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The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Hollywood and Heroin

The media’s interest in addiction is not new. As far back as the silent era, Human Wreckage (1923) portrayed the dangers of drug addiction. Later, we had the “Don’t Let This Happen To Your Child” cautionary tales, such as Marijuana: Assassin of Youth (1935) and the better-known camp classic, Reefer Madness (1938). A decade later, […]

Halloween Special – Why Does the Brain Love a Scary Holiday?

Why is a holiday filled with creepy ghosts, goblins, and haunted houses so much fun? Research in neuroscience may provide some answers. The Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology recently teamed with the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, in an attempt to understand what happens in […]

Is It Sane To Agree That You’re Crazy?

Therapeutic reflection – the act of re-stating the client’s ideas using different words – represents an avenue towards mirroring the client’s internal state through therapeutic verbal interaction and the therapeutic stance of the person-centered therapist. Show More Summary

ROXI BLEWS: A History of Hollywood & Heroin

The media’s interest in addiction is not new. As far back as the silent era, HUMAN WRECKAGE (1923) portrayed the dangers of drug addiction. Later, we had the “Don’t Let This Happen To Your Child” cautionary tales, such as MARIJUANA: ASSASSIN OF YOUTH (1935) and the better-known camp classic, REEFER MADNESS [1938]. A decade later, […]

Psychotherapy for Paranoid Schizophrenia

Often psychotherapy is not considered to be effective with individuals dealing with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. But a cognitive-relational psychotherapy approach helps form a warm, trusting and detached relationship, conveys an...Show More Summary

Exercise Reduces the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Physical activity is a holistic strategy for increasing overall health and lowering disease risk among a wide range of individuals, and people with neurological conditions can benefit from them too. The benefits of physical activity for individuals with, or at risk of, dementia are not particularly well known to the general public. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) […]

Can Brain Imaging Detect Risk Takers?

Risk-taking seems to come naturally for some people – from those who don’t hesitate asking for a new promotion, to those who don’t flinch before artfully diving off a cliff into the ocean below. Others play it safer. While upbringing may have some role in our risk-taking probabilities, there are plenty of cases where siblings […]

Antifeminism – An Online Trend

Feminism isn’t necessary anymore. At least that’s the claim made by many proponents of a growing antifeminism movement. No longer is this movement the prerogative, as it has been historically, of backwards-looking males who have no wish to see the status quo reconstructed. In fact a recent trend rocking the Internet has seen many women […]

Comparing the 5 Theories of Emotion

Emotions seem to dominate many aspects of our lives. But what exactly are emotions? The word first appears in our language in the mid-16th century, adapted from the French word émouvoir, which literally means, “to stir up”. However, one can find precursors to the word emotion dating back to the earliest known recordings of language. When […]

The Science of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. In the Western world, acupuncture has been a highly controversial therapy, mostly due to the lack of scientific explanations for its mechanisms of action. Show More Summary

Life After Death – The Science of Near Death Experiences

For millennia, we have wondered what happens after death. This October 2014, scientists at Southampton University have published the largest ever study looking into what happens when patients return from death’s door. The outcomes seem to confirm the incredible – that consciousness continues on after you are considered clinically dead. Show More Summary

Poor Social Judgment – An Aspect of Schizophrenia

There are three components that generally typify an individual emerging with schizophrenia: alienation, introversion and divergent thinking. Together, these characteristics diminish the schizophrenic individual’s capacity for exercising good judgment in social situations. Show More Summary

Brain Trickery – Seeing in Slow Motion

The brain is capable of endless thoughts, visions, and perceptions. It’s a complex but perfectly tuned system that operates smoothly most of the time. But sometimes things can get strange. Not necessarily abnormal, but strange nonetheless. Seeing events in a slow motion is a rare phenomenon that certainly belongs to this category of rather unusual […]

Swear Your Pain Away

Who wouldn’t swear after slamming a finger in a door (not to mention giving birth without anesthesia)? I certainly would. A lot. Swearing is a very common instinctive reaction to pain but it’s not a very common research topic, with most studies focusing on the psychology of swearing. Although there is very little research on […]

Memory Manipulation – Promises and Perils

It is generally accepted in the field, that memories are rarely an exact replication of our experiences and, over time, they degrade and becomes less accurate. Yet, they are absolutely necessary for our survival, none-the-less. In fact, psychology claims that we have no future without the recall of our past! Psychology identifies four core processes […]

The Phantom Sound Of Tinnitus

Anyone who has ever been to a loud nightclub has probably experienced that ringing in the ears that comes home with you. The feeling is uncomfortable, but it eventually disappears. Less fortunate are the 10-15% of people in the world that experience this continuously and, most likely, will experience it forever (and I am one […]

Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part IV – A New Persepctive on the Framing Effect

Our tendency to choose options that appear less valuable than alternative options (such as choosing to stick with our original choice in the Monty Hall Problem) is often cited as evidence for our irrationality. However, the view that we are irrational derives too from inconsistency in our preferences. Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, and his […]

Treating Children and Teens Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

In this article, I will focus on treatment considerations regarding the diagnosis of schizophrenia in children and adolescents. This article on assessment of schizophrenia concerns the nature of psychological tests that evaluate the prevalence of schizophrenic symptoms in an individual child or adolescent. Show More Summary

Weighing On Your Mind? Obesity, Cognition and Dementia

Obesity in mid-life is associated with a higher risk of dementia- including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) – later in life. Though age is still the primary risk factor for dementia, lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity may play an important role in the onset of cognitive impairment and dementia. Now, weight loss surgery is […]

Fighting Mental and Physical Illness by Reshaping Cities

A recently published study in The Lancet estimated that 40 percent of Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime – a trend which is largely due to obesity and inactivity. Since the 1990s, some public health professionals haveShow More Summary

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