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Body Language Says it All: Hillary Hides, Donald Emotes

During the surreal experience that was the first presidential debate each contender’s body language sent one consistent message: Hillary hides and Donald runs on emotion. Continue reading

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$50m Judgment Says Brain Training a Sham

Your mother had it right: The most reliable way to improve your thinking is to eat a varied diet, get enough sleep, exercise moderately, and focus on whatever you are doing instead of flitting from one thing to another. Continue reading

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Muscle Memory—It’s In Your Head, Not Your Limbs

Attention matters more than people assume, and what matters most is how you focus and deploy it. Continue reading

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Stressed Out? Try Looking at Some Trees

The mere sight of greenery will calm your nervous system, guaranteed. Continue reading

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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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