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Dawn Henderson

Race-Related Trauma in the Public Education System

Are we missing an important dimension of trauma?

The Forgotten Rural Gifted Child

What can we do to help talented students from rural backgrounds?

Real-World Neuroscience Research Promotes Human Interactions

Pioneering neuroscientists are taking their research out of the lab and into the real-world. Recent "Out of the Lab" studies illuminate the importance of face-to-face eye contact.

Beef Down, Atmosphere Up

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in The Green Mind
You can feel the benefits of eating less meat, but you should also be aware that it’s a boon to the planet.

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This One Skill Can Immediately Transform How You Feel

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Living Forward
Changing how you feel is easier than you think. Learn how to shift your attention and improve your emotional well-being.

Sex Education: Teens Teaching Teens

There is clear evidence that risky sexual behavior harms young people. Does peer-led sex education help them avoid risky behaviors?

Sticks and Stones Just Break My Bones

Colleges can either give in to "Brittle Self Disorder" or empower students to get past the discomfort of confronting objectionable ideas and teach them to think critically.

Something Is Happening Here

Perhaps the biggest reason for my optimism about the movement on behalf of boys (and men) is the backlash against it.

Friends in Violent Places

Research says children in violent neighborhoods approach friendship cautiously, with the goal of staying safe. Here are their resourceful–and heart-breaking–strategies.

NatCon17 Is Coming and I’m Going on an Airplane!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in All About Addiction
It's hard to stay inspired in the field of behavioral health without exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking. National conferences like NatCon17 help remedy that.

The Triple Threat

By Jennifer Hamady on March 27, 2017 in Finding Your Voice
In the Broadway world, the coveted 'triple threat' of being able to dance, sing, and act is not as hard to accomplish as one might think. Mentally, it is another matter entirely.
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What Colleges Don’t Tell You

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
There's much you should know before going or sending your child to college.

Academic Perversion

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in Pop Psych
Meeting standards and filling quotas does not necessarily mean anything useful is getting done. Incentive structures occasionally undermine real productivity.

Is It the Business of the University to Silence Voices?

The issue of freedom of expression is coming to a head on our campuses.

Back to School

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in One Among Many
From Kindergarten to graduate school, education is embedded in a system. Teachers and students are not free agents. Let’s liberate them a bit.

Trigger Warnings and Mental Health: Where Is the Evidence?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in Talking About Men
Recently, there has been a growing push for the use of "trigger warnings" on college campuses. But are they beneficial for mental health? And can they have unintended consequences?

The Emerging Crisis in Critical Thinking

What can parents and teachers do to improve thinking ability?

Does Your Teen Procrastinate?

Can’t get through to your teen on procrastination? Try a different way.

Safe Spaces and Free Speech

Find out what students think about this polarized issue, and give us your own thoughts on the matter.
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Safe Spaces Can Be Dangerous

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in College Confidential
What's so safe about "safe" spaces? They prevent students from growing and adapting which is, in fact, really scary.

Why We Care Whether the Earth Is Flat

Much of life is Jeopardy, not Family Feud. We want to know the actual state of affairs, not what the survey says.

Lady Justice Is Not Color-Blind

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on March 19, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The massive U.S. prison population does not mirror the demographic profile of U.S. society. There is a stark pattern of racial disparity in the prison population.

Kindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School

No other generation has had to cope with this ever-increasing fund of information. Improved technology and more information has led to more memorization & less meaningful learning.

Teaching in the Trump Era

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 18, 2017 in Social Lights
Advice for faculty at all ranks.

Criticism of Constructionism Expansion Pack 1

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in More Than Mortal
More thoughts on problems in the social sciences and why postmodern research is not science.

Successful Imperfection

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Anxiety Files
Living life involves making mistakes and getting on with things. But many of us get undermined by our fear and intolerance of mistakes.

Why Young People Destroy the Very Things They Need Most

By Nick Luxmoore on March 15, 2017 in Young People Up Close
When young people spurn our best attempts to love and support them, why do they do this?

Machine Learning and Antidepressant Response

By David Hellerstein M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Heal Your Brain
Machine learning offers a powerful new method of exploring response to antidepressant medicine and a host of other treatments throughout medicine, a JAMA Psychiatry report shows.

Starting Places for Learning About Good Divorce

By Wendy Paris on March 14, 2017 in Splitopia
From apps to websites to books to classes: my top picks for getting through divorce and managing co-parenting.

Students' Grandmothers More Likely to Die During Finals Week

The "dead granny" effect: Research shows that midterm and finals weeks are the deadliest of all for students' grandmothers.

Admissions (and Job) Interviews in Clinical Programs

The selection process is a window into the program’s vision of what psychology is.

Going Abroad Your Junior Year? Plan!

Thinking about studying abroad? If you want to party, go on vacation. If you want to broaden your educational experience, think hard about what you want and how best to get it.

Humanists Doing Good in Uganda, Part 2

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in The Secular Life
Humanism and secularism are growing in Africa, and doing good.