The Question of Desires
and the Christian Response: Jesus Reshapes Our Desires

Public Survey/Display

Find Your Heart's Desire? (and instructions)

 

Human Desires:  Theological Reflections

A Biblical Theology of Desire

The Desire for a Happy Ending: Interpreting the Movies, Songs, and Stories Around Us

The Dreams that Refuse to Die

Jesus is God's New Humanity (Romans 5:12 - 21)

God's Victory Over Human Evil:  Our Death and Resurrection With Jesus (Romans 6:1 - 11)

Paul's Language of Motivation:  Our Union with Christ (Romans 6:1 - 11)  

Jesus and the Problem of Jealousy (Romans 7:14 - 8:4)

Jesus and the Shaping of Desire: An Exploration of Early Church Practices

Whose Family? Which Union?  Reflections on Scripture, Human Sexuality and God's Purposes

Hell as the Love of the Triune God (and ppt)

Hell as Fire and Darkness: Remembrance of Sinai as Covenant Rejection in Matthew's Gospel

  

For more information, please see:

* Does God Have Emotions?

* The Question of the Goodness of God and the Christian Response: The Trinity

 

Personal and Practical:  Embracing Jesus' Transformation of You

Shame and Glory: How Jesus Heals Our Self, Desires, and Emotions (curriculum)

Jesus and the Shaping of Our Desire

Loving God First, Then Loving People

Desires, Beliefs, and How We Know Truth

How Our Choices Shape Our Desires:  Experiencing the Triune God

The Emotions of God

Your Personality, Desires, and Spirituality (although read this critique of the MBTI)

Career Discernment: A Christian Perspective Involving Passions and Desires

Career Discernment: Case Studies for Cultivating a Desire for Social Justice

Jesus' Mission and Passion:  Being Light in Darkness (Ephesians 5:8 - 14)

Christian Spiritual Development Based on the Gospels:  A Diagram

Developing a Spiritual Rhythm of Life to Cultivate Godly Desires

 

Helpful books and articles: Christian faith and the emotional life

* Rod, Clement of Alexandria and the Good News About God's Emotions. And Ours (Political Jesus blog, Oct 6, 2014)

* Athanasius, Against the Heathen on the corruption and healing of our desires

* John Cassian, Conferences on desires and free will

* Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John's Gospel on desires and Jesus' redemption of human desire

* Augustine on desires from Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo: A Biography

* John W. O'Malley, The First Jesuits

* Jonathan Edwards, Religious Affections: A Christian's Character Before God

* B.B. Warfield, The Emotional Life of Our Lord (Monergism blog); note that I heartily disagree with Warfield when he says in his last paragraph, "It is not germane to the present inquiry to enter into the debate as to whether, in assuming flesh, our Lord assumed the flesh of fallen or of unfallen man. The right answer, beyond doubt, is that he assumed the flesh of unfallen man..." See the quotes from Cyril of Alexandria and Athanasius, above.

* C.S. Lewis on desires, from Surprised by Joy

* C.S. Lewis on proper loves and imbalances of loves, from The Four Loves

* C.S. Lewis, "The Weight of Glory" from The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses

* J.R.R. Tolkien The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing" on how love grows

* Paul Metzger, The Halfway House of Hedonism: Potential and Problems in John Piper's Desiring God

* Philip Nunn, Adopting the Mindset of Jesus: A Study of the Feelings of Jesus as Recorded in the Gospel of Mark (paper)

* G. Walter Hanson, The Emotions of Jesus, and Why We Need to Experience Them (Christianity Today, Feb 3, 1997)

* James K. A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (book, 2009)

* Rene Girard, On the Decalogue 1 (youtube video, uploaded Aug 21, 2009)

* Elizabeth Marquardt, The Spirituality of Children of Divorce (Huffington Post, Dec 22, 2010)

* Timothy Gorringe, The Education of Desire: Toward a Theology of the Senses (Amazon book, 2001)

* Kenneth Pargament, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (Amazon book, Jul 2011)

* Robert C. Crosby, The Emotional Jesus: His Ups and Downs (Patheos, Jun 15, 2012)

* N.T. Wright and Gary Morson, What Gods Do We Believe in Now (Veritas Forum, Nov 12, 2012)

* Father George Morelli, The Ethos of Orthodox Christian Healing

* Father George Morelli, Orthodoxy and the Science of Psychology

* Father George Morelli, Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy, part 2: Bio-Cultural Elements 

* Father George Morelli, Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy, part 3: The Passions

* Father George Morelli, Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy, part 4: The Healing Potential of Faith

* David Bentley Hart, Beauty, Being, and Kenosis: The Aesthetics of the Incarnation (video, May 14, 2013)

* Rod Dreher, But Now He Sees (The American Conservative, Nov 13, 2013)

* Father James Martin, S.J., Advent is About Desire (Huffington Post, Nov 29, 2013)

* Rod Dreher, To Know is to Love is to Know (The American Conservative, Jan 8, 2014)

* Malcolm Gladwell, How I Rediscovered Faith (Relevant Magazine, Jan/Feb 2014)

* David Brooks, Alone, Yet Not Alone (NY Times, Jan 27, 2014)

* Eve Tushnet, Coming Out Christian: How Faithful Homosexuals Are Transforming Our Churches (The American Conservative, Jan 29, 2014)

* Ashley M. Gorman, What To Do When Your Ex Moves On Super Fast (blog, Mar 4, 2015)

* Rod Dreher, Dante Saved My Life: A Midlife Crisis Is Cured by The Divine Comedy (The American Conservative, Apr 9, 2014)

* Ian Marcus Corbin, Entranced by Reality: Albert Camus (The American Conservative, May 15, 2014)

* Gordon Marino, A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love' (NY Times, May 17, 2014)

* Yuval Levin, Taking the Long Way: Disciplines of the Soul Are the Basis of a Liberal Society (First Things, Oct 2014)

* Hierotheos Vlachos, Pleasure and Pain by Maximus the Confessor (Orthognosia blog, Dec 2014) but sexual pleasure as fundamentally negative?

* Andre Rabe, Desire Found Me (Amazon book, Jan 2015)

* David Bentley Hart and Lawrence Feingold, The Natural Desire to See God (video, Mar 23, 2015)

* Rod Dreher, How Dante Can Save Your Life (Amazon book, Apr 14, 2015)

* Shane Pruitt, Why Following Your Heart is a Really Bad Idea (Relevant, Apr 15, 2015)

* Kevin Allen, Unique Characteristics of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality (Conciliar Post, Apr 16, 2015)

* Dan Nixon, Less is More: What Mindfulness Means for Economics (Bank Underground, Apr 25, 2016) - new agey approach, but helpful

* Bruce Wauchope, The Gospel and Mental Health Sample (Trinity in You blog)

* Stephen Freeman, The Voice of the Natural Will (Ancient Faith blog, Jul 10, 2015)

* Stephen Freeman, The Soul and the Hidden Weight of Glory (Ancient Faith blog, Aug 8, 2015)

* C.S. Lewis, Love is Vulnerable (Zen Pencils)

* Donald T. Williams, Philology the Handmaid (Lantern Hollow Press, Oct 19, 2015)

* Rod Dreher, The Limits of Expertise (The American Conservative, Jul 12, 2016) about affection and internal commitments, vs. pay and external ones

* Julie Sedivy, How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language (Scientific American, Sep 14, 2016)

* Tyler J. VanderWeele and John Siniff, Religion May Be a Miracle Drug (USA Today, Oct 28, 2016) regular church attendance connected with longer life and sense of meaning

* Mockingbird, Attachment Theory and Your Relationship With God (Mockingbird, Oct 26, 2016)

 

Helpful books and articles: Christian mission and ministry

* C.S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics" in God in the Dock

* Ralph Winter and Steve Hawthorne, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader

* Helland, Hjalmarson, and Hirsch, Missional Spirituality: Embodying God's Love from the Inside Out

* Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

* Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

* Henri Nouwen, Spirituality of Fundraising

 

Helpful books and articles: Christian spiritual formation

* Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives

* Adele Calhoun, Handbook of Spiritual Disciplines

* Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

* Ruth Haley Barton, Invitation to Solitude and Silence

* Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms

* Lauren Winner, Mudhouse Sabbath

* David G. Benner, Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality

* David G. Benner, Desiring God's Will: Aligning Our Hearts with the Hearts of God

* David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself

* David G. Benner, Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human

* David G. Benner, Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation

* Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

* James K. A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (book, 2009)

* Jason Todd, The Socially Acceptable Sin (Relevant Magazine, Apr 24, 2013)

* Jason Todd, The Socially Acceptable Sin (gluttony) (Relevant Magazine, Apr 24, 2013)

* Rachel Held Evans, Everyone's a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony (blog, June 2013)

* Ryan Thomas Neace, Consecrated Sexual Attraction (blog post by a Christian counselor, Aug 2, 2013) on exploring the desire behind the desire

* Eve Tushnet, Coming Out Christian: How Faithful Homosexuals Are Transforming Our Churches (The American Conservative, Jan 29, 2014)

* Scott Bessenecker, The Martyrdom of Obscurity (blog, Oct 2, 2013)

* Dan Blazer, What Faith Communities Can Teach Psychiatrists About Depression (youtube video, Apr 13, 2014)

* N.T. Wright and Miroslav Volf, Theology of Joy (video, Sep 24, 2014), excellent reflections on suffering, emotions as well

* Fabienne Harford, Sex and the Single Woman (The Gospel Coalition, Oct 16, 2014)

* Nancy French, Living Without Sex: How Christian Singleness Doesn't Mean Ignoring the Hunger for Sex (Patheos blog, Oct 17, 2014)

* Scott Bessenecker, The Advantage of Being Taken Advantage Of (Urbana blog, Nov 18, 2014)

* Artur Rosman, Top 10 Books on Theology and Neuroscience (Patheos, Oct 22, 2015)

* Jerry Bowyer, Looking for a Cognitive Enhancer? Skip the Drugs and Try Fasting Instead (Forbes, Jan 6, 2017)

* Brendan Buse, Grace Enough: Andrew Garfield on the Ignatian Journey That Led Him Through 'Silence' (America Magazine, Jan 10, 2017) led him to appreciate Jesus

 

Helpful books and articles: moral and emotional development

* Empowered to Connect (website) founded by Dr. Karyn Purvis, along with Texas Christian University's Institute of Child Development

* Toxic Stress: The Facts (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)

* Kevin T. McCauley, Addiction Q&A (Institute for Addiction Study)

* The Flip Side - Sexy (Yahoo)

* Robin Nixon, Individuals with Rare Disorder Have No Racial Biases (Live Science, Apr 12, 2010) how social anxiety is at the root of race perception, showing the importance of dealing with fear

* Daniel R. Hawes, When Ignorance Begets Confidence: The Classic Dunning-Kruger Effect (Psychology Today, Jun 6, 2010)

* David Schnark, People Who Can't Control Themselves Control the People Around Them, part 1 (Psychology Today, May 23, 2011)

* David Schnark, People Who Can't Control Themselves Control the People Around Them, part 2 (Psychology Today, May 27, 2011)

* Michael Murray, Roughhousing With Dad Crucial for Development, Researchers Say (ABC News, Jun 17, 2011)

* Eric Barker, The Shortcut to Bonding with a Romantic Partner on a Deeper Level (Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Aug 2011)

* Marc Lewis, Defining Addiction: Disease, Choice, or Self-Medication? (Psychology Today, Jun 21, 2012)

* Mark Manson, The "Do Something" Principle (Mark Manson blog, Dec 26, 2011) and 7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose (Sep 18, 2014) cites Amy Wrzesniewski, et.al., Jobs, Careers, and Callings: People’s Relations to Their Work (Journal of Research in Personality, 1997) that desires is often the result of action

* Amy Cuddy, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (TED Talk, Jun 2012)

* Joe Fassler, What Flannery O'Connor Got Right: Epiphanies Aren't Permanent (The Atlantic, Jan 4, 2013)

* Shankar Vedantam, Why You Love That Ikea Table, Even If It's Crooked, (NPR, Feb 6, 2013, on why laboring leads to loving)

* Alain de Botton, 12 Rude Revelations About Sex (Psychology Today, Jan 2, 2013)

* Matt Smethurst, Do You Still Want to Be Like Mike? Michael Jordan at 50 (The Gospel Coalition, Feb 20, 2013)

* Daniel Reisel, The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice (TED talk, Feb 2013)

* Paul Tullis, Poor Little Tiger Cub: The first major study of tiger moms is out. Kids have worse grades; they are more depressed and more alienated from their parents (Slate, May 8, 2013)

* Annie Murphy Paul, Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer (TIME, Jun 3, 2013)

* Tamara Jacobi, How I Healed My Metabolism By Rewiring My Brain (Mind Body Green, Jul 11, 2013)

* Brett and Kate McKay, What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity - Part 1: Why Small Choices Count (Aug 5, 2013)

* Brett and Kate McKay, What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity - Part 2: Closing the Gap Between Our Actions and Their Consequences (Aug 7, 2013)

* Brett and Kate McKay, What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity - Part 3: How to Stop the Spread of the Immorality Virus (Aug 12, 2013)

* Brett and Kate McKay, What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity - Part 4: The Power of Moral Reminders (Aug 19, 2013)

* Jennifer Kahn, Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? (NY Times Magazine, Sep 11, 2013)

* Matthew Hutson, Morality, Secret to Popularity (Boston Globe, Oct 27, 2013)

* Mark Manson, The Most Important Question of Your Life (Mark Manson blog, Nov 6, 2013) is what pain are you willing to endure, to grow?

* Rod Dreher, But Now He Sees (The American Conservative, Nov 13, 2013)

* SeventhVoice, Theory Finds That Individuals With Asperger's Syndrome Don't Lack Empathy - They Empathize Too Much (Seventh Voice blog, Nov 16, 2013)

* Claire Hannum, Casual Sex Might Be Making Teenagers Sad (xojane, Nov 26, 2013)

* Carolyn Gregoire, How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?  Here's How to Tell (Huffington Post, Dec 5, 2013)

* Brooke Donatone, Why Millennials Can’t Grow Up: Helicopter parenting has caused my psychotherapy clients to crash land (Washington Post, Dec 2, 2013)

* Roman Krznaric, The Six Ancient Greek Words for Love (and Why Knowing Them Could Change Your Life) (Yes Magazine, Dec 27, 2013)

* Thomas Jivanda, Brain Boosted for Several Days After Reading a Novel (The Independent, Dec 28, 2013)

* Jacqueline Howard, Reading Changes Brain's Connectivity, Study Suggests (Huffington Post, Dec 30, 2013)

* Jenn Choi, How to Teach Kids to Be Grateful: Give Them Less (The Atlantic, Jan 6, 2014)

* Lisa Endlich Heffernan, The Case for Nagging Kids About Their Homework (The Atlantic, Jan 6, 2014)

* Adam Alter, The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking (The New Yorker, Feb 19, 2014)

* Jon Hamilton, Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape a Child's Brain (NPR, Feb 24, 2014)

* Alan White, A Photographer Asked Convicts to Write to Their Younger Selves and the Results Were Gut-Wrenching (Buzzfeed, Feb 27, 2014)

* Cris Rowan, 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 (Huffington Post, Mar 6, 2014)

* Leonid Bershidsky, Want a Lasting Relationship? Give Up Sex (Bloomberg, Mar 13, 2014)

* Isaac Saul, After Going Undercover To A Brothel Selling Kids For Sex, This Man Is Now Fighting Child Trafficking (Huffington Post, Mar 18, 2014)

* David Wood, When Right and Wrong Are Hard to Tell Apart (Huffington Post, Mar 19, 2014)

* Sue Shellenbarger, The Power of Earliest Memories: Parents, Not Snapshots, Are the Way Kids Benefit from Memories (Wall Street Journal, Apr 7, 2014)

* Greater Good, Why Practice Gratitude? (Greater Good, Apr 2014)

* Michael Rosenwald, Serious Reading Takes a Hit from Online Scanning and Skimming, Researchers Say (Washington Post, Apr 6, 2014)

* Adam Grant, Raising a Moral Child (NY Times, Apr 11, 2014)

* David Brooks, The Moral Power of Curiosity (NY Times, Apr 11, 2014)

* Austin Tedesco and Josh Coyne, An Emotional Look at Gratitude (Boston College Heights interview and video, Apr 14, 2014)

* Christopher Bergland, Social Disadvantage Creates Genetic Wear and Tear (Psychology Today, Apr 15, 2014)

* Aaron Taube, These Job Applicants Were Told They’d Be Paid Nothing If They Were Hired — Then They Found Out Why (Business Insider, Apr 16, 2014)

* Drake Baer, 14 Surprising Things That Affect Your Willpower and Decision Making (Business Insider, Apr 18, 2014)

* Nikil Saval, The Secret History of Life-Hacking (Pacific Standard, Apr 22, 2014)

* Earth We Are One, Nurse Reveals the Top 5 Regrets People Make on Their Deathbed (Earth We Are One, May 21, 2014)

* True Activist, Scientists Link Selfies to Narcissism, Addiction, and Mental Illness (blog, Jun 13, 2014)

* Eileen Shim, Psychologists Have Uncovered a Troubling Feature of People Who Seem Nice All the Time (Mic, Jun 30, 2014)

* Matthew Hutson, People Prefer Electric Shocks to Being Alone With Their Thoughts (The Atlantic, Jul 3, 2014)

* Arthur C. Brooks, Love People, Not Pleasure (NY Times, Jul 18, 2014)

* David Brooks, The Mental Virtues (NY Times, Aug 28, 2014)

* Paul Bloom, Against Empathy (Boston Review, Sep 10, 2014) on the dangers of empathy clouding your judgment

* Rachel Grate, Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write (Mic Sep 15, 2014)

* Sam Stein, How A Failed Experiment On Rats Sparked A Billion-Dollar Infant-Care Breakthrough (Huffington Post, Sep 18, 2014)

* Travis Bradberry, Multitasking Damages Your Brain and Career, New Studies Suggest (Forbes, Oct 8, 2014)

* Melissa Dahl, Emotional Abuse Can Be As Damaging As Sexual Abuse (New Yorker Magazine, Oct 8, 2014)

* Gary Lewandowski, Everyday Stress Can Poison a Relationship (New Yorker Magazine, Oct 9, 2014)

* Eileen Shim, Scientists Have Discovered an Activity Just as Pleasurable as Sex, Drugs and Gambling (Mic, Oct 28, 2014)

* David Brooks, The Agency Moment (NY Times, Nov 13, 2014)

* Peggy Drexler, Why We Love to Gossip (Huffington Post, Nov 15, 2014)

* Jeff Guo, People Around You Control Your Mind: The Latest Evidence (Washington Post, Dec 4, 2014)

* Jesse Singal, Don't Threaten to Punish Your Kids for Lying (NY Magazine, Dec 8, 2014)

* Michael Schulman, Why "Into the Woods" Matters (The New Yorker, Dec 24, 2014)

* Johann Hari, The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think (Huffington Post, Jan 20, 2015)

* Fresh Air, Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains (NPR, Jan 28, 2015)

* Angela Duckworth, et.al., Will Not Want: Self-Control Rather Than Motivation Explains the Female Advantage in Report Card Grades (Science Direct, Mar 2, 2015)

* Jesse Singal, How Children Become Narcissists (NY Magazine, Mar 9, 2015)

* David Brooks, The Moral Bucket List (NY Times, Apr 11, 2015)

* David Brooks, Building Spiritual Capital (NY Times, May 22, 2015)

* Shane Parrish, How Play Enriches Our Creative Capacity (Time, May 27, 2015)

* Sue Shellenbarger, Moms, Let Dad Be Dad (Wall Street Journal, Jun 16, 2015) and Roughhousing Lessons from Dad (WSJ, Jun 11, 2014)

* Kali Holloday, 10 Careers With the Most Psychopaths (Salon, Jun 23, 2015)

* Elizabeth Gilbert, Confessions of a Seduction Addict (NY Times, Jun 24, 2015)

* Roman Krznaric, Welcome to the Empathy Wars (Transformation, Jun 29, 2015)

* Spencer Kornhaber, Empathy: Overrated? (The Atlantic, Jul 3, 2015) on the dangers of empathy clouding your judgment

* Esther Crain, The Skills That Make Kids More Likely to Grow Up to Be Successful (Yahoo News, Jul 17, 2015)

* Julie Suratt, Spoiled Rotten (Boston Magazine, Jul 2015) on parenting

* Roberto A. Ferdman, The Remarkable Thing That Happens to Poor Kids When You Give Their Parents a Little Money (Washington Post, Oct 8, 2015)

* Theresa E DiDonato, Should You Play Hard to Get? (Psychology Today, Oct 31, 2015) on being wanted vs. being liked

* Wikipedia, Inside Out (Wikipedia article) about how coming to terms with sadness and suffering is important to personality

* Jeremy Lin, A Reflection (blog, Dec 8, 2015) about achievement, stress, and identity

* Gretchen Kelly, This is How a Lifetime of Potentially Dangerous Situations Affects Every Woman (Upworthy, Dec 10, 2015)

* W. Bradford Wilcox, The Latest Social Science is Wrong.  Religion is Good for Families and Kids. (Washington Post, Dec 15, 2015)

* Online Psychology Degrees, The Psychology of Spanking (Online Psychology Degrees)

* Vicki Abeles, Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick? (NY Times, Jan 2, 2016)

* Ye Murashova, A Thought-Provoking Experiment Showed What Happens When Children Don't Have the Internet for a Whole Day (Brightside)

* Amanda Taub, The Unsexy Truth About Why the Arab Spring Failed (Vox, Jan 27, 2016) about humility, patience, and stable institutions in Tunisia

* Adam Grant, How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off (NY Times, Jan 30, 2016)

* Arthur C. Brooks, Narcissism is Increasing, So You're Not Special (NY Times, Feb 13, 2016)

* Tracy Gillett, Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues (Raised Good blog, Mar 4, 2016)

* Daniel Engber, Everything is Crumbling (Slate, Mar 6, 2016) about the theory of ego depletion (limited willpower)

* David Niose, Beware America's Shocking Loss of Empathy (Psychology Today, Mar 6, 2016)

* John Elder Robison, An Experimental Autism Treatment Cost Me My Marriage (NY Times, Mar 18, 2016)

* Annie Holmquist, Psychologist: "Authoritative Parenting" is Best for Children (Intellectual Takeout, Apr 14, 2016)

* Krista Tippett, Beauty is an Edge of Becoming (On Being, May 2, 2016) an exploration of beauty in science, and our desire to perceive beauty

* Olga Khazan, Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem (The Atlantic, May 6, 2016)

* Rachel Gillett and Drake Baer, Science Says Parents of Successful Kids Have These 13 Things in Common (Business Insider, May 6, 2016)

* David Brooks, Why America’s Leadership Fails (NY Times, Aug 23, 2016) contrasts vocation vs. career

* Bec Cranford-Smith, Progressive Evangelical Female's Story of Pornography and Sexual Addiction (Patheos, Sep 10, 2016)

* Tyler J. VanderWeele and John Siniff, Religion May Be a Miracle Drug (USA Today, Oct 28, 2016) regular church attendance connected with longer life and sense of meaning

* Brian Resnick, The Myth of Self-Control (Vox, Nov 24, 2016) it's about rhythm, finding joy in mundane things, and the choice before the choice

* Olga Khazan, The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion (The Atlantic, Feb 1, 2017) reflects Jonathan Haidt's moral psychology

* Drake Baer, Psychologists Think They Found the Purpose of Depression (NY Mag, Feb 9, 2017)

 

Helpful books and articles: sleep

* Kyla Wahlstrom, Changing Times: Findings From the First Longitudinal Study of Later High School Start Times (NASSP Bulletin, December 2002)

* Duke Medicine News and Communications, Poor Sleep More Dangerous for Women (Duke Medicine, Mar 10, 2008)

* Camille Peri, Ten Things to Hate About Sleep Loss (Web MD, Sep 14, 2012)

* Maria Popova, Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized (Brain Pickings, Dec 16, 2012)

* Hank Green, Sleep: Why We Need It and What Happens Without It (youtube video, Oct 14, 2013)

* Alicia Chang, Study: Brains Sweep Out Toxic Junk While We Sleep (Talking Points Memo, Oct 18, 2013)

* Tish Harrison Warren, Spiritual Direction: Get More Sleep (InterVarsity, Oct 29, 2013)

* Seth Maxon, How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body (The Atlantic, Dec 30, 2013)

* George Dvorsky, Why We Need to Sleep in Total Darkness (io9 blog, Jan 8, 2014)

* Julie Beck, The Town That's Building Life Around Sleep (The Atlantic, Feb 5, 2014)

* Michael Hyatt, If You Want to Be More Productive, Get More Sleep (blog, Feb 18, 2014)

* Justin Scuiletti, Losing Sleep Can Lead to Brain Damage (PBS, Mar 19, 2014)

* Jason Feifer, When Genius Slept (New York Magazine, Jun 8, 2014)

* Matt Connolly, Something Bizarre Happens to Your Brain When You Don't Get Enough Sleep (News Mic, Jul 19, 2014)

* Cody C. Delistraty, To Work Better, Work Less (The Atlantic, Aug 8, 2014)

* Cody C. Delistraty, Let the Body Rest, for the Sake of the Brain (The Atlantic, Oct 23, 2014)

* UC Berkeley, Sleep Deficit Linked to Accumulation of Alzheimer's Protein and Memory Loss (Neuroscience News, Jun 1, 2015)

* Lydia Ramsey and Jessica Orwig, 12 Science-Backed Habits to Get a Better Night's Sleep (Business Insider, Mar 18, 2016)

* Jeff Harder, Is Our Fear of Insomnia What's Actually Keeping Us Up at Night? (Boston Globe, Aug 17, 2016)

* Sarah DiGiulio, The Terrifying Way Not Sleeping Enough Actually Changes Your Gut (Huffington Post, Dec 23, 2016)

* Catherine Clifford, Olympic Hero Michael Phelps Says the Secret to His Success is One Most People Overlook (CNBC News, Feb 14, 2017)

* Jenny Anderson, Economists Quantified What Sleep Deprivation Does to Mother's Pay and Productivity (Quartz, Feb 17, 2017)

  

Helpful books and articles: greed, how more money makes us greedy

* Andrew Carnegie, Wealth (North American Review, Jun 1889)

* Nicholas Kristof, Would You Let This Girl Drown? (NY Times, Jul 8, 2009)

* Maia Szalavitz, The Rich Are Different: More Money, Less Empathy (Time, Nov 24, 2010)

* Mako Nagasawa, Motivated by Grief (blog, Dec 27, 2010)

* Kevin Roose, A Raucous Hazing at a Wall St. Fraternity (NY Times, Jan 20, 2012)

* Daisy Grewal, How Wealth Reduces Compassion (Scientific American, Apr 10, 2012)

* Lisa Miller, How Money Makes People Act Less Human (NY Magazine, Jul 2012)

* Ken Stern, Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity (The Atlantic, Apr 2013)

* Bernice Lott, Cognitive and Behavioral Distancing from the Poor (American Psychologist, Feb 2002)

* Tim Harford, Charity is Selfish: The Economic Case Against Philanthropy (Slate, Oct 14, 2006)

* Kathleen D. Vohs, Nicole L. Mead, Miranda R. Goode, The Psychological Consequences of Money (Science, Nov 17, 2006)

* Nicholas Kristof, Save the Darfur Puppy (NY Times, May 10, 2007)

* Kimberly Winston, Studies Say Atheists, Believers Both Do Good, But for Different Reasons (Religion News Service, May 29, 2012)

* David Briggs, The Flesh is Weak: Churchgoers Give Far Less Than They Think (Huffington Post, Sep 1, 2012)  

* Christian Smith and Michael Emerson, Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money (2008)

* Matthew Paris, As an Atheist, I Truly Believe Africa Needs God (UK Times, Dec 27, 2008)

* Tales from the Hood, Dear Students - 2. Sacrifice (blog entry)

* Tales from the Hood, Dear Students - 1. Motivation (blog entry)

* Jason Todd, The Socially Acceptable Sin (gluttony) (Relevant Magazine, Apr 24, 2013)

* Rachel Held Evans, Everyone's a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony (blog, June 2013)

* PBS News Hour, Exploring the Psychology of Wealth, 'Pernicious' Effects of Economic Inequality (PBS, Jun 21, 2013)

* Paul K. Piff, The Science of Greed (TedxTalk, Nov 7, 2013)

* Robert Reich, When Charity Begins at Home (Particularly the Homes of the Wealthy) (Huffington Post, Dec 14, 2013)

* Jena McGregor, Beware, Study Says, Money is Addictive (Washington Post, Jan 20, 2014)

* Sam Polk, For Love of Money (NY Times, Jan 18, 2014), a former Wall Street trader confesses to drug-like self-deception and withdrawal symptoms from money

* Suniya S. Luthar, The Problem With Rich Kids (Psychology Today, Jan 1, 2014)

* Joshua Green, Tom Perkins, Obamacare, and the Paranoid Rage of the One Percent (Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 27, 2014)

* Nick Summers, Billionaires' Wealth Is Skyrocketing. Their Philanthropy Is Not (Bloomberg, Feb 14, 2014)

* Kevin Roose, Revealed: The Full Membership List of Wall Street’s Secret Society (NY Magazine, Feb 18, 2014)

* Kevin Roose, One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society (NY Magazine, Feb 18, 2014)

* John Paul Rollert, Greed Is Good: A 300-Year History of a Dangerous Idea (The Atlantic, Apr 7, 2014)

* Human Nature, Would You Notice Your Mother if She Were Homeless? (Digg video)

* A.A. Gill, Perfection Anxiety (Vanity Fair, May 2014) on how having lots of money leads to stress

* Alice Philipson, British-educated investor resigns after daughter,10, hands him list of milestones he's missed (The Telegraph, Sep 24, 2014)

* Drake Baer, Harvard Psychologist Explains Why We're All Terrible At Buying Things (Business Insider, Oct 21, 2014)

* Sophie McAdam, This Is Why Rich People Don’t Care About You (True Activist, Dec 31, 2014)

* Wednesday Martin, Poor Little Rich Women (NY Times, May 16, 2015) on wife bonuses for glam stay-at-home-moms in NYC

* Rob Kunzia, Rich Californians Balk at Limits: "We're Not All Equal When It Comes to Water" (Washington Post, Jun 13, 2015)

* Lila MacLellan, Science Confirms Rich People Don't Really Notice You - Or Your Problems (Quartz, Oct 23, 2016)

* Benjamin L. Corey, If Rich Americans Weren’t So Greedy, We Wouldn’t Need Obamacare (Patheos, Jan 13, 2017)

* Drake Baer, Rich People Literally See the World Differently (NY Magazine, Feb 14, 2017)

 

Helpful books and articles: happiness

* Amy Wrzesniewski, Clark McCauley, Paul Rozin, Barry Schwartz, Jobs, Careers, and Callings: People's Relations to Their Work (Journal of Research in Personality, Mar 1997)

* Dan Gilbert, The Surprising Science of Happiness (TED talks, Feb 2004)

* Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice (TED talks, Jul 2005)

* Joshua Wolf Shenk, What Makes Us Happy? (The Atlantic, June 2009)

* Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for the Work You Love (book, Sep 2012)

* Nick Vujicic, Overcoming Hopelessness (TED talk, Oct 17, 2012)

* Emily Esfahani Smith, There's More to Life Than Being Happy (The Atlantic, Jan 9, 2013)

* Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Jeremy Adam Smith, How Grateful Are Americans? (UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, Jan 10, 2013)

* Sonja Lyubomirsky, How of Happiness: The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness (Psychology Today, Mar 9, 2013)

* Brent Lambert, 75 Years in the Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study on What Men Need to Live a Happy Life (Feel Guide, Apr 28, 2013)

* Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster, The Gospel According to 'Me' (NY Times opinion, Jun 29, 2013)

* Guy Winch, 10 Surprising Facts About Rejection (Psychology Today, Jul 3, 2013)

* Ashley Taylor, Can Faith Affect Therapy? (NY Times blog, Jul 10, 2013)

* Emily Esfahani Smith, Meaning is Healthier Than Happiness (The Atlantic, Aug 1, 2013)

* Cass R. Sunstein, What You Can Learn from the New Science of Smarter Spending: Yes, Money Can Make You Happy (New Republic, Aug 2, 2013)

* Kate Bratskeir, The Habits of Supremely Happy People (Huffington Post, Sep 16, 2013)

* Katy Waldman, Young People in Japan Have Given Up on Sex (Slate, Oct 22, 2013)

* Belle Beth Cooper, 10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed by Science (Huffington Post, Nov 11, 2013)

* Claire Kamp Dush, How Poor Mental Health and Casual Sex Reinforce Each Other (Ohio State Univ, Nov 19, 2013)

* Sam Berns, My Philosophy for a Happy Life (TED talk, Dec 13, 2013)

* Diana Kapp, Raising Children With an Attitude of Gratitude Research Finds Real Benefits for Kids Who Say 'Thank You' (Wall Street Journal, Dec 23, 2013)

* Julie Beck, Where Life Has Meaning: Poor, Religious Countries (The Atlantic, Jan 10, 2014)

* David DeSteno, Stop Trusting Yourself (NY Times, Jan 17, 2014)

* Miya Tokumitsu, In the Name of Love: Elites embrace the “do what you love” mantra but it devalues work and hurts workers (Slate, Jan 16, 2014)

* Tracey Spicer, The Lady Stripped Bare (youtube video, Jan 21, 2014)

* Eric Barker, 6 Secrets You Can Learn from the Happiest People on Earth (Time, Mar 7, 2014)

* Gordon Marino, A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love' (NY Times, May 17, 2014)

* Atul Gawande, No Risky Chances: The Conversation That Matters Most (Slate, Oct 6, 2014)

* Yagana Shah, The Unexpected Age When People Say They are the Happiest (Huffington Post, Oct 17, 2014)

* Amy S. Choi, How Cultures Around the World Make Decisions (Ted Ideas, Oct 21, 2014)

* Emily Esfahani Smith, A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness (Business Insider, Oct 22, 2014)

* Arthur Chu, I’m not “that creepy guy from the Internet”: How Gamergate Gave the Geek Community a Bad Name (Salon, Oct 30, 2014)

* Rebecca Shannonhouse, Is Your Boss Making You Sick? (Washington Post, Oct 20, 2014)

* David Brooks, The Agency Moment (NY Times, Nov 13, 2014)

* Fox 12 Staff, Professional Cuddler Opens Shop in Portland (Fox 12 Oregon, Nov 16, 2014)

* Melissa Dahl, Positive Thinking Doesn't Work; Here's What Does (New Yorker Magazine, Dec 9, 2014)

* Rod Dreher, How Bibliotherapy Works (The American Conservative, Jan 21, 2015)

* Olga Khazan, The Forgiveness Boost (The Atlantic, Jan 28, 2015)

* Hilary Jacobs Hendel, It's Not Always Depression (NY Times, Mar 10, 2015) about shame stemming from a lack of connection

* Adam Strassberg, Keep Calm and Parent On (Palo Alto Online, Mar 16, 2015)

* Carolyn Walworth, Paly School Board Rep:  The Sorrow of Young Palo Altans (Palo Alto Online, Mar 25, 2015)

* Frank Bruni, Best, Brightest - and Saddest? (NY Times, Apr 11, 2015)

* Joshua Rothman, A New Theory of Distraction (New Yorker, Jun 16, 2015)

* Aaron Ben-Zeev, Why Nothing is More Exciting Than a Calm Romance (Psychology Today, Jul 8, 2015)

* Bright Side, Why Generation Y is Unhappy (Bright Side, Aug 2015)

* Ariana Eunjung Cha, It Turns Out Parenthood Is Worse Than Divorce, Unemployment - Even Death of a Partner (Washington Post, Aug 11, 2015)

* Heidi Stevens, Sad Science of Parenthood: It's Time to Change the Discussion (Chicago Tribune, Sep 4, 2015)

* Lydia Wilson, What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters (The Nation, Oct 21, 2015) about personal emptiness leading to recruitment

* Steven Parton, The Science of Happiness: Why Complaining Is Literally Killing You (Science & Nonduality, 2016)

* 80000 Hours, Everything You need to Know About Whether Money Makes You Happy (80000 Hours, Mar 2016)

* Jesse Singal, For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious and Depressed, and No One Is Quite Sure Why (NY Mag, Mar 13, 2016)

* Tristan Harris, How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds—from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Medium, May 18, 2016)

* World Happiness Report 2017 (website) top countries: Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland

 

Helpful books and articles: neuroscience, genetics

* Benedict Carey, A Neuroscientific Look at Speaking in Tongues (NY Times, Nov 7, 2006)

* Benedict Carey, Who's Minding the Mind? (NY Times, Jul 31, 2007)

* Melinda Wenner, Study: Religion is Good for Kids (LiveScience, Jan 11, 2008)

* John Cloud, Epigenetics: Why Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny (Time, Jan 6, 2010)

* Center for Disease Control, Adverse Childhood Experience Study: studies published from 1998 to 2011

* Susan Krauss Whitbourne, The Essential Guide to Defense Mechanisms (Psychology Today, Oct 22, 2011)

* Judith Horstman, The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why, and Who We Love (Amazon book, Dec 27, 2011)

* William F. N. Chan, et.al. Male Microchimerism in the Human Female Brain (PLOSone, Sep 26, 2012)

* Joshua Lang, Awakening (The Atlantic, Jan 2 2013) on consciousness

* Judith E. Glaser, Your Brain Is Hooked on Being Right (Harvard Business Review, Feb 28, 2013)

* Daniel Reisel, The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice (TED talk, Feb 2013)

* David Chalmers, How Do You Explain Consciousness (TED talk, Mar 2013)

* Christopher Bergland, The Neuroscience of Calming a Baby (Psychology Today, Apr 22, 2013)

* Dan Hurley, Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (Discover Magazine, Jun 11, 2013)

* Derek Thompson, Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions (The Atlantic, Nov 22, 2013)

* Giulio Tononi, Consciousness and the Brain (video, Oct 2013)

* Janeen Interlandi, The Toxins That Affected Your Great-Grandparents Could Be In Your Genes (Smithsonian Magazine, Dec 2013)

* Richard Gray, Phobias May Be Memories Passed Down in Genes From Ancestors (Telegraph UK, Dec 1, 2013)

* Peg Streep, 6 Things You Didn't Know About How Your Brain Works (Psychology Today, Jan 13, 2014)

* Shruti Ravindran, Twilight in the Box (Aeon Magazine, Feb 27, 2014) what solitary confinement does to the brain

* Alanna Ketler, This Study Will Make You Think Twice About Who You Are Getting Into Bed With (Collective Evolution, Mar 18, 2014)

* Colin Schultz, Pot Smokers' Brains Are Different (Smithsonian Magazine, Apr 17, 2014)

* Emma Innes, How the Trauma of Life Is Passed Down in SPERM, Affecting the Mental Health of Future Generations (Daily Mail UK, Apr 23, 2014)

* Christopher Bergland, Social Disadvantage Creates Genetic Wear and Tear (Psychology Today, Apr 15, 2014)

* Michaeleen Doucleff, Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes (NPR, Apr 29, 2014)

* Sam Kean, Phineas Gage: Neuroscience's Most Famous Patient (Slate, May 6, 2014)

* Justine Alford, Becoming A Father Can "Rewire" A Man's Brain (IFLScience, May 29, 2014)

* Anita Collins, How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain (TED Ed video, Jul 22, 2014)

* Nury Vittachi, Scientists Discover That Atheists Might Not Exist, and That's Not a Joke (Science 2.0, Jul 6, 2014) cited by Casey Luskin, Evolutionary Studies Suggest that Atheists, Whatever They Say to the Contrary, Really Do Believe in God (Evolution News, Aug 1, 2014) says "karmic justice" (that is, cosmic retributive justice) is the "default setting" for the "religious part" of our brains. This poses an enormous question. I underscore that this finding comes from the current understanding of cognitive neuroscience. Since that is the case, it helps to explain to me why, when John Calvin developed the idea of penal substitution, that theory played on the "karmic justice" section of the human brain and then served to *supplant* the theological structure of genuine Trinitarian thought. For the first 1500 years, Christian Trinitarian theology was *not aligned with the "default setting" of neural circuitry in our brains.* The earliest atonement theory was medical and not penal, the implications for relationships and socio-political ethics was for restorative justice and not retributive justice, and the biblical motif of fire was interpreted as rehabilitative and purifying, not retributive and punishing. So: Christian theology and teaching of this type (firmly held by the Eastern Orthodox, along with Catholics and Protestants like me who are calling for a return to the Nicene period) has to consistently *overcome* something deeply wired in our brains. It does not take advantage of the brain, or "hijack" the brain, as Dr. Andy Thomson states at the American Atheists Conference 2009 without any "bias" whatsoever (of course!). We should not be surprised now that the most deeply philosophical forms of both ancient Hindu and ancient Greek cosmology *agreed* about cycles of karma, reincarnation, and the principle of retribution. That view of the world just makes more sense to us intuitively. It also concurs with the more natural observations of how the world works: in endless cycles and circles. But, Judeo-Christianity, as a belief system, has a higher burden of proof. The only way it can offer an epistemology by which it can be evaluated is in the realm of history. Just as serving on a jury requires us to dig into the unrepeatable history of past personal, human events, so the epistemology that is appropriate to Judeo-Christianity is a historical epistemology. Are there signposts in history upon which it builds the case for a good God who intervenes on behalf of human beings and against human evil? Entertaining as videos like Dr. Thomson's are, nothing conclusive can be drawn from them, except that some practitioners of neuroscience overstate themselves, as they're not even in the appropriate academic discipline.

* Melissa Dahl, Why Men Don't Remember Anything (NY Magazine, Sep 19, 2014)

* Sam Brodey, Scientists Dissected the Brains of 79 NFL Players. What They Found Is Disturbing. (Mother Jones, Oct 1, 2014)

* Jesse Singal, How Fairness Makes Our Brains Tingle (New Yorker Magazine, Oct 20, 2014)

* Priya Joshi, Learning a New Language Stimulates Same Pleasure Centres in the Brain as Sex and Chocolate (International Business Times, Oct 25, 2014)

* Eileen Shim, Scientists Have Discovered an Activity Just as Pleasurable as Sex, Drugs and Gambling (Mic, Oct 28, 2014)

* Marlene Winell and Valerie Tarico, The Sad, Twisted Truth About Conservative Christianity's Effect on the Mind (Salon, Nov 1, 2014) - "Some religious beliefs may alter brain function..."

* Sara Reardon, Gut-Brain Link Grabs Neuroscientists (Nature, Nov 12, 2014)

* Judith Shulevitz, The Science of Suffering: Kids Are Inheriting Their Parents' Trauma.  Can Science Stop It?  (New Republic, Nov 16, 2014)

* Alexis Tsioulcas, Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently, In a Good Way (NPR, Nov 20, 2014)

* Robert Martone, Scientists Discover Children's Cells Living in Mother's Brains (Scientific American, Dec 4, 2014)

* Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Baby Brains (National Geographic, Jan 2015) - on the first year of a baby's development

* Amy Ellis Nutt, Music Lessons Spur Emotional and Behavioral Growth in Children, New Study Says (Washington Post, Jan 7, 2015)

* Tom Barnes, Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Those Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You (Mic, Jan 8, 2015)

* Adrienne Lafrance, What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother (The Atlantic, Jan 8, 2015)

* Matt Fradd, Neuroscience Has Proved That Porn is Literally Making Men's Brains More Childish (LifeSite News, Jan 14, 2015)

* Elahe Izadi, How Men and Women Process Emotions Differently (Washington Post, Jan 23, 2015)

* Fresh Air, Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains (NPR, Jan 28, 2015)

* Sound Medicine, Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear (Sound Medicine News, Feb 3, 2015)

* Pam Weintraub, The Elastic Brain (Aeon, Feb 27, 2015)

* Claire Landsbaum, What a Neuroscientist Said About Eminem's Brain (NY Magazine, Mar 3, 2015)

* Gretchen Reynolds, One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn't (NY Times, Mar 4, 2015)

* Allison Eck, Stress from Poverty Decreases Child Brain Sizes - Even at Birth (PBS, Mar 31, 2015)

* Lizette Borreli, Birth Control Pill May Alter Woman's Brain Structure; Are There Real-World Consequences? (Medical Daily, Apr 7, 2015)

* Lisa Miller, Why Kids Need Spirituality (NY Magazine, Apr 16, 2015)

* Trace Dominguez, How Poverty Changes Your Brain (Test Tube video, Apr 22, 2015)

* Destin Sandlin, The Backwards Brain Bicycle (Smarter Every Day, Apr 24, 2015) about brain bias, learning and unlearning

* Peter Gray, Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm (Psychology Today, May 5, 2015)

* Richard A. Friedman, Infidelity Lurks in Your Genes (NY Times, May 24, 2015)

* Annalaura Montgomery Chuang, Formed by War: Combat Wounds the Soul, but the Gospel Offers Hope (Christianity Today, May 26, 2015)

* Debra Kain, Researchers Find Missing Link Between Brain and Immune System (Neuroscience News, Jun 1, 2015)

* Kathy Gilsinian, The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist: What Compassion Does To Your Brain (The Atlantic, Jul 4, 2015)

* Dylan Goldstein, The Neuroscience of 6 Drugs In a Nutshell (Brain Decoder, Jun 26, 2015)

* Stephanie Pappas, The Frustrating Search for Free Will (Brain Decoder, Jul 6, 2015)

* Dylan Goldstein, Lonely People's Brains Look 'Hungry' For Social Connection (Brain Decoder, Jul 6, 2015)

* Daryl Cameron, Michael Inzlicht, William Cunningham, Empathy is Actually a Choice (NY Times, Jul 10, 2015)

* James Hamblin, The Paradox of Effort: A Medical Case Against Too Much Self-Control (The Atlantic, Jul 16, 2015)

* Anil Ananthaswamy, The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations Into the Strange New Science of Self (Amazon book, Aug 4, 2015)

* Vivian Giang, Your Brain Is Particularly Vulnerable to Trauma at Two Distinct Ages (Quartz, Aug 4, 2015)

* Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Last Best Cure: 7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes the Brain (Psychology Today, Aug 7, 2015)

* Christian Jarrett, The Neuroscience of Being a Selfish Jerk (New York Magazine, Aug 19, 2015)

* Helen Thomson, Study of Holocaust Survivors Finds Trauma Passed on to Children's Genes (The Guardian, Aug 21, 2015)

* Big Think Editors, Why Black Mental Health Is Different From White Mental Health (Big Think, Aug 26, 2015)

* Christian Jarrett, Does Reading Literature Really Beef Up Your Brain? (NY Magazine, Sep 3, 2015)

* Christian Jarrett, Drugs and Talk Therapy Affect the Brain in Different Ways (NY Magazine, Sep 30, 2015)

* Artur Rosman, Top 10 Books on Theology and Neuroscience (Patheos, Oct 22, 2015)

* Victoria Woollaston, Could Your Views on God and Immigration Be Changed Using Magnets? Brain Simulation Can Alter Beliefs, Study Claims (Daily Mail, Oct 14, 2015) and the interpretation by Joel McDurmon, Atheists Embarrassed: Study Proves Atheism Uses Less Brain Function (The American Vision, Oct 26, 2015)

* Abraham Riesman and Jesse Singal, This Is Your Brain on Advertising: Why Kids Are So Vulnerable to Marketing (NY Magazine, Nov 3, 2015)

* Christian Jarrett, When Jealousy and Empathy Collide in the Brain (NY Magazine, Nov 5, 2015)

* Carl Zimmer, Parents May Pass Down More Than Just Genes, Study Suggests (NY Times, Dec 3, 2015)

* Emmeline Zhao, Why Identity and Emotion Are Central to Motivating the Teenage Brain (KQED, Dec 10, 2015)

* Dawn Papple, Neuroscience Research: Does Free Will Actually Exist? (Inquisitr, Jan 10, 2016)

* Jennifer Delgado, Did You Know That Intelligence is Inherited from Mothers? (Psychology Spot, Mar 2016)

* Ian Sample, Neuroscientists Create 'Atlas' Showing How Words Are Organised in the Brain (Guardian, Apr 27, 2015)

* Mark Wolynn, It Didn't Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are (Science & Nonduality, Apr 28, 2016) review of his book

* Robert Epstein, The Empty Brain (Aeon, May 18, 2016) on why the brain is not a computer

* Emily Deruy, The Complex Lives of Babies (The Atlantic, Jun 20, 2016)

* Maia Szalavitz, Can You Get Over an Addiction? (NY Times, Jun 25, 2016)

* Sean Kane, 7 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Make Art, Even If You're Bad At It (Business Insider, Jun 29, 2016) art's impact on the brain

* Rignam Wangkhang, Can Trauma Be Passed from Parent to Child? (Ozy, Jul 7, 2016)

* Taniya Chadha, Role of Nutrition in the Cognitive Development of Preschoolers (My City 4 Kids, Jul 14, 2016)

* Sumathi Reddy, Can This Brain Exercise Put Off Dementia? (WSJ, Jul 25, 2016)

* Douglas Main, Breastfed Infants' Brains Develop Better, Faster (Newsweek, Aug 1, 2016)

* Donna Jackson Nakazawa, Childhood Trauma Leads to Lifelong Chronic Illness - So Why Isn't the Medical Community Helping Patients? (ACES Too High News, Aug 10, 2016)

* Gaia Vince, How Language Is Processed By Your Brain (CNN, Aug 16, 2016)

* James Hamblin, Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core (The Atlantic, Aug 24, 2016)

* Julie Sedivy, How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language (Scientific American, Sep 14, 2016)

* Michael Alison Chandler, This Doctor Pioneered a Way to Treat Stress in Children, a Startling Source of Future Disease (Washington Post, Oct 6, 2016)

* Fergus Walsh, Smoking Causes Hundreds of DNA Charges (BBC News, Nov 3, 2016)

* James Hamblin, Why Morning People Thrive (The Atlantic, Nov 4, 2016)

* Rod Dreher, On Time: Arrival (The American Conservative, Nov 24, 2016) spoiler alert! but great exploration of neuroplasticity and language

* Earl Miller, Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to an MIT Neuroscientist (Fortune, Dec 7, 2016)

* Jerry Bowyer, Looking for a Cognitive Enhancer? Skip the Drugs and Try Fasting Instead (Forbes, Jan 6, 2017)

 

 

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