|A Million Core Silicon Brain
||For those of you who like to get your geek on (and rumour has it, they can be found reading this blog) the Computerphile channel just had a video interview with Steve Furber of the Human Brain Project who talks about the custom hardware that’s going to run their neural net simulations. Furber is better […]
|Is Psychoanalysis Still Valid?
||Freud is dead. His views are antiquated. His theories of women are sexist. His ideas about homosexuals are homophobic. He has nothing to say to us now. He lived in … ...
|Are You Really Ready for Marriage?
||If you’re a woman who’s been telling yourself for a very long time that you want to get married, but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened, chances are that part of you wants to get married and part of you is resisting the … ...
|I’m Mad About Having ADHD
||I’ve been told that I have anger management issues, and I can’t even begin to tell you how ticked off that made me feel. Apparently some people believe that those … ...
||If you’re familiar at all with mental illness, you’re probably also familiar with the stigma that can go along with it: prejudice, discrimination, isolation, etc. Patients experience stigma. Our family … ...
|Trump My Putin
||What if political leaders can be understood by their hair? What if hair represents the collective unconscious of all of us? The hair of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin might tell us a lot about who they really are and who we are- whether we love them or hate them- since in some way they represent what Carl Jung called archetypes.
|Suicides may be Linked to Ashley Madison Hack
||A little under a week ago hackers calling themselves The Impact Team dumped over 30 million Ashley Madison clients’ personal information onto the Dark Web. This is being called one of the largest … ...
|Re-Entering the Dark
||I’ve kept a journal of sort for most of my adult life. I can’t make sense of the world unless I write. I guess this could be a good record, a place to enter memory lane. But for me it’s not. What I’ve written about … ...
|10 Was To Cope With The Explosive & Labile Personality
||Do you know someone who tends to take every little thing you say personally and holds a long-term grudge against you? What do you think the problem is? Is it … ...
|Will Americans Eat Fewer Subway Sandwiches Because of Jared?
||Jared Fogle embodies the Subway brand so his reprehensible actions spell potential doom. However, I argue that any adverse effects to Subway will be temporary, and offer four explanations for such an outcome.
|How To Cope When Everything Is Changing
||I’ve lived a lot in my 34 years. I’ve been a Brooklyn girl, a Manhattanite, an Austin Texan. I’ve lived in countries all over the world and traveled to exotic … ...
|Soul Goals and Miracles
|| The Caregiver’s Journey When a person becomes a caregiver for a loved one who has a mental illness, he/she enters a world where former expectations and ideas … ...
|The potential effect of dietary oils on emotional behavior
||A study in PLOS ONE examining laboratory mice demonstrated a link between a diet rich in oils and the reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms. Dr. Keiko Kato, whose research was funded in part by Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, conducted the study to evaluate the effectiveness of dietary oils on emotional behaviors. Kato was [...]
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|Romantic opportunities appear to influence women’s sexual identities, but not men’s
||Romantic opportunities appear to influence women’s sexual identities — but not men’s, suggests a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). “This indicates that women’s sexuality may be more flexible and adaptive than men’s,” said study author Elizabeth Aura McClintock, an assistant professor of sociology [...]
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|Study shows no benefit of omega-3 supplements for cognitive decline
||While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons. With 4,000 patients followed over a five-year period, the study is one of the largest [...]
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|Researchers identify signature of microbiomes in the throat associated with schizophrenia
||In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests. “The oropharynx of schizophrenics seems [...]
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|Effect of physical activity, nutrient supplementation interventions on cognition
||Two studies in the August 25 issue of JAMA examine the effect of physical activity and nutrient supplementation on cognitive function. In one study, Kaycee M. Sink, M.D., M.A.S., of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C., and colleagues evaluated whether a 24-month physical activity program would result in better cognitive function, lower risk [...]
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|Misconduct-related separation from the military linked with risk of being homeless
||Among U.S. veterans who returned from Afghanistan and Iraq, being separated from the military for misconduct was associated with an increased risk of homelessness, according to a study in the August 25 issue of JAMA. Adi V. Gundlapalli, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., of the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Salt Lake City, and colleagues [...]
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|Playing adaptive sports linked to higher employment, economic impact
||Wheelchair rugby and basketball players are aggressive, conditioned and determined, just like people without disabilities. Unlike them, though, is their likelihood of employment and economic independence. A new study from the University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) finds playing an adaptive sport can have dramatic results on the athlete and the [...]
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|New Yorker cartoons reveal attitudes toward parenting
||Jaclyn Tabor and Jessica Calarco tap a novel data source to track changing attitudes toward parenting during the 20th and early 21st centuries: cartoons in the New Yorker magazine. “We find that portrayals of children and child-rearing are both more varied and more fluctuating than existing research would suggest,” said Tabor, an Indiana University Bloomington [...]
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