Laura Maxwell

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Keep Your Head Up: 'Text Neck' Takes A Toll On The Spine

"Text neck," the posture formed by leaning over a cellphone while reading and texting, is a big problem, according to the author of a newly published study in the National Library of Medicine.<p>Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, says the …

Impressive 3D Street Art Created with Recycled Materials

Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo, aka Bordalo II, uses mixed media to create his own interpretations of the urban landscape and environment. He often composes his works using various found items that he merges together into beautiful forms. In that sense, his street art is unique because it …

Streetwear

A New Vocabulary for American Towns

Three 21st-century words that are driving the nation's most dynamic municipalities<p>Here are three words, a verb, a noun, and an adjective, which have caught our ears as we’ve traveled around on our <i>American Futures</i> adventure. We couldn’t miss them. They are ubiquitous—and sometimes even invoked—when …

Where Is America's Real Youth Rebellion?

Never has a time been more ripe for protest. Never has a generation seemed so ambivalent about it.<p><i>Published in the November 2014 issue</i><p><b>The dream of wild rebellion rises</b> and falls like clockwork. In every generation, the youthful cries for personal freedom coalesce, at one moment or another, at one …

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5 immigration myths debunked

President Obama is taking executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.<p>His plan has been a tough sell to the American people, especially with the new Republican-controlled Congress. But many experts agree that some of the arguments against immigration are based …

Your Elite School Is Not Worth The Cost, Studies Say

The cost for a college education has risen to the astronomical, resulting in debt that haunts young people after graduation like a ghost bent on dragging them to a Dickensian poorhouse. It’s forcing us to ask, “Is it worth it?” Especially if the school of choice is an elite institution, is the …

College & University

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?: The Strange New World of Human Reproduction

Should a woman’s own 55-year-old mother bear the woman’s (gulp) triplets? Well, it’s happening. Where should society draw the lines here?<p>Welcome to …

The Identity Crisis Under the Ink

Americans—particularly Millennials—are getting more tattoos than ever. Is a shifting, increasingly uncertain culture to blame?<p>Some weeks ago, during a bleary-eyed subway ride to work, I found myself staring at a young woman on the other side of the car. She wore business attire with a North Face …

5 Things to Know About the Ferguson Decision - Briefly - WSJ

The grand jury in Clayton, Mo., has returned its decision: It won’t indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Here are five things you need to know about the ruling.

Inside Elon Musk’s $1.4 billion score

<b>By Peter Elkind</b><p>Photos by Winni Wintermeyer for Fortune<p>November 14, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT<p><b>The crazy, real-life story of how the CEO of electric-car maker</b> …

Professional Help: 5 Ways You're Influenced by Numbers Psychology

<i>Marketers at Virginia Tech share stealthy new ways to control how people perceive numbers that go far beyond simple psychological pricing.</i><p>Retailers almost never round up because of psychological pricing, the old marketing rule that dictates that consumers are more easily swayed by prices that end …

10 Psychological Thrillers That Will Absolutely Terrify You

I play with the themes of betrayal and identity in my new thriller, Forget Me. Set in a dying town full of abandoned places, Morgan uploads a photo of her dead boyfriend and is shocked when the social media site tags him with someone else's name: a boy who lives two towns away and looks just like …

Sport Psychology Still Doesn't Get the Respect It Deserves

I'm coming to the end of what has turned out to be a three-week international tour of sport psychology. During my trips, I have worked with athletes and coaches from the U.S., Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia in Argentina, California, Oregon, and Switzerland. One question that has emerged …

The Psychological Trauma of Catastrophe: Gaza’s Children By Louisa A. Lamb

The Psychological Trauma of Catastrophe: Gaza’s Children<p><b>By Louisa A. Lamb</b><p>11 August, 2014 <b><br>Countercurrents.org</b><p><i>A Palestinian boy who is among hundreds of</i> …

Psychology: 'An Owner’s Manual for Your Own Mind'

An interview with Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness<p>Over the last decade, Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert has become a prominent voice in the public sphere. His 2006 book <i>Stumbling on Happiness</i>, translated in over 30 languages, became an international bestseller, triggering …

New Domestic Abuse Law Could Include 'Psychological Abuse' - But What Exactly Does That Mean?

A new domestic abuse law could criminalise 'psychological abuse' in intimate relationships.<p>This move has been welcomed by domestic abuse charities, …

How Actors Create Emotions: A Problematic Psychology

Fully inhabiting the mind, mannerisms, and reality of a fictional character can be as alienating as it is rewarding.<p>Early on in her career, Deborah Margolin realized that she was a woman nobody liked, not even herself. She was a “homely person who was pregnant all the time”—not because she enjoyed …

An Overview of Psychology

Psychology is a broad field that encompasses the study of human thought, behavior, development, personality, emotion, motivation, and more. Gaining a …

Theories of Cognitive Psychology

Have you ever wondered why you remember certain details without even trying, yet other important information slips your mind so quickly? This is just …

27 Psychological Reasons Why Good People Do Bad Things

It's an old story: The star executive who gets caught waist-deep in a fraud scandal; the finance phenom who steals millions by skimming off the top.<p>What causes these smart, successful people to get wrapped up in illegal activities and unethical behavior? Dr. Muel Kaptein of the Rotterdam School of …

How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

<i>“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope,”</i> Helen Keller wrote in her 1903 treatise on optimism. But a positive outlook, it turns out, isn’t merely an intellectual disposition we don — it’s a deep-seated component of our evolutionary wiring and the product …

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

<i>“When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exemption from embarrassing relatives,”</i> Henry James wrote in his diary, <i>“I suppose he is bound, in delicacy, to write himself happy.”</i> More than a mere philosophical contemplation, however, James’s observation presages …

The Psychology of Your Future Self and How Your Present Illusions Hinder Your Future Happiness

Philosopher Joshua Knobe recently posed a perplexing question in contemplating the nature of the self: If the person you will be in 30 years — the person for whom you plan your life now by working toward career goals and putting money aside in retirements plans — is invariably different from the …

Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil

The dichotomy of good and evil is as old as the story of the world, and timeless in its relevance to just about everything we do in life, from our political and spiritual views to our taste in music, art and literature to how we think about our simple dietary choices. But while most of us recognize …

23 Great Psychology Experiment Ideas to Explore

Do you need to design an experiment for a psychology assignment? Chances are you can come up with plenty of interesting ideas on your own, but …

Psychology

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

Psychology Experiments That Will Surprise You

What is it that makes people do the things they do? Artists, writers, poets, philosophers, scientists, and psychologists have explored this basic …

Psychology

The Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Surprising Psychology of How to Handle Haters

<i>“We are what we pretend to be,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut famously wrote, <i>“so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”</i> But given how much our minds mislead us, what if we don’t realize when we’re pretending — who are we then? That’s precisely what <b>David McRaney</b> explores in <b>You Are Now Less Dumb: How to</b> …

Breaking Bad: The Economics, Sociology, And Psychology Of Law-Breaking Behavior By NFL Players

“The California Penal League”.<p>So quipped Charlie Sheen’s Ricky Vaughn from <i>Major League</i> fame when asked what league he came from before reaching the pros.<p>Unfortunately, the NFL these days feels like the NPL…National Penal League.<p>There’s Baltimore’s Ray Rice striking his then-fiance in the face …

What the Psychology of Suicide Prevention Teaches Us About Controlling Our Everyday Worries

<i>“We must gain victory, not by assaulting the walls, but by accepting them,”</i> wrote James Gordon Gilkey in his 1934 guide to how not to worry. <i>“Don’t worry about popular opinion … Don’t worry about the past. Don’t worry about the future. … Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you,”</i> F. Scott …