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Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control.

The Psychosocial Risks of Social Media and the Internet

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 21, 2017 in Culture Shrink
We need to remain vigilant about the risks of social media's influence on our society and human behaviors.

Science News: Believe It or Not?

A new study demonstrates that media reports often miss the real news.

Americans Are Having Sex Less Often. Why?

Why Americans are having less sex.

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To Understand Big Data, Try Thinking Like a Psychologist

Rich data tells us plenty about what our customers do, but next to nothing about why they are doing it.
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The G-Man and the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Writer who set out to learn the identity of Eliot Ness's secret suspect for Cleveland's Mad Butcher fictionalizes the tale.

Lena Dunham's Representations of Mental Illness

More recently viewers have seen a notable shift towards more accurate representations of mental illness. The controversial television series Girls on HBO leads the way.

The 3 C’s of Engaging Political Discourse and Behavior

Without a commitment to civility, compassion, and the common good it is hard to image a hopeful future for any of us.

Why Do Some Men Get Premature Championship Tattoos?

By Kevin Bennett on March 22, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do some men get premature championship tattoos? Here are four reasons why you might go for some skin art that predicts a successful season for your favorite team.

Creativity Rules: In Honor of Jimmy Breslin

Like Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, Jimmy Breslin’s work became so influential that it morphed into a colloquialism and changed the world of writing and art.

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.

The New Prohibition: The Hip Culture Wants You to Abstain

By Stanton Peele on March 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People encouraging others to quit drinking in the active neoTemperance movement have a heavy lift. Oh, and nondrinkers don't live as long and have less fun. So why do they do it?

Kids Using Smartphones

Monitoring, use, and privacy guidelines for parents.

Aliens out There and at Home

By Madelon Sprengnether on March 18, 2017 in Minding Memory
Who among us does not believe there is life out there in the universe? Science fiction thrives on the assumption of intelligent life on other planets.
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Behavioral Addiction

There is little doubt that the Internet is resulting in problematic behavior. But should we treat that behavior as an addiction—and can we define behavioral addiction?

Addicted to Hate

By Donna Flagg on March 15, 2017 in Office Diaries
Can our souls survive the current political landscape?

Do You Need a Digital Detox?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association suggests that our relationship with technology and social media can have a major impact on stress and health.

Animal Behavior and Social Media

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on March 12, 2017 in Boundless
What can we learn about human online behavior by watching other species? Social interaction has the potential for both peace-making and aggression.

What We Can Learn From "A Day Without a Woman"

What professional challenges do women still experience, and how can social resistance bring about change?

Does "Sully" Reveal How To Cope With Anxiety?

The flight recording of the final 2.5 minutes of Flight 1549 are extraordinary for the coolness and business-like words of its pilot.

What Bachelor Nick Viall Teaches Us About Love

Sometimes doing the opposite of what we learn on tv can help us really find love in the real world.

Salt Intake: Taking Advice With That Proverbial Grain

"Next to air and water, salt is perhaps the greatest necessity of life," wrote Mahatma Gandhi. Do we really know how much salt is too much for maintaining our health?

What Would Your Protest Sign Say?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Whether you're for or against something or everything, there are many ways to be effective. You'll also feel better by doing something. Here's an idea.

Karate Kicking to a Song by Sia

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
This is a story about a woman you haven’t heard of who influenced a girl you probably don’t know but who did something with a singer you’ve certainly seen.

Is Facebook Bad for Your Mental Health?

Facebook got you down? A shift in perspective may be the answer.
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Thoreau: The Video Game

A video game based on "Walden" offers a virtual walk in the woods, even as it contradicts the spirit of Thoreau's book.

The Insanity of a Car-Based Transportation System

Make-believe media say that cars and trucks are vital to American individualism; they fuel myths of a rugged, romantic, heroic, and singular life. Our reality check says otherwise

Split Decisions in the Courtroom

The movie Split has brought Dissociative Identity Disorder back into the spotlight. Here's how this controversial diagnosis plays out in the courtroom.

Are Dating Apps Ruining Your Love Life?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in The First Impression
Is a love connection one swipe away?

Internet Pain Relief

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 28, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Let’s hear it for the laying on of the latest operating system.

Should Sexual Predators Be Banned From Social Media?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
Some states ban sex offenders from social media. Do these laws protect potential victims? They certainly ignore the fundamental role social media plays in modern communication.

Psychopathic Killers Hide in Plain Sight

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The world’s most prolific killers are totally incapable of empathy or remorse. However, they rarely look like the scary monsters we expect them to be.

The Lost Origin of Coulrophobia, the Abnormal Fear of Clowns

How serious an issue is an abnormal fear of clowns? Where did the term coulrophobia even come from? The answer may be lost to time, locked away behind a wall built by brain trauma.