Psychology of relationships
Sleep Deprivation: Cognitive Function and Health Consequences
Motivate Clients With Gaming Psychology
Portion Distortion
Realistic Resolutions
Can Twitter Help Clients Lose Weight?
Flow to Health and Happiness
The Healing Power of Forgiveness
Applying the PERMA Model
Reading Faces
The (Scientific) Pursuit of Happiness
Extraordinary Resilience
Meditate on It
Detecting Lies
Richard Lerner
The Bias Detective
Thinking Like a Monkey
How to Be a Snoop
History of the Hysterical Man
Buckle Up Your Seatbelt and Behave
Dreading the Worst When it Comes to Epidemics
Brain Cells for Socializing
Teaching Cops to See
The Saddest Movie in the World
Why Procrastination is Good for You
Sleep Deprivation: Cognitive Function and Health Consequences
Research: A lack of proper sleep can put you at risk for a number of negative consequences. Issues such as the poor economy and smaller work forces are leading more people to work longer hours. Many exercise professionals train clients who work in the fields of health, technology, security, medicine, computer programming, food services and transportation, which often require working evenings and/or night shifts. These professions, and many others, may disturb sleep patterns, compromising cognitive performance and leading to serious health consequences.

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Motivate Clients With Gaming Psychology
What can video games teach us about training clients? Video games are designed to keep users intensely focused, highly motivated, creatively engaged and working at high limits of their abilities—immersed in the activity to the point where it is almost impossible to stop playing. Game play engages users through motivating experiences that trigger the release of neurochemicals in the brain, making the experience so pleasurable it becomes addictive.

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Portion Distortion
Research: Recent studies show why we overeat—and offer practical clues on controlling the size of our meals, snacks and drinks. Over the past few decades, portion sizes of everything from pizza to bagels have swelled by an average of two to five times in America (Young 2006).

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Realistic Resolutions
Behavior Change: The key to success after New Year’s is making small changes that reinforce willpower and turn bad habits into good ones. Millions of Americans ring in the New Year with lofty intentions to lose weight and exercise more, so why is it that by March, most New Year’s resolutions have fizzled like stale champagne? Typically it’s because people start out with unrealistic goals, misjudging the difficulty of breaking deeply ingrained habits. Impractical goals lead to disappointments that undermine the willpower people need to keep their New Year’s resolutions.

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Can Twitter Help Clients Lose Weight?
If you have overweight clients who love their social media, you may want to point them in the direction of Twitter. A new study has found that Twitter use helped subjects achieve a healthy weight.

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Flow to Health and Happiness
Have you ever found yourself in a state of complete absorption in a complex and challenging activity that stretches your skills? This wonderful state is called flow, and is described in the best-selling book Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD (Basic Books 1997). Csikszentmihalyi believes that being in flow generates the peak experiences in our lives. The more flow we experience, he suggests, the happier we are.

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is divine-and new research shows that it's also good for your health! You’re boiling with rage. Even thinking about that witch of a co-worker is upsetting—and there she is, flaunting herself like a diva on American Idol. She’s been your nemesis from the moment she joined the staff, despite your best efforts to be cordial. Arrogant, unpleasant, underhanded—she’s lured away clients, and you know she’s the source of recent rumors about you. You find yourself daydreaming about ways to get even. Forgive her? Forget it!

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Applying the PERMA Model
Senior Fitness: This 5-prong strategy helps people thrive by building their mental and social strength. PERMA-based fitness training can pack a positive punch for IDEA fitness professionals looking to contribute to the well-being of our fast-growing population of active older adults.

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Reading Faces
Since facial expressions are part of our biological heritage, shouldn't reading them be second nature? In fact, most of us are dismal at reading faces, particularly those of strangers. Since September 11, it has dawned on much of the world that looking at other people's faces, in airports, in crowded subway cars and elsewhere, is something we need to do. And psychologist Paul Ekman, 69, is the man to teach us how.

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The (Scientific) Pursuit of Happiness
You’d think a scientifically literate and technologically sophisticated society that has established the pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right would know a little more about what the damn thing entails. But scientists long ago ceded the investigation of happiness to ministers, novelists, therapists, travel agents, brewers, ad executives and vice squads. When medical scientists did think about happiness, they tended to view it in the negative, as freedom from depression. Such is the bias that a recent survey of 30 years of psychology publications counted 46,000 papers on depression—and a piddling 400 on joy.

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Extraordinary Resilience
In 1976, Dr. Stuart Hauser and his colleagues began a study of 67 emotionally disturbed teenagers locked in a psychiatric hospital. As the researchers continued to track the teens' development over the years, they found that most of them remained seriously troubled as adults. But nine were thriving: they had finished school, started meaningful careers, and become responsible parents to children of their own. In a new book about the 18-year study, Out of the Woods: Tales of Resilient Teens (Harvard University Press), Hauser and coauthors Joseph Allen and Eve Golden tell the stories of four people whose extraordinary resilience carried them through tumultuous adolescence.

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The Limits of Psychophysics, and Physics
How to Shoot Up
How Secret Spying Programs Affect the Clinically Paranoid
Losing the "taste" for sperm
What Can Social Behavior in Lemurs Tell Us About Ourselves?
Imaging the near invisible with TEM: a master class
School Work Prevents Senile Dementia
America: Land Of The Partners, Home Of The Selfless
How does competitive eating represent us as Americans?
How Does the Brain React to a Romantic Breakup?
Unconscious Choices Can Sabotage Health Goals
Where Does Identity Come From?
Searching for the True Sources of Crime
Oxytocin, the Love Hormone, Also Keeps People Apart
Mental Imagery May Hasten Recovery after Surgery
Smile: You Are About to Lose
Compulsive Behavior Successfully Triggered and Then Treated in the Lab
Your Hidden Censor: What Your Mind Will Not Let You See
Empathy and Disgust Do Battle in the Brain
U.S. Kids Born in Polluted Areas More Likely to Have Autism
Using Money to Buy Happiness
New Moms May Experience OCD Symptoms
A Call for Open Access to Autism Diagnostic Tools
Cuteness Inspires Aggression
The Advantages of Not Saying You Are Sorry
The Right Incentive Can Erase an Autism Deficit
How to Identify Grief in Animals
Why Some People Spend More Impulsively during Tough Economic Times
Why Power Corrupts
The Pros to Being a Psychopath
How Much is Being Attractive Worth?
The History of Boredom
Why Mass Incarceration Defines Us As a Society
Why Oliver Sacks is One of the Great Modern Adventurers
Why You Like What You Like
Game Theory and the Golden Punishment Rule
Gathering Emotional Intelligence: My Review of Animal Wise
Can Geography Shape the Way We Speak?
What’s So Hard about Research?
How to Become More Resilient
Why Study Humanities? What I Tell Engineering Freshmen
Zero Evidence That LEGO Toys Harm Your Kids
Rationality in Markets Is Cognitively Unnatural
Whole Human Brain Mapped in 3-D
Why we celebrate the summer solstice
Canine Science This Summer Near You
A Secret Society of Cells Runs Your Brain
Boozy Memory Blocking Reduces Risk of Relapse among Alcohol Abusers
Addicts as Parents, Part III: Future Planning
Can Caresses Protect the Brain from Stroke?
A Hospital Stay Can Trigger PTSD
Q & A with Temple Grandin on The Autistic Brain