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Mars-bound astronauts face chronic dementia risk from galactic cosmic ray exposure Will astronauts traveling to Mars remember much of it? That's the question concerning scientists probing a phenomenon called "space brain." Scientists have found that exposure to highly energetic charged particles -- much like those found in the galactic cosmic rays that will bombard astronauts during extended spaceflights -- causes significant long-term brain damage in test rodents, resulting in cognitive impairments and dementia.
Irving Gottesman, Brilliant Scholar, Showed Us the Dignity in... There was a time when schizophrenia was blamed on bad mothering (“schizophrenogenic mother”), when some believed that racial differences in I.Q. were entirely genetic, and when it was almost unheard … ...
Do students know what’s good for them? Of course they do, and of course they don’t. Putting a student at the centre of their own learning seems like fundamental pedagogy. The Constructivist approach to education emphasises the need for knowledge to reassembled in the mind of the learner, and the related impossibility of its direct transmission from the mind of the teacher. … Continue reading "Do students know what’s good for them?"
Study links poor understanding of the physical world to religious and paranormal beliefs Poor understanding of the physical world is related to religious and paranormal beliefs, according to a recent study published this June in Applied Cognitive Psychology. Many people like to believe in supernatural phenomena, for example, breaking a mirror brings you 7 years of bad luck. In the past, studies have shown that people see natural [...]
6 Signs You’re a Productivity Addict Google “productivity” and you’re served up almost 18 million search results. Dive in and you’ll find blogs, websites, apps, op-eds, subreddits, consulting firms, podcasts and scientific studies devoted to the art of efficiency. Our obsession in modern society with doing more is rivaled only by … ...
Fewer indications of ADHD in children whose mothers took vitamin D during pregnancy Children of mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy with resultant high levels of the vitamin in the umbilical blood have fewer symptoms of ADHD at the age of 2½ years. These were the findings in a new study from the Odense Child Cohort just published in The Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. [...]
What’s really going on in PTSD brains? Experts suggest new theory For decades, neuroscientists and physicians have tried to get to the bottom of the age-old mystery of post-traumatic stress disorder, to explain why only some people are vulnerable and why they experience so many symptoms and so much disability. All experts in the field now agree that PTSD indeed has its roots in very real, [...]
Children mean stress for moms, joy for dads A new study from a Cornell University sociologist shows that while parents enjoy the time they spend with their children, parenting carries more strain for mothers. That is likely, the researchers found, because moms spend more time with their kids while doing more onerous chores like basic childcare, cooking and cleaning, whereas dads spend more [...]
Gaining Happiness by Losing Yourself A novel scientific perspective on happiness and a potential to treat mental disorders.
Today I Love The Wonderfully Varied Weather Today I love the wonderfully varied weather of this Canadian Thanksgiving today. From scattered sun showers through drifting clouds of cotton to brilliant sunshine this day is worth being thankful … ...
A Wake-up Call to All Fathers Thinking of Voting... With all due respect, this post is a wakeup call to all fathers considering a vote for Trump… Following what is now clear pattern of boasting, not only about sexual assault, but also an … ...
A Wake-up Call to Fathers Thinking of Voting for Trump With due respect, this post is a wakeup call to fathers considering a vote for Trump… Following what is now clear pattern of boasting, not only about sexual assault, but also an overall … ...
A Call to Fathers Thinking of Voting for Trump With due respect, this post is a call to fathers considering a vote for Trump… Following what is now clear pattern of boasting, not only about sexual assault, but also an overall sense … ...
When an Apology Is Not an Apology Why is apologizing so difficult? Saying “I was wrong, I made a mistake, I’m sorry” is more painful than root canal therapy for some people. As a psychotherapist, I’ve found that our ability to apologize is directly related to the shame we carry. Burdened with … ...
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Annoying Offspring? You're in Good Company. Irritating offspring? You're not alone. Re-thinking the parenting relationship can help you ease your frustrations and parent more effectively.
Trump: How Dark Is His Dark Side? Is Trump a true misogynist--or maybe even a sexual predator? And does the latest video of his “locker talk” with Billy Bush tell us anything about him that we didn't already know?
Why Narcissistic Sociopaths Objectify Women The recent media attention on certain politicians and buisness leaders antisocial behavior is not surprising because certain personality types seem drawn to politics and business.
The more you know about a topic the more likely you are to have false memories about it Human memory does not operate like a video tape that can be rewound and rewatched, with every viewing revealing the same events in the same order. In fact, memories are reconstructed every time we recall them. Aspects of the memory can be altered, added or deleted altogether with each new recollection. This can lead to [...]