Essential Reads

When Learning a Foreign Language

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Between Cultures
The roads that lead to foreign language mastery are as fascinating as the languages themselves. Here are four tips to help you along the way.

Animals R Us, or Are They?

What is your cat really thinking about?

New Research Confirms 9 Ways to Help Beat Dementia

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 17, 2017 in Cravings
Don't wait until you're old to worry about dementia—act now to prevent cognitive decline.

Breatharians...or Believe Anythings?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on August 17, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Four reasons why normal people can come to hold ridiculous beliefs.

More Posts on Cognition

Dietary Modification in Mental Health Care

Do you ever wonder about the role of nutrition in mental health? Simple changes in the diet can go a long way toward improving your mental health.

What Do Donald Trump and OJ Simpson Have in Common?

By Charles S. Jacobs on August 22, 2017 in Management Rewired
Neuroscientific trends are represented throughout history.

The Art of Persusasion

By Charles S. Jacobs on August 22, 2017 in Management Rewired
A simple set of psychological principles can ensure that you always get your own way.

Do Adult Dogs Still Recognize Their Mothers?

Does the emotional link between a canine mother and her puppies carry over into their adulthood?
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Interpreting signs and symbols

Signs and symbols expressed by the patient’s unconscious in dreams may enable health care professionals to identify the pernicious onset of delirium.

Cooking and Problem-Solving with Kids

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Screen Time
While problem-solving skills are not taught directly in the classroom, they are part of everyday life-building skills. It is important to provide children with real-world examples.
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The Virtues of Science-Based Thinking

By Mona S Weissmark Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Justice Matters
Did science-based thinking help pave the way for the Gates Foundation motto, “All lives have equal value"?

Buyer’s Remorse

By Harold Sigall Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Wishful Thoughts
The consequences of your decisions.
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The Lunar Eclipse and Your Shadow

By Diana Raab PhD on August 16, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you feeling a bit off this week? Are strange things happening to you and your loved ones? There's a chance that this might be an effect of the upcoming lunar eclipse.

Questions of Realness

When we watch real people portray fictional characters, do we react to them in the same way as we react to watching real people on the street?

What My Gym Membership Taught Me About Mental Accounting

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in Consumed
When you think about money, think it through.

After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?

In what ways might racism be considered a mental illness? How might this understanding help us treat those who suffer from pathological bias?

Sleep and the Social Brain

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Each night key structures of the social brain are deactivated during NREM and then reactivated during REM. Why?

Four Reasons Women Cheat on Their Partners

Faithfulness to one’s partner is at the bedrock of most committed relationships. A recent study shows how women justify the cognitive dissonance caused by having an affair.

How to Get Elected as a Democrat: Three Winning Memes

By Stanton Peele on August 15, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Each party rejects the other's key themes. But there are three ideas that cannot be defeated in contemporary America. Support these three "memes" and, sure as shooting, you're in.

Purple Haze

By Maureen Seaberg on August 14, 2017 in Sensorium
Musician John Purvis and Jimi Hendrix: synchronicities...

Age and Critical Thinking

Though mature students think they’re pretty good at CT, often they are not.

Coffee is a Drug Not a Beverage, Drink Up! Just Not Too Much

Coffee is a Drug, Not a Beverage, So drink up! Just not too much.

An In-depth Analysis of the Crisis at Google

The crisis at Google in the wake of the Damore memo controversy is an unfortunate symptom of our hyperpolarized society. This post explains how to understand it and move forward.

Why Advertising Falls Flat in Individuals With Autism

Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability.

Defining Playfulness

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 10, 2017 in On Having Fun
If you look for playfulness in the young, you will find it. If you join them, you will find it in yourself.

Two Weaknesses of Forgiving: It Victimizes and Stops Justice

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Do you have thoughts about forgiveness that stop you from forgiving? You might want to carefully examine these thoughts to be sure you are not blocking yourself from healing.

Death, Taxes, and Urination

The cognitive effects of withholding urination are discussed in the context of athletic performance.

What Makes a Dog Notice a Person

Is it the sight of you, the sounds you make, or your scent that is most likely to make a dog aware that you are nearby?
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What's More Likely to Increase Creativity—Netflix or Zumba?

Have some folks watch Netflix for an hour. Have some other folks take a Zumba class. Then test their creativity. What do you expect that the results will be? Here's the answer!

False Is the New True—Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Humans have never really like the truth, simply because it is almost always inconvenient. So, what's different now about blizzard of lies we experience everyday? Backsliding.

Is Connectivity Neurofeedback Training the Next Big Thing?

By Christopher Bergland on August 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have developed a technique called "functional connectivity neurofeedback training" that can alter cognitive function and performance. This could be revolutionary.

Cognitizing a Scenario

"Cognitizing" a scenario taps into behind-the-scenes mental activities such as reading a situation and picking up on subtle cues. It's about how to think, not just what to do.

What to Eat to Prevent Brain Fade?

A simple dietary adjustment can help....

The Psychology of Experience in the Digital World

a single experience is made up of an infinite number of smaller experiences.