Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

As the mother of future teenagers, I confess to being more than wee bit frightened of raising children in the digital age. We have older nieces and nephews, and have already heard of regrettable exploits by their friends: smartphones + hormones = dangerous combination. So it was with a generous sigh of relief that I more »

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Your Brain, On Marriage

In case you haven’t noticed, research these days is all about the brain: how do our neural pathways form, how do they control our emotions and behaviors, and what can we do about that? We’ve written, briefly, about brain research before. For example, we shared the news discovered by A.J. Jacobs – the Esquire editor more »

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— This is part 2 of a 2 part post featuring the books, Mindset, by Carol Dweck, and The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Click here to read part 1. —         I really thought I’d get in. I told all my closest friends I was applying. I’d worked hard to more »

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You’ve heard of wine and cheese pairings, right? The concept is that the intense flavors of certain cheeses enhance the aroma and taste of certain wines; visit a nice restaurant, and the fine dining wait staff will be more than willing to explain this in detail. Well pairings are important – put the right two more »

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When we first started this blog a year ago, I started a Google alert for new stories about relationship research. Turns out, there’s a lot of research. In the last few months I’ve missed covering some kind of interesting research. So, since I don’t have time to write a blog post for each data set more »

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A few months ago I read Alone Together, by Sherry Turkle. Turkle is a MIT technology and sociology professor who researches human interaction with robots and new technologies. The subtitle of her book sums it up, Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. Turkle told the story of a 30-something dad more »

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I’m a Valentine’s Day Scrooge. I’ve never liked the holiday for all the predictable reasons: for most of my life I never had anyone to celebrate it with; it seems artificial; now that I do have someone to celebrate it with, it seems impossible to live up to the romantic expectations of the day. It’s more »

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Almost 10 years ago, Carol Dweck – one of the world’s leading researchers in Psychology and a Professor at Stanford – released a book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Under normal circumstances, this book would not have found its way on to my shelf or into my backpack. But in this particular circumstance, more »

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Photo used with permission from Elvert Barnes. One more quick thing to note from Tara Parker Pope’s coverage of the National Marriage Project’s recent generosity survey of nearly 3000 men and women: The top three predictors of a happy marriage among men and women are … wait – take a second, close your eyes, and guess. more »

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I’m an A student. Always have been. So I was disappointed with the results of a New York Times quiz I took this afternoon: how’d I do? Just average. Average is a curse word. Even worse, the quiz was, I thought, in my wheelhouse. Featured on Tara Parker Pope’s column (she’s a favorite of mine), the quiz more »

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