Personality; buffeted by the Storms of Life

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    The windmill personality seems to be continually at the mercy of the elements, long arms flailing about depending on the direction of the wind. She is scatter-brained, disorganized and therefore never in complete control. As a result she is often embroiled in situations that are not always of her own making. She finds it difficult to focus on any one thing at a time and dissipates her energy in many different ways that are mostly ineffectual. This type of person is often intelligent and well-meaning but because she casts her net too wide she is unable to keep a grip on her often chaotic life.
  • Save your Child from the Bogey of Perfectionism

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    The Bogey of Perfectionism I’ve always found perfectionists to be a little intimidating – even a bit scary if truth be told.  I envisage these perfect individuals with perfect rows of shoes and colour coded clothes. And of course perfect handwriting. But that’s where the shock and awe ends. Because although adult perfectionists are happy in their perfection – I’m not so sure that this applies to children. Perfectionism may seem to be a rather desirable trait at first. After all, a child who is a perfectionist tends to be highly motivated with high standards of achievement. But…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Anima Possession: Are you a spineless wimp?

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is the second part of two posts on the Classic version of Jung’s Anima and Animus theory in which I condense the information from Marie-Louise von Franz’s book Anima and Animus in Fairy Tales [1]. This post focuses on the malevolent, destructive, dysfunctional Anima and how that affects a man and also attempts to address the approach to take in order to integrate the Anima and thus render her benevolent and constructive. In the classic version of Jungian psychology, the Anima is the man’s internal other, and the Animus is the woman’s internal other. In other words, if you are…
  • Dr Seuss Inspired Guide to Applied Jung

    5 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    The life work of Carl Gustav Jung has inspired me for so many years to a life of adventure, a call to the hero’s journey and the discovery of the depths and treasures of my psyche. This exciting journey has been made possible by the wonderful teaching of my friend Stephen Farah at The Centre of Applied Jungian Studies, who strives every day to make Jung’s work accessible to all and to find practical application for Jung’s work in our daily lives. For those of you, like so many of my family and friends, who still find Jung’s ideas and writing difficult to understand, I have taken…
  • Animus Possession: Are you a ball busting bitch?

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    In preparation for our Anima and Animus Module on the Conscious Living Programme, I re-read Marie Louise von Franz book “Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales”[1]. Whilst it is a fascinating read, I can’t say that I enjoy reading her, since her writing style is very difficult to follow. I decided to extract the invaluable information from “Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales” into two concise posts that explains the process of integrating the Animus and Anima. This post, part one of two, is the exploration of the integration of Animus and next month I will post one on the integration of the…
  • The Archetypes of the Anima and Animus

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:20 am
    One of the most interesting and provocative archetypes we encounter in Jungian Psychology is that of the Anima and Animus. The Anima/Animus relates to our inner or soul life. Not soul as understood in metaphysical terms as something which lives on beyond our physical existence but rather soul as in the inner force that animates us. These soul definitions stem from a time, when Jung was doing this work, where the gender roles were more traditionally and clearly differentiated. So some of what follows in the definition of the Anima/Animus may not apply today. However, much of it still has…
  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections – C.G. Jung

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    In the spring of 1957, at the age of eighty-four, the Swiss psychologist and founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology), Carl Gustav Jung, set out to tell his life’s story, embarking upon a series of conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffe, which he used as the basis for his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (MDR). Jung described his life as being ordinary for his time and place; he was schooled, forged a career, married, had children and traveled. But Jung’s extraordinary intellectual life changed the world as we know it, leaving us…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Boost Your Happiness and Beat the Blues in 3 Easy Steps

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I believe strongly that Happiness is Our Birthright. Yet so many of us, myself included, have days where we feel really bogged down by the pressures we might have at home or work, by ruminations on the past and concerns about the future. We wake up worried about the things we need to complete over the course of the day and fall asleep criticising ourselves for the things we didn’t get round to doing – or tasks we feel we could have done better. Wefixate on negative feedbackand get anxious about how our friends, colleagues or even family might be evaluating us.
  • Dyscalculia or Math Difficulties?

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Excerpt from “Dyscalculia – a Mathematics Disorder- and Math Difficulties in Singapore” (Faber, 2014)Case of Susan:I was not assessed for Dyscalculia until I was about 17 years old; I went for this assessment on my accord as I wanted to find out. During all my years in Primary and Secondary schools, no teachers had recommended that I need to be assessed though I had failed math since Primary Two. My mum was concerned enough to bring me to a government clinic to be assessed when I was in Primary Five. At that time, it was concluded that I did not have Dyscalculia due to…
  • Growing Old Without Getting Too Anxious

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:50 pm
    On Sunday afternoons, in a Thai restaurant, I normally take time to sit down with and talk to this group of aging men about life. It-s interesting that they listen a lot to me even when I-m not yet a "senior citizen!" Growing older fills their minds. Yet they seem to feel uncomfortable talking about it. What is it they may be trying to cover up?
  • Talking to Our Emotive Brain

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:40 pm
    A lot of the work that we do as therapists involves helping clients to become more comfortable with and aware of their ‘less-than-comfortable’ emotions – and indeed some of my articles before this one have addressed the importance of learning to become more open to negative feelings, instead of responding reflexively and shying away from them. In his article on “Unraveling Emotional Triggers”, George Altman examines what happens to us on a brain level when we have a negative emotional reaction and proposes some practical ways in which we can begin to create…
  • Increased mortality rate in ADHD: effect of age when diagnosed and comorbidity

    2 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    A study just published online in the prestigious medical journal Lancet (Dalsgaard et al, 2015) has for first time obtained substantive evidence of an increased mortality rate in persons with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study by Dalsgaard and his colleagues at Aarhus University in Denmark and Yale University in the States also provides evidence that the increase in death rate is caused mostly by coexisting conditions such as antisocial and addictive behaviour, in particular the latter. In addition, the researchers found that if the diagnosis of ADHD is delayed until…
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  • Candida Testing Video Playlist

    Dr Charles Parker
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    CorePsych Candida Testing Makes Sense With IgG Challenges If you don’t measure you simply won’t know what is going on. Candida testing is remarkably available, quite predictable, and once identified can significantly improve treatment outcomes in psychiatric conditions. Oftentimes candida grows more easily downstream from other IgG immunity issues such as food sensitivities to milk, wheat and eggs. Treatment Failure | Mind And Body Far too often physical medical folk overlook the connection – that real, measurable medical connection – the pathological connection…
  • Transitions: Thinking And Doing

    Dr Charles Parker
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:28 am
    CorePsych Transitions: Spring Planting Action1 Start Early: Parker Planting In Dexter, 1953, age 11 Principles are good and worth the effort only when they develop into deeds… The great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together. Vincent van Gogh Your mission for this next year, if you decide to accept it… grow. Essential for all of us: fresh, more informed action – driven by natural change. Review these several brief remarks here from Brain Pickings [strongly recommended] on improved actions for your personal…
  • Transitions: Thinking And Doing

    Dr Charles Parker
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    CorePsych Start Early: Parker Planting In Dexter, 1953, age 11 Transitions: Spring Planting Action1 Principles are good and worth the effort only when they develop into deeds… The great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together. Vincent van Gogh Your mission for this next year, if you decide to accept it… grow. Essential for all of us: fresh, more informed action – driven by natural change. Review these several brief remarks here from Brain Pickings [strongly recommended] on improved actions for your personal…
  • Brain Measures – The New Psychiatric Standard

    Dr Charles Parker
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    CorePsych New Brain Measures: Technology Improves Mind Targets … come to think of it, you can’t get there from here. Burt and I: Which way to Millinocket? But This Old Brain Bus Won’t Take You There A Pervasive Mind Problem: Ask yourself this important question: “Why do so many fear/disdain psychiatric treatment and psychiatric medications?” This Bus Won’t Take You There In A Word – Unpredictability: The standards for the use of psychiatric medications are based upon appearances, descriptions, and speculation encouraged by the recently…
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder Insights

    Dr Charles Parker
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    CorePsych Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Fresh Perspectives For IED About 90% of IED children exhibit a very elevated Cu/ Zn ratio in blood, coincident with increased urine pyrroles. William Walsh PhD Biology, Bipolar and Personality Too Much Copper?More than simply a mood disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder seems so completely atypical and unreasonable. IED behavior is, as Dr Walsh describes in his Nutrient Power,1 like an exploding volcano or a runaway train, often out of the blue.  With fresh neuroscience insights those who suffer with IED clearly need more…
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  • VIDEO How to Speak so People Will Want to Listen

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
  • 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    by Terry HeickWherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual “things.” This is all a bunch of rhetoric until we put on our white coats and study it under a microscope, at which point abstractions like curiosity, authenticity,…
  • The Power of Imagination

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    By Remez SassonImagination is the ability to form a mental image of something that is not perceived through the five senses. It is the ability of the mind to build mental scenes, objects or events that do not exist, are not present, or have happened in the past.Everyone possesses a certain degree of imagination ability. The imagination manifests in various degrees in various people. In some, it is highly developed, and in others, it manifests in a weaker form.Imagination makes it possible to experience a whole world inside the mind. It gives the ability to look at any situation from a…
  • A better night sleep with mindfulness

    11 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Mindfulness training could be more effective than modern techniques for how to sleep better, new research reveals.The findings could point the way to community-based training for sleep problems — especially for vulnerable seniors.Learning how to sleep better is particularly important as poor sleep is connected with so many psychological and physical problems.Around 50% of people over 55 report some sort of sleep problems.Learning how to sleep betterThe study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, randomly assigned 49 people to two different groups (Black et al., 2015).All the…
  • VIDEO Stanislav Grof Psychology of the Future

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
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    What is Psychology?

  • The Amazing Parrot Illusion

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    What do you see in the picture above? Leave your comments below
  • VIDEO: Top 10 Facts – Psychology

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    David from Youtube’s Top10 Facts presents his take on the 10 most fascinating points in the science of psychology.
  • It’s a Jungle Out There – Optical Illusion

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    How many animals can you find in the jungle? Post your responses below!
  • The Link between Facebook and Depression

    K. Coomarsingh
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Regular Facebook use could contribute to depressive symptoms, according to the results of one recent study. Researchers conducted a two-part investigation into the impact of Facebook on user’s psychological health and found a positive  association between time spent on Facebook and depressive symptoms among both males and females. In other words, the more time persons spent on Facebook the more depressive symptoms they experienced. The U.S. based researchers also examined how social comparison (upward, downward and non-directional) mediates the relationship between time on Facebook and…
  • Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald speaks about the issue of privacy and why we need it. He states that even persons who claim that privacy is not really important, instinctively take steps to secure and protect their privacy. Greenwald mentions the horror and humiliation often experienced by persons who have their privacy violated, and explains that it is not only the “bad” people who have reason to be worried about the reality of government internet surveillance, “good” people should be concerned too. People who know they are being…
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung: "We are prejudiced in regard to the animal."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:20 am
    We are prejudiced in regard to the animal. People don't understand when I tell them they should become acquainted with their animals or assimilate their animals. They think the animal is always... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on “Depression.” Lexicon.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    Carl Jung on “Depression.” Lexicon. Depression: A psychological state characterized by lack of energy. Energy not available to consciousness does not simply vanish. It regresses and stirs up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on “Crucifixion.” Lexicon

    Lewis Lafontaine
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Carl Jung on “Crucifixion.” Lexicon Crucifixion: An archetypal motif associated with conflict and the problem of the opposites. Nobody who finds himself on the road to wholeness can escape that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on “Consciousness.” Lexicon

    Lewis Lafontaine
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Carl Jung on “Consciousness.” Lexicon Consciousness: The function or activity which maintains the relation of psychic contents to the ego; distinguished conceptually from the psyche, which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the “Coniunctio.” Lexicon

    Lewis Lafontaine
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Carl Jung on the “Coniunctio.” Lexicon Coniunctio: Literally, "conjunction," used in alchemy to refer to chemical combinations; psychologically, it points to the union of opposites and the birth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep: 238: A Robot's Gender, Act Like A Girl and Be A Man

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Does it matter if a robot looks male or female? You might not think so, but are we perpetuating stereotypes if if we create a robot that looks "feminine" to help the elderly aren't we continuing the stereotype that these types of jobs are "women's" jobs? If we create "masculine" looking robots to work outside and do adventurous, heavy lifting jobs aren't we discouraging young women from entering such jobs? Something to think about. Also, have you ever said (like I have) "Like a girl"? What effect does that have on young girls? Isn't it, upon reflection, a derogatory thing to say - implying…
  • Ep 237: What is Misophonia? More on La Cage, Empathy, and the Milgram Studies

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Does the sound of other people's mouth noises really drive you crazy? Honestly, it does to me. Things like lip smacking, swallowing, cracking and crunching really annoys me. If it annoys you too then you're not alone. Learn about misophonia in this episode. Also, a little more about my experiences playing Albin/Zaza in the musical La Cage Aux Folles, more on how we develop empathy for others and finally a new interpretation for what really was going on in the Stanley Milgram shock studies.
  • Ep 236: My Cross-Dressing Experience in La Cage Aux Folles

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I was recently cast as "Albin" in the musical La Cage Aux Folles and it has given me the unique opportunity to have to learn how to act more effeminate and to cross dress. As a psychologist who obsesses about the "psychology of everyday life" you can imagine how I've been thinking about what there is to learn from this experience. The show goes up in less than a week but I wanted to share my experiences thus far and talk about issues such as gender roles and why I think the movie (La Cage Aux Folles or the American version which is called "The Birdcage") and the musical have been so popular.
  • Ep 235: Body Swapping - Now We Can Make You FEEL Like Someone Else

    Michael Britt
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    What if you could swap bodies with someone else? What would it be like to be someone of the opposite sex? A different race? We're getting darn close to being able to do that with new techniques like the Rubber Hand Illusion, the Enfacement illusion, and now the Full body illusion. You can now virtually switch bodies with someone else and thanks to our mirror neurons and other brain systems, you can have a very different sense of body ownership. Come listen to me talk about the latest research on this topic and some potential intriguing applications to problems like bullying.
  • Ep 234: Transvestism - Is It Normal? What Is Normal Anyway?

    Michael Britt
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    A small number of men cross dress and many movies and broadway shows feature cross dressers (transvestites), so obviously many people find it fascinating and those who cross dress typically enjoy it. Why? What does it mean about the people who do it? I was recently cast as Albin/ZaZa in the musical version of the movie "La Cage Aux Folles" so I've been doing a lot it recently. I decided to take a closer look at cross dressing and see what psychologists think about it. Along the way, I'll also look at some of the ways we determine how or if a behavior, thought or feeling is "abnormal"
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • American Red Cross Honors Dr. Troiani

    Adler University
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Les Waite (left) with Joseph Troiani, Ph.D., at the Heroes Breakfast Les Waite has volunteered with the American Red Cross for 27 years and is Lead Volunteer for its Greater Chicago Chapter’s Service to the Armed Forces program. Les is completing his Psy.D. through Adler’s Military‬‪ Clinical ‎Psychology‬ track and is interested in providing treatment in areas of substance abuse and military sexual trauma. He also served for more than 11 years in the Ohio Air National Guard. Each year the American Red Cross honors individuals and groups for acts of great bravery,…
  • The Fight for $15

    Adler University
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Jessica Vasquez, M.A., is Community Project Coordinator of Adler University’s Community Engagement Department in Chicago. Jessica has worked with local and national grassroots organizations to advocate for immigration reform, workers’ rights, and economic justice. Often times low-wage workers are thought to be teenagers and college students looking for a part time job. What most people fail to see is that the person on the other side of the counter is most likely an educated adult with children struggling to make ends meet. In fact, the person on the other side of the counter may be…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: The National Counselor Exam

    Adler University
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School–now Adler University–in Chicago. A Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  Today she writes:   I find writing for this blog to be great for self-reflection, on both a philosophical level and a practical level.  I hope to share not only…
  • Puerto Rican in America

    Adler University
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Monique Jimenez, Psy.D., is Associate Director of Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Chicago and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Among her areas of expertise, she focuses on cross-cultural differences, specifically within Latino and Hispanic communities, children and adolescents, and the LGBTQ community. Recently, my father shared a story about a Puerto Rican man who was one of three Powerball winners for a jackpot of $564 million. What followed was a deluge of confused and offensive tweets. Some examples: “So we all spent money…
  • The FCC’s Move Toward Social Justice

    Adler University
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Paul Fitzgerald, Psy.D., LCPC, NCC, is a core faculty member and Director of Training for several master’s counseling programs at Adler University in Chicago. He also maintains a private counseling practice in Chicago and Hinsdale, Illinois. While arguments in favor of net neutrality often relate to preserving innovation and open markets, the truth is the Federal Communications Commission’s recent ruling is an important move for social justice. Now that access to fast Internet service can be a factor in determining employment and success in life, it should be regarded as a basic level…
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  • If you can forgive, it actually makes it easier to forget

    The Conversation
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:58 pm
    At some point in our lives, we have all struggled with the wrongs or perceived wrongs that others have done to us. And being unable to forgive someone is not without its costs. The emotional pain associated with such incidents can severely limit our ability to get on with our lives and plan for the [...] The post If you can forgive, it actually makes it easier to forget appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Why too much Facebook can leave you feeling down

    The Conversation
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:29 pm
    “Comparison is the thief of joy”, said former US president Theodore Roosevelt. Spoken more than a century ago, Roosevelt’s words highlight a fundamental truth that is just as relevant today. In the 1950s, the acclaimed social psychologist, Leon Festinger, devised the social comparison theory to help explain the psychological processes behind why we compare ourselves [...] The post Why too much Facebook can leave you feeling down appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Mental disorders don’t predict future violence

    Northwestern University
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Most psychiatric disorders – including depression — do not predict future violent behavior, according to new Northwestern Medicine longitudinal study of delinquent youth. The only exception is substance abuse and dependence. “Our findings are relevant to the recent tragic plane crash in the French Alps. Our findings show that no one could have predicted that [...] The post Mental disorders don’t predict future violence appeared first on PsyPost.
  • What’s the optimum amount of homework to set a teenager?

    The Conversation
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Coaxing teenagers to sit down and do their homework is never an easy task. But is it actually worth their while to slave away for hours on end every evening? Not according to a new study of Spanish secondary school students which has concluded that the optimum amount of homework for children is around one [...] The post What’s the optimum amount of homework to set a teenager? appeared first on PsyPost.
  • A ‘forest instead of the trees’ viewpoint may motivate change after negative feedback

    Society for Personality and Social Psychology
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Negative feedback can sting, but thinking about the big picture may help transform criticism into positive change, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. “People are defensive when they are told about something they did wrong,” said lead researcher Jennifer Belding, Ph.D., from Ohio State University. “Listening to negative [...] The post A ‘forest instead of the trees’ viewpoint may motivate change after negative feedback appeared first on PsyPost.
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  • 10 Keys to Happiness

    Jessica Morris
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Do you every stop and think, “If only I had this…” or, “Once this happens, I’ll be happy”? A lot of us live in a state of discontent, always thinking about what could be, and what needs to happen in order for us to truly be happy. While it is heathy to have goals and aspirations, things can go off kilter when we become so lost in the future that we fail to enjoy the present. Wherever you are and whatever you are experiencing, you have the potential for happiness. That’s right, in your job, as you’re preparing dinner for the kids, even as you walk through deep emotional issues,…
  • 7 Ways to Get Through the Winter Blues

    Jessica Morris
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Summer is over and the crinkling of autumn leaves is underfoot. Where I live, we are already experiencing what seems like multiple seasons in a day, and we’ll go from the intense heat of a summer day to the chill of rain in a matter of hours. There are lots of great things about winter, but more often than not my mood goes downhill midyear. The skies are overcast and cloudy, Daylight Savings causes our days to be shorter, and I’m trying to figure out if I should stick out the cold and rug up, or turn on the heating. Lots of us struggle in the winter months, in fact there is an illness…
  • How to Cope With Stress

    Jessica Morris
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Stress is everywhere. It appears when your phone beeps in the morning, and you receive a text message asking you to arrive at work early. It comes when a bill arrives in the mailbox, when the in-laws suddenly appear at the door, or when you begin to feel sick. What makes you feel stressed? I’m a planner, and when a situation comes up that is unexpected, I can lose my cool very quickly. I feel the knots in my stomach, become short tempered, and I hyper focus on the details so much I am unable to prioritise what is really important. Over time, stress can take a huge toll on our physical and…
  • The Choice to Love

    Colleen Morris
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The Easter season brings together many of my favourite things; family, love and chocolate. As I reflected on this time of year and what  I wanted to share with you, the movie Chocolat came to mind. Aside from highlighting my love of chocolate, it also brought together the single most important aspect of this holiday- the choice to love. Set in a small French village on a hill alongside a river, it is late winter/early Spring. The season of Lent is upon us, a universal Catholic tradition taken very seriously by the small community which is dominated by the Catholic Church. The town clerk…
  • The Long Term Effects of Heroin Addiction

    Jessica Morris
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It is increasingly common for people of all walks of life to use heroin. It is no longer just a teenage fad, but a drug which enters workplaces, damages relationships and can do long term harm to a person’s health. You may be able to identify when a person is using heroin, but do you know the long term effects of the drug use? This infographic by Addiction Blog shows us the science and the consequences of heroin use. Far from being a substance you can just ‘shake off,’ heroin enters your blood and affects many areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex (your vision), brain stem…
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  • MBTI® ENTP Personality Types and Communication in The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Different people with varying personality types communicate in different ways. Developing a nuanced understanding of your, your spouse’s, children or your employees’ or colleagues’ MBTI® type can help you communicate and understand them more effectively and efficiently. Knowing others’ MBTI test personality types can additionally help you work better as a team, and ultimately be able to complement one and another as you work towards achieving common goals. This can aid you in reaching the best possible outcomes in your personal life, your team functionalities, departments, and…
  • Myers-Briggs® Test ENFP Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Being aware of your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type as well as those of your peers and employees can help you build stronger teams and committees. In the long run, this will help to increase the efficiency of your organization. In this blog, we focus on how Myers-Briggs test ENFP’s, who are Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving types, can capitalize on their strengths in the workplace and support others to do the same. The ENFP’s Leadership Strengths and Challenges Image courtesy of pat138241 at According to Richmond (2008), people with…
  • Myers Briggs® INTP MBTI® Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Testing yours and others’ Myers-Briggspersonality types can help you develop valuable insights into how to optimize your workflow. When time is short and demands are high, efficiency and quality are of the utmost importance. This week’s blog explores The Myers-Briggs® Introverted- Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving (INTP) personality type, with a focus on how they can increase their productivity while still effectively supporting their teams. Image courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon at Richmond (2008) suggests that today’s workplace is more challenging and complex than ever…
  • Myers Briggs ENTJ MBTI® Personality Types’ Leadership Style

    Geeta Aneja
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Being aware of your Myers-Briggspersonality type can help you motivate others, and give you a framework for your leadership preferences so that you may work on becoming a more efficient leader. In many ways, your personality type mirrors your leadership qualities and challenges, so knowing it can help you optimize your performance. This week, we will learn about how The Extraverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging (Myers-Briggs ENTJ) type can best utilize their leadership style to motivate and organize their teams. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at As a leader, knowing your…
  • Myers-Briggs® (MBTI® Test) ENFJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today’s fast-paced working environment is more complex and more challenging than it has ever been in the past, and it’s only getting faster (Richmond, 2008). The more aware leaders are of their strengths, the more effectively and efficiently they can guide their teams to success. This week’s blog explores Extroverted-Intuition with Feeling-Judging or more simply put the MBTI® ENFJ personality type. We will discuss how they can help their teams adapt and cope with today’s ever-changing workplace. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at People often talk…
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  • What’s Your Conflict Resolution Strategy? [TEST]

    6 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    So here you are again: on one side you have your goals and dreams, and on the other you have your significant other, your friend, your relative, your boss, or colleague. What do you do to resolve the conflict? This test will help you find out what's your personal conflict resolution style.
  • Imagination and Creativity Test

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    Not many people realize that imagination is one of the most important tools in their business skill set because to have a highly developed imagination almost always means to be creative. This test will help you evaluate your imagination and creativity.
  • Test: Are You Ready to Venture Out of Your Comfort Zone?

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    This test will help you find out how ready you are to stretch yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Despite what many people think, having high risk tolerance is not necessary a condition for success in business and life, and you can be successful in both even with low scores.
  • Types of Thinking Test: Concrete, Analytical, Abstract, Logical, Imaginative, Creative

    8 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    This test analyzes five types of thinking: concrete (The Doer), analytical or abstract thinking (The Analyst), logical thinking (The Orator), imaginative (The Inventor) and creative (The Original Thinker).
  • Goal Motivation and Risk Tolerance Test

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    How motivated are you to achieve your goal? Are you ready to risk? Is high risk tolerance a necessary trait for goal achievement? This test will will help you find out.
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  • How to Master the Number 1 Skill That All Successful People Share In 6 Simple Steps Part Three

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
      So far we’ve talked through the first three steps of fostering more self-discipline:   Know your goals and where you are headed Don’t pay any attention to enablers Set yourself up for success   This week we look at arguably one of the most important steps – making a commitment.   Step Four – Make a Commitment   Once you have your goals and know what you want to work towards, make a huge commitment to them. When I was developing my self-discipline muscles, I wrote down my daily to do (which involved working on my goals) in my diary. The process of writing…
  • How to Master the Number 1 Skill That All Successful People Share In 6 Simple Steps Part Two

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Last week we discussed the value of knowing your goals and having a crystal clear picture of where you are headed, this week we look at steps two and three which help us foster greater levels of self discipline.   Step Two: Don’t Pay Any Attention to Enablers   The first stumbling block I came upon when trying to instil more self-discipline in my life was with my enablers. You probably know them, the friends who will do anything to encourage you to come out for ‘one drink’ or ‘go to the cinema’ at a moments notice.   Although socialising and having fun are very…
  • Self-Discipline – Who Needs It?

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    In truth we all need self-discipline to do the things required of us as functioning adults. Budgeting, tax returns and cleaning are all tasks most people don’t enjoy but nevertheless need to do. These tasks require self-discipline. If, like me, you are highly driven and want to achieve more than most, then it will be no surprise that you will also need to develop more self-discipline than most too.   There are many people who could benefit from developing higher levels of self-discipline, here are just a few:   Young adults who have only recently become independent. Business…
  • Why We Don’t Do What’s Good For Us and How To Get Out of Our Own Way

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
      There are so many reasons why we don’t always do what we know to be good for us. We might just not want to do it, we may even hate doing it (like budgeting) or we might be low on motivation and need to remind ourselves why we would benefit from doing it in the first place.   Yesterday I spoke of self-discipline being like a muscle, but if that’s true what exercises can we do to build up our self-discipline muscle? There are several strategies that can be used and to help you along the way here are my top five:   Write down the top three benefits of doing the activity you…
  • What is Self-Discipline?

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
      According to the Collins online dictionary, self discipline is:   “The act of power to discipline one’s own feelings, desires, etc, especially with the intention of improving oneself”   In my experience self-discipline is when we do things which we either don’t like, don’t want to at the time or which we simply have no motivation for, so that we can achieve more and improve ourselves.   For example, I woke up at 6am today to get everything I needed to do done, even though I would have much rather stayed in bed on this Easter bank holiday! I knew that if I…
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  • Unhappy 420

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a man, 30, in the financial field with a great career, wife and two children. Life is good. I have a very minor dilemma, and I was hoping you could give me a fresh perspective. My little sister, a hipster, recently gave me an unusual 30th birthday gift; a bag of marijuana. Judging from her description, it is “primo” and I should expect to be high as a kite for hours at a time. In fact, she shared with me that I’m too uptight and need to loosen up. Instead of simply gifting me a membership to yoga or a massage or something, she chose to place in my possession…
  • Smoking Gun

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Hi Tim, I’m a single woman, 27, falling madly in love with a cute, sweet guy. He’s a little on the “bad boy” side, quite different than what I’m used to, with a sleeve of tattoos and some very noticeable piercings. We’ve been dating for 10 months and we are so sexually compatible. He does have quirks, harmless like most of us have, and one is to bring a .45 automatic pistol to bed with us. Of course it’s not loaded, but he likes to do some role play with it, have me hold it to his head or vice versa and things like that. That’s all harmless fun…
  • Lockup Taken Lightly

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a woman, 32, and due to a non-violent offense that was the result of youthful stupidity, I spent two years incarcerated, from age 25 to 27. I did my time, turned my life around and got a degree, now I have a good job and a fiancée I’ve lived with for the past year. He’s great, no complaints except for maybe a lack of sensitivity. He, like so many other people I know, is hooked on Orange is the New Black, with full-on updates and shared quotes every time we have company. Despite his efforts to recruit me, I have not watched it. I’m sure it is a…
  • The Tell Tale Toddler

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a college girl, 22, very blunt so here goes. I’ve been having an affair for 9 months with another woman, a former professor of mine. It’s so hot and passionate sometimes we literally cannot take our hands off each other. The problem; she’s married to a guy and they have a 2 year-old. I have no problem with the way things are going. I wasn’t looking for strings and she has no desire to get a divorce, although her husband cannot know about us. The problem is her daughter. We hook up around lunchtime, but sometimes her daughter’s school is closed…
  • The Hounding

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a widow age 67, and lost my husband 2 years ago. I’ve lived alone in our house ever since, we didn’t have children but a new neighbor moved in next door. She’s a single mother with a teenager and they’re both athletic and rarely ever home. They have a German shepherd dog that goes with them a lot but he’s home in the backyard when they’re at work and school. In a troubling way, this dog’s face reminds me of my husband! My husband wasn’t conventionally attractive, from German-Italian stock with sort of a long face. I am not…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • #TBT – Disconnected: Political Conversation, Couples Therapy and Community

    Traci Ruble
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:34 am
    For this week’s #TBT, I felt called to re-read Traci Ruble’s great article from November 2012.  As a therapist who came to the profession after first studying History and Media Studies, I am always striving to relate the impacts of political movements, current events, and shifts in social norms to what happens in the therapeutic process.  Traci’s article reminds me of the ways our country’s frayed political discourse can have crushing impacts on how we relate to our family members.  Call it the Fox News-MSNBC dynamic.  Never shall the two meet because the other side is so…
  • A Wildly Bright Kind of Earth Day Activism

    Jared Michaels
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    In an effort to be of true service in my life, I spent years studying and trying to face the reality of potentially catastrophic global warming, astronomical species extinction rates, devastating economic inequality, deeply rooted racism and sexism, war, trauma, and so on, and it all scared the s— out of me, especially climate change.  I tried to get us to talk about it, change our ways, and change the world, but almost no one wanted to touch this stuff with a ten-foot pole, so I began feeling resentful on top of everything else. But I stuck with it because… what’s the alternative? It…
  • A Louis C.K. Kind of Deep: Pain and Bliss

    Traci Ruble
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    I drove home tonight, my two sons asleep in the back seat. At five and seven years old, I was astonished at how they proudly took the initiative to organize and complete the goodie bag stuffing all on their own at my work this evening. The slow sounds of their heavy sleep and whoosh of lights dancing off the ocean on our drive home make it impossible for me to keep from smiling. My eyes still have their satisfied chlorine burn from our family swim at the YMCA as I look out in the distance taking a moment to sink even deeper into the goodness of this moment. I am looking forward to writing…
  • Forgiveness: What and How?

    Ursula Steck
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    What does forgiveness really mean?  It comes up in therapy a lot but the concept is so unclear for many of us. I have devoted hours pondering the meaning of this elusive concept. Forgiveness describes a conscious act on the part of the person forgiving and a human gift received by the person who is in need of forgiveness. And forgiveness is a close partner to intensely painful feelings and memories of things that have happened in the past.  In truth “to forgive is not to forget” so how does transformation of the past pain and damaged relationship happen? I recently read a story about…
  • Living and Loving in the Nation’s Most Expensive City

    Lily Sloane
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Small-talking about housing costs in San Francisco is getting as dull as these unending rainless days. Something feels so stuck, so infuriating, so painfully oppressive about all of it. I notice the child inside of me stamping my feet, screaming that it’s not fair. It’s not. And the adult inside of me gently reminds me that I’m one of the lucky ones to have a rent-controlled roof over my head and, besides, I choose to live here. I WANT to live here! I wonder, in how many ways does this choice affect the trajectory of my life? More importantly, how does this affect the trajectory of my…
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  • Stop Caring What Other People Think and Amazing Things Will Occur

    Staff Writer
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:13 pm
    This article highlights eleven things that will happen if a person stops caring what others think about them. Spending less time using mental and verbal filters, becoming more attractive to others, and eliminating those who aren’t ‘good’ for you are a few of the suggestions made that can occur if a person simply stops caring […]
  • 3 Steps to Greater Creativity

    Staff Writer
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    This article discusses three ways you can find greater creativity within yourself. The first suggestion is to “become an explainer.” This will maximize the quality of your knowledge. To practice this, the next time you hear a speech, talk, or explanation about something, you can try explaining it back to yourself. The second suggestion is […]
  • Happy People Don’t Do These Things…

    Staff Writer
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    These 9 little things will help you understand what makes people happy and how to naturally be happy. With simple explanations on not being grumpy at work to always taking opportunities as they come, you can understand how people actively and subconsciously become happy because of the approach to their day to day life. You […]
  • Could Your Immune Cells Be Helped by Vitamin E?

    Staff Writer
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Scientists have discovered that high doses of the antioxidant Vitamin E can mitigate immune system stress. While further study in human subjects is needed and planned, researchers are optimistic that Vitamin E may, in the future, be an effective treatment for neurodegenerative diseases and other diseases that cause oxidative stress, like diabetes. Read the full […]
  • Spring Cleaning Made Simple (Really!)

    Staff Writer
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    10 Lazy ways to spring clean your home provides some ingenious tips for becoming a spring time cleaning queen. You can’t get your house clean if there is a lot of clutter in the way, so go through your house room by room and toss clutter into a basket (like items together when possible) and […]
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  • Fear of Speed Phobia – Tachophobia

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    The fear of speed or Tachophobia is the abnormal, often unwarranted fear of doing something too fast. This could include driving, biking, sitting in roller coasters or even simple activities like walking too fast. In some surprising cases, the phobic could even be afraid of talking or eating too fast or experiencing a fast paced life. In majority of the cases though, the fear of speed is only related to the fear of motion. The word Tachophobia originates from Greek ‘tachos’ meaning ‘speed’ and ‘phobos’ meaning deep dread or aversion. The fear of speed is quite a common phobia, and…
  • Fear of Money Phobia – Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    Chrometophobia (also called Chrematophobia) is the intense fear of money. Both the words, Chrometophobia and Chrematophobia originate from Greek chermato meaning money and phobos meaning deep aversion, dread or fear. Money is a necessity of life. However, to a person suffering from Chrematophobia, dealing with money is extremely difficult. The phobia naturally affects one’s daily life as shopping or working, traveling on buses and trains etc becomes very difficult. Some phobics are only afraid of the corrupting power of money; still others might fear financial failures or the responsibility…
  • Fear of Illness Phobia – Hypochondriasis or Nosophobia

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Hypochondriasis or Nosophobia are terms used for the fear of illness or disease. The word Nosophobia originates from ‘nosos’ and phobos which are Greek for disease and fear respectively. Hypochondriasis originates from Latin word for ‘upper abdomen’. These days, doctors do not use the term Nosophobia or Hypochondriasis to diagnose patients suffering from an excessive fear of illness. The diagnosis of such patients would be made as ‘Illness anxiety disorder’. Hundreds of people around the world are diagnosed with this condition. Life often becomes miserable for the patients as well…
  • Fear of Homosexuals Phobia – Homophobia

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:37 am
    Homophobia is the extreme fear of feeling love for members of the same sex or fear of homosexuals. The word is derived from Greek homos meaning ‘same’ and phobos meaning fear or aversion. Many countries and cultures have accepted homosexuality today and some have even legalized same-sex marriages. However, others remain firm in their beliefs that sexual contact between men (or between women) is sick, immoral and even nonexistent. Naturally, Homophobia can be categorized into different types, namely personal or interpersonal. Personal Homophobia is internalized Homophobia which is…
  • Fear of Cows or Cattle Phobia – Bovinophobia or Taurophobia

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:38 am
    Bovinophobia is the excessive (and often irrational) fear of cows or cattle. The word originates from Latin bovi meaning ox or cattle and Greek phobos meaning fear. Its alternative terms are Taurophobia, where tauro is Latin for bull. People with Bovinophobia cannot stand thinking about or being around cows or cattle. Thankfully, most urban places do not have these animals. Cattle are generally only seen on farms and unlike other phobias, the person suffering from Bovinophobia is not afraid of cows or bulls all of the time. Thus, the phobia should not really interfere with one’s day to day…
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  • Why The Clubbing Scene In Singapore Is Dying

    Loi Liang Yang
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:46 am
    One after another, clubs continue to shut down their operations as poor frequency and low expenditure from patrons continue to push the operating costs of these clubs in Singapore. On the other hand, discos filled... The post Why The Clubbing Scene In Singapore Is Dying appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • You Are A Biological Machine

    Loi Liang Yang
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    The purpose of our lives have already been predestined by evolution to ensure that we maximise our ability to fit into the environment and then to pass down our genes. Not only is this... The post You Are A Biological Machine appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Quiet: The Power Of Introverts

    Loi Liang Yang
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    It is insightful to realize how the extrovert ideal came about and why the introverts are consistently repressed in contemporary society. Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by... The post Quiet: The Power Of Introverts appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Bank Robbers Now Come In Suits and Ties

    Loi Liang Yang
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    Bank robbers are now armed with suits, ties, brief case and a highly functional mind capable of grinding numbers with unparalleled exactness. They are the men in affluent corporations, investing, merging and acquiring million... The post Bank Robbers Now Come In Suits and Ties appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Modern Day’s Addiction: Social Media

    Loi Liang Yang
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    If you have to login to Facebook, YouTube, or any other social media for more than once a day, you are suffering from modern’s day addiction. You have lowered productivity, and do not have... The post Modern Day’s Addiction: Social Media appeared first on Kissless Love.
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    Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

  • “Recipe”: Refrigerator Oatmeal

    Amy Bucher
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    A friend of mine, knowing my love of breakfast oatmeal, recommended I try it cold. I resisted. It sounds pretty gross, doesn’t it? He insisted it wasn’t, and sang the praises of the many delicious flavors of oatmeal he was able to prepare overnight in his fridge. It’s so easy, he said. It tastes good. … Continue reading “Recipe”: Refrigerator Oatmeal →
  • Bearing Bad News: Should We Err on the Side of Truth or Compassion?

    Amy Bucher
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    One of the first questions the Association of American Medical Colleges asks prospective students is “Do you care deeply about other people, their problems, and their pain?” The fact is, beyond the glamour, pay, and prestige, one of the most common reasons people become doctors is because they want to do good and help people. … Continue reading Bearing Bad News: Should We Err on the Side of Truth or Compassion? →
  • When The Outcome Is Choice

    Amy Bucher
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Geoffrey Williams of the University of Rochester made a provocative statement at the recent Hx Refactored conference. He argued that if we really believe in a self-determination theory of motivation for health behavior change, then we can’t make a specific behavior the sign that an intervention has been successful. Instead, he stated, a successful outcome … Continue reading When The Outcome Is Choice →
  • Gamify That Project Plan!

    Amy Bucher
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    Gamification, or the integration of game mechanics into non-game experiences, is having a moment in health care. Less public, but equally intriguing, is its increasingly frequent use in corporate settings to promote improved performance and productivity. Microsoft is one company known for bringing gamification elements into its business processes with positive results. Some examples include … Continue reading Gamify That Project Plan! →
  • Boston Marathon Training Week 18: The Big Day is Here

    Amy Bucher
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    Six months after being accepted to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team and four months after starting my training (at the onset of what I did not realize would be the most brutal winter in recent memory), it’s finally here. Today is the Boston Marathon. Thanks again to the many, many people who have supported me … Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 18: The Big Day is Here →
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  • Body language: Partial arm-cross gestures

    Hanan Parvez
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:11 pm
    When a child faces a threatening situation it hides behinds a barrier- a chair, a table, under the stairs, behind a parent, anything that can block it from the source of thethreat. At about 6 years of age, this hiding-behind-objects behaviour becomes inappropriate and so the child learns to cross his arms tightly across its chest to create a barrier between itself and the threat.Now as we grow older and become more conscious of ourselves we adopt more sophisticated ways of creating barriers when we feel threatened. Everyone knows, at least intuitively, that crossing the arms is a defensive…
  • Body language: Crossing the arms

    Hanan Parvez
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Crossing the arms across the chest is a classic gesture of defensiveness. This defensiveness can manifest as uneasiness, shyness or insecurity When a person feels threatened by a situation, he crosses his arms across his chest creating a barrier that helps him protect his vital organs- the lungs and the heart.      When a person finds himself in an undesirable situation, you'll find him folding his arms and if the undesirability is intense, the arms-crossing may be accompanied by legs-crossing.A person who is waiting for someone and is feeling awkward…
  • Body language: Shoulder movements

    Hanan Parvez
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:51 pm
    The shrugRaising the shoulders is a submissive gesture that implies some sort of an apology. We shrug our shoulders when we want to communicate the message, ‘Sorry, I can’t doanything about it’ or ‘Sorry, I don’t know’ and when done along with a slight shaking of the head, ‘Sorry, I don’t understand what you’re saying’.By raising the shoulders and bringing the head down, a person is protecting his neck and throat which are delicate parts of his body. We do this gesture when we hear a loud, banging sound or when we think that some heavy object is going to fall on us. Since…
  • Body language: Gestures of the head and neck

    Hanan Parvez
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:05 pm
    The head nodNodding the head almost everywhere in the world means ‘Yes’ and shaking the head from side to side means ‘No’. A slight head nod is used as greeting gesture, especiallywhen two people greet each other from a distance when it signifies, ‘Yes, I acknowledge you’.       The speed and frequency at which a person nods when you’re talking to them can convey different meanings. Slow nodding means the person is listening very intently and is deeply interested in what you’re saying. Fast nodding means the listener is telling you non-verbally,…
  • Things to keep in mind while reading body language

    Hanan Parvez
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Reading body language is not easy. People who have mastered non-verbal communication have done so with years of practice. However, you can jump thelearning curve by keeping in mind some of the common pitfalls that most people come across when they first begin to analyse body language.Here are the things that you need to keep in mind while attempting to read body language…Context is everythingIn body language, the context in which a particular gesture or gesture cluster is made matters more than anything else. Knowing what emotional state a gesture represents is not enough if it…
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  • How To Instantly Feel More Powerful

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    How To Instantly Feel More Powerful Even the most confident people feel anxious in certain situations. People often develop their own way of getting through a stressful situation, techniques ranging from imagining your audience naked to swapping your nerves for excitement are two of the most common. But few of these ways have been put under scientific scrutiny as a relative new comer to the anxiety-busting technique of power posing. Introduced to the mainstream through Amy Cuddys TED talk: Your body language shapes who you are. Power posing has in fact been around for several decades but new…
  • Do This To Improve Your Focus

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    Do This To Improve Your Focus Most people could probably do with a little boost to their levels of focus and attention during the afternoon at work. So this is something that most people can do in their lunch break that will improve their focus. Researchers from Michigan State University recruited 39 participants and split them into two groups who completed tests over 2 seperate days. The experimental conditions consisted of 20 min of either sitting or exercise on a motor-driven treadmill at an aerobic exercise intensity of approximately 70% of age-predicted (220—age) maximum heart rate…
  • What One Thing Can People Do To Reduce Mental Health Stigma?

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    What One Thing Can People Do To Reduce Mental Health Stigma? I recently set out to ask this one question to as many mental health bloggers as I could get my hands on, in an attempt to provide a full and hopefully useful answer to the question. I quickly came across The Mental Health Writers’ Guild who are ‘a communty of bloggers whose blogs include items on mental health’ and after reading some of their wonderfully open, honest and insightful blogs decided to contact them. While I began this project before the Germanwings crash, the aftermath of the disaster provides a…
  • New Study Links Violent Video Games to Delinquent Behaviour

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    New Study Links Violent Video Games to Delinquent Behaviour Exposure to violent video games has previously been linked to aggressive behaviour, aggressive thoughts, desensitisation and increased anti-social behaviour. As previously discussed research has already found altered reward processes in online gamers. But new research aimed to examine if violent video games would lead to more holistic negative behaviour patterns: “The current study examines video gaming as part of a risk model where we expect a significant contribution of the gaming risk factor over and above the other risks…
  • Quick Psychology Quiz: Can You Name The Research?

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    They started with one question: “Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders? Could we call them all accomplices?” The Prison Experiment The Milgram Experiment The Obedience Experiment Left alone in a room that fills with smoke, an actor pretending to have a seizure in the headphones of a person. The Bystander Effect The Smokers Effect The Loneliness Effect This 9-month old baby boy loved small furry animals... for a while The Little Einstein Experiment The Little White Rat Experiment The Little Albert Experiment Contagious aggression…
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    Peace of Mind Counseling Service

  • The Changing Face of Addiction

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Who is it affecting? For a very long time, addiction was viewed as something that only affected young adults. It was associated with immaturity, experimentation, and often simply referred to as “just a phase.” Something outgrown when adulthood inescapably caught up with us and responsibility took over. Even now when we think of addiction, hardly any of us instantaneously conjure up the image of someone sporting gray hair, glasses and a sweater vest. This is, in part, due to the general public’s misunderstanding of the many facets of addiction, and the comparatively infant stage of…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Loving an Addict

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Loving someone trapped within the disease of drugs and alcohol is a devastatingly frustrating experience for onlookers. We want to do everything within our power to help them, but no matter what we do, they can’t seem to find their way back into the light. We’ve tried playing the bad guy, the good guy, and the guy who is just over it all, but nothing seems to work. We shove pamphlets and research down their throat while at the same time trying to cover up their “dirty little secret” from other family members and friends. The Do’s and Don’ts of Loving an Addict helps guide…
  • Finding The Perfect Sponsor

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    The sponsor-sponsee relationship is a key tool utilized by 12 Step Fellowships to assist people in navigating sobriety. Despite this fact, there is a surprising lack of information guiding the formation and maintenance of such bonds. The right sponsor is a wise mentor, trusted friend, experienced guide and unbiased mirror, all rolled into one. Their job is to translate the language, culture and customs of AA that can be confusing and overwhelming to those first entering fellowship—because what on Earth is “ninety in ninety”? Sponsors use their own personal experiences with…
  • 5 Steps To Letting Go Of The Power Struggle In Your Relationship

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Up until fairly recently in terms of American history, gender roles for men and women were clearly defined and supported by everything from traditional media outlets to the infamous glass ceiling. Men were MEN and women were women. Men were not only expected but encouraged to take on the role of the provider. The stable and emotionally reserved head of the household who could be anything they worked hard enough to achieve; whether it was president, CEO of a Fortune 500 company or army hero. They were given authority over all decision-making and, in general, captained the direction of all of…
  • The Three C’s

    Maritsa Yzaguirre
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Watching someone turn from a healthy, stable individual into someone drowning under the influence of drugs and alcohol is one of the hardest things for people to do. The problem is that you knew this person before their destructive transformation began. They were someone you once respected and loved, but now they’re a stranger you don’t even recognize. As a friend or family member who’s forced to witness such a transition, it’s hard not to wonder what we could have done differently or what we can possibly do now to get them to put down the bottle, pipe, etc. It’s this mental…
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