• Making New Year’s Resolutions That Last

    It’s the new year transition, the line between our last year’s self and our hoped-for healthier, happier, and more productive 2020 self. To become that new self, we know what to do. We know that a full nig...
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  • Making New Year’s Resolutions That Last

    It’s the new year transition, the line between our last year’s self and our hoped-for healthier, happier, and more productive self. To become that new self, we know what to do. We know that a full night...
    David Myers
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  • Love and Sex: Egg and Chicken?

    In hindsight, almost any finding (or its opposite) can seem like plain old common sense—a phenomenon we know as hindsight bias (a.k.a. the I-knew-it-all-along phenomenon). Likewise, the outcomes of most election...
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  • When Excessive Fear of Losing Steals Our Chances to Win: Irrational Loss Aversion in Business, Sports, and Everyday Life

    Imagine that you’re about to buy a $5000 used car. To pay for it, you’ll need to sell some of your stocks. Which of the following would you rather sell? $5000 of Stock X shares, which you originally purcha...
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  • An Unplanned, Self-Administered “Gratitude Intervention”

    Gratitude works. A genuinely positive and repeated observation of positive psychology is that keeping a gratitude journal (literally counting one’s blessings), or writing a gratitude letter, benefits the giver a...
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  • New Evidence of Genetic Influence on Male Sexual Orientation

    In my psychology texts, and in other writings (such as here for the faith community), I have explained the growing evidence that sexual orientation is a natural, enduring disposition (most clearly so for males). The e...
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  • Being Gay Then and Now: A Conversation

    Louis is 13 years old and gay; Percy is 78 years old and gay. They sit down for a conversation in this 11-minute video.   [Note: The recording is closed captioned, but the captions were automatically generated...
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  • Nathan DeWall on the Science of Self-Control

    Originally posted on Quartz on July 2, 2017.   I'm often asked how I was able to go from inactive academic to participating in invitation-only ultramarathons.  While it's no small feat, the three component...
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  • Helping students understand the dimensions of gender, sex, and attraction: The gender unicorn

    On the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Facebook page, Cait Alice was asking for advice on how to handle a student’s misconception of how gender works. Allison Matthews recommended the gender unicorn creat...
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  • Super Grit

    Success, as Angela Duckworth emphasizes in her research and writings, grows from talent and grit: Highly successful people are often conscientious, determined, and doggedly energetic. And then there is the super grit ...
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  • The Cognitive Power of Partisanship

    Originally posted on September 23, 2016.   As the current U.S. presidential campaign richly illustrates, “motivated reasoning” powerfully sways how we view reality.   Researchers have long know...
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  • New in the APS Observer: Nathan on Brain Size, David on Vocational Interests

    Originally posted on September 23, 2014.   In the September Observer (from the Association for Psychological Science), Nathan explains why “Brain Size Matters.”  He summarizes, and suggests how t...
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  • In Defense of Marshmellows

    Originally posted on April 29, 2014.   Becoming a psychologist makes it hard to name drop. We rarely know celebrities. We read more than we schmooze. We seldom inform national or international politics. But we do...
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  • Debunking Another Obesity Myth

    Originally posted on May 1, 2014.   Julian grew up an active child, but those days are long gone. Now he struggles to walk up the stairs. When he walks two city blocks, he takes a break, clenches a light post, a...
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  • The Power of High a Five

    Originally posted on October 16, 2014.   One of my earliest memories is my dad giving me a high five. He was training for a marathon and agreed to take me, his talkative four year-old, on a run. I ran an entire m...
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  • What's Your Resolution? 3 Keys to Success

    Originally posted on January 22, 2015.   At the beginning of each year, millions of people reflect on the previous year and find things they could have done better. Exercised more, eaten healthier, watched less t...
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  • Crisis or Common Sense? Two Ways to Approach Scientific Replication

    Originally posted on September 24, 2015.   This past weekend, I gave myself an odd birthday present. I entered an ultramarathon. If you’ve read my posts, you know I like to run. For my birthday, I wanted to...
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  • Want to Become More Focused and Production?

    Originally posted on September 5, 2014.   Feeling stressed by multiple demands for your time and attention?  Daniel Levitin, director of McGill University’s Laboratory for Music, Cognition and Expertis...
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  • Social issues in the classroom: Ideas for activities

    As a psychology instructor it is clear to you the myriad ways in which psychology can be used to both understand social issues and speak to solutions. In fact, the APA Guidelines for the Major (2013; see below) encour...
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  • MASLOW THEORY OF MOTIVATION QUIZ.pdf

    Quiz based upon Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with suggested answers and explanations.
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