Bob S.

Bob Shumaker was born in Pennsylvania, the son of a lawyer and a writer.  After graduating from public schools he attended Northwestern University for a year and then the United States Naval Academy where he was a boxer, a cross-country runner and a scholar. After graduating in 1956 he attended flight training and eventually joined VF-32, a fighter squadron in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a finalist in the Apollo astronaut selection, but a temporary physical ailment prevented his selection. In 1964 he graduated with a...

Honeymoonus interruptus

“Sure, I can answer that question, easy.”Anne was in her early 40s, sitting next to her husband on a couch in my lab, cameras rolling.

Happiness exercise: How to make people love you

People Will Like You: Active Listening

If you’re read psychology books, you’ve likely heard of the term “active listening.”  And it probably means something along these lines to you:

Mary: “I had a really good day at the office today.  It seemed that everything was going right.  I even got complimented by my boss.”
Nancy (active listening, echoing back what she just heard): “It sounds like you had a really good day at the office, and that you’re enjoying remembering it.”

J. Richard Hackman, Ph.D.

Dr. Hackman is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on a variety of topics in social and organizational psychology, including group behavior and performance, leadership effectiveness, and the design of self- managing teams. His studies have included analyses of the dynamics of aircraft flight deck crews, professional symphony and chamber orchestras, and intelligence analysis teams. Dr. Hackman received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from MacMurray College and his doctorate in social psychology from the University of...

Dennis Charney, M.D.

Dr. Charney is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Charney retains an active research program and is one of the nation's foremost investigators in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He has pioneered research related to the psychobiological mechanisms of depression, anxiety, and human resilience to stress, and the discovery of novel...

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