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Consciousness and Information

Our conscious experience contains and depends upon many different kinds of information. What is the relationship between how information is processed and conscious awareness?
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Seligman on Tour

Is "prospection" the newest and holiest of grails in psychology? Seligman: "Yes." We: "No."

Divorce Island

People change and act differently during divorce. I like to call it divorce island - a place where new rules apply. Learn more.

What's Better? Emotionally Intelligent or Mentally Strong

You can develop skills that help you build mental strength and develop emotional intelligence. And while they have some similarities, there's a big difference between the two.

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Rest for Success

It's not what you do—it's how you actively rest.
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A Scientific Perspective For Making Better Decisions

By John Nosta on May 19, 2017 in The Digital Self
While multiple factors must be considered in any decision, the intrinsic stability or instability of a system or scenario can be a powerful tool in guiding decision making.

Bible Belief in Decline

Belief in the bible continues to plummet.
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The Pastor Who Found God In Technology

By John Nosta on May 15, 2017 in The Digital Self
God may not just be in the details, but in your smartphone.

Reverse Engineering the Brain

Can we learn everything about the brain by studying individual brain cells? To answer this question, we need to consider emergent properties and self-organization.

Biological Intelligence

What ultimately will succeed—biological intelligence or artificial intelligence?

The Dangers of Scientific Illiteracy

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Think Well
The widespread absence of scientific understanding within the population is unfortunate. But its lack among our elected leaders is downright dangerous.

Dogs Prefer Advice From People Who Actually Have the Answers

Data shows that dogs try to "read your mind" to see if you have reliable information before responding to your instructions.

Will Humans Be Necessary?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in How To Do Life
Career and personal implications of increasing automation.

Build Trust and Productivity With a Simple Conversation

By Peter Bregman on April 24, 2017 in How We Work
Are your words building trust and enabling your colleagues to do their best work?

How Smart Is My Child?

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on April 24, 2017 in Self-Reg
When we measure a child’s “intelligence,” the score we arrive at is a product of the interaction between thinking processes and limbic brakes.

Hardiness and Grit

One might argue that any therapy has as an implicit objective to help the individual acquire the characteristics associated with hardiness.
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What Makes the Human Brain “Human?” Part 1

A quick introduction to some possible anatomical underpinnings of higher consciousness in humans and other animals.
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Emotions as Our Mother Tongue

We strive for competency. We want a better quality of life. To achieve this, our second language, thought, not only needs but demands its mother language—emotion.

How Getting a Tax Refund Can Lead to Bigger Paychecks

By Michael F. Kay on April 13, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
If you are like most people, getting a sizable tax refund is a celebration.

The Passion of Anger Can Be Used in a Constructive Manner

Falling into the common trap of defining emotional intelligence much too narrowly can lead to low levels of Collaboration Essentials.
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Why Do Students of Color Feel Like an Imposter in School?

Do students of color have perceptions of intelligence? Some thoughts on feeling like an imposter

Is Clicker Training the Most Effective Way to Train Dogs?

New data resolves the controversy as to whether clicker training is better than using a word of praise when training dogs.

Consciousness in Other Animals

This post discusses the challenge of determining whether or not the experiences of other organisms have the same phenomenal quality of our typical conscious experiences.

My Three-Year-Old Failed an Academic Test: Should I worry?

In the early years, ‘school’ should be playful exploration, confidence-building, social development, emotional self-regulation, and play-based skill mastery. NOT drill and grill.

What's Your Omega-3 IQ? A Fun Quiz for a Healthier Brain!

By Georgia Ede MD on March 31, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Find out which foods are secretly sabotaging your best efforts to balance your brain chemistry.

The Split-Brain: An Ever-Changing Hypothesis

In 2005, I created a new split-brain model with my father, Richard Bergland, who was a neuroscientist. Since his death, I've updated these blueprints to reflect the latest science.

Giftedness: A Curse or a Blessing?

Children who show early signs of intellectual giftedness can face life challenges that are often overlooked, misunderstood or dismissed.

Making Sense of FBI Director James Comey's Testimony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 27, 2017 in Spycatcher
Too often we talk about politicians talking to Russian as though there were no threat—there is always a threat with Putin in charge.

The Caring Effect

Great leaders identify, measure, recognize, and reward meaningful efforts and achievements. Why should managers and leaders celebrate more?

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.

Want to Avoid Bad Decisions? It’s All About Framing

No one wants to make bad decisions. These tips will help you avoid them.

Using a Process Approach to High Stakes Testing

Worried about a test result? Here's a few things you might want to know.

Tools That Aid Expert Decision Making

Critics want to automate the tasks of experts. Three reasons to keep experts central in decision making: Frontier thinking, social engagement, and responsibility for their actions.