May 29, 2016
Grit The Power of Passion and Perseverance By Angela Duckworth Scribner. 352 pp. $16.80 Reviewed by Tommy Rowan Imagine that: a Philadelphia psychology professor setting the education world on fire with a one-syllable noun that just happens to define the city she currently calls home. Angela Duckworth deserves all credit for her recent rise to Gladwellian heights - but we do hope the punks who still view Philadelphians only as Santa-pelting-snowball-throwers can order this book for next-day delivery.
March 20, 2016 |
Having more choices can actually be a bad thing, says the research that changed psychologist Barry Schwartz's life, earning his TED Talk millions of views and turning him into someone "people all over the world . . . associate with a single important idea. " And coincidentally, Schwartz, who is preparing to retire from Swarthmore College, has made an illustrious career by sticking to just a few good choices. He's been a professor at Swarthmore for 45 years - the only job he ever applied for, he said.
February 12, 2016 |
TO THOSE who knew her best, a son said, Catherine S. Murray was a "worker bee. " "She used to get up real early in the morning and get started," said son Marc. "She touched a lot of people. . . . Her life was really centered around her family . . . and her work life. " Murray, associate professor of psychology and director of graduate gerontology at St. Joseph's University, died of cancer Jan. 24. She was 77. The daughter of Antoinette and Frank Savino, she was born in New York City and later moved to Woodside, Bucks County.
October 26, 2015 |
Harry J. Woehr was an Army Air Corps operations officer at what might have seemed a safe harbor from all the killing during World War II. Though Japanese troops occupied pieces of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, Mr. Woehr was at a safer base there. He experienced loss of life there, just not American. As part of a wartime program that transferred American airplanes to the Soviet Union, "he was involved in helping to get the Russian pilots to take off" and head home over a narrow strip of the Bering Sea, daughter Leslie Tuttle said in a phone interview.
October 6, 2015 |
Rutgers has unintentionally become the site of an experiment for the 21st century: How does a university operate without Internet, email, or course-management systems? Students and faculty were forced to find out last week when a cyber attack disabled Rutgers' networks for most of a work day. A psychology graduate student, just days from defending his master's thesis, resorted to reading tiny PDFs on his phone. Undergrads taking economics depended on documents downloaded to personal devices - at the beginning-of-the-semester urging of their professor.
June 19, 2015 |
"INSIDE OUT" is the first psychological thriller that's fun for the whole family. Really psychological. And really fun. The central characters in Pixar's crazy-inventive animated adventure aren't talking toys, or cars or monsters. They're emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, all jockeying for control in the "headquarters" of a pre-teen girl. That is, from the control room in her head. Connected to HQ is a vast mindscape: a long-term memory area, "personality islands" built on core experiences, Imagination Land, and sectors dedicated to abstract thinking and the subconscious (it's spooky there)
February 8, 2015 |
Going by her resumé, Sue Cornbluth knows child abuse. She has a doctorate in psychology and claims to be a "nationally recognized mental health expert. " She teaches at Temple University and has appeared on television to discuss traumas such as the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But Cornbluth lacks a state license. And now she is accused of perjury for allegedly lying about it. The felony charge, filed last week in Bucks County, states that Cornbluth claimed to have a license when she served as an expert witness in a 2013 custody battle.
December 31, 2014 |
Sitting in a Florida jail after being charged with drunken driving, Andrew J. Assini had no one to call and no one to blame. He was 24. "I realized," he recalls, "that maybe I had some part in the never-ending calamity that was my life. I realized, 'Something has to change here.' It was the end of the road. " Since then, nine clean and sober years - and a continuing spiritual quest - have helped Assini replace calamities with accomplishments. The Deptford resident, 33, has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rowan University, where he's an instructor in the psychology department.
July 18, 2014 |
Aloe Blacc is a pretty serious guy. The socially conscious, California-born rapper-turned-singer graduated from the University of Southern California with honors in communications and linguistics/psychology and had a short business career before going into music, having hits like "I Need a Dollar," "Wake Me Up" (with Avicii), and "The Man," the latter from his 2013 album Lift Your Spirit . He gets a chance to show off his skills tonight at Camden's Susquehanna Center when he opens for Bruno Mars.
February 3, 2014 |
On Groundhog Day, one is tempted to wonder how a supersized rodent came to be a symbol of hope. Perhaps those tourists flocking to an obscure patch of Pennsylvania called Gobbler's Knob only think they've come to see a seer named Punxsutawney Phil. They may instead be acting upon a universal human yearning for community, for a respite from the isolation imposed by, say, an Arctic vortex. These Punxsutawney pilgrims may simply be expressing our communal wish for better weather.