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How a Hopeful Lover Ends Up a Disappointed Friend

The reasons are more complex than you think, but begin with timing.

Is Every Child Gifted? Probably not

Every parent wants to think his or her child is special. And rest assured, parents—your child is special. At least, there is no other child on earth with the same precise mix of genes, experience, and pattern of strengths and weaknesses. But is every child gifted? Probably not.

From George and Lennox to Gaga and Lambert: Androgyny

Explicit displays of androgyny are everywhere these days, from the hip thrusting performances of Adam Lambert to the motorcyle riding feats of Lady Gaga.

IQ Bashing, Breakdancing, the Flynn Effect, and Genes

Some think the Flynn effect—the finding that IQ rose steadily during the 20th century—proves that genes play little to no role in intelligence. The key to the puzzle is understanding what will happen when breakdancers take over the world.

The Genetics of the X-Factor

Every season, hundreds of thousands of contestants audition for the myriad of television talent shows that exist. To make it far in these shows, you have to possess an "X Factor", a certain unidentifiable quality that makes you stand out from the rest. How may a nuanced view of genes contribute to our understanding of this factor?

Conversations on Creativity with Darold Treffert, Part VIII:

Darold Treffert, M.D. was a technical consultant to the award-winning movie "Rain Man" that made "autistic savant" household terms. In this eighth and final part, we discussed lessons he has learned from a lifetime of studying savants, recent advances, and looking to the future.

Intelligent Testing

IQ tests have received much criticism over the years, some warranted and some just plain silly. Since so much is at stake with IQ testing, it's important to become more informed about the latest thinking in the field. And one of the most important approaches to intelligence testing is intelligent testing.

Why are Narcissists (Initially) so Popular?

Why are narcissists so popular (at least initially)? What cues are they broadcasting? Which facets of the narcissist are most related to their popularity? An enlightening and alarming hot off the press article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology provides data relating to these issues.

What's a Shy, Geeky, Nice Guy to Do? The Case of Rebecca Watson

What shy, geeky, nice guys can learn from the Rebecca Watson incident.

Straight Talk about Twin Studies, Genes, and Parenting: What Makes Us Who We Are

Findings from twin studies are often misunderstood, misinterpreted, and blown out of proportion. Here, Davis S. Moore and I come up with 8 facts about genes, twin studies, and the heritability statistic that may come as a surprise to many people—even biologists!

Take that Nap! It May Boost Your Learning Capacity Among Other Good Things.

Should you take that nap during the day, or plow through the rest of the day with the help of caffeine?

The Tears of a Clown

Everyone likes a good comic. But behind every punch line is a real live human sweating profusely to get a laugh. What are these people like? How did the comic become this way, constantly pushing the limit to get a reaction from others? What motivates the comic? How do comics perceive themselves?

New Sensitivity Gene Discovered

Some of the very same genes that under certain environmental conditions are associated with some of the lowest lows of humanity, are associated with the highest highs of human flourishing under supportive conditions.

Social and Mechanical Reasoning Inhibit Each Other

The brain can't engage social and mechanical reasoning at the same time.

The Pesky Persistence of Labels

New study shows that just because a label has been lifted doesn't make it disappear.

Interview with Author and Magician Alex Stone

Interview with Author and Magician Alex Stone about his book "Fooling Houdini."

Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity

Social rejection fuels creativity for people with an independent mindset.

The Cognitive Psychology of Pick-up Lines

How perception and cognition influences receptivity to pick-up lines.

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