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8 Dog Park Safety Tips

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

1. Pick the right dog park for you and your pet. Ideally, an off-leash park should have: o A double-gate entry, secure fencing, and posted rules of...

How Fast Is Your Dog Aging?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

All of us who love dogs are acutely aware that the lifespans of our canine companions are short - much too short. And while the years we spend with a ...

Sure, VR Is A Storytelling Revolution... But How?

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.19.2016 | Technology
Jesse Damiani

The Internet is finding its way into daily objects, and artificial intelligence technologies are increasing in their capacities by the day. We're bringing ourselves deeper into our stories, and our stories deeper into ourselves.

The Excitement And Discoveries At Age 7

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Age seven is a great year with a so much cognitive and emotional growth squeezed in between preschool and middle school. As seven-year-olds change and mature, they need us to continue to guide them on matters related to school, friends, and family even though they start to appear much more independent.

Aging Monkeys Choose Their Friends Wisely, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 06.27.2016 | Science

With age, humans become more selective about who they hang out with. And new research suggests that monkeys behave in a similar way. A team of researc...

Early Immunization vs. Early Socialization in Puppies

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.23.2017 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Many puppy owners are understandably confused by conflicting opinions on whether it's best to keep pups isolated from other animals until they are fully immunized, or whether insuring they are properly socialized during the critical developmental stage of 4 to 16 weeks is more important.

How Outdoor Playgrounds Affect Child Development

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2017 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Now that the warmer weather is here, it's time to take our kids outside more. What is a simple thing to do that encourages child development? Go to th...

When Is Worry Too Much Worry for a Parent?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2017 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Child development experts have believed for many decades that when a mother does the worrying, children are able to take on the challenges they face m...

The Social Cure For Mental Illness

Allen Frances | Posted 12.21.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

As Aristotle pointed out, we are social animals who can be fully human only when interacting with others. In the US, we worsen the symptoms of our mentally ill by neglecting their needs and excluding them from society. Fortunately, the reciprocal is also true -- we can heal by simple human acts of caring and inclusion.

Three Americans on a Train to Paris: The Roots of Heroism

Ervin Staub | Posted 09.01.2016 | Science
Ervin Staub

What enabled the three young Americans to attack and stop the well-armed man on the train from Amsterdam to Paris, most likely saving many lives, including their own?

What Exactly Do You Mean?

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Loolwa Khazzoom

We frequently ascribe traits to someone (violent, intelligent, cheap, successful), on the basis of something irrelevant to the matter at hand, such as ethnicity, religion, sex, or nationality -- whichever we may take issue with, for reasons of our own ignorance or unprocessed baggage.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

Is Recess Still on the SATs?

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.07.2015 | Education
Galanty Miller

As a society, I wish we would do more to celebrate the boring stuff. The boring stuff is important. Math is important. History is important. English is important.

I Support Slashing Our Schools' Gym Class Budget

Galanty Miller | Posted 12.08.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

I've been told by people involved in physical education that gym class has changed since when I was a kid in the 1980s. Now it's about individual achievement and exercise programs. It wasn't like that when I was a kid.

Why People Help Strangers and Risk Their Lives for Strangers?

Ervin Staub | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Ervin Staub

Already a day or two after birth infants show a primitive form of empathy; when they hear crying by another infant they begin to cry, but not when they hear a noise of the same intensity.

An Empathic Musical Orchestra -- A String of New Relationships

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Claudia is a music therapist who works with children with disabilities. She guides them in the knowledge of musical instruments by teaching them to play together in an orchestra, creating a perfect harmony of sounds and putting together a marvelous sequence of chords.

Why Connecting With Non-Hispanics Boosts Latino Mental Health

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 02.04.2014 | Latino Voices

Hispanic teens who learn the English language well enough to engage in friendships with English-speaking non-Hispanics, have improved psychological he...

The Inner Vow of Silence

William Horden | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Not many of us live in monasteries today and modern life seldom permits us to suddenly stop speaking to those around us. But that doesn't mean we can...

The Hollywood Effect: R-rated Films, Violent Video Games Tied to Lower Religious Practices for Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.

Be Who You Are, No Matter What Anyone Else Thinks

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Cheryl Dumesnil

What I'm seeing in my youngest son is both sad and predictable: His growing consciousness of social rules is turning into a growing self-consciousness, and I wish I could stop it. I know I can't, but at least maybe I can give them some tools to help.

Examining Media's Socialization of Gender Roles

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.08.2013 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Do the media create, or maintain, or reflect the gender-based roles that saturate our environment? If you picked "All the Above," you and I would have filled in the same oval on our imaginary multiple-choice bubble answer sheets.

Are You Staying Socially Connected?

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

Unfortunately, staying socially connected isn't as easy as just scheduling time. Even if you happen to have a lot of flexibility, your friends or family may not.

The Question We Should Be Asking When It Comes To Female Leadership

Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.12.2013 | Women
Nina Bahadur

I don't buy into a "biological difference" that cannot be scientifically proven. But how could I reconcile my perspective with the mounds of research indicating that women do in fact lead differently?

9 Life Skills We Learn From Having Siblings

GalTime | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents

Sibling relationships provide your child with their first lessons about how to handle the more difficult aspects of long-term, intimate relationships. Here are some ideas about how to help your kid get the most out of these lessons.

So You're Becoming a College Student: A Study in Socialization

Karen Sternheimer | Posted 12.12.2012 | College
Karen Sternheimer

Socialization entails learning to be a member of a group. True, we are all individuals who bring our unique selves into any social interaction, but part of entering a new group involves learning its norms, rituals, routines, and rules.