Measuring Mercy: Uncovering the Link between Cruelty and Compassion
Review: The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between
There’s a surprisingly strong link between altruism and psychopathy.
How to Change Minds: Reasoning Will Get You Nowhere
The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
When it comes to truly changing minds, reasoning will get you nowhere.
In Therapy, Both Ritual and Novelty Matter
The brain endlessly churns out predictions about what will happen next, and when it comes to therapy outcomes, these expectations matter.
Examining the Science of Torture: The Price of Coercive Interrogation
Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation. A startling new book exposes how much more the military’s embrace of enhanced interrogation tactics in the war on terror was influenced by Hollywood, rather than scientific evidence.
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Losing Our War on Stress: It’s time to reconsider our approach
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal believes that stress isn’t the public health menace it’s usually made out to be—our compulsion to avoid it is often the bigger problem.
Therapists are far more impressed with clinical fads than they should be.
Don’t Overthink Your Interventions
In our profession, it’s often more alluring to explore new gimmicks than to acknowledge that our success largely hinges on simple, commonsense factors.
The Malleability of Memory: Putting Psychotherapy on the Witness Stand
During the false memory controversies of the 1990s, many therapists saw Elizabeth Loftus, one of the most honored psychologists in the history of the field, as public-enemy number one.
The Tribal Classroom: Applying attachment theory in schools
Lou Cozolino believes that attachment theory and neuroscience may offer the key to transforming our troubled educational system.
Wearing Your Heart on Your Face: The Polyvagal Circuit in the Consulting Room
Psychophysiologist Stephen Porges’s research on the polyvagal nervous system provides insight into the evolutionary roots of trauma and anxiety, and how therapists can effectively convey safety to clients.
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