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Nature vs Nurture

Parenting: Every Child Is Different

Lindley Pless | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Lindley Pless

When my second daughter Sophie entered the world, I worried that she would spend her life peering out from under the edge of her "larger than life" sister Emma's shadow.

Would it Matter If We Weren't Born Gay?

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Using the idea that our sexuality is due to nature over nurture in order to validate or justify it inherently suggests that there might be something wrong with it. Why does being gay need to be validated or justified?

The Importance of Being Born Black and Gay

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Not knowing what I now know about my personal character as a black, gay man, had my input been requested during the pre-embryonic stage, I probably would have requested that I be born another way. But as the old cliché goes, everything happens for a reason.

Women's Hockey and Hardwiring

Lise Eliot | Posted 04.23.2014 | Sports
Lise Eliot

We used to hear that women aren't physical or competitive or aggressive enough to dedicate themselves to sport. But c'mon, did you see those triumphant Canadians and devastated Americans after their sudden-death overtime?

Adoption and Genetics: Implications for Adoptive Parents

E. Kay Trimberger | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science
E. Kay Trimberger

In 2006 I helped my 25-year-old son Jamal locate his biological families. I was unprepared for the discovery of how much he had in common with his birth parents, which led me to undertake my own search, a quest to understand genetics and how they might impact adoption.

Nature's Blueprint for Raising Confident and Independent Kids

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

I was pained to read a recent cover of NEW YORK magazine: THE PROBLEM WITH TEENAGERS IS THEIR PARENTS. It says to me we are not learning nature's pare...

How to Raise the Perfect Kid: Lessons From Square Watermelons

Debra Carpenter | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Debra Carpenter

I'm not putting my daughter into a square box and I'm not a farmer. I'm just using the influence I already have to help her develop into the woman I know she's capable of being.

We Can Be Disease-Proof!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Without the right skill set, health is elusive. You can't get there from here. The relevant skills are yours for the taking, and with them, you and those you love truly can be to an astonishing degree, disease-proof.

Cavan Sieczkowski

Surprising Factor Could Increase Chances A Man Is Gay

HuffingtonPost.com | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Seven years ago a study made headlines for finding that men with older brothers are more likely to be gay. Today the study has resurfaced as researche...

Fountain House Symposium Honors Author Andrew Solomon

Jim Luce | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

New York City has an annual event that educates the public on mental health that I believe is the finest in America. This symposium - and luncheon - ...

Parent Alert: Danger of Kids Heroizing the Alleged Boston Bomber Brothers

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

Comic books, computer games and toys are rife with heroes and villains -- "good" and "evil" characters. But the real-life story of the accused Boston bombing brothers has unleashed potential dangers for young children who may confuse fantasy with this cruel reality.

Lisa Belkin

The Brothers Emanuel Might Have The Answers Every Parent Needs

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents

When the brothers were 6, 2 and 4, they marched unsupervised around the neighborhood, across streets and beneath underpasses. In family arguments, the...

How Our Kids Turn Out Isn't Really Up to Us

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Each child was born with a different temperament, a different passion, a different way of navigating through life. I see traces of myself and my husband in them, but they are their own people.

Why I Feel Like Paul Newman In 'Empire Falls'

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 09.09.2012 | Fifty
Marshall P. Duke

I can't bear catch phrases like "50 is the new 40." I wait patiently for the ultimate "dead is the new alive" tagline stamped across an ad for video screens and Wi-Fi in caskets.

Nurturing Empathy in Children

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
David Sack, M.D.

Studies show children are born equipped to be empathic, but these skills take time and practice to develop.

How Science Fiction Hurts Gays

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

While science by itself cannot overcome the deep underlying causes of anti-LGBT prejuidice and discrimination, it can help to combat the myths and old wives tales that underlie so much of homophobia. Thats why it's important to distinguish what is science and what is science fiction.

JOIN THE DEBATE: Are Geniuses Born, Or Made?

Posted 04.04.2012 | Science

Do genes make the genius? Or is it really true that practice is what puts people in Carnegie Hall? Some argue that the the seeds of genius are plan...

Babies Know Physics? What Study Shows

Posted 03.26.2012 | Science

Joseph Castro, LiveScience Staff Writer 01/24/2012 06:22 PM EST LiveScience Infants as young as 2 months old already have basic knowledge of "...

Is God in Our Genes?

Margaret Weinberg | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion
Margaret Weinberg

If being spiritual can make people healthier and bring them together, then it wouldn't matter if God was in our genes or up in the sky, it would be the act of believing itself that was important.

Hug the Monkey

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Feeling understood, valued and cherished -- whether as a child or an adult, and with regard to another person or to a group -- may not be a life and death matter, but it certainly affects one's happiness and effectiveness.

Does Getting Older Always Mean Getting Weaker?

The Globe And Mail | Posted 12.24.2011 | Fifty

It's the chicken-and-egg question of aging: Do we become less active as we get older because our bodies start to break down, or do our bodies start to...

A Story Of Contrasting Parallels: Politics Vs Gang Violence For Two Michaels

The Denver Post | Jeremy P. Meyer | Posted 09.17.2011 | Denver

The Rev. Leon Kelly often tells a cautionary tale of two Michaels who grew up in Denver in the 1980s -- one ended up in an early grave and the other w...

Eating Disorder Causation: A Call For More Research

Judith Brisman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Brisman, Ph.D.

I don't think we will ever be able to know exactly why an eating disorder develops in one person and not another. However, I do think it always helps to be curious about one's family -- whether there is an eating disorder crisis or not.

8 Surprising Facts To Put The Nature Vs. Nurture Debate To Rest

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

I teamed up with the well-known developmental psychologist David S. Moore to list eight facts about genes, twin studies and the heritability statistic that may come as a surprise to many people, even biologists!

Is There a Genie in the Genome?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

My own hope for genomic advances lingers. But at its best, that hope was and is a small flicker in comparison to the luminous promise of lifestyle.