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The Psychology of Giving Thanks

The Psychology of Giving Thanks

As we all sit down tonight to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie, many of us will be going around the table giving thanks for our everyday sources of gratitude, like friendships, relationships, and good health.

November 28, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Are your 9/11 memories really your own?

Are your 9/11 memories really your own?

I can remember exactly where I was twelve years ago when I learned why the sky was starting to fill with smoke about 30 miles to the west. Though I live in Illinois now, I’m originally from Long Island.

September 11, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

How To Make The Most Of Your Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’re single or partnered up this Valentine’s Day, psychology has all sorts of tips for you on how to find your next great love or improve your existing relationship with the one you’ve got.

February 14, 2015 — Melanie Tannenbaum
The Obligation of Gifts

The Obligation of Gifts

For those of you with Christmas trees, they probably look a little barren following the unwrapping of presents. What did you get for Christmas?

December 26, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

Sex and the Married Neurotic

There are few things in this world that I truly loathe. One of those things is the showEverybody Loves Raymond. Why, you might ask? First of all, its actually quite hard to really love Raymond.

February 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Set SMART resolutions in 2014!

Set SMART resolutions in 2014!

As we approach the beginning of a new year, many people will be heading into 2014 with a long list of resolutions that they intend to tackle.

December 26, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Should you tell Facebook about your resolutions?

Should you tell Facebook about your resolutions?

Now that you’ve set your difficult, specific, and attainable resolutions for 2014, should you tell people about your plans? Before you update your Facebook status proclaiming your intention to lose 15 pounds, run a marathon, or publish 20 papers, you should think about your reasons for broadcasting your plans to the world.

December 30, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Santa Traditions Around the World

Earlier this week, I shared a link on Twitter to a piece on Brain Pickings on how anthropologist Margaret Mead suggested we talk to children about Santa Claus: Belief in Santa Claus becomes a problem mainly when parents simultaneously feel they are telling their children a lie and insist on the literal belief in a [...]

December 24, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

I’ll Show You My Holiday Card If You Show Me Yours.

Earlier this week, my husband and I returned home from our holiday travels after being away from our apartment for the past 9 days. We walked into our chilly apartment, greeted our whining cats with a quick pet and a kiss hello, put down our bags, and walked into the kitchen.

January 2, 2015 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Social Lessons from Our Favorite Horror Movies

Social Lessons from Our Favorite Horror Movies

I’m a fan of scary stories. With a few hours to spare, I’ll gladly spend them with Richard Matheson or Shirley Jackson. If I don’t have a few hours to spare, I’ll pass the time with whatever horror movie I can find playing in the background while I work.

October 31, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa

It’s True: We’re Probably All a Little Irish—Especially in the Caribbean

Everyone is supposedly a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day but there is more truth to this saying than most recognize. It's not merely a loophole allowing for the uninhibited consumption of Guinness. The Irish have traveled to all corners of the world, and like other immigrant groups, wherever they have stayed they have left a mark.

March 17, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

The Best PsycHoliday Stocking Stuffer!

If there are three things that people tend to have on their minds during the holiday season, it's a) saving money, b) friends & family, and c) finding the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists.

December 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum

The Zombies In Our Midst

Every Halloween, we find ourselves surrounded by zombies, vampires, ghouls, and other mythical monsters. But even though this is the one day each year that we consciously realize we are surrounded by these creatures (at least in their human-costumed forms), are we surrounded by more common forms of these monsters every day without even realizing [...]

October 31, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Atonement, Forgiveness, And Our Most Fundamental Error.

Atonement, Forgiveness, And Our Most Fundamental Error.

Today is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Although it is often called the “holiest day of the Jewish year,” what is notable about Yom Kippur is not the fact that it is particularly holy, nor is it the fact that many Jews you know might be particularly hungry today.

September 14, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Love, Hate...What's the Difference?

In honor of Valentines Day, Id like to take a quick look at one of the most fundamental human emotions hate. Wait, that doesnt seem right.

February 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Fear and Love on a Shaky Bridge

Fear and Love on a Shaky Bridge

Imagine being in the jungle, thousands of miles from civilization Thus opened the promo two years ago forLove In The Wild, the extreme dating experiment on NBC that sent its contestants on first dates that were jam packed with shaky bridges, crocodile attacks, and bungee jumping.

February 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

Another year; another Christmas around the corner. The conversation around the watercooler these days has evolved into the annual where has the time gone?

December 18, 2013 — Jordan Gaines Lewis
Nothing To Gobble At: Social Cognition in Turkeys

Nothing To Gobble At: Social Cognition in Turkeys

We tend to think of the domestic turkey as a fairly unintelligent bird, skilled at little more than waddling around, emitting the occasional gobble, and frying up golden-brown-and-delicious.

November 27, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman