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From 'Flourish' to 'Incognito,' the 11 Best Psychology Books of 2011

After the year's best children's books, art and design books, photography books, science books, history books, and food books, the 2011 best-of series continues with the most compelling, provocative, and thought-provoking psychology and philosophy books featured here this year.<p><b>1. YOU ARE NOT SO</b> …

Rethinking One of Psychology's Most Infamous Experiments

In the 1960s, Stanley Milgram's electric-shock studies showed that people will obey even the most abhorrent of orders. But recently, researchers have begun to question his conclusions—and offer some of their own.<p>In 1961, Yale University psychology professor Stanley Milgram placed an advertisement …

Articles about psychology seating on Dwell.com - Dwell

If you really want to create a talking point in your home, give the floral wallpaper and the Danish lampshades a miss.<p>A look at the history of Harry Bertoia's iconic steel wire seating collection from 1951, and a few Dwell homes that showcase the...<p>A bold chair emerged on the scene in 1934.<p>The time …

Furniture

How Repetition Enchants the Brain and the Psychology of Why We Love It in Music

<i>“The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism,”</i> Haruki Murakami reflected on the power of a daily routine. <i>“Rhythm is one of the most powerful of pleasures, and when we feel a pleasurable rhythm we hope it will continue,”</i> Mary Oliver wrote about the secret of great …

For pro athletes on the cusp of retirement, what psychological challenges lie ahead?

Maria Doelger Anderson, <i>Boston University</i><p>Atlanta Hawks fans honor Kobe Bryant after the first quarter of a game on December 5 2015. USA Today Sports/Reuters<p>Some of the biggest names in professional sports are facing retirement. David Ortiz and Kobe Bryant recently announced that they'll be calling …

New York Mets

5 psychology tricks to influence people and get what you want

You don't have to be born with the power of persuasion. Thanks to decades of psychology research these few tricks can help you get what you want.<p><i>Produced by Grace Raver</i><p><b>Follow TI:</b>On Facebook

The 4 Psychological Pillars Of A Consumer Transaction

Transactions are what keep a business going; a potential customer fills out a form, purchases a product, or otherwise completes some “conversion” action, and the more of these actions a business realizes, the more revenue it stands to make. Accordingly, most marketers have dedicated themselves to a …

Marketing

7 Powerful Psychology Hacks That'll Increase Your Social Media Engagement

Do you know that social media triumphed over email as the top internet activity in 2013?<p>At 1 hour and 40 minutes, social media accounts for 28% of …

Jonathan Haidt on Morality, Politics, Disgust, and Intellectual Diversity on Campus (Ep. 8)

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on morality, politics, disgust, free speech and intellectual diversity on …

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Depression

A New Study Claims People With Higher IQs Don't Require Large Social Circles

Maybe that's why you're such a homebody.<p>While the average person is happier with a large friend circle, new research reveals those with higher IQs are better off with a small one.<p>Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management …

17 Times The Internet Got Real About Anxiety

Spot. On.<p>Some people just get it.<p>Those with anxiety disorder are often isolated because of their condition (as if the debilitating emotional and physical symptoms weren't enough). The stigma surrounding anxiety issues is real: Only 25 percent of people with mental health conditions feel like others …

Depression

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Murals

Paris Review - Ian McEwan, The Art of Fiction No. 173

Interviewed by Adam Begley<p>Issue 162, Summer 2002<p>Ian McEwan, ca. 2011. Photograph by Jean-Frédérick Thesupermat<p>Ian McEwan’s early success came hand in hand with a lurid reputation: his books were said to be twisted and dark. And in fact, his earliest work—two collections of short stories, <i>First Love,</i> …

Literature

Paris Review - Peter Taylor, The Art of Fiction No. 99

Interviewed by Barbara Thompson Davis<p>Issue 104, Fall 1987<p>Peter Taylor at Kenyon College, 1941. Photograph by Robie Macauley.<p>Peter Taylor is a storyteller of fixed abode. His ancestral ghosts inhabit an irregular triangle formed by Memphis, Nashville, and the farm at Trenton in Gibson County where …

Literature

On the Red Couch with Author Margaret Atwood

Inside Flipboard / September 19, 2013<p>The Guardian calls the writer Margaret Atwood “literature’s digital doyenne.” The author of more than 40 books …

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

Time-lapse Photography

The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink

The Web browser you’re probably using to read this article is a small marvel of engineering. It can be broken down into many discrete parts—a URL bar, a set of bookmarks, perhaps a built-in video player. But the most important component is hidden: the “rendering engine” is the specific part of the …

The Kingdom and the Paywall

Two weeks ago, I went to the New York <i>Times</i>’ gleaming, modernist, Renzo Piano��designed headquarters on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan to discuss some …

Journalism

The Gift of Doubt

Albert O. Hirschman and the power of failure.<p>In the mid-nineteenth century, work began on a crucial section of the railway line connecting Boston to the Hudson River. The addition would run from Greenfield, Massachusetts, to Troy, New York, and it required tunnelling through Hoosac Mountain, a …

Books special: My favourite history books 2013

<b>The My Favourite History Books 2013 supplement, included with our October issue, features a range of leading historians choosing their top history</b> …

Paris Review - Mark Helprin, The Art of Fiction No. 132

Interviewed by James Linville<p>Issue 126, Spring 1993<p>For Mark Helprin the world has always been an abundant source of tales of high romance and beauty leavened by the occasional absurd detail.<p>As a young man, Helprin’s father traveled in Soviet Asia as a purchasing agent, buying sheep entrails for …

Literature

Paris Review - Guillermo Cabrera Infante, The Art of Fiction No. 75

Interviewed by Alfred Mac Adam<p>Issue 87, Spring 1983<p>Miriam Gomez and Guillermo Cabrera Infante by Nestor Almendros<p>Guillermo Cabrera Infante was born on April 22, 1929, in Gibara, a small town on the northern coast of the Cuban province of Oriente—also the birthplace of Fulgencio Batista and Fidel …

Literature

Paris Review - Louise Erdrich, The Art of Fiction No. 208

Interviewed by Lisa Halliday<p>Issue 195, Winter 2010<p>O<p>Only one passenger train per day makes the Empire Builder journey from Chicago to Seattle, and when it stops in Fargo, North Dakota, at 3:35 in the morning, one senses how, as Louise Erdrich has written, the “earth and sky touch everywhere and …

Literature

After testing more than 3,000 swings, we proved that one type of slice cure is better than the rest

The game's not much fun when you're reaching into your bag to replace a ball you sliced out of play -- for the fourth time in six holes! You're not …

Golf

The Magic of Metaphor: What Children’s Minds Reveal about the Evolution of the Imagination

<i>“Children help us to mediate between the ideal and the real,”</i> MoMA’s Juliet Kinchin wrote in her fascinating design history of childhood. Indeed, children have a penchant for disarming clarity and experience reality in ways profoundly different from adults, in the process illuminating the workings …

The 11 Best Science Books of 2011

After the year’s best illustrated books for (eternal) kids, art, design, and creativity books, and photography books, the 2011 best-of series continues with a look at the year’s most compelling science books, spanning everything from medicine to physics to quantum mechanics. (And before you raise …

Familiar faces

If you’re someone who enjoys being recognized, Julian Lim is your kind of waiter. Lim, who’s working his way through college waiting tables, …

Customers

Paris Review - Jeffrey Eugenides, The Art of Fiction No. 215

Interviewed by James Gibbons<p>Issue 199, Winter 2011<p>At the MacDowell Colony in 1994.<p>Born in Detroit in 1960, Jeffrey Eugenides lived through the city’s last glory years as the heart of the American auto industry. His first two novels, <i>The Virgin Suicides</i> (1993) and <i>Middlesex</i> (2002), are rooted in …

Literature