Friday, January 04, 2013
Jeremy Dean, psychologist, creator of PsyBlog.co.uk, a blog about scientific research into how the mind works and the author of Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick, offers a little help with New Year's resolutions.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
It's 12/13/13 - and it's a Friday. Are you scared? In this segment from earlier this year (on 1/3/13), psychologist Bruce Hood tells Brian Lehrer why people are so superstitious about the number thirteen. Did you know the Savoy Hotel in London keeps a wooden cat on hand just in case thirteen people show up for dinner?
Sunday, December 23, 2012
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
The children who lived through the Connecticut school shooting could have trouble concentrating or become more irritable.
Monday, December 10, 2012
National Book Award–winning author Andrew Solomon tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. In Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, he looks at how these parents not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
When Lori Gottlieb started her psychotherapy practice last year, she thought she’d have a steady stream of clients. Instead, she discovered that many of her colleagues are now marketing their services and re-branding them as life coaching or providing remote therapy in an effort to attract more clients and stay in business. She talks about whether psychotherapy has an image problem in her article, “What Brand Is Your Therapist?” which appeared in the November 23 issue of the New York Times Magazine.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Writer Elizabeth Giddens answers a listener's question about toddlers by pondering repetition, and how all sorts of activities seem to have a Goldilocks amount that's just right...and a "too much" threshold where things can turn transcendent, or get very troubling.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Vulnerability might be interpreted as a weakness, but Brené Brown says there can be great power in embracing that feeling. Brown is the author of "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead."
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. In How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, he examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sue Shellenbarger, Senior Writer and "Work & Family" Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explains what the optimal time is for our daily tasks. In her article “The Peak Time for Everything,” Shellenbarger explains new research that suggests that paying attention to the body’s clock can help determine the different times of day most people perform specific tasks best, from creative thinking to resolving conflicts to working out.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Ian Robertson looks at why some people succeed in life and in business while others fail, and why some individuals become powerful while most others remain powerless. In The Winner Effect: The Neuroscience of Success and Failure, he shows how success changes the chemistry of the brain, making you more focused, smarter, more confident, and more aggressive. It also answers the question of why some people attain and then handle success better than others.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Sönke Neitzel, Professor of International History, London School of Economics, discusses his investigations into the mind-set of the German fighting man during World War II. Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying, written with social psychologist Harald Welzer, is based on declassified transcripts of covert recordings taken within the confines of the holding cells, bedrooms, and camps that housed the German POWs, providing a view of the mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence, talks about how educators can use his theory of emotional intelligence to give students "ecological intelligence."
Monday, October 08, 2012
Nate Silver looks at how predictions are made, and why experts and laypeople both mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. He explains that overconfidence is often the reason for failure, and if our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can too. In The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t Silver visits the most successful forecasters in a range of areas, from hurricanes to baseball, from the poker table to the stock market, from Capitol Hill to the NBA.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Internet Use Disorder may soon be included in the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders. According to the American Psychiatric Association, which is working on the fifth edition of the Manual, Internet Use Disorder will be included as a condition "recommended for further study."
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
By Lulu Miller
Lulu Miller ponders the idea of an afterlife, by way of a puppet show designed by psychologists...and some early childhood lessons about peek-a-boo and how the world works.