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Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

Note: This piece generated a lot of buzz, even getting me a mention on the Late Late Show with James Corden! [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] What message are the Senator’s atypical facial gestures sending? … Continue reading

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How Your Lie–Detector Chin Gives Away the Naked Truth

Speak what you want, but what’s on your mind plays out on your face. Continue reading

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Bernie and Hillary Naked on Stage

Coached body language looks contrived and reveals more than people think. Continue reading

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Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks Do

Concerns for personal safety increasingly outweigh those for self survival. What has changed? Continue reading

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Ambivalence in Addiction

Smartphone addiction is no different from the hard-drug physical kind. [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Ambivalence is a prominent feature in addictions whether of the physical or behavioral kind. Valence is the positive or negative … Continue reading

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Poison Apple II: How Smartphones Degrade Learning

Knowledge of facts has become cheap, and it has cheapened education.   [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Joe Clement and Matt Miles, two teachers with a combined 30 years in the classroom,* are alarmed that … Continue reading

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Poison Apple: Technology Fads Make Your Kids Dumber

Don’t assume that any technology labeled “educational” is an unalloyed good.   [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Two award-winning teachers with more than 30 years of classroom experience say that kids are getting dumber.* The … Continue reading

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Addicted to Our Screens, or Merely Obsessed?

Are we actually really addicted to our screens in the way that people become addicted to alcohol, gambling, or drugs? Scientists debate whether we truly are. What no one seems to dispute is that our attention spans have gone to hell. Continue reading

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Cause and Effect in Wine Drinkers’ Health

What if something else rather than the wine itself were the true cause of better health among those who imbibed? Continue reading

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5 Reasons Alcohol Makes You Fat

The food police might rail against sugar, fats, and over-processing. But nutritionist Nicole Senior, allied with the University of Sydney that invented the glycemic index (link is external), points to alcohol as “the pink elephant in the room.” Continue reading

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How Facial Botox Changes Your Brain—Literally

Unintended consequences make the cosmetic procedure far from benign. Continue reading

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Why We’re All Overwhelmed Today

Prolonged and repetitive exposure to devices changes our behavior and even the way we think. The result is counterproductive interruptions and flitting from one task to another. Attention is like a spotlight: what lies outside it is in our cognitive blind spot. Continue reading

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10 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Recent grads regret not having learned certain lessons in life. But anyone can master them in order to succeed as adults. Continue reading

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Why Millennials Can’t Anticipate or Fend For Themselves

The biggest problem for young people apparently is that they cannot anticipate. Continue reading

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Deterrence: Bad Feelings Motivate Us More Than Pleasant Ones

Deterrence is strong motivation for diplomacy, credit cards, and personal choice. Continue reading

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