Category Archives: Behavior

Steady Progress in Neurolaw_Latest from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Readers may be interested staying abreast of this cutting edge work. You can subscribe to the Neurolaw News. June 8, 2105 This message brings news about: A) Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications B) Neurolaw Media & News Clippings C) Conferences & Speaker Series D) Other Developments Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications 1. Melina R. Uncapher, […]

New Developments in Psychopathy

Jennifer Skeem and her colleagues have challenged the status quo in recent controverises concerning the definition and measurement of psychopathy. Is psychopathy a unitary entity (a global syndrome with a discrete underlying cause) or rather is it a configuration of several distinguishable but intersecting trait dimensions? Is psychopathy synonymous with criminal behavior? Is there a positive-adjustment type of […]

Clinical Report: Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This superb article sums up the information comprehensively. Available at the American Academy of Pediatrics website in pdf.

Modern Times? Masturbation Discourse in 2011

Archives of Sexual Behavior is surely the most interesting professional journal. It catalogs sexual behavior is just about every species. A recent article on attitudes toward masturbation among young adults (college students) articulates issues and attitudes that reflect deeply on our social fabric and mores: Kaestle, CE, & Allen, KE (2010), The Role of Masturbation in […]

More on mating in captivity

The trigger for this loose string was a recent request on the HPA list serve for books to help girls make selections of boyfriends and mates that do not cause pain and suffering. I would love to see such a book. My candidate would be Sexual Excitement by Robert Stoller, but this is hardly suitable […]

Mating in Captivity

Relevant to couples therapy and object choice– why do good girls like bad boys? I just discovered a great book on the contradictions that underlie both male and female psychology when it comes to expectations of the opposite sex. Its called Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel (I never realized that zookeepers can’t get wild […]

Achilles in Vietnam

The issue of combat PTSD is much in the news these days. The greatest illusion that seems to be put forth is that we can “treat” PTSD as if exposure to war was something you can get over, if only we had “better treatment.” It ends up being a sort of minimization of the costs of […]

The human capacity for self-deception

As a psychologist with 26 years experience ( I figure at this point I have accrued somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 hours of clinical experience), I frequently wonder how I have been shaped by my experience, first as a therapist, and later as a forensic clinician, working in both criminal and primarily Family Court arenas. I just […]

Can Psychologists Predict Future Behavior?

I was always taught that psychology is about the description and prediction of behavior. Description? Easy. I can do that! Prediction? Well, er….not so fast. But isn’t description also prediction? If I say that John has an IQ of 100, it is clearly a description, subject of course to a whole bunch of caveats based […]

More on terror management theory — “mortality salience”

You may have wondered why our political and cultural climate has become so nasty; it seems that political and religious intolerance has never been more intense. In a previous post, I discussed terror management theory, based on the work of Ernest Becker (remember in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen handed Diane Keaton a copy of Becker’s Denial of […]