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As I get older, I find myself more drawn to the idea that we can train our brains to make us smarter. Although the idea might be seductive, a year ago I blogged in detail about brain training and said that the evidence doesn't show that it improves our overall cognitive functioning. Has new research been conducted since that time? Do brain games make Read More
A recent article published by Slate brings attention to the possible negative impact of being too invested and involved in our children’s lives and success, described as “helicopter parenting.” Dr. Brooks discussed this in an earlier blog (when “Tiger Parenting” was the descriptor). The Slate authors highlight recent studies revealing increasing mental health problems among college students and observations that Read More
[caption id="attachment_5397" align="alignleft" width="213"] Odysseus and the Sirens[/caption] Technology can be so alluring because it provide an easy way to get many of our psychological needs met (i.e., for belonging, power/esteem, freedom, fun). Moreover, many forms of technology (e.g., Facebook, texting, Twitter, Instagram, email, games such as Candy Crush, Dots) can be powerfully addictive in the same manner as gambling and Read More