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The disturbing thing scientists learned when they bribed babies with graham crackers

The disturbing thing scientists learned when they bribed babies with graham crackers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How researchers convinced babies to abandon their morals
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Who can resist a story of babies and graham crackers? Not me, especially when it involves psychology and a morality play. Meanwhile, what it says about the capacity to bribe humanity is fascinating. My big question, what would other primates do? I hope some creative comparative psychologist figures out how to test chimps, orangoutangs, bonobos and others. That would be fascinating. 
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New Plan to Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says

New Plan to Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A program that includes family counseling, among other forms of support, can yield an improved quality of life that makes the higher expenses worthwhile, researchers said.
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It has long been apparent to me that providing supportive services would make the lives of schizophrenics better and therefore would also benefit their families. It's great to see that there is new evidence that this will also prove to be more cost-effective than limiting care to medication and bits of talk therapy. 

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Robert Neugeboren, Survivor of Psychiatric Abuses, Dies at 72

Robert Neugeboren, Survivor of Psychiatric Abuses, Dies at 72 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Mr. Neugeboren was hauled away in a straitjacket in his late teens and spent most of his adult life in institutions.
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If you find this story fascinating and upsetting, you want to read my novel, Memoirs From the Asylum. You can learn more about it at http://www.kennethweene.com and remember that mental illness should never take away human dignity.

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Scientists Figure Out How to Retrieve 'Lost' Memories

Scientists Figure Out How to Retrieve 'Lost' Memories | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"The latest research shows memories “lost” to amnesia aren’t gone forever; they’re just not accessible" The photo is of serotonin crystals.

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Fascinating how quickly our understanding of brain function is growing. As a psychologist I love this kind of research. Of course, what is interesting to me when reading this report is that the stimulus, the specific room in which a shock was administered, wasn't needed to elicit the response, freezing, which suggests that the memories of stimuli and the responses to which they are connected may be stored separately.

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McCain On Sarah Palin's Incoherent Speech: I Didn't See It

McCain On Sarah Palin's Incoherent Speech: I Didn't See It | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN on Sunday that he hadn't seen former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) widely-panned speech in Iowa last week, but offered his ex-running mate his support regardless.
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Mr. McCain has become the poster-child for Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance. "The greater the price we pay for something the more intently we believe it was the right choice." Having paid the ambition of his lifetime for picking the idiot from Wasilla, he will never admit it was the dumbest thing he ever did in his career. At least he gave Tina Fey a great ride.

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New light shed on emotional fear

New light shed on emotional fear | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bad experiences and unpleasant events can remain etched into the brain for a person’s entire life. A new study has identified the brain processes at work that enable ‘bad thoughts’ to remain.
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While the writing in this piece is poorly done, the essential information is fascinating. Small though it is, the amygdala plays such a powerful role in emotional development. From my own history of PTSD I can certainly understand why this is important research. Now can it lead to treatment?

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5 Things to Know About the Woman Charles Manson Might Marry

5 Things to Know About the Woman Charles Manson Might Marry | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The convicted murderer was granted a marriage license
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I find the women who fall in love with "bad boys" to be fascinating. It is a clinical study I always wanted to do, but never followed up on. Is it a fantasy of saving and redeeming, of sharing the impulsive and destructive behavior, or just a projection of some kind of special sexual powers? My hypothesis is that it's the latter. I did have a client once who fell in love with a mafioso because his she was turned on by the feel of his gun when they danced. Now that was a disaster.

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How American Hopsitals Are Failing Mentally Ill Kids

How American Hopsitals Are Failing Mentally Ill Kids | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study shows that one in 10 hospitalized kids suffer from mental-health conditions—and many never make it past the emergency waiting room.
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Having spent my career in mental health, and especially care of children and adolescents, I must add that prevention is as important as improving hospital care. Prevention must include not only psychotherapy for those who need assistance coping but also family education and economic assistance for those who need it.

And of course, you should read #Memoirs From the Asylum."

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Can Heston Blumenthal Transform How You Eat?

Can Heston Blumenthal Transform How You Eat? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Today’s chefs are using neurogastronomy to change the way your brain perceives flavor.
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If you're a foodie, this is a must read. Meanwhile, I so want to go to The Fat Duck. I'll even eat the more rates if Lewis Carrol would allow. Never had imaginary beings before. 

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Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause

Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study provides researchers with their first biological handle on the disorder, and helps explain why it often begins at a relatively young age.
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As a psychologist, I am excited by this contribution to our understanding of schizophrenia. Hopefully, this will lead to ideas for treatment and prevention, but for now at least it gives us a new understanding. Sadly, too much of a good genetic thing can be bad for one. So how can we monitor and reduce the expression of this particular genetic trait in young people who are at risk? Yet another reason for universal medical care. 

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Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed

Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Phone data could predict with 87% accuracy whether someone had depressive symptoms
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It ain't rocket science to know that a person's behavior reflects mood and mental health. I have mixed feelings about methods that big brother can use to keep track of how I'm feeling and functioning. Still, as a psychologist, I thought this an interesting study.

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?
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While the maladies are serious no matter where in the world they are found, the language that may be used to describe them is so poetic as to add a new layer of understanding. This is a wonderful reminder that health professionals should not so reify and objectify people as to lose the meaning of their souls.

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Scientists Say Prebiotics Might Help Battle Anxiety And Depression

Scientists Say Prebiotics Might Help Battle Anxiety And Depression | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

According to results acquired by Oxford University’s department of psychiatry, consumption of “good bacteria” called probiotics or prebiotics (good bacteria food) proved to be beneficial in battling bouts of anxiety and depression.

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If for no other reason than there is nothing better for one's mental health than taking a good crap.

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Readying the neural network: Study examines extrasynaptic neurotransmitter receptors - PsyPost

Readying the neural network: Study examines extrasynaptic neurotransmitter receptors - PsyPost | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Synapse, the name for the signal-receiving site on a neuron, comes from the Greek word for contact. Neuroscientists used to maintain that neurons form one- ...
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This is one of those that makes sense moments I love when reading about neurology and psychology. Changing the membrane potential to allow firing. Neuro-readiness defined.

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Scientists find new clues to brain's wiring

Scientists find new clues to brain's wiring | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain. These connections, or synapses, allow nerve cells to transmit and process information involved in thinking and moving the body.
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Always good to know that neuroscience is moving forward. I wonder if I would have gone into psychology if it had all this hard science available back then. Maybe, I would have gone directly to writing books. I like personality and behavior more than I like neuroscience. But I do love learning this stuff.

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