A Meditation On Meditation: Behavioral Flexibility and Success

As an undergraduate I worked for a man who was, if nothing else, compelling. Tall and trim, with a bushy handlebar mustache, slicked back hair, and a propensity for pulling out and smoking an e-cigarette in the middle of lab meetings, my adviser could often be heard shouting expletives at his computer from down …

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Getting your Zzz’s as a baby: How you learn to sleep depends on your culture


The topic of how to get babies to sleep can be a touchy and stressful subject for many parents. There’s been a lot of popular articles written on the topic, and these articles have been published in unsurprising places like Parents Magazine and HuffPost Parents, as well as some less expected …

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Serial: the Case of Memory

Serial has quickly become an international obsession. From the master storytellers of This American Life, the focal story of the inaugural season is about details surrounding the 1999 conviction of then high-school student Adnan Syed for the murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. A new episode is released every Thursday (this week …

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How can we best predict how long someone will live?


If you had to guess how long a person will live, what would you want to know about them? In other words, what single piece of information best predicts longevity?

This was a central question addressed by renowned demographer Noreen Goldman, from Princeton University, in a recent lecture at UCLA – and …

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What’s the Deal with Replication?

Wondering what the fun and fascinating stories were in the world of Psychology on Twitter this week? Let me tell you!

The Psychology Twittersphere has been full of thoughts about a very important topic lately: Replication.

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Outreach Event: Explore Your Universe!

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What was the first science experiment you ever conducted? When did you first think about thinking? Were you in awe the first time you saw an illusion?

Well, this past Sunday, Psychology in Action participated in UCLA’s annual Explore Your Universe Event – a scientific expo for the community to come and learn about the brain, …

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A New Direction in Autism Research: Google Cloud

Autism is everywhere and it is great! I’m not referring to the recent CDC estimate that 1 in 68 children in the U. S. are diagnosed with the disorder. Instead, I’m talking about its presence in the news. Most recently, I’ve read that the Vatican is holding an inaugural conference on autism, “The Person …

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The Defiant Optimism of Understanding

Obscurantism: Lame explanations to the lame questions


Surrendering to Creativity: The Psychology of Remembering To Breathe (Part 2 of 3)


“Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.” - T.S. Eliot

What does it mean, for anxiety to be the handmaiden to creativity?  Reading this quote from T.S. Eliot, my mind wandered to think about Shae and Sansa.  For those less obsessed with George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones than me, Shae is Sansa Stark’s …

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