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Ten Unwritten Rules for Success in Graduate School

A successful mentor relationship in graduate school is one of the keys to success. But how can you make this happen? In this blog post I offer 10 bits of wisdom from several scientists in the field who share their love and pain...


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What Causes Depression? Myths About Chemical Imbalances

A new look at depression: challenging the chemical imbalance model of depression.


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5 Psychological Studies that Require a Second Look

Lessons learned from some of the psychological research in my laboratory. Not all published studies are equal in their contribution. Some studies should raise skepticism instead of confidence. This is my fair, naked assessment of science—the good, bad, and the ugly.


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Why are Deepak Chopra & EMDR Important for Science and Life?

Pseudoscience wastes time and resources and leads to public skepticism of science. If you care about your health and that of people suffering from psychological problems, read on. This is a battle that needs to be fought.


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The 9 Mind-Bending Books of 2013

The best books to read over the next year.


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The Benign Evil of Holiday Family Photo Spread Mailings

kids, adult friendships, triscuits, and the meaning of life all rolled together into a single burrito of wisdom


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Sometimes Race and Sex Don't Matter

Despite benevolent intentions, psychology often promotes racism, among other -isms.


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Two Strengths that Together, Reduce the Risk of Suicidality

Brand new research on resilience. What two strengths in combination decrease the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors?


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Introducing a New Psychological Strength: Time Shepherds

Want access to new ideas to end the trite and appallingly boring rehashed discussions about mindfulness? Want to learn about a new character strength that I refer to as Time Shepherding? Then read on.


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Timeless Wisdom and Intrigue from Nine Books of 2012

Hidden universes that you need to traverse in 2013. A book buying guide for the next few months of your life. Seven non-fiction books and two fiction books that will rock your world.


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5 Tips to Becoming a Killer Scientist Who Changes the World

The secrets to being a high impact scientist. To be shared by scientists, professors, educators, and students. Especially graduate students and anyone who wants to go to graduate school.


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Innovation Begins with Perspective Shifts

There are too many books, articles, and websites to keep track of the greatest innovators in the world. Meet the thought leaders you really need to know.


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How Will You Teach Your Child Morality Without Religion?

Parenting experts are scary because what works for the hypothetical average kid doesn't work for every kid.


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Tips for When Your Kid Stabs a Living Thing With a Steak Knife

What is the best strategy for teaching your kids how to handle life's uncertainty and pain? If you don't want to be a helicopter parent, if you want to learn some counter-intuitive advice, read on. If only I knew this when I became a parent.


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Is Parenthood Linked to Greater Joy and Meaning or Misery? Science Speaks

The media has been telling us otherwise. Science has been telling us otherwise, until now. Three yet-to-be-published studies reveal that being a parent leads to greater joy than misery. There are also intriguing differences between moms and dads.


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What Will Make Your Kid Succeed in Kindergarten?

The secret to amazing teachers and successful 6-year-olds, pulled from scientific research that has yet to even hit the library shelves.


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My 2011 List of Books to Help People Become Interesting, Intelligent, and Sexy

Having successfully avoided every year-end recap on television, print, and online, I am required to be a hypocrite and hand you my own. This is not a list of the best books published in 2011, this is my own personal list of books that will transform you into a better companion at the bading pools of your local Korean spa.


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Why Do Men Have a Hard Time Making Friends?

Nearly every society in the world has built in advantages for men. Whether money, power, or the freedom to jog at night without fear, men enjoy greater opportunities. With these opportunities come ambition. And for many men who are successful by society's standards, there is a cost that is simply not talked about: loneliness.


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How Much Television is Too Much? Science Weighs in

Parenting is hard. There is no instruction manual. Television is killing our kids, right? Learn what science has to say.


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What Happens When We're Rejected and Ostracized by Strangers?

Don't underestimate the power of ostracism to render someone invisible and meaningless. The science is both astounding and bizarre.


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3 ways to be insanely creative by dissecting the world's greatest, maverick scientist

There is a maverick thinker and scientist that never gets his due. By combing through his life and accomplishments, I will share 3 lessons about how to be a more creative person. Want to know who the maverick is? Want to know how to create good, innovative ideas? Read on...


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3 Ideas to Prevent Schools from Killing Creativity, Curiosity, and Critical Thinking

What we value the most is what our schools address the least. Our current school system kills creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking. What can we do? Here are 3 ideas.


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Confronting Death with an Open, Mindful Attitude

Only a few items separate human beings from animals. One of them is that all of us know that we are going to die. Death is an inescapable fact of life. Brand new research suggests that cultivating mindfulness and curiosity can help us manage death, dying, and the existential suffering that comes with it.


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My 2010 List of 10 Emotionally Intense, Must-Read Books

Allow me to deviate from the prototypical list of best books in 2010. As someone who studies emotions, let me give you my favorite readings from this year for evoking particular mental states. Decide what emotion you want to feel and choose your weapon from the arsenal provided.


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Gratitude, Death, Resilience, and Thanksgiving

A personal odyssey of mixed emotions on Thanksgiving. Gratitude, sadness, serenity, loneliness, love, and a few shades between. Open, emotional expression as a portal to personal growth.


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What Is the Best Marker of Physical Well-Being?

A decade ago, my wife worked as a research assistant for a researcher studying obesity. The research team met once per week to brainstorm ideas. They were planning a study to test the urban myth that the average college student puts on 15 pounds of grizzle during their first year away from home [insert image of a 15-pound dumbbell stapled to the hip of a teenager].


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Clues to When CEOs and Politicans Are Lying to You

Fresh off the scientific presses are three clues about when somebody is lying to you. When is a CEO lying to you? When is a politician lying to you? There are three types of word use that increase the probablity you are about to be deceived. Read this or risk being a victim.


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The Problem with Happiness

The United States is obsessed with happiness (same goes for a number of other countries in the world). There are cultural pressures to be happy. But has anyone considered what this pressure to be happy does to people? Read on for the science that shows the folly of organizing your life around trying to be happy.


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Don't Be Fooled by Scientists, Data, Statistics, and Sexy Women

Somebody, perhaps Mark Twain, said "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics." Read a brief primer on how scientists can fool you with their data, statistics, and sexual images. The focus is on a recent blog pointing out that supposedly, the size of a woman's breasts tell us the likelihood that a man will stop to pick them up. I will walk you through some blatant misinterpretations.


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Why Are We Afraid of Having Regrets?

Regret is common. Whether we acknowledge these feelings to others is a separate issue. Yesterday, after a series of mental gymnastics by Obama on whether a mosque should be built in New York City near Ground Zero he responded to a curious public, "The answer is no, I have no regrets." I will tell you why this scares me. I will tell you why I am always scared when people tell me they have no regrets.


Learn five separate scientific discoveries about regret. Read this post and send it to everyone in your life who says they don't regret anything.


 


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Syllabus for Fall 2012- Science of Well-Being Class- Download Here