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Temptation in the Neurons

Lack of self-control is at the root of many personal and social ills, from alcoholism to obesity. Even when we are well aware of the costs, many of us are […]... More>


Daydream Believing: Imagining Connections

Imagine this scenario. You’re working away in your cubicle, and a co-worker strolls by, humming a tune. You recognize it as an old ballad, Suzanne, and you immediately think of […]... More>


The Perils of Adolescence

Adolescence is a perilous time of life. It’s a time of heightened risk taking—reckless driving, risky sex, excessive drug and alcohol use. For decades the prevalent view—the common wisdom of […]... More>


The Psychology of the Firefighter

Firefighters experience a steady onslaught of trauma and intense human emotion. Perilous flames, collapsing buildings, the anguish of burn victims. Explosions, automobile accidents, suicide attempts. Even terrorist attacks, dismemberment and […]... More>


Hungry? Don’t Go Shopping.

Hunger is one of our most basic and primitive drives. When we are deprived of food, for whatever reason, we become intensely focused on satiating that craving. We want calories, […]... More>