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Stories by Melanie Tannenbaum

The Psychology of Giving Thanks

As we all sit down tonight to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie, many of us will be going around the table giving thanks for our everyday sources of gratitude, like friendships, relationships, and good health...

21 minutes ago — Melanie Tannenbaum | Opinion

Psychology Lessons from Key & Peele

After three years and five seasons on the air, Key & Peele aired its final episode last week. With its departure, we've lost a great source of pop culture education about social psychology...

September 15, 2015 — Melanie Tannenbaum

How To Make The Most Of Your Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’re single or partnered up this Valentine’s Day, psychology has all sorts of tips for you on how to find your next great love or improve your existing relationship with the one you’ve got...

February 14, 2015 — Melanie Tannenbaum

The Making of a Tough Mudder.

In November 2011, I participated in my first Tough Mudder, an event officially billed as a “hardcore, 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie” (and unofficially billed as “probably the toughest event on the planet”). Since then, I’ve participated in 3 Super Spartans [...]..

January 15, 2015 — Melanie Tannenbaum

I’ll Show You My Holiday Card If You Show Me Yours.

Earlier this week, my husband and I returned home from our holiday travels after being away from our apartment for the past 9 days. We walked into our chilly apartment, greeted our whining cats with a quick pet and a kiss hello, put down our bags, and walked into the kitchen...

January 2, 2015 — Melanie Tannenbaum

The Best PsycHoliday Stocking Stuffer!

If there are three things that people tend to have on their minds during the holiday season, it's a) saving money, b) friends & family, and c) finding the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists...

December 14, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum

How To Craft An Empirically-Supported Marriage.

Many of you have likely noticed that I have been on an extended hiatus from blogging due to an especially crazy 2014, filled with lots of big events and life changes that have kept me exceptionally busy...

December 3, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Envying Evolution: What Can The X-Men Teach Us About Stereotypes?

Envying Evolution: What Can The X-Men Teach Us About Stereotypes?

This weekend marked the opening of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in the wildly successful X-Men movie franchise. For those who are unfamiliar with the X-Men series, the stories revolve around groups of ‘mutants,’ super-powered beings who supposedly represent the next stage in human evolution and whose powers run the gamut from [...]..

May 24, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum
If obesity is a disease, is labeling it that way the cure?

If obesity is a disease, is labeling it that way the cure?

My final guest post at the BPS Research Digest went up on Friday, covering recent work by psychologists Crystal Hoyt, Jeni Burnette, and Lisa Auster-Gussman on the motivational implications of formally classifying obesity as a “disease,” as the American Medical Association did in July 2013...

May 5, 2014 — Melanie Tannenbaum
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