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Challenging the "Banality" of Evil and of Heroism Part 2 Situationism implies that evil-doers are victims of circumstances beyond their control, yet argues that heroes are those who can rise above their circumstances to do what is right. An ideology of victimisation is incompatible with heroism. Personal responsibility for one's actions cuts both ways.
Semantic Path to Nonduality Nonduality is a hard concept to grasp.  It’s because it is not exactly a concept – it’s what you get when you transcend the concepts.  Confusing as the path may be, it is a path to a certain kind of clarity, to a certain kind of liberation.  So, here’s a...
Mouse study offers new clues to cognitive decline Certain types of brain cells may be “picky eaters,” seeming to prefer one specific energy source over others, new research shows. The finding has implications for understanding the cognitive decline seen in aging and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Studying mice, the scientists showed that a specific energy source called NAD is important in cells responsible for maintaining the overall structure of the brain and for performing complex cognitive functions. NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a molecule that harvests energy from nutrients in food and converts it into a form cells can use.
The Effect Being Called ‘Fat’ Has on 10-Year-Old Girls, 9 Years Later Are girls shocked into changing their lifestyle, or is the result altogether darker?→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Girls Get Higher Grades Than Boys In All Subjects Antidepressants: Higher Rates of Psychological Side-Effects Revealed by New Study Irregular Bedtimes Reduce Children’s Cognitive Performance The Positive Effect of Creative Hobbies on Performance at Work The Best Computer Now Smart as a 4-Year-Old (Sort of)
Should A Cheater Be Forgiven? I admit it: I’m hooked on “True Tori”, the reality show following Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott, who confessed to a two-day affair (after Tori got the heads-up that the tabloids were about to run the story.)  A recent study says that the key element in whether a...
5 Ways to Stop a Worry-Filled What-If Cycle What-if thoughts aren’t necessarily problematic. They become problematic when they’re chronic, and we experience a lack of control, said L. Kevin Chapman, Ph.D. Chapman is a psychologist and associate professor in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville, where he studies and treats anxiety disorders. What-if thoughts also become problematic...
Reducing Procrastination By Addressing The Role of Anxiety Most of us procrastinate about doing some things, some of the time. I may put off folding clothes and you may find yourself avoiding the mail, the boxes in the garage or the report due next week.  For 20% of men and women in the US, procrastination becomes a pervasive...
The Rise of Artisan Parenting Artisan parents create a handcrafted, "authentic", high parental-effort childhood for their kids to demonstrate that they are better parents.
Help! I Don't Understand My Assignment! Cynthia writes: "My psychology teacher has told us to write a paper, but I don't understand the topic or what she wants us to write about. I'm so confused and I'm scared that I'll mess up and get a bad grade! What should I do? Can you explain this assignment to me?"...Read Full Post
Collaboration Between Psychologists and Physicians Important to Improving Primary Health Care Such partnering would improve diagnosis and access; two known barriers to better primary care outcomes
Early fitness can improve the middle-age brain The more physically active you are at age 25, the better your thinking tends to be when you reach middle age, according to a large-scale new study.
Medications cut violence among mentally ill Mentally ill people are substantially less likely to commit a violent crime if they are taking psychiatric medication, according to a large new study of the mentally ill in Sweden.
Men Who Work on Themselves Are Sexy I’m a feminist who loves men. Not only do I appreciate the beauty of the male physique and the intoxicating power of masculine energy—I value the ways in which men process emotions, relationships, and life differently than women.   I’ve had the deep honor and privilege of counseling hundreds of men (if...
Musical training can increase blood flow in the brain Brief musical training can increase the blood flow in the left hemisphere of our brain. This suggests that the areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Study one involved looking for patterns of brain activity of 14 musicians and nine non-musicians whilst they participated in music and word generation tasks.
Brain noise found to nurture synapses A study has shown that a long-overlooked form of neuron-to-neuron communication called miniature neurotransmission plays an essential role in the development of synapses, the regions where nerve impulses are transmitted and received. The findings, made in fruit flies, raise the possibility that abnormalities in miniature neurotransmission may contribute to neurodevelopmental diseases. The findings, by researchers
Musical training increases blood flow in the brain Research by the University of Liverpool has found that brief musical training can increase the blood flow in the left hemisphere of our brain. This suggests that the areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Researchers from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society carried out two separate studies which looked
Abraham’s Sacrifice -Reji via Compfight Aaron’s leave-taking came a bit later, when he was in his early twenties. He was also considering doing lengthy missionary service for our church, just as Matthew had. It’s very much encouraged within the culture of the church and, given his background, Bob had always assumed that...
Avoid These 3 Toxic Conversations With Your Kids Think before you speak! Three conversations that you should absolutely avoid with your kids. You feel it coming. You’re at your breaking point as a parent. Your kids have pushed every single button you have ever had and are verging on demolishing your sanity. You have tried every parenting trick...
Black, Hispanic children with autism more likely to regress than whites Some children with autism appear to be developing normally when they are very young. They babble or even talk, make eye contact with their parents, and crawl and walk on schedule. Then suddenly, these skills seem to vanish. Described as developmental regression, this loss of language, motor or social skills occurs more often in black
Are we ready for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence? The SETI project scientists are known for tracking possible extraterrestrial signals, but now they are also considering sending messages from Earth telling of our position. A researcher from the University of Cádiz (Spain) questions this idea in view of the results from a survey taken by students, revealing the general level of ignorance about the