June PsychNotes

You’ll probably get the urge to yawn if you stare at this yawning dog. Why? Because you’re a kind and empathetic person, of course! That

May PsychNotes

Here’s a little challenge for ya. Take a look at this chart of cognitive biases and see if you can identify two that you’re especially

April PsychNotes

The first mass media April Fool joke was reportedly the BBC’s 1957 Panorama segment on spaghetti harvesting, for which a cameraman hung “pounds of spaghetti

March PsychNotes

What is green and pecks on trees? Woody the Woodpickle. (That joke never fails with kids.) Here are some goodies from last month, including studies

February PsychNotes

Wanna hear a joke? A neuron and a glial cell went to summer camp. When they arrived at the barracks, the neuron demanded the top

January PsychNotes

Someone once said the problem with the future is that it usually arrives before we’re ready for it. Ready or not, happy new year! Here

November PsychNotes

Happy November! Sometimes it seems like everything is a competition. My own brain can’t even get along with itself. Here are some recent tidbits about

October PsychNotes

We’re approaching binge-eating season. It seems natural selection has saddled us with a powerful hankerin’ to bulk up for the winter. There was a time

PsychNotes • Get Me Some Numbers, Stat!

Here’s a fact of life as comforting as it is troubling: most everything regresses to the mean. The good news: every sweltering day will eventually

July PsychNotes • Sweet Memories

It’s been ten years and one child since I wrote a blog post titled How Does Memory Work? It’s held up well, for the most

May PsychNotes • Insect Intellect

The Smithsonian estimates there are around 900,000 species of insects and 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 of them buzzing and crawling around at any given moment. Look out! There’s

April PsychNotes • Strange Perceptions

Here’s something to ponder. None of us know what’s happening right now because everything we see and hear has already occurred. It takes time for

March PsychNotes • The Non-Election Issue

My wife recently asked if I’d been following the presidential debates. I told her I hadn’t. Knowing that I’m usually well informed, she asked “don’t

February PsychNotes

As we wrap up the 2015 wrap-ups, here is the New Yorker’s list of the year’s most interesting psychology papers. In other news, Valentine’s day approaches.

January PsychNotes

Happy New Year! Are you resolving to make changes this year? I have a couple of tips below to help you succeed. But first, the