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When Should Children Start Kindergarten? — One of the fundamental challenges of parenting is that the practice is also the performance; childcare is all about learning on the job. The baby is born, a lump of need, and we're expected to keep her warm, nourished and free of diaper rash. (Happy, too.)

The Root of Wisdom: Why Old People Learn Better — In Plato's Apology, Socrates defines the essence of wisdom. He makes his case by comparison, arguing that wisdom is ultimately an awareness of ignorance. The wise man is not the one who always gets it right.
Nov 10, 2015

Why older people are wiser: they become "more likely to notice what they didn’t know" (from one who knows) #WSJ

Why Does Beauty Exist? — Over at the always excellent Not Exactly Rocket Science, Ed Yong summarizes a new investigation into the neural substrate of beauty: Tomohiro Ishizu and Semir Zeki from University College London watched the brains of 21 volunteers as they looked at 30 paintings and listened to 30 musical excerpts.
Oct 28, 2015

@MarisaE10976 @CJuliaSM @JamieRoss7 evolutionary and neurological bases of beauty are subjects of much discussion…

How Does Mindfulness Work? — In the summer of 1978, Ellen Langer published a radical sentence in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. It's a line that's easy to overlook, as it appears in the middle of the first page, sandwiched between a few dense paragraphs about the nature of information processing.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed — So You've Been Publicly Shamed has 1,147 ratings and 180 reviews. Paul said: Here is a 100% fast fun astonishing intriguing hectic sprint through the str...
Apr 12, 2015

RT @joynhensley: I finished @jonronson's SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED four hours ago and I'm still incredibly twitchy. A must-read!…

The Crime of Lead Exposure — The steep drop in crime in America is one of the most noteworthy sociological trends of the last twenty years. What astonishing is that, although the murder rate has fallen by more than 50 percent in many cities, we still don't know why. Part of the mystery, of course, is that the causes are plural:...

The Power of Redemption Stories — The story of redemption is as American as apple pie. It's there in the Autobiography of Ben Franklin - he went from being a fugitive teen in Philadelphia to the founder of a nation - and the pulp fiction of Horatio Alger, which recount the "rags to riches" tales of working-class boys in the mean city.

How Fast Is Usain Bolt? — On the night of August 16, 2009, during the 100 meter final at the 2009 World Championships, Usain Bolt ran faster than any other human being has ever run before. He shattered his previous world record by more than a tenth of a second and, according to a statistical model of expected sprint times, set a pace not expected until roughly 2030.
Mar 05, 2015

"The moral of this clever study is that human synchronization is largely inescapable."…

The Virtues of Hunger — My kitchen cupboards are filled with Trader Joe's snacks that I bought while shopping on an empty stomach. Chocolate edamame. Pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds. Kale chips. Lentil chips. Veggie puffs. A medley of pretzels. A collection of trail mixes.
Dec 12, 2014

"Chocolate edamame. Kale chips. Lentil chips. Veggie puffs. A medley of pretzels." the poetry of Jonah Lehrer…

Depression’s Upside - — The Victorians had many names for depression, and Charles Darwin used them all. There were his "fits" brought on by "excitements," "flurries" leading to an "uncomfortable palpitation of the heart" and "air fatigues" that triggered his "head symptoms." In one particularly pitiful letter, written to a specialist in "psychological medicine," he confessed to "extreme spasmodic daily and nightly flatulence" and "hysterical crying" whenever Emma, his devoted wife, left him alone.
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Feb 13, 2013

Here is the text of my speech. I'm deeply sorry for what I've done.

Jun 13, 2012

RT @anniemurphypaul: RT @PsychToday: Want to learn something backwards and forwards? Teach it to someone else.

Jun 13, 2012

RT @JuddApatow: 20 Rules of screenwriting from Pixar. I need to laminate this.

Jun 12, 2012

RT @emilynussbaum: Seriously enjoying the Bill Simmons podcast with Lena Dunham:

Jun 12, 2012

RT @BetseyStevenson: Among top med researchers: women are 2.5x as likely to be unmarried, 50% more likely to be childless & still ea ...

Jun 12, 2012

@tnyfrontrow i think they're a reminder that we're still pretty bad at measuring many of the mental attributes that matter.

Jun 09, 2012

My latest Head Case column on how power protects primates from the toxic effects of stress:

Jun 07, 2012

RT @katiebakes: Sitting at hotel bar watching bball and wonderin if the question "so, how'd you get so into sports?" has EVER been asked ...

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